Daniel Radcliffe: my gay sex scene in Kill Your Darlings is "beautiful"

The 24-year-old Harry Potter star has spoken about his role as poet Allen Ginsberg, which he says fans will be "startled" by

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Daniel Radcliffe: my gay sex scene in Kill Your Darlings is "beautiful"
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

Daniel Radcliffe, the 24-year-old former star of the Harry Potter films, has come a long way since he left the hallowed halls of Hogwarts. 

The British-born actor has sidestepped mainstream movie choices in favour of surprising roles on the stage and screen – like Equus and A Young Doctor's Notebook – the most recent of which is as beat poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas's feature film debut Kill Your Darlings. 

The movie sees Radcliffe in his first gay sex scene – a moment which he has called "beautiful".

"I felt like I was breaking new ground," said the star. "Most actors grow up doing a lot of small movies and then get something big, but I started on the biggest film in the world. So it’s an experience that I haven’t had. I’m sure some people will be slightly… err… startled by the gay sex scene though."

"It’s actually not graphic. You don’t actually see anything," he told Total Film. "What’s graphic is the emotion of the scene. It’s a very vulnerable, slightly afraid moment. It’s beautiful and tender as a consequence of that."

Radcliffe is playing poet Allen Ginsberg in the film about the New York beat generation. Telling the story of Ginsberg's relationship with Louis Carr in 1944, the movie follows the killing of David Kammerer by Carr in 1944 and the effect the death had on the infamous group of creatives including On the Road author Jack Kerouac and Naked Lunch writer William Burroughs.

Kill Your Darlings is in UK cinemas from 8 November


 


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