Daniel Radcliffe: ‘You never see a gay actor asked what it’s like to play straight’

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe covers the March issue of Out magazine to promote his role as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. The movie premiered at Sundance to solid reviews, and Daniel’s performance in particular is receiving critical praise. The Independent even calls out Daniel for “a defining performance,” so perhaps there will be a day when we stop thinking of him as “that kid from Harry Potter.” Admittedly, I still do that.

This Out shoot is really gorgeous and will please anyone with a bit of a crush on this Brit, and the interview is pretty decent as well. Dan has recently discussed his belief that gay sex scenes shouldn’t be any more shocking than straight ones, and he continues that train of thought here. What I’m most impressed about, however, is how Dan interacted with the on-set cast and crew on this movie. He sounds like a terribly nice guy in spite of his status as a big-time movie star. Here are some excerpts:

Daniel Radcliffe

On losing the Harry Potter image: “I’ve always said that it’s a long process, and in a way it may be a lifelong one. It’s about proving to people that I’m in this for the long haul, and that I wasn’t just looking to get as famous as I could for as long as I could and ride that out. I love almost every aspect of this industry and I want to be in it, and if I could drop dead on a film set at 80, that’s how I’d want to go.”

On playing a gay 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.”

On challenging the challengers: “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.”

Director John Krokidas on Dan: “He literally gets to know the names of every member of his crew on set and remembers them. On our set, he was playing Words With Friends with some of the P.A.s — he’s that guy. Before I sent out the script, I said, ‘Oh sh-t, Daniel’s not Jewish,’ and my boyfriend said, ‘Of course he’s Jewish — everyone in the world knows that. Didn’t you see the shots from Equus? He’s only British from the waist up.’”

On being a child actor: “I’ve got great parents who would never have allowed me to become a c-cky, obnoxious sh-t. The thing I learned, much more than learning about acting, was learning about on-set etiquette As a lead actor on a film you have a tremendous opportunity to influence the entire process by virtue of the attitude you take toward it every day. If you come in raring to go, ready and energized, nobody else has any excuses.”

He can’t watch thePotter movies: “I certainly wouldn’t watch number three, I wouldn’t watch the first two, I wouldn’t watch four. I might watch five.” He pauses. “I definitely wouldn’t watch six.”

[From Out]

I love how Daniel still describes himself as middle-class even though he’s obviously got enough money in the bank to live for several lifetimes without financial worry. He also manages to admit that he can’t watch the Potter movies without sounding like a stuck-up jerk. How does he do that? I know this guy is rumored to be a rowdy, gregarious drunk, but I’d still like to have a drink with him.

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Photos courtesy of Out magazine

 

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  1. gee says:

    These pictures are the handsomest he’s ever looked.

  2. Winnie says:

    I just love him & Elijah Wood. I think they’re both just.. Beautiful. Handsome isn’t the word.

  3. GeeMoney says:

    I wouldn’t call him a major movie star… but he’s definitely a good actor.

    I don’t know if he will ever NOT be Harry Potter to me…

  4. JL says:

    Word;

    I could drink and look at him all day.

  5. jinni says:

    He looks like the love child between Richard Armitage and Elijah Wood.

    • Amelia says:

      LOVE IT :)
      He definitely looks a bit like Richard Armitage’s little brother.
      . . . RA is *mine*, by the way.
      Just to let you all know!

      • delia says:

        Sorry Amelia, Richard is actually mine. He told me that again last night when I watched “North and South” for the 10 zillionth time and almost fainted, again, during the train station scene at the end. I know that CB is supposed to be a “friendly, welcoming site” so I’m saying this nicely, but I do want to be clear. Richard is mine and mine alone, now and forever. I’m sure that you will meet someone else and live a long and happy life. You have great taste in men.

      • Amelia says:

        *draws slutshank*
        Nee-hever going to happen, Delia! ;)
        I will defend this imaginary hubby to the death, with ferocity the likes of which you won’t have seen since Eve had to stake her claim on Cumberbatch.
        (Where’s Eve been lately, actually…?)
        I have no other imaginary hubby timeshares and I marked my CB turf back on one of the Hobbit premiere posts. And I’ve been more than ever-so-slightly obsessed since the Vicar of Dibley.
        Now,excuse me whilst I get back to an-emotionally-traumatised-but-great-shag Lucas North ^^
        (Nice choice of miniseries though – don’t tell the Fass loonies, but I think he would have made a better Rochester after seeing that!)

