Daniel Radcliffe: gay sex scenes shouldn’t be more shocking than straight ones

Daniel Radcliffe, who is all of 23 now, stars as beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, a true-story about a 1944 murder that “brought together the three beat generation authors, Ginsburg (Radcliffe), Kerouac (Jack Huston) and Burroughs (Ben Foster), when they were still just awkward students at college.” I got that explanation from this video interview with the writer-director, John Krokidas, who went on to explain that “the emotional aftermath of that murder is what provided them the creative spark to go on and decide to be artists.” That was the first time the three authors had met. (More background on the film is here.)

Anyway Ginsberg was a gay man, and Kill Your Darlings features a gay sex scene starring Daniel Radcliffe. The film had its premiere at Sundance recently, and Radcliffe is fielding questions about it. True to his ongoing support of the gay community, Radcliffe is incredibly cool about it when he’s asked about the gay love scenes in the movie. This is what you would expect from a straight guy who was on the cover of Out Magazine, but it’s still really nice to hear. I’m going to quote Extra! here because they’ve compiled quotes from two different interviews with Radcliffe:

Radcliffe has a particularly steamy sex scene in the John Krokidas-directed film that has everyone talking, especially after it premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

“It was something new,” Radcliffe told E! Online. “But you know what, 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 also spoke with MTV News about the scene, saying, “It’s interesting that it’s deemed shocking. 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.”

“What weirded me out the most last night was people were asking me all these questions about the gay sex scenes. I was like, ‘You know I did ‘Equus?’ ” Radcliffe laughed. “Some people are asking me questions like this is a more shocking subject, which is so strange.”

[From Extra and MTV]

MTV interviewer Josh Horowitz goes on to point out that this is Radcliffe’s first on-screen sex scene. Radcliffe gets a little flustered and admits that “it was new.” He also clarifies that his sex scene wasn’t with Dane DeHaan, who plays the murderer Lucien Carr. So who was it with, exactly? I haven’t seen it in print and guess that it’s a big spoiler. Also E! has a funny story about how their correspondent told Radcliffe that his straight female friend found the scene arousing. Right after that Radcliffe went over to director Krokidas and said “I told you girls were going to be into it.” We are! The good news is that Kill Your Darlings was acquired, by Sony Pictures Classics, and should be available in theaters at some point.

Here’s Radcliffe’s interview with MTV’s awesome Josh Horowitz:

These are photos from the Sundance premiere of Kill Your Darlings on 1-19-13. Radcliffe is shown with the director (dark hair, glasses) and with Dean DeHaan. Credit: WENN He’s also shown on the set of the film, in March and April in NY. Credit: Pacific Coast News. Spoiler maybe (highlight to see although this is futile since the image is below) He’s shown hugging Jack Huston, who plays Jack Kerouac

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  1. Eleonor says:

    I’ve watched A Young Doctor’s notebook.
    At the beginning the idea of John Hamm and DanRad playing the same character seemed crazy, but it was a LOL, and brilliant and damn it’s just over?? Do I have to wait another year??
    I’ll go to see this movie, DanRad is doing good choices for his career, and he is a cool guy.
    Oh and I would totally go cougar for him.

  2. RocketMerry says:

    Such a cutie. Sigh.
    He just makes you wanna pinch his cheeks.

  3. Micha says:

    he just seems incredibly cool. i dont know what it is. his appearance is definitely not why i find attractive- maybe its his sincere laugh, but i dont care whether he’s straight, gay or bi. i just wanna hang with him.

  4. serena says:

    hell yeah, we’re into it XD

  5. FassDaActor says:

    Radcliffe seems like a levelheaded guy. I wish him luck on his transition from a child actor. I guess if you’re acting, it shouldn’t matter. But I’m sure it’s still hard to do for some actors. I’ll give this movie a chance. As for Ginsberg, I’ve tried to seperate the artist from the art but the N@MBLA association is NOT cool.

  6. Merman says:

    He seems like a really cool dude.I hope he has a long career ahead of him.

  7. aims says:

    At the end of the day sex is sex. I would think its a little akward to do a scene and have everyone watching you. I’m very impressed with his support and attitude towards the gay community. Its nice to see someone live by what they say.

  8. mia girl says:

    Radcliff – love him and his whole package (though cant comment on his “package”…didn’t see Equus)

    Dane Dehann- this guy is an awesome actor

    Josh Horowitz- why doesn’t he have his own show and/or better gig? He’s the best movie/press junket interviewer around.

  9. LadyAnne says:

    He really seems like a darling.

  10. Chris says:

    We need more gay sex scenes in general ‘popular’ tv and movies to remove the stigma! By not showing it, you’re making it taboo and forbidden. If it was there, everyone would see it’s just normal and whatever.

    I love True Blood (tangent example) and they do have some great gay characters but they never show any gay sex despite showing all kinds of dirty straight sex. Give us the goods True Blood! We can handle it!

  11. FirstTimer says:

    He’s too awesome for words.

  12. Emma - the JP Lover says:

    I think Daniel is right. Gay sex scenes ‘shouldn’t’ be any more shocking than straight sex scenes.

    I absolutely love this kid. He has already taken more risk in his career at his young age than many older, more seasoned actors. It’s a shame he doesn’t have the career he deserves. Like Elisha Wood, Daniel’s height will hold him back in spite of his talent. Sad.

    • mom2two says:

      I agree with this. DR has come a long way as an actor…I remember years ago thinking he was the weak link acting wise of the HP trio. But he is making good choices but I don’t think he will ever be cast as a leading man type. This could be a good thing for him because he has an opportunity to take on more interesting parts than the action hero.
      I think he is going to run into the same issues as Elijah Wood. Elijah is a good actor but he is never going to get a leading man part, sadly.

  13. Miffy says:

    Love this guy so much! He’s such an old head on young shoulders in some ways.

  14. LeeLoo says:

    I love Allen Ginsburg so I will be seeing this film.

    I’ve never understood the controversy with gay sex scenes in films. People are gay and having sex is as natural for them as it is for straight people.

  15. MSL says:

    That one guy above looks like Leo in his hot years!

  16. Amy says:

    Daniel is just such a lovely guy! I have now followed him/his career for more than 10 years and I can’t believe how little he has changed, he really hasn’t let the fame go to his head. He is still very down-to-earth and I love that he is not ashamed of being a nerd, he never tries to be cool like most young actors today, which in the end, ironically, makes him so much cooler than them.
    I also don’t understand why Emma is always considered the smart and intelligent one of the HP “kids”. I mean, I do like her a lot but she just never comes off as especially intelligent in interviews, whereas Daniel has always seemed very bright and wise beyond his years..

  17. B says:

    I love Dan Rad. While I was always a Ron Weasley/Rupert Grint fan, I have to say that I’ve really loved how Daniel Radcliffe has conducted himself. He seems really surprisingly level-headed. I love reading interviews with him.

  18. RangaLover says:

    He’s turned out so well!

  19. Mauibound says:

    Dan seems to be a very kind young man, a rarity these days. All the HP kids seem to have grown to be fine people, take a cue LL