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'Kill Your Darlings' Starring Daniel Radcliffe As Allen Ginsberg Premieres At Sundance: VIDEO


Kill Your Darlings, the indie flick in which Daniel Radcliffe plays a young Allen Ginsberg exploring his sexuality, premiered at Sundance last night. And, yes, of much of the post-show chatter dealt with Radcliffe's on-screen gay romances.

Speaking with E! after the show, Radcliffe said that while on-set gay sex was new for him, director John Krokidas gave him a blow-by-blow about how it all goes down.

"We shot that whole scene in maybe an hour and a half so it was incredibly fast-paced. I didn't really have time to stop to think and worry about it." Radcliffe said about breaking into unfamiliar sexual territory. "John was very helpful in furnishing me with a lot of graphic detail of what I would be experiencing at the various stages."

Though Kill Your Darlings, which also stars Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac, Ben Foster as William Burroughs and Michael C. Hall as David Kammerer, a man whose murder provides the movie's dramatic pivot, has yet to find a distributor, the amount of attention and generally positive reviews - The Hollywood reporter wrote, in part, "there’s a limber, freewheeling aspect to the storytelling that echoes the rule-breaking literary form of the Beat writers" - and Radcliffe's star power should be enough to guarantee at least a small showing around the country.

AFTER THE JUMP, Radcliffe, Krokidas and the rest of the film's core cast talk with THR about making the film and what the gay men they portray mean to American culture.

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  1. I really like Daniel Radcliffe, but that aside... Gay actors have been playing 'straight' for years & it's never seen as the big-deal it seems for straights to play gay. An actor is an actor... I wish the media would get over it, already.

    It reinforces some macho thing that same sex sexuality is somehow still a taboo.

    Posted by: petensfo | Jan 19, 2013 12:58:41 PM

  2. Blow by blow? Really?

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 19, 2013 1:09:16 PM

  3. "Danny, it is a lot like Harry and Ron but with a lot more wand play", said director John Krokidas.

    Posted by: Ripped Mittens | Jan 19, 2013 1:15:09 PM

  4. Allen Ginsberg was a member of NAMBLA, a pedophile group. He was very open about being a member (all of the info is on Wikipedia and many other sites). Any organization that hurts children (and any members of that organization) should be shunned by the gay community. We should be making the world a safer place for children and the group he chose to join does the exact opposite. Anyone who joins that group is the lowest form of life.

    Posted by: Low | Jan 19, 2013 1:21:08 PM

  5. John Krokidas, the director, is hipster hot.

    Posted by: stranded | Jan 19, 2013 1:22:11 PM

  6. The media always make a deal of these things. If people are intelligent they will ignore that and find out that this film it's worth watching for the great performances, one of the most brilliant scripts ever and inspiring direction.

    Posted by: Leo | Jan 19, 2013 1:46:13 PM

  7. I agree with Leo.

    It looks to be an amzing cast, working with interesting subject matter.

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Jan 19, 2013 2:03:49 PM

  8. DR from young Harry Potter to a grown up man, who wants to do lots of different roles. Who wouldn't like him?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jan 19, 2013 2:42:56 PM

  9. William Burroughs was born on February 5, 1914;
    Jack Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922;
    and Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, 1926.

    William Burroughs had already attended Harvard University in 1932 before meeting Allen Ginsberg.

    Jack Kerouac had already written his first novel “The Sea is My Brother” in 1942.

    Life Chronology Dates for Allen Ginsberg

    September 1943
    Allen Ginsberg enters college
    Allen begins his education at Columbia University in New York City, originally aiming to become a labor lawyer.

    December 1943
    Allen meets the first of his lifelong Beat friends
    Allen meets Lucien Carr, who soon introduces him to his St. Louis friends, David Kammerer and William S. Burroughs. Lucien chides Allen on his career choice; since he had never worked a day in his life, how could he know what "labor" was.

