“It’s shocking by the sheer fact that it’s me. Otherwise, it’s entirely unshocking that I’m playing Allen Ginsberg in a film about self and sexual discovery, and there’s a sex scene.[Esquire]
It’s safe to say that of all the three main leads from the Harry Potter movie franchise, Daniel Radcliffe will be the one who moves swiftest and furthest from his established image as a young wizard in training.
Case in point: his starring role in the upcoming Kill Your Darlings in which he plays the famous (or infamous) Beat Generation writer Allen Ginsberg. The buzz around the film is that the movie is exceptionally good, and that Radcliffe in particular has done an outstanding job by going beyond what anyone would have assumed was possible for the man-boy whose face is synonymous with Harry Potter.
Especially of note is the raw gay sex scene between Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan who plays Lucien Carr. Radcliffe, for his part, finds the fascination with the scene rather bemusing. “What weirded me out the most last night was people were asking me all these questions about the gay sex scenes. I was like, ‘You know I did ‘Equus?’ Some people are asking me questions like this is a more shocking subject, which is so strange,” he said recently.
Some who have seen the film where it premiered at Sundance this week have written, “Plenty of male actors have passionately kissed male co-stars in films, as Radcliffe and the excellent Dane DeHaan do here, but it’s hard to recall a Hollywood star as famous as this one simulating the act of homosexual lovemaking this explicitly — knees in the air, lover on top of him — or this vulnerably.”
Will audiences accept Radcliffe as anything other than The Boy Who Lived? Only time (and an “R” rating) will tell.