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Daniel Radcliffe Addresses 'The Gay Issue' in 'Kill Your Darlings': 'It is just a job.'

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 2, 2013 at 12:25PM

No film has brought Daniel Radcliffe more attention post-"Potter" than John Krokidas' well-received debut "Kill Your Darlings," namely because it's the film where Radcliffe, as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, beds a man. During our interview yesterday with the star at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, ahead of the film's theatrical release on October 16, we asked the actor what dealing with press so fixated on the gay aspect of the role has been like since the film's Sundance debut in January.
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photo by Nick Hunt/Patrick McMullan Co. Tom Bernard, Dane DeHaan, Daniel Radcliffe, director John Krokidas, Erin Darke at The Cinema Society and Johnston & Murphy's screening of Sony Pictures Classics' "Kill Your Darlings."

No film has brought Daniel Radcliffe more attention post-"Potter" than John Krokidas' well-received debut "Kill Your Darlings," namely because it's the film where Radcliffe, as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, beds a man. During our interview yesterday with the star at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, ahead of the film's theatrical release on October 16, we asked the actor what dealing with press so fixated on the gay aspect of the role has been like since the film's Sundance debut in January.

"When you get a press junket, you can get a good impression of the type of stories that people want to write," Radcliffe said. "And the story people want to write is that I found it weird to do a gay sex scene. It wasn't weird. They want to be say it was weird to so it clashes with my advocacy for the gay community, or they want to say it wasn't weird to further imply I'm gay."

Radcliffe continued: "It is just a job. We filmed maybe seven scenes that day and that scene maybe accounted for an hour in that day. It was kind of awkward and giggly in the way that any sex scene is, because you're stripping off in front of someone that you've just met. But beyond that there was nothing weird about it."

"It's not a gay love story," he added. "It's just a love story. When people talk about chemistry, it's just being interested in the other person. It's just love, young love, the universal thing that everybody can appreciate."

Check back prior to the film's release in mid-October for our full interview with Radcliffe.

This article is related to: Daniel Radcliffe, Kill Your Darlings, John Krokidas, Sony Pictures Classics, Interviews





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