      • delia says:

        Dearest Amelia, put your slut shank away. I come from the city that had the most murders in the U.S. in January. We have guns, lots of gun. We should not have them, we can’t shoot straight, we often mistake the identity of our victims, the guns are already illegal and most of them are possessed by gang banging sociopaths, but we do have plenty of guns. Your slut shank will not protect you from me.

        I, however, am usually a peace loving person. If you are earning a ton of money and are willing to share half with me, I propose:
        I get Richard Tues. and Thurs.
        You get Richard Mon. and Fri.
        We alternate week-ends and Wed.
        If you don’t already own these you may use my streaming netflix account, whenever you wish, to watch North and South, Vicar of Dibley Christmas Specials, Robin Hood (FF through most of it to get to Sir Guy, of course) and all shaggy episodes of Lucas in Spooks/MI5. Fair deal sister-wife?

      • Amelia says:

        See, this is why I love Celebitchy, we know how to share on this site :) I reckon if we all banded together and created a timeshare company, we’d be multimillionaires before the year is out.
        Very well, the slutshank is going back in the ceremonial case, to be used only to defend against any intruders to the timeshare.
        As for the money issue, I can’t say that my earnings match up to those of Bill Gates, but as someone who works in a museum, I can do you a good deal on a jade carving of a phoenix from the Liao dynasty? Stealing historical artefacts isn’t treason, is it?
        And I’ve got a friend who works at the airport, so we can get a good deal flying Armitage to-and-fro from London to … New Orleans? I’m getting varying results from google!
        Oh, Netflix sounds good, thanks!. I’m currently trying out the one month free trial, still trying to decide if it’s worth it or not.
        Ah Sir Guy … I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to just push Marion off the screen. When a brooding man in leather asks to marry you, one does not simply turn such a proposal down!

      • delia says:

        The jade carving sounds lovely and I’m certain that the transference of valuable artifacts under circumstances like these is completely protected by international law. The wedding, if you have no objections, will take place as soon as possible and it will be thrilling. Maybe we can get Richard to sing too. He’s done musical theater.

        Ugh, Marion. I was about to shoot her with one of Robin Hood’s arrows myself. Of course you marry the brooding man if he has eyes like that. You marry him whatever he is wearing and then you take it all off.

    • kathy says:

      He and elijan has been mistaken for each other for ages. They both have glamourous baby blue eyes, but that’s the only similarity I can tell
      This gif set in which they talked about the issue was SO adorable LOL
      http://elijahwooddaily.tumblr.com/post/17909773079/on-being-mistaken-for-each-other

    • Kristin says:

      Elijah Wood and Adam Levine love child…

  6. Ravensdaughter says:

    Whoa! Harry Potter’s all grown up! Brooding fits him well.

  7. Maria says:

    middle class is different in other countries. i dont know if its true but a friend of mine told me that in england you need to be royalty to be seen as upper class, its not only based on money. maybe some english readers know this.

    • Poppy says:

      It’s not royalty, that’s a catagory all to itself –

      Traditionally it would be: old money, old untitled families would all be titled as upper class. Some people move into the upper class by virtue of their profession – bishops, archbishops, the upper echlons of the armed forces.

      Then there is upper middle class (aka gentry) – priests, barristers, doctors, people with ‘land’, traditional professions. Then the lower middle class – tradesmen.

      Then working class, people who do manual professions basically.

      Royalty and aristocracy are a seperate catagory – barons, baronets and knights are upper class but Dukes, Earls, Marquis’s, Viscounts are aristocracy.

      Obviously nowadays it’s a lot more fluid and complex, but those are the traditional definitions.

    • turningviolet says:

      You can have not a penny to your name and be upper class and conversely be filthy rich and still be working class. The English class system has little to do with actual money in the bank wealth (especially these days).

