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Daniel Radcliffe on Proving His Naysayers Wrong With 'Kill Your Darlings'

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire October 16, 2013 at 4:53PM

As gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Daniel Radcliffe is a long way from Hogwarts in the indie drama "Kill Your Darlings," out today in New York and Los Angeles. The role marks his edgiest and highest profile one yet post-"Harry Potter," brought him fame and made him the richest British star under 30 in the UK.
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'Kill Your Darlings

As gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Daniel Radcliffe is a long way from Hogwarts in the indie drama "Kill Your Darlings," out today in New York and Los Angeles. The role marks his edgiest and highest profile one yet post-"Harry Potter," brought him fame and made him the richest British star under 30 in the UK.

Since then, the actor has gone out of his way to prove he has staying power by singing and dancing his way through the hit Broadway revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," appearing nude onstage in the dark play "Equus," and leading the hit period horror pic "The Woman in Black." This year alone, Radcliffe premiered three wildly varied works on the festival circuit -- the romantic comedy "The F Word," Alexandre Aja's bizarre horror comedy hybrid "Horns," and "Darlings -- that showcased his versatility as a performer.

Racliffe sat down with Indiewire in Manhattan to discuss this new stage in his career.

I want to talk briefly about Toronto where you had a whopping three films play this year. Did it feel like a career milestone for you?

Kill your darlings

It did feel similar to the moment that I had around the time of "Equus" where everyone sort of went, "Oh he's done that." "Equus" I think sent a message to people, particularly in the theater industry, about what I wanted to do. The question had always been, "What can you do after Potter?" and "Can you do anything else?" To come to Toronto with three totally different films and three totally different roles -- I felt very lucky to be able to show them all at once to people so hopefully if they went into the festival asking that question, they got their answer.

They did, loud and clear. It sounds like you feel you had something to prove.

Yeah, but I always feel that. I think that is a perfectly good way of motivating yourself. When you go into something like "Potter" very young it's obviously very easy for people to say you kind of lucked out by getting there, which I did. Everyone did. But there is the temptation to say you just fell into what you're doing and you wouldn't have been doing it had you not looked right when you were young. Definitely when you know that is what some people are thinking about you, you absolutely want to prove that is not the case. And of course if anyone writes an article doubting you can move on after Potter, you want to make that person look stupid. You want them to have to look back on that article in a few years and go, "Uh, missed on that one." It's mainly to prove to myself that I am in the right place and I'm doing what I'm suppose to be doing but there is definitely a motivating thing to prove to other people as well that I'm right for what I'm doing.

Well with that in mind, how have you gone about selecting the projects you have since Potter? For the most part you've been doing independent, edgier fare.

Kill your darlings

That's the truth of it. That's where most of the most interesting stuff is made, by independent companies. It's where you have the most license to do what you like. It hasn't been I want to do indie films, it's just been I want to do interesting films and they happen to be indies at the moment. The film I'm about to do is "Frankenstein" with James McAvoy, which is with Fox and it is the first studio movie I've done since "Potter" because it is the most inventive and imaginative thing I've read that's come out of a studio.

This article is related to: Interviews, Daniel Radcliffe, Daniel Radcliffe, Kill Your Darlings, Sundance Film Festival, Drama, Queer Cinema, Harry Potter






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