Daniel “Potter” Radcliffe is depicting poet Allen Ginsberg of rebellious late-teenage years in his upcoming movie “Kill Your Darlings.” Radcliffe, who has thrown himself into crazy projects in his post-Potter days has now decided to prove he’s worth the golden ticket received at age 10. In Kill Your Darlings, he plays a youth icon of a different order; here, he plays a gay, sexually active aspiring poet attending Columbia University.
To depict the young poet, he wears nerdy glasses along with plain sweaters and muffler. His face truly portrays a poet with its sweet, somber looks. Though he said the dress is “So stupid and weird” he somehow loved the dress code. He has asked the young woman in wardrobe to take a photograph of him in the costume, so he could send it to his girlfriend, Erin Drake, an actress he met on the set of Kill Your Darlings. “She is going to find me sooo attractive in this attire,” he said.
Irwin Allen Ginsberg (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet and one of the leading figures of the Beat Generation in the 1950s. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression. Ginsberg is best known for his epic poem “Howl“, in which he denounced what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity He became greatly attached to the San Francisco Renaissance in the United States. In 1954, Ginsberg met Peter Orlovsky (1933–2010), with whom he fell in love and who remained his lifelong partner.
In a recent interview, Daniel clarified that he’s really happy to portray a gay character. Daniel wears a gay cloak to depict his character. He truly looks like a poet in this movie. He too hates homophobia. He wants people to stop bullying LGBTs. It whisks us back to a time when he himself was torn by rumors of being gay. We, too, didn’t forget the made up scenes of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, “Darry” in short.
In addition to Kill your darlings, he has finished two additional movies: Horns, an adaptation of the Joe Hill novel, and The F Word, a romantic comedy with Joe Kazan. We must praise him that he has taken risks of playing gay characters and defying the chances of being tagged. The film might be a giant step to his movie career after wearing so many cloaks of checkered colors.
Radcliffe has always experimented with new projects, worn many hats and gained many splendid feathers in them. During the Harry Potter era, he starred in Equus on Broadway, as a disturbed adolescent; the role required extensive nudity. He played a young daddy in “Woman in Black” after completing the Potter movies, while in The Cripple of Englishman he portrayed a disabled young man.
Kill Your Darlings is a movie about counterculture and revolution. It’s the story of rebels. “This movie is about the birth of an artist, Allen Ginsberg,” says director John Krokidis. “The movie is about going to New York and having an adventure, showing the world you have your own unique voice.”
So, Daniel Radcliffe, the cute Harry Potter, wears a new hat and of course glasses for his upcoming movie “Kill Your Darlings”. It seems the glasses are never going to leave him behind; they are always with him, even if the roles are worlds apart. It’s obviously big news for Potter fans who never get enough of Daniel Radcliffe. With this movie Kill Your Darlings he dons himself a new cloak in disguise, and it’s a cloak of homosexuality. Homophobia is not allowed.
Written by: Jayeeta Shamsul