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Radcliffe “Out” Cover Has Fans Talking

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Daniel Radcliffe has made great efforts in recent years to move away from his “Harry Potter” persona, taking a highly talked-about role in the stage production of “Eqqus” in 2007–in which he appeared nude–and a controversial role in the upcoming Allen Ginsberg flick “Kill Your Darlings”, in which he’ll participate in a gay love scene.

Radcliffe spoke recently about the film and about all the talk the movie is generating, saying he doesn’t see anything “shocking” about the scene.

”It’s interesting that it’s deemed shocking,” Radcliffe said. “For me, there’s something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We’ve seen gay sex scenes before. I don’t know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Or both of them are equally un-shocking.”

In the new issue of Out Magazine, Radcliffe addresses the scene again and says it wasn’t that hard to get into the mindset of a gay man for the role.

“You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight — to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love,” he said.

On playing controversial Beat poet Ginsberg, Radcliffe acknowledges that it might be odd for some viewers, whether because they’re fans of the “Harry Potter” series or of Ginsberg’s. But, he says, that’s what makes it exciting.

“I can see why people are skeptical about me playing Allen Ginsberg. I don’t look like him, and I’m English and middle-class and not from New Jersey. But that’s what I think is so exciting about it, because people have no idea.”

Image: Out Magazine

Radcliffe “Out” Cover Has Fans Talking
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  • Jake Winter

    Interesting how people evaluate this situation. You know what you are going to see before you get there to view this film. People, who make the choice to go, simply want to be titillated, and then want to criticize the substance. Men; women; you are getting what you want; this is why you’ve chosen to go there. Many of the critics undoubtedly have pornographic movies and other sorts of sexually explicit things in their homes, in their boudoirs and bedrooms. You want it, which is why you would go to see this film. Nonetheless, you still want the surface respectability of being an uptight, upright, and proper citizen, with the appropriate “values systems.” Nevertheless, God sees and He knows; His eyes are in every place, beholding the good and the evil. I will not see this and I will not criticize it. I am just an old fashioned kind of man, who loves God; and realize that people, who live in glass houses, should be careful of the stones that they throw.

  • Amy

    I don’t know what planet he is living on!!, but the day homosexuality & homo scenes become normal to do & watch, is the day hell will freeze over. I can understand him wanting a challenging role, but he needs to leave these crappy, embarrassing roles alone.

  • Marco Polo

    Bottom line is the dude is Gay and Jake, what Bible do you read that says people who live in glass houses should be careful of the stones that they throw? Just curious

  • eagle3

    Actually this magazine in the UK has featured quite a number of celebrities from movie and television on it, who are playing gay characters. They have also featured ones on their cover that are not as well. So it means nothing to appear on this magazine and certainly does not mean that he is gay. Americans take things way too literally.

  • Saysright

    I say, hey, if he wants to play a character based on an actual gay guy, I say go for it. He’s really a versatile actor who doesn’t act for the money, but for the love of acting. Good for you, sir. Good for you.

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