PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe has really left Harry Potter behind
with a startling and explicit Sundance Film Festival role as poet Allen
"Kill Your Darlings," the "Harry Potter" star's first film at the
independent-cinema showcase, premiered Friday at Sundance and puts Radcliffe
into daring territory.
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His young Ginsberg is initiated into booze and drugs, has oral sex performed
on him in a library, makes out with one man and gets naked for sex with another
In a session with the audience after the premiere, Radcliffe was asked if he
chose the role because it fit the "weird stuff" he likes.
Radcliffe said it was the second time that day he was asked the same question
and conceded his tastes can run outside the mainstream.
"Films like this don't get made unless everyone involved loves them,"
The film recounts a little-known story of murder involving Ginsberg's circle
of friends, including fellow future beat heroes Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and
William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster).
Dane DeHaan co-stars as Ginsberg idol and intimate Lucien Carr, and the cast
also includes Michael C. Hall, Elizabeth Olsen and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Director John Krokidas said Radcliffe became his muse on the film and that it
was clear within minutes of their first meeting that the part was his.
Krokidas said young Ginsberg starts as a dutiful son who spends his time
taking care of others but eventually spills over with repressed passion.
"By the end of the movie, he is a poet and a rebel," Krokidas said. "I had a
feeling Dan might be able to relate to this."
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