  8. Annie says:

    I love Dan but I hate this glorification of the Beat Generation. They were nothing but useless overrated hipsters, and Allen Gingsberg was a member of NAMBLA, meaning, he was a pedophile.

    Over it.

    • vvvoid says:

      Aww. He’s wonderful.
      I didn’t see most of the Harry Potter movies so it will be a mite easier for me to see him as Daniel or his other characters.
      Allen Ginsberg was kind of a degenerate, but he explained his membership with NAMBLA as an exercise in free speech. I can see him actually not being a pedophile and still joining NAMBLA due to his contrarian streak, his trouble maker streak. Also, he “had sex” with a man when he was 8 years old, he may have either felt a lifelong need to minimize and deny the pain of that experience or genuinely enjoyed it and felt kids should be free to say “yes”. I’m kind of torn on that one. Every part of me thinks there is no way a child can have consensual sex with an adult, but I do remember being a child and wanting to do SOMETHING with much older boys I had crushes on, I wasn’t sure what. I was never abused but I had a very healthy sexual imagination from the age of like, 4, when I came across a stash of porn mags. So part of me thinks it’s possible that some kids actually WANT to explore that stuff, but I still think it should be illegal because 99% of the time this is not the case and we should not declare open season on children for a bunch of perverts just because a few outliers like me exist. Too dangerous. And also, I think obviously having sex is something that can wait until at least adolescence [I didn't have sex until I was 16, my high school sweetheart, despite my early perversions lol] and I don’t think laws against child-adult sex are depriving anyone of anything essential, to say the least.
      NAMBLA is a detestable organization.

    • bluhare says:

      Annie, I’m starting to think your sole purpose in coming here it to troll it out.

      NAMBLA point well taken (his name is Ginsberg, btw), but that’s one person out of an entire group. Going to tar everyone with one brush?

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      They are suffering from acute hagiography, aren’t they? At least they’re not hippies.

  9. BW says:

    He looks a lot like David Tennant in these pics, and that’s a good thing to me.

    His parents need to write a book about the right way to raise a famous child and then mail an autographed copy to Dina Lohan and Kris K.

  10. Miss Kiki says:

    I’d still rather do Rupert Grint.

    The sentence about him describing himself as middle class even though he has a sh*t load of money makes me think that Americans don’t quite get how our class system works.

    • T.Fanty says:

      Well, it’s confusing to transfer the term, because over here, middle class is what people in the UK would refer to as “working class” (assuming it’s still PC to use that term). I still always get really confused during election time, when all the plumbers and construction workers, etc., start shouting about protecting the middle classes, in reference to themselves.

    • Jane says:

      Correct me if I am wrong, but when referring to “public school” in th UK, is it like our “private schools” in the US? This always confused me.

  11. Willa says:

    Id like to have way more than a drink with him. Never thought like this till I saw these pics.

  12. Rosei says:

    My friend was an extra on most of the Potter movies and he said that Daniel was really lovely and friendly with everyone and that Hermiony (whatever her name is I can’t remember) was a sullen b*tch who just sat in the corner bored and checking her phone. I’m not a HP fan but saw him in The Woman in White and don’t think he’s a good actor so i won’t tune in for him but he has the right attitude to work at least :)

  13. ladybert62 says:

    He looks very handsome in these pictures – makes him look much more mature.

  14. Migdalia says:

    I think he’s a recovering alcoholic and doesn’t drink anymore O_o anyway love him! But I’d still wanna bang Tom Felton first ;-p

  15. Jane says:

    The young man is really quite beautiful. But I feel like something of a pedophile thinking about Harry Potter like that. But I hope he can move past that character as he deserves a long career as he is an adult and should be treated that way. I like his interviews too. More mature than some of the “hotties” that some folks find attractive.

  16. *unf* Joan Jett says:

    “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.”

    YES, THIS!!!

    I just want to add me some bisexual/pan/fluid/multi/omni/poly into the mix – for more visibility & completeness.

  17. Gabby says:

    I see a young fassbender here. Am I crazy?

    He looks delicious here though.

  18. Reece says:

    I had a comment but I got distracted by the pictures and now I am troubled.

