See Radcliffe in a Radical New Way

Optimized - Radcliffe (600x800)Daniel Radcliffe, best known for his role as Harry Potter in the recent film series, is set to portray ’60s gay beat poet in “Kill Your Darlings,” which recently wrapped filming. The movie throws the former child star into the role of a college contemporary of fellow literary figures William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac.

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Based on a true story, the plot entangles the three writers in a murder. Still, the most suspense viewers might experience is when the young man once known for roaming Hogwarts takes part in a gay love scene.

Radcliffe revealed on “The Graham Norton Show” how director John Krokidas gave him instructions on how he should kiss co-star Dane DeHaan, who plays Radcliffe’s love interest, Lucien Carr.

“I was doing a gay sex scene, and the director was giving step-by-step instructions,” Radcliffe said, then smiled. “The favorite note I have ever had was when we were kissing and the director shouted, ‘Not like that. Crazy-sex kissing!’”

Radcliffe later commented on the kissing scene.

“Dane and I are banging the drum already because we want the MTV Best Kiss award. We want that golden popcorn!” he laughed. “To my knowledge, a sincere, passionate, romantic gay kiss has never won, so I think that would be a very cool thing for this movie to receive.”

The movie is set to premiere later this year, and Radcliffe has two more movies premiering in 2013: “The F Word” and “Horns” are both in post-production. He will also perform at the Noel Coward Theatre in the stage play revival of Martin McDonagh’s bleak comedy “The Cripple of Inishmaan” as the lead, Billy Claven.

Radcliffe’s father is from “a very working-class” Protestant background, in Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland. Radcliffe’s mother is Jewish; she was born in South Africa and raised in Westcliff-on-sea, Essex, though her family originally came from Poland and Russia. Both parents also acted as children.

— Compiled by Sara Kaplan

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