8:58 pm - 09/13/2013

Daniel Radcliffe Has Completed a Movie Script and Says "It's Probably Sh*t"

Daniel Radcliffe is moving on from his Harry Potter persona with a spate of films — three of which appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival — including Kill Your Darlings, where he plays a young Allen Ginsberg. Along with a few reporters, I chatted with Radcliffe about making the film with costar Dane DeHaan (and becoming BFFs), how he has written a film script, and why he likes working on smaller productions after Potter.

POPSUGAR: How did you get along with Dane DeHaan?
Daniel Radcliffe: Dane is incredible. Dane's probably the best friend I've made through acting, certainly. He's somebody I see a lot of whenever we can — him and his wife. They're fantastic people. I think building chemistry with people is really just a matter of being curious about them, and being interested, and I think Dane and I got on very well immediately. And we worked on it — you have to work to build chemistry, even if it's as simple as sitting down and just sharing stupid stories from your teenage years about sh*t you did. Just so you build up a relationship.

PS: Are there any unforgettable memories from shooting?
DR: Getting kicked out of Columbia University at 4 in the morning because we're not allowed to film there anymore is not something I will quickly forget. That was very cool. It's the first time in my life that I remember running away from members of our own crew to complete a shot. Our producers were kind of trying to run us off, saying 'no, no, you have to leave, you're costing us money.'

PS: Do you have plans to work in film outside of acting?
DR: I have written a script. I've completed it; I don't know if it's any good, but it's certainly nice to have finished something. That's a huge achievement for me at this point. It's a very, very dark comedy. There's always themes I'm really interested in. They are themes that aren't dissimilar to [Kill Your Darlings], about friendship and when a friendship becomes unhealthy and what you have to do to move on from that. But it's a much more heightened scenario. It's probably sh*t! But the point is, I've finished it, and the next thing I write won't be!

PS: Will you return to theater soon?
DR: It's rather like asking a woman who's just given birth if she's having any more. I just finished a play about a week and a half ago. Yes, absolutely 100 percent — [but] not now.

PS: Do you have a preference for working on movies or in theater?
DR: My preference, if I had to choose one, would be film. I've grown up there; there's a sense of comfort and familiarity on a film set, which I've recently realized is unusual. There's young actors just coming out of drama school, and they have to learn stuff. Because I don't even think about that — there's stuff that's just second nature to me — hitting marks, and finding lights, and the technical side of it.

PS: Coming from an environment of huge film sets of Harry Potter, what's refreshing about making smaller films?
DR: Everything, absolutely. It's a much better way of working, and it's a much more creative way of working to have to go quickly rather than going slow. Twenty-four shooting days — I think that adds something to the film, and I think that adds a kind of vitality you need in a film about youth and about the Beat Generation.

PS: What are some of the differences?

DR: Really the only difference in doing big films as opposed to small films — they're very superficial, the differences — they're things like, how long do you have the crane camera for? On Potter, where I grew up, there were two crane cameras on set all the time, just because you might need one later! And I didn't even realize that was weird or unusual. And we were recceing locations for this shoot, and I heard John (Krokidas, the director) say to our producer, "OK, so this is the day we'll have the crane." And I was like, oh, we get one day with the crane, and we have to do all our crane stuff.

There's stuff like, you don't have a trailer on these films, but honestly I sort of prefer that because it means, if you have trailers, all the actors go back to their trailers and they just don't f*cking talk to each other. Whereas if you're on a film like this, you just have to sit in green rooms, and you have to actually engage with each other and it's much nicer. I hate when actors say stuff like, "there's so much waiting around on film sets, film sets are so boring. You wait in your trailer for so long." You actually don't, you don't have to wait in your trailer at all, you can just be on set, talking to people and having a nice time. I always get annoyed by that. It can only be boring if you allow it to be boring.

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quagmire1794 14th-Sep-2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Glad he's making an effort to do other things. I like him for some reason.

But if it's his first script, it's definitely shit. First one always is. But still, good for him.
bbsoccernona 14th-Sep-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
i like him too

he was my least favorite in the hp series but since then he comes across as so genuine and down to earth
etoile_amore 14th-Sep-2013 01:19 am (UTC)
okay, so a litte OT maybe but omfg, is he ever tiny irl - like 5'3 at the most
I got to meet him last Saturday at the premiere I was working at and on Tuesday night again, he is ADORABLE and so sweet
trich_tangents 14th-Sep-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
Ohh, is he wonderful?