  19. aud says:

    Lol I love the line about him only being British from the waist up. The boyfriend totally googled the nudes hahaha.

    He sounds down to earth and hard working. Hope thst never changes.

    All of the harry potter kids aged well, didn’t go diva or anything. They did something right on that set

  20. Lucinda says:

    I’m beginning to think he’s gay. I could be totally wrong and it wouldn’t change my opinion of him one iota. I think it’s sad that my suggestion he’s gay will be seen by some as criticism or slander when sexuality should never be seen that way. I only bring it up because he has made such a point of talking about the gay community so much. It just makes me start to wonder.

    • Bijlee says:

      I agree. I wonder too. If he is, then I think he’s scared of coming out because the kid was Harry potter and people might just freak. Dont think the world is ready for that yet and plus it could ruin his career opportunities and the kid just wants to be known as a talented actor. Not as Harry potter or gay Harry potter so can’t blame the guy for that.

      In other news why do I NEVER hear anything about Rupert grint? Poor Ron really living out their characters a bit aren’t they?

    • Mia 4S says:

      Lucinda I don’t think it’s slander (of couse not) but with all kindness it is a bit of narrow thinking. He’s explained that his parents were involved in theatre from a young age and he was exposed to many gay role models and family friends. When he was old enough to see the hatred and discrimination they were facing he felt compelled to step up. With his wealth and openness he would have no purpose for the closet. Allies can be very helpful. I’m not disabled but I work quite extensively on their behalf.

      • Ashley says:

        Mia I wish you were correct, but you’re not. Any movie actor who wishes to have a successful career in Hollywood is strongly encouraged by producers, management and publicists to stay firmly in the closet. If they don’t stay in the closet, they won’t get the coveted roles. This has not changed one bit.

      • Lucinda says:

        I understand what you are saying and I agree with his view point. It’s rarely that I wonder whether or not someone is gay. I do recall him talking about his parents earlier. But some of his arguments are so very personal that it goes beyond his explanation in my mind. That’s all. I agree that allies are important and what he’s doing is good regardless of where it comes from.

      • Lee says:

        yes, this!
        It’s definitely not slander to think he might be gay, but it makes me a little sad that people still think that for one to be a committed ally to the gay community you must actually be gay yourself. To me, that seems a little like saying that for a man to be a true feminist, he must actually be a woman. I can’t wrap my head around the logic.
        (of course, this is not meant to be directed specifically at Lucinda, but at the many people I have seen question Radcliff’s sexuality in a far less eloquent way. I hope no offense it taken!)

      • ??? says:

        @Ashley:
        Your point is absolutely correct. It surprises me how the Hollywood machine still manages to pull the wool over so many people’s eyes. Especially when privacy and inside information are regularly compromised by a digital age in which people can anonymously — and, therefore, conveniently — splash information all over the Internet.

        Gay, lesbian, and bisexual male and female actors with the potential to become big in Hollywood are pressured incessantly by studio execs, agents, and managerial and publicity teams to stay in the closet. These actors are commodities, and possibly very lucrative ones at that; their marketability is what their handlers prioritize, not their personal feelings or morals.

        Public image reigns supreme. This has been the case for practically as long as the Hollywood studio system has been in existence. It’s easy for spectators to assume that this actor or that actress should have no problem coming out. What’s so hard about it? He/she just doesn’t seem like the type to put on a guise at all. But in reality, these actors and actresses DO have a lot at stake. The pressure is immense. And more often than not, because these entertainers do deeply desire to succeed, they comply with the “requirements” of the system. At least until they’ve hit their mark.

        On a totally different note, many male actors, especially, in my experience, those who have immersed themselves in theater, I suppose due to their artistic natures and the emotional, introspective, and intimate nature of the material they play, also tend to be more “in touch” with every aspect of themselves. I have known plenty of legitimately straight male theater actors who didn’t hesitate one iota to explore their sexuality for a role, which subsequently messed up their thinking for a while as to what their sexual preferences were in reality (yes, actors can be DEEPLY effed up in the head sometimes).

