Daniel Radcliffe 'A Hell Of A Talent' In 'Kill Your Darlings'
Radcliffe's portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in upcoming indie flick will 'put to bed so many doubting minds,' Ben Foster tells MTV News.
The list of characters in "Kill Your Darlings" is enough to immediately draw attention. The upcoming film counts literary icons like Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac among its players, but the young cast attached to fill out the roles is truly something to behold.
The indie production made waves in Hollywood by landing Daniel Radcliffe in the role of Ginsberg. With so many people paying attention to Radcliffe's post-"Potter" career moves, "Kill Your Darlings" became the project to watch. Radcliffe's name joined a list of some of Hollywood's hottest young talent, including Elizabeth Olsen, "Chronicle" star Dane DeHaan, "Boardwalk Empire" actor Jack Huston and Ben Foster.
MTV News spoke with Foster about working as part of such a talented young cast and how Radcliffe will "shock" audiences come next year.
"What's most exciting about the script is that these are before they were giants. These lions of literature are still in development," Foster said. "Working with these actors is a gas. You can't live up to the hero. You can live up the child. That's what we're honoring."
Of all the cast members, it's likely that Radcliffe has the most to prove. As only his second film role after ending the "Harry Potter" series, the film could be a crossroads of sorts for his career. Foster spoke to Radcliffe's ability and predicted audience reactions when the film finally hits. "In terms of Daniel Radcliffe, I admire him so much. He is a tremendously courageous human, great mind," Foster said.
"He's done some work in this film which I think is going to shock and impress and put to bed so many doubting minds. Everyone seems to be ready to cut the man down, and he's going to prove them wrong. He's a hell of a talent."
"Kill Your Darlings" is due out in theaters next year.
Ben as William (Bill) S. Burroughs
Dan and Cast filming at Columbia U!
Dan and Michael stopped student traffic at the university during filming of Kill Your Darlings
People Magazine: On Set with DanRad
The 16th April issue of People Magazine has the first official promotional shot of Dan playing Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, along with a small interview, the text of which is transcribed below.
On set with Daniel Radcliffe Fresh off the hit thriller The Woman in Black, Radcliffe, 22, is taking on a counterculture icon: he’s playing beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, now filming in New York City. The film explores the relationship between young literary stars-to-be Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs and the circumstances surrounding the 1944 murder of an associate.
Are you a Ginsberg fan?
The more I learned, the more I liked him. There’s unbelievable sweetness and compassion between him and Burroughs and Kerouac. His work was like an explosion.
Are you a poet yourself?
I write sonnets, couplets and things like that. The poetry I write is pretty structured and rhyming, but I’d like to think it’s honest and interesting.
Ginsberg did a lot of LSD. Were you tempted?
LSD would not do well for me. I’ve talked to a lot of people who’ve done a lot of LSD – and I know I would have a terrible time. I’m not tempted.
Ginsberg was gay. How are the love scenes?
There was no discomfort. There have been moments when Dane [DeHaan], the object of my affection in the film, and I did start giggling.
How will Harry Potter fans react to this movie?
Well, they were comfortable with Equus, and that had me simulating sex on the back of a horse, so this is a walk in the park.
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