Daniel Radcliffe has made great efforts in recent years to move away from his “Harry Potter” persona, taking a highly talked-about role in the stage production of “Eqqus” in 2007–in which he appeared nude–and a controversial role in the upcoming Allen Ginsberg flick “Kill Your Darlings”, in which he’ll participate in a gay love scene.
Radcliffe spoke recently about the film and about all the talk the movie is generating, saying he doesn’t see anything “shocking” about the scene.
”It’s interesting that it’s deemed shocking,” Radcliffe said. “For me, there’s something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We’ve seen gay sex scenes before. I don’t know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Or both of them are equally un-shocking.”
In the new issue of Out Magazine, Radcliffe addresses the scene again and says it wasn’t that hard to get into the mindset of a gay man for the role.
“You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight — to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love,” he said.
On playing controversial Beat poet Ginsberg, Radcliffe acknowledges that it might be odd for some viewers, whether because they’re fans of the “Harry Potter” series or of Ginsberg’s. But, he says, that’s what makes it exciting.
“I can see why people are skeptical about me playing Allen Ginsberg. I don’t look like him, and I’m English and middle-class and not from New Jersey. But that’s what I think is so exciting about it, because people have no idea.”
Image: Out Magazine