        Regarding Radcliffe, he comes across as thoughtful, sensitive, and intelligent (and he looks especially handsome in these photographs!). If he does succeed in establishing a solid career as an adult actor, and he keeps up the attitude he has now, I will have no cause for complaint. Most of the Hollywood actors of his generation (and even older generations) should take special note of the honesty, open-mindedness, and gratitude of this young man.

    • Tiffany says:

      He’s not bringing it up “so much”…he is playing a character that has an explicit sex scene with another man, so that is why the interviewer is bringing it up.

    • andy says:

      I only bring it up because he has made such a point of talking about the gay community so much.

      @Lucinda

      If he showed support to the Muslim community, would that make him a Muslim?

      • mom2two says:

        These are the best photos I’ve seen him take. He actually looks attractive here. I always thought that he was gay (not that I care if he is or isn’t) and I am glad he is doing interesting things with his career.
        As for his drinking, wasn’t rumored not too long ago that he was kicked out of a club for being an obnoxious drunk? I know he has said that during film 6 was when he was in the midst of the drinking problem, so that’s probably why he can’t watch that film. The first 3 films, he really wasn’t that good of an actor at the time, to be honest.
        As for Rupert Grint, he seems to be doing independent films and does not seem to court the press like Daniel and the other one do.

      • Cole says:

        It’s not just him talking about the gay community. It’s the fact that most straight men would not think that doing a sex scene with a man feels the same as doing one with a woman. That sounds bi to me. I understand what he means with his progressive thinking but the fact is, it’s not the same. I imagine a gay man would feel different doing a sex scene with a woman than a man as well. If it weren’t different then everyone would be bisexual.

      • Lolly says:

        This is @ cole
        there are studies that suggest that if it weren’t for societal attitudes most humans would be bi. Completely straight & completely gay people are the “uncommon” ones.
        I admire Daniel for what he’s doing. If more actors were like this i daresay the gay witch hunts of public figures would be a thing of the past because people simply wouldn’t care(i mean the audience have seen you make out with a guy on an eighty foot screen!) & if you were “caught” you could just say you were doing research for a role! Lol!

      • Lucinda says:

        Of course not. But if he the Muslim religion seemed to be his many talking point in many of his interviews, it is reasonable a person would begin to wonder why. That’s all. I knew asking the question would spark criticism but I also respect the readers of this website to allow someone to wonder aloud and see it as merely that, wonderings, not accusations.

        Not that homosexuality or being Muslim is akin to Scientology (of course not), but when people begin discussing Scientology, it is often assumed they are secretly Scientologists. So it’s not an unreasonable question.

      • Tiffany says:

        “It’s the fact that most straight men would not think that doing a sex scene with a man feels the same as doing one with a woman.”

        I disagree. Just because I as a straight woman like men, doesn’t mean that I would be attracted to ALL men or all of the actors I might be put with in a love scene. I think faking love with a woman would be pretty simular to faking love with a man.

    • Jane says:

      Some of the biggest proponents of gay rights and equality are straight (Brad Pitt, Charlize Theoron and almost the entire cast of the Prob 8 Play), so supporting gay rights is not indicative of ones sexual orientation. He also seems like such an honest young man, if he was gay, he would say so.

      • Lucinda says:

        I agree that he seems very honest so if he is, I’m surprised he hasn’t said anything although he is certainly not required to.

        As for the others, yes they are proponents but it isn’t their main talking point and they waited until their careers were much more established and they were reacting to a specific act, namely proposition 8. Daniel’s comments are much more generalized which makes them feel different to me. That’s all.

      • jaye says:

        @Lucinda…the plight of the gay community is not his main talking point. He just seems to be very passionate about equality and fairness towards gays due to his upbringing and interviewers ask him about it. I doubt very seriously that he starts talking about gay issues as soon as he sits down for an interview.

        It doesn’t matter if he’s gay or straight, but I just don’t think that him speaking out on behalf of the gay community means that he’s gay. He just seems to be a thoughtful, socially conscious young man.

    • Tiffany says:

      I guess I am a little uncomfortable with the idea that you could “feel” his sexual preference through edited interviews and photo shoots.

      I am a straight woman, but like Dan, I am VERY passionate about getting equality for my LGBT friends. When you see injustice happen in real life, it makes you want to fight against it. Just because a person speaks out in support of the community, it doesn’t reflect anything about their sexuality…it reflects their position on human and civil rights.

