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Radcliffe Excited About the Next Stage of his Career

November 12, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe is well past the midway point of what could be a model transition from child star to respected adult actor. A major step in that journey, after being cast at the age of 11 as Harry Potter, was Equus, the West End play in which Radcliffe bared it all and that moved to Broadway. So, too, was his Broadway run as a song and dance man in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Both were signs that Radcliffe was willing to try just about anything, and both were about as far from Hogwarts as one could imagine.

Those steps were a big reason director John Krokidas cast him in Kill Your Darlings (another being, if you’re a first-time director making an art-house movie and one of the biggest stars in the world is interested in it, you grab him).

Radcliffe stars as Allen Ginsberg in a story based on the real-life murder that touched members of the early Beat Generation (Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs are played by Jack Huston and Ben Foster). This is years before Howl and the big bushy hippie beard. In the early 1940s, Ginsberg is admitted to Columbia University and begins to explore his homosexuality. He yearns to break free from the the past and find his voice as a poet. It’s not hard to see parallels with a young actor looking to leave his franchise days behind and strike out as an artist on his own terms. Read More