Daniel Radcliffe in character as a young Allen Ginsberg: does he pull it off?

These are some new photos of Daniel Radcliffe in character on the set of his new film, Kill Your Darlings. The film’s premise: “A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.” DanRad is playing the young Allen Ginsberg, Ben Foster is playing the young William S. Burroughs, and Jack Houston is playing Jack Kerouac. I’m also including a photo of Michael C. Hall in character as David Kammerer, an older man who followed and stalked Lucien Carr (allegedly). When Kammerer came on to Lucien Carr after a night of heavy drinking, Carr stabbed him and pushed his body into the Hudson. That’s seriously the plot of the movie! It’s about the murder and then Lucien Carr’s murder trial. Weird.

Anyway, DanRad is playing Ginsberg. Here’s what Ginsberg looked like when he was young:

Like a young Jeff Goldblum, basically. And I don’t think Ginsberg was as short as DanRad, but there’s nothing that can be done about that. So… what are your thoughts on the pale Englishman playing the famous American poet? It’s not terrible. DanRad is almost always adorable, and you really have to work to make him look like hell. Add to that the 1940s costumes, and I’d hit it. I’d hit it if DanRad wasn’t in character as a gay man, I guess. I guess the better question would be – can Daniel pull off this kind of character? Can he sustain an American accent? Does he have the necessary depth to portray the author of “Howl” (before he wrote “Howl”)?

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. fabgrrl says:

    Oh snap! I thought that WAS a young Jeff Goldblum.

  2. jinni says:

    He looks like what I’d image Clark Kent would look like if they did a “Superman” set in the 50’s.

  3. dorothy#1 says:

    I hope so! He looks really great!

  4. normades says:

    No, I think he still looks like Harry Potter (sorry!). But maybe he’ll pull it off in the movie.

  5. Lentil says:

    I think his accent should be fine. I remember being fairly impressed with his Australian accent.

  6. strawberrycake says:

    This is so awesome! He can totally pull this off. I saw a bunch more pics of this on another site and it’s pretty much amazing.

  7. Linney says:

    Did he not go a long run with an American accent in HTSIBWRT on Broadway? I’m sure it won’t be an issue.

  8. sup says:

    you can only tell after watching him act. a fake hair or a jacket means nothing.

  9. angie says:

    Oh, DanRad looks cute! I love him.
    Emma Watson is also filming a movie (in LA), Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring. She has hair extension for a new role. It’s weird to see with long hairs now, I was used to her haircut.

  10. almond says:

    He looks oddly feminine. I think those brown contacts are throwing me off but there’s something just so wrong about his whole character look. I guess I’m in the minority but I don’t like it at all. It’s freaking me out.

  11. miriam says:

    I love it. He looks excellent and I think this is going to be a really interesting watch, so many talented people involved. Love the styling too.

    Daniel should be fine with this, plus he had an American accent for a year when on Broadway last year, I think he can sustain it for a short film shoot like this.

  12. erin says:

    he looks adorable. ahaha

  13. Emmy says:

    It actually pisses me off slightly that he’s wearing contacts to play Ginsberg, but he wouldn’t wear the bloody green contacts to play Harry Potter. I don’t really care that they irritated his eyes. I also don’t care that he was 11 at the time. They paid him enough. He should have toughed it out.

    Bah humbug.

    • Emmy says:

      Woah. The bitterness. Just shocked myself a bit with that comment.

      • miriam says:

        Emmy, get over yourself. Unless you actually condone and advocate a child be made to go through pain and discomfort just to appease you?

    • Leah says:

      @Emmy, I sort of agree with you. As a huge fan of HP, I was severely annoyed by this. It’s one of the major points of the books since they mention his eyes CONSTANTLY. It’s kind of hard to get around it, ya know?

      • sup says:

        the annoying part is (SPOILER ALERT)-harry’s green eyes were sort of an important part to the plot which only comes up, through directions of j.k., in the last movie, so they finally made him wear those green contacts in the last movie, it was weird, wow his eyes changed colour lol. they could have digitally dyed his eyes green in the previous films, but i guess that would have cost a bundle.

      • Emmy says:

        @sup, they were already spending a bundle! They might as well have splurged on, oh I don’t know, AN ENORMOUS PLOT POINT. Whatever. Or the kid should have just bit the bullet and worn the f’ing contacts like a professional. (you guys should know, particularly @miriam who may or may not be Daniel Radcliffe’s mother as she has quite the interest in his physical and mental wellbeing, that I’m almost completely joking)

      • sup says:

        oops @leah sorry, i didn’t notice how you made the same point in the comment right above mine, it looks as if i’m trying to repeat it now, when in reality, i intended to reply to emmy’s post. maybe i did, and the differences in timeline etc. made me comment appear out of place/in the wrong order. @emmy yeah, i agree with you, but don’t forget that they almost made dumbledore straight for those cheezy movies, until j.k. stepped in, maybe they didn’t want to spend an extra amount on those special fx :/ idek, the whole thing seems kinda strange now

    • miriam says:

      I’m not being maternal, emmy, I’m being humanitarian.Maybe you should look it up? Plus I can’t stand puritanical nitpickers with anally retentive views about adaptations like yours.

      And no, it wasn’t a “major plot point” it had significance but not enough to effect the storyline as a whole. Get over it.

  14. Meecey says:

    I love him. I can’t watch the early HP’s anymore because I feel like a perv. I would have given anything to seen him in that play. * wiping drool* I would have been arrested across the pond!! Lol

  15. alex says:

    You know…I thought it was the glasses…but it might be the hair cuz I really like this glassesless photo too. Really like…

  16. Miffits says:

    Michael C. Hall looks like the lead from Kings of Leon, no?

    There is just something so irrisistably likeable about DanRad. I’m always excited for his post-Harry Potter ventures and this looks promising 🙂

  17. Emily says:

    Oh, I was trying to figure out what looked so weird about his eyes. Thank you! And I would totally hit that. Oh my.

  18. mezz says:

    Damn, he is so sexy in those high waisted pants, mmmmmmmm