It's been a busy day/month/year for the now 24 year old former wizard and Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe. His new movie in which he plays American beat poet, Alan Ginsberg, just premiered to excellent reviews. Check out more about it in our gay movies feature.
Young love: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan on the way to ‘quite a good kiss’ in Kill Your Darlings.
Today, news broke that Radcliffe is nominated in the best actor category of the 14th WhatsOnStage awards for his performance as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan. He finds himself in good company, including Ben Whishaw for Mojo and Peter and Alice; James McAvoy for Hamlet, Lenny Henry for Fences and Rory Kinnear for Iago in the National Theatre's production of Othello.
Coming on top of his 2007 triumph in Equus, his success in the supernatural chiller The Woman In Black last year, and his current memorable turn as a country doctor in revolutionary Russia, "A Young Doctor’s Notebook" currently screening on Sky Arts 1, Hogwarts has now become truly a distant, albeit fond memory.
Daniel as Billy in The Cripple of Inishmaan.
In an interview with James Mottram for Metro, Daniel, however, shares a brief residual insecurity. Commenting on "Kill Your Darlings, he says, "There is always that moment where you have a complete loss of faith in your own judgement and go: “What if it comes out and everyone else disagrees with me and thinks it’s s***?”’ he says.
"I think what will be really exciting for people is seeing these three guys before they were the venerable old men of American literature,’ he adds. ‘They were just running around New York, tearing it up, doing drugs and having this wild life, and becoming liberated. It’s the story of that time in their life and it’s the story of them all meeting.’
Dane DeHaan, who plays Lucien Carr, the fellow student Allen falls for, has no reservations about his leading man's talents. "Daniel’s a real actor and he wants to challenge himself. He wants to keep it different and he doesn’t want to repeat himself."
Daniel goes on to explain how proud he is of his now famous snog with DeHaan. "A gay sex scene held no fears for me!" he says. "I thought it looked good. It was quite a good kiss."
Unsurprisingly, Radcliffe has a strong gay following. Already outspoken on gay equality, he adds, "I don’t think I could ever countenance someone being homophobic in front of me. That doesn’t really wash well."
In the pipeline is the fantasy film Horns to be followed by his first romcom, The F Word. Later will come his appearance as hunch-backed assistant Igor in the new Frankenstein. He's also on track for a biopic of Sebastian Coe.
"Basically, the end goal is to be considered an actor rather than a character and I think I’m quite a way towards that," Daniel adds.
Lustralboy says: Masterful understatement, Daniel. You deserve all your current plaudits. And the many more to come.
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