      When people are assumed gay because they speak of equality for the LGBT community, it makes straight people like me want to speak even louder. Perhaps Dan is similar.

  21. Hubbahun says:

    Holy h*ll……YUM! (That sounds so wrong!) Great photoshoot!

  22. duncecap says:

    this may be unfair but he always looks drunk to me. Especially in the first black and white pic. Its the eyes maybe. I think he maintains very well, but I can’t not think that whenever I look at him. I really really hope he’s not though and that’s just how he looks. I agree with Lucinda that he might be gay but of course that has no effect on how loveable he is.

    Pleasedon’tbeadrunkard,dan

  23. shewolf says:

    I ask my gay friend all the time what its like to act straight. Then he does his impersonation of a straight guy and I DIE laughing every single time. Its funny because its not who he is same like its something of a curiosity or sensation when a straight person takes on a gay role in a film or show. I am sure gay people ask their gay actor friends what its like to play a straight guy. It has nothing to do with gay rights or antihomophobia and Daniel Radcliffe needs to settle down.

    • Lee says:

      I think the difference is that your friend is likely putting on some sort of stereotypical farce of a ‘bro’ impression for laughs. Being gay and being straight are not the only defining characteristics of a person. In most of the important aspects of our lives, we are the same. The way we love, work, form friendships and families, etc are the same.

      Unless the character is from a cheesy coming out comedy where their entire existence is defined by stereotypical characteristics and a struggle with their sexuality, playing a gay character shouldn’t really be any different than playing a straight character, or at least that’s how I took Daniel’s comment.

    • Tiffany says:

      “I am sure gay people ask their gay actor friends what its like to play a straight guy. It has nothing to do with gay rights”

      Do you really think he was refering to his friends? I think he was saying that reporters covering movies don’t ask the same questions.

  24. JosieJ says:

    I love this guy and wish he was more celebrated compared to entitled douchebags like Justin Bieber.

    It is possible to be rich and famous and not act like you are above the rest of the world.

  25. Dawn says:

    I have to say this photo shoot was very well done. I like it! And yes he is correct, no one ever asks gays what it’s like to play straight. I would think they would say it’s called acting for a reason as well!

  26. serena says:

    Never thought I’d say this but: HOW HOT.

  27. Very handsome and intelligent. My childhood love. lol! *blush* Wish he was a bit more taller. :-/

  28. B says:

    I love him. I was (and still am!) always a Ron Weasley/Rupert Grint fan, but I’ve liked pretty much everything I’ve read about Daniel Radcliffe. He gives great interviews and seems totally down-to-earth and kind. I’m glad that he’s been having some post-Potter success.

  29. Ashley says:

    Daniel Radcliffe: ‘You never see a gay actor asked what it’s like to play straight’

    That’s because no one knows who the gay movie actors are – they’re all still in the closet. Still, in 2013, in the closet.

  30. Chelsea's handler says:

    He’s right to say he’s middle class. Class is about more than just money. It’s also defined by culture, education, family background and values.

  31. mac says:

    He looks so much like Elijah Wood in the picture next to the one of him in the red shirt. I love him so much.

  32. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Best he’s ever looked. He really is growing up to be very handsome and I’ve always enjoyed the few clips of interviews posted on here. He seems down to earth. Second, on the having a drink with him …

  33. katie says:

    he looks sexy, he’s gonna get even better looking as he ages

  34. Emma says:

    I love love love him and have since I was 11. We had a bit of a falling out around the 4th film (that hair), but I came to my senses around the 6th film. Sigh, I’d love to just have one awesome day with him.

  35. lady X says:

    UGGGG Sorry but the openly gay thing in hollywood and many parts of this country is still a NEW thing … and many are still closeted so yes the question about what it is like to play gay? is fair and relevant …

    • ronnie says:

      nope. wrong.