I'm so jealous!
etoile_amore 14th-Sep-2013 01:26 am (UTC)
so wonderful! the crowds for each of his premieres were nuts and he was so sweet, he tried his best to get around to all the fans to give autographs
abbiemills 14th-Sep-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
DAMN he is like, my height. I knew he was short, but he's only a teeensy bit taller than I am.
chris_chick 14th-Sep-2013 02:04 am (UTC)
i saw some vids of him signing autographs for tiff and idk how he does it tbh. i'd be scared as fuq to go near those screaming ppl, and he was all chill
invisible_cunt 14th-Sep-2013 02:04 am (UTC)
i thought he was like 5'5 but he was barely taller than me and i'm 5ft!
and yeah he's awesome :)
trich_tangents 14th-Sep-2013 01:24 am (UTC)
I love him, and I hope "Kill Your Darlings" gets wide release.
saintssin 14th-Sep-2013 01:31 am (UTC)
this is exactly the post I needed to see right now.

I'm struggling with this script right now
cherryfeather 14th-Sep-2013 05:25 am (UTC)
me. too.
saintssin 14th-Sep-2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
What are you specifically struggling with?

Fill me inn.

And you should check out ontd-writes: http://ontd-writes.livejournal.com/

I've been busy setting a lot of things in motion, but I'm going to start working on getting the community active again. I think having a bunch of like-minded posters here would really help with motivation.
questanotte 14th-Sep-2013 10:45 am (UTC)
Question: What helps you write? I listen to a lot of different music and try to think around a soundtrack but I need some more motivation...
sarafina126 14th-Sep-2013 01:33 am (UTC)
My sweet tiny muffin.
ponpiri 14th-Sep-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
I can't wait until his movies are released (minus the F word).
masterofmystery 14th-Sep-2013 01:36 am (UTC)
the f word is the one with the best reviews so far. it's horns that was shat on at tiff
ponpiri 14th-Sep-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
Oh bof! I wasn't interested in the f word's story at all but was the most apprehensive of Horns. That sucks.
sarafina126 14th-Sep-2013 01:50 am (UTC)
F words' reviews are probably on par with KYD's, no?

But yeah sucks about Horns. I heard Dan was great in it but the film tone was all over the place.
seersha 15th-Sep-2013 05:01 am (UTC)
Reviews have been mixed. Currently it's at 50% on RT. Not surprising, it's Dan's least mainstream film and will not appeal to everybody. And I'm sure the movie will get distribution, there have been some reports that a deal is currently being negotiated, so we'll see if concrete news surfaces soon regarding that.
invisible_cunt 14th-Sep-2013 02:03 am (UTC)
um the f word was so good
like totally exceeded my expectations

johnwaters 14th-Sep-2013 01:36 am (UTC)
I would love to write a film script but I don't know if I'd have the patience to go through with it. I have a short attention span. Short stories are probably more my thing.
secretlemonade 14th-Sep-2013 01:36 am (UTC)
He seems like such a cool person.
kvetch_kvetch 14th-Sep-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
he is carving out a nice little career for himself post-potter

best of luck to you danrad
pastelstar 14th-Sep-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
My pocket jigglyballed prince is adorable.

I'd like to read that script.
snapiphany 14th-Sep-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
Aw. That's OK, Dan. You tried, and we're all proud of you. You can find loads of comfort in between the warm and nonjudgmental folds of your massive scrotum. Just remember to take some snacks and inform someone you're going in so we can have Search and Rescue on standby.
randomneses 14th-Sep-2013 01:39 am (UTC)

(f'real tho)
randomneses 14th-Sep-2013 01:39 am (UTC)
Ugh he's so endearing.
invisible_cunt 14th-Sep-2013 01:53 am (UTC)
i met him last week and he is adorable and charming and pocket sized
also, "the f word" was fantastic
sarafina126 14th-Sep-2013 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm so jealous you saw it! How is it compared to other romcoms?
invisible_cunt 14th-Sep-2013 02:02 am (UTC)
excellent. i'd say it's on par in terms of humour and cuteness with (500) days of summer and juno?
it's very well done. daniel has spot on comedic timing, and it's just really cute and endearing
buttermell0w 14th-Sep-2013 01:53 am (UTC)
i love him sfm.
i love that whole cast tbh even Crabbe w his fucking respect me like a grandpa song or w/e
ch33rylips 14th-Sep-2013 01:54 am (UTC)
Awwwwwww he's so fucking, let me give you pocket sized babies plz
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