In fact, Radcliffe is happy if his Potter fame conjures up interest for what he wants to do with the rest of his career, such as his bold turn as young gay poet Allen Ginsberg in the Sundance premiere "Kill Your Darlings," The Associated Press reports. Radcliffe goes nude for an explicit sex scene with another man and makes out with co-star Dane DeHaan.
Radcliffe said his celebrity from the boy wizard franchise might draw in fans who would not have seen a film such as "Kill Your Darlings."
"I don't care why people come and see films. If they come and see a film about the Beat poets because they saw me in 'Harry Potter,' fantastic. That's a wonderful thing," Radcliffe said. "I feel like I have an opportunity to capitalize on 'Potter' by doing work that might not otherwise get attention."
"Kill Your Darlings" recounts a little-known chapter in the life of Ginsberg, who met Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University during World War II. DeHaan plays Ginsberg's early infatuation Lucien Carr, whose relationship with an older man (Michael C. Hall) involves the future Beat Generation icons in a seamy murder case.
"Kill Your Darlings" director John Krokidas said Radcliffe hurled himself into the role and treated the nudity and gay love scenes as just another part of the job, with no qualms or anxiety.
"None! None! None!" said Krokidas, who is gay and so became Radcliffe's coach in same-sex lovemaking. "Radcliffe simply asked, 'John, you're gay. How does this work?' "