    June 1944
    Allen Ginsberg meets Jack Kerouac
    Lucien Carr (seeking occasional escape from the unwanted advances of his close friend, David Kammerer) joins his girlfriend, Celeine Young, as she spends time with her friends Edie Parker and her (Edie’s) roommate Joan Vollmer. Through Lucien, Allen finally meets Edie's boyfriend, Jack Kerouac, of whom he's been hearing so much.

    September 1953
    Burroughs in love
    William Burroughs moves to New York from Mexico and falls in love with Allen. They have an intense affair, which Allen eventually ends. During this period they work on assembling their correspondence, later published as Yage Letters.

    December 1953
    Burroughs moves to Tangier
    After Allen abruptly ends their affair, William Burroughs moves to Tangier and does not to return to the U.S. for 15 years.

    Source: See the Allen Ginsberg website:

    First publications: Jack Kerouac (1950), William Burroughs (1953), Allen Ginsberg (1955)

    Jack Kerouac:
    After serving briefly as a US Merchant Marine, Kerouac authored his first novel, “The Sea is My Brother.” ... written in 1942 not published until 2011

    “The Town and the City” was published in 1950 under the name "John Kerouac" and, though it earned him a few respectable reviews, the book sold poorly. Heavily influenced by Kerouac's reading of Thomas Wolfe, it reflects on the generational epic formula and the contrasts of small town life versus the multi-dimensional, and larger life of the city. The book was heavily edited by Robert Giroux, with around 400 pages taken out.

    For the next six years, Kerouac continued to write regularly. Building upon previous drafts tentatively titled "The Beat Generation" and "Gone on the Road," Jack Kerouac completed what is now known as “On the Road” in April 1951, while living at 454 West 20th Street in Manhattan with his second wife, Joan Haverty.[29]

    William Burroughs:
    Finding success with his confessional first novel, “Junkie” (1953), William Burroughs is perhaps best known for his third novel “Naked Lunch” (1959), a controversy-fraught work that underwent a court case under the U.S. sodomy laws.

    Allen Ginsberg:
    In October 1955, Allen Ginsberg and five other unknown poets gave a free reading at an experimental art gallery in San Francisco. Allen Ginsberg's “Howl” electrified the audience.

    Source: Wikipedia.

    Definition of the word MONSTER
    a : an animal or plant of abnormal form or structure
    b : one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character
    : a threatening force
    a : an animal of strange or terrifying shape
    b : one unusually large for its kind
    : something monstrous; especially : a person of unnatural or extreme ugliness, deformity, wickedness, or cruelty
    : one that is highly successful

    Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monster

    Posted by: Nathaniel Siegel | Jan 19, 2013 2:49:10 PM

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  11. That brings back memories. Allen Ginsburg spent the night in our apartment when he was at our university doing a reading. I wish I could remember more of it, but we were all so stoned...

    Posted by: TomTallis | Jan 19, 2013 4:21:23 PM

  12. Nice to see Michael C. Hall branching out into some edgy movie projects. As much as I love Dexter, I'm ready for that chapter of his career to close so we can see him in some great movie roles.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Jan 19, 2013 4:33:22 PM

  13. Looking forward to this. I am glad that they didn't ask the stupid str8 actor question, "what was it like" question.

    A love story & a murder. Perhaps we are making progress.

    Posted by: Ray | Jan 19, 2013 4:41:13 PM

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    Posted by: | Jan 19, 2013 10:20:26 PM

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    Posted by: Chad | Jan 20, 2013 10:33:55 AM

  16. I've seen Radcliffe in Equus both in NY and London and on the street. He is a fine actor but I wish for this role they had chosen someone who more closely resembled Ginsberg. Franco was excellent in Howl. Acting skills are great but make-up can only help suspend belief to a point. As for Ginsberg and NAMBLA, Ginsberg subscribed to the role older men played in the lives of boys along the lines of those in ancient Greece, which appreciated the beauty of youth. I don't consider Aristotle or Pericles guilty of child abuse. Today we forget that such relationships were not necessarily evil due to scum like coach Sandusky. I do not find Ginsberg guilty by association. He was never accused of or charged with child abuse so why bring it up if only to discredit an outstanding gay man.

    Posted by: terry | Aug 5, 2013 5:58:41 PM

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