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by Nigel M Smith
October 16, 2013 4:53 PM
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Daniel Radcliffe on Proving His Naysayers Wrong With 'Kill Your Darlings'

An indie like "Kill Your Darlings" can't get off the ground without a star name like yours attached. Can you talk about the pressure associated with that?

The reality is I helped that situation but I didn't close the deal giving this film financing. They still need convincing after that, it's more than just my name being attached. I'm not a producer, I never produced anything in my life and I don't claim to to be but if there is a situation where my name association with a film helps get that film attention or money, I'm happy with that. I don't particularly see that as a pressure. The pressure is doing a good job. That's the part I have to get right.

Since its Sundance debut, the press have made a big deal of your sole gay sex scene in the film. Did you see this coming? This level of intrigue?

I did yeah. In fact, to be honest with you, I thought it would be more than it is. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people actually focusing on the film. It's a easy headline. There's nothing more to it than that. When you do a press junket you get a very good impression of the type of stories people want to write given the questions they're asking you. And the story that people want to write about me in this film is I found it weird to do a gay sex scene. When everybody is saying, "Wasn't that weird" and I'm saying, "No, it was just my job."

It's also important to note that you've been a huge advocate for the gay community for years now.

Absolutely. They either want me to say it was weird so that then that looks weird up against my advocacy for the gay community or they want me to say it wasn't weird so that they can further imply that I'm gay because it's impossible to hold the two ideas in their heads at the same time.

Somebody was asking me today, "Do you think you have a responsibility to gay youth in this film to portray it in a certain way?" And to a extent we do, but we have more of a responsibility now that we are promoting the film to not be, "Oh it was fucking weird and doing gay scenes was weird." That would be more damaging for a young person to read that.

The fact is, it is just a job. Ultimately we filmed like seven scenes that day and that scene maybe accounted for an hour in that day and it was kind of awkward and giggly in the same way that any sex scene, male or female, is because you're stripping off in front of someone you just met and a crew of people. But beyond that there was nothing weird about it. It was just like trying to remain unselfconscious while John screamed sex directions at you off camera.


  • fail | October 17, 2013 1:36 PMReply

    Daniel isn't going to gain too many accolades for playing Ginsberg, who was Jewish and about as far from Radcliffe's delicate WASPy features as it gets. But I guess if we close our eyes and pretend... Danny boy should stick to getting nude for plays about bestiality with horses.

  • bee | October 20, 2013 4:42 AM

    Here, for future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Andrew Garfield, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Ansel Elgort.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

  • TD | October 17, 2013 5:13 PM

    Yeah, hate to disillusion you but Dan's features are not WASPy. Why, you may ask? Because Dan is, in fact, Jewish. Woopsy on your part.

  • j | October 16, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    Daniel radcliffe needs to take acting classes and his talent more seriously .I don't care how many serious films or stage works he's done.He still sucks as and actor that's the truth that's what happens when you lean on a franchise.He seriously should take a year or two off from making any projects period .He's still young and just focus on his acting build up his skills then come back when he's actually got some talent .

  • RN | October 16, 2013 9:35 PM

    I agree. He has his moments, but he's still uneven and unnatural. It's like he's in a hurry to move on from Harry Potter by taking as many different roles as he can, when he should just work on his acting first. It's like he's putting the cart before the horse.

    Don't know if he still thinks the same way or is taking lessons now, but he has said in the past that he doesn't feel he needs acting classes because you get the best acting lessons on film sets. That's misguided to me, and unfair to a lot of actors who study hard for years at drama schools before they get a crack at these films. You should be qualified for the part when you audition, not when the camera's rolling and money's going out the door.

    He seems more motivated by the desire to prove people wrong than by a simple love for acting. That's going to be a hindrance to his acting, too. The chip on his shoulder which he admits he has is understandable but unhealthy and unnecessary.

  • fun | October 16, 2013 4:59 PMReply

    Lol, Daniel Radcliffe has naysayers?

  • seriously | February 23, 2014 10:20 AM

    @H: You Daniel Radcliffe fans should realize that not everyone who sees a movie with Radcliffe in it is a Radcliffe fan, nor watched it because he's in it. Some people actually just care about movies and we watch them and follow movie news and trends. Radcliffe is a wildly famous person who keeps getting acting jobs of some kind or another and the press along with it, yet is a woefully mediocre and sometimes flat out painfully bad actor. When you get press like this "Proving His Naysayers Wrong" it just looks like the press is propping him up. But the emperor has no clothes, and people who feel that way and care about seeing good actors and good films will say so.

    Kill Your Darlings was a decent debut for Krokidas chock full of good performances from a good supporting cast. Radcliffe was the glaring weak link in this movie lover's opinion.

  • H | October 17, 2013 3:06 AM

    Sorry @fun, my reply comment was meant to be directed to RN & J, but I hit the wrong reply button. Cheers.

  • H | October 17, 2013 3:04 AM

    Well, aren't you just so high and mighty. There are heaps of actors in the biz who have not trained. Do you suggest EVERY single one of them stop acting until they go to acting classes? Or is it just Daniel you have a problem with? Because frankly it definitely seems like the latter. If you don't think he's a good actor, I don't know why you bother reading his interviews, watching his movies and getting so invested in his career.