      John Barrowman, Alan Cumming,NPH, Zachary Quinto, Jim Persons, Guillermo Diaz, Ian McKellen, Nathan Lane, BD Wong, Matt Bomer and Victor Garber, Porscha De Rossi, Cynthia Nixon, and Sarah Paulson would disagree.

      these are just names pulled from the comments above and off the top of my head. j imagine there are more…. ya know the gays…. they’re EVERYWHERE. (<–meant as a funny)

  36. anon says:

    You misunderstood what he meant by “middle-class” in England middle class means posh, not of average financial standing.

  37. Angie says:

    Can’t reply for whatever reason but this is @ Cole:

    You are majorly taking his words out of context, here — he absolutely did not say ‘Doing a sex scene with a man is no different/feels exactly the same as doing a sex scene with a woman, for me.”

    He DID say ‘falling in love is no differnt for heterosexuals than it is for homosexuals, as far as I know.’ As in, it’s entirely possible to portray falling in love in the same manner, for an actor, in either role — there is not some great leap in experience and they aren’t to be portrayed differntly. PORTRYATED. Not felt. Gay actors who portray staight men never get asked how they do it, because, we view that as the normal process of fallng in love, and so it isnt questioned when one is able to accurately portray it. Daniel is saying here, there is no one-or-the-other norm, it’s the same process in both directions. Whether you are playing a straight or a gay man falling in love, the process is for an actor to portray falling in love. Not with a man, or a woman, but simply, falling in love.

    To say that he’felt’ the same thing filming sex scenes with a man as he would with a woman is grossly reductionarly and narrow-minded. He never said anything of the sort. He is speaking about his acting method, not his own sexual felings.

    Anyway, I’m glad for Daniel and hugely respect that he can be so brave as to be a very vocal ally even though narrow-minded speculations will abound as a result, and, sadly, will hurt his career nearly as much as if he he WERE an openly gay man in Hollywood, though with a much more subtle execution. I think the fact alone that he doesnt shy away from being an vocal ally despite those speculations about hs sexuality being inevitable, verifies to me at least that if Daniel were gay, he’d come right out and say it. He’s not afraid of people thinking he might be gay, so why would he be afraid of people knowing if he WERE gay? It’s so silly to think he’s in the closet and this is some passive-aggressive pro-activeness. As if that makes any sense when you actually think about it. I mean, really.

    • Mary says:

      I just wanted to say that I agree with Angie’s comments about what he meant with respect to falling in love.

      As for his comments on “gay issues”, he is speaking to Out and he is talking about his portrayal of Allen Ginsburg. It seems to me, from what I’ve heard of the film, that it concerns far more than sexuality – it will be interesting to see if the media can deal with some of the other issues in the film that Potter goes gay, etc.

      As for Daniel’s sexuality, well, he has answered that question. He’s straight. He’s had girlfriends but he doesn’t parade them around the red carpet like many other stars. He has also pretty much said that if an actor or famous person is reasonably attractive and popular, they’ll have gay rumours surrounding them. It’s part of our culture. I don’t think it has harmed anyone in this day and age, so I guess I disagree with some of you.

      Dan seems to be a pretty decent human. I hope he stays off the booze or controls it. If he does, I imagine he will have the career he is hoping for. He doesn’t court the media, except when he’s promoting something, and seems only interested in doing good work, whether it succeeds or fails.

      Great to see!

  38. ramona says:

    Daniel Radcliffe has always struck me as a mature, well-spoken young man. Also, when I saw him in How To Succeed… on Broadway, I was completely astounded by his dancing skills. I think he works his butt off.

  39. lucy2 says:

    He seems like a good guy. Hope he keeps it together, the child to grown up actor transition is always hard, but he seems to be doing OK so far.

  40. Jes says:

    he is a far better actor then most around his age group.

  41. yoyo says:

    Wow, either these are photoshopped to the wazoo or the guy is suddenly looking very manly and much less pixie boyish! I’m really shocked, these pictures are REALLY lovely….hmmm…

  42. shaboo says:

    He ans fassbender do look alike. Look at this photo of fassy and tell me he doesnt look like radcliffe

    http://www.thecrossedcow.com/wp-content/images/2012/02/Michael-Fassbender.jpeg

  43. Janet says:

    Gorgeous pics! Dude is really handsome! Now if he could only grow five or six inches…