There's nothing worse for an actor than to be typecast. The dilemma is particularly potent for young actors who secure a major role in a massive franchise early on in their careers. Of all these franchises, Harry Potter is, of course, one of the big ones.
It looks like is doing his best to avoid this eventuality. He's been known to take on increasingly daring and dramatic roles following his ten year stint as Harry Potter. His latest film, Kill Your Darlings, certainly looks set to change his reputation as a speccy wizard kid.
The indie flick, which has recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival, follows the story of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and the Beat Generation. A central theme of the film is the sexual discovery of it's lead character Alan Ginsberg, played by Radcliffe. As such, the film features several hot and heavy sex scenes, which have caused a bit of a stir. Radcliffe told Esquire:
It's shocking by the sheer fact that it's me. Otherwise, it's entirely unshocking that I'm playing Allen Ginsberg in a film about self and sexual discovery, and there's a sex scene.
In addition to the sex scene, Kill Your Darlings also features Ginsberg's same-sex encounter with Lucien Carr, played by . It's certainly a scene which has garnered some attention, again much of this seems to be related to Radcliffe's profile. Michael Hogan of The Huffington Post explained:
Plenty of male actors have passionately kissed male co-stars in films, as Radcliffe and the excellent Dane DeHaan do here, but it's hard to recall a Hollywood star as famous as this one simulating the act of homosexual lovemaking this explicitly -- knees in the air, lover on top of him -- or this vulnerably.
Hogan isn't wrong; following his involvement with the first Twiligh film, fellow Harry Potter star also filmed gay love scenes in Pretty Ashes. I suppose is a good tactic if you want to get involved in some more serious work. Radcliffe was certainly pleased with the outcome of the scene. He told Esquire:
I'm just happy that it’s a well-done scene. [Director] had never seen the version of that scene that he wanted: gay sex in a film that felt very real. He wanted to achieve that and he did.
Personally, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. In fact, this film seems a lot less controversial than Radcliffe's involvement with the West End stage production, Equus. In this play Radcliffe, who was 17 at the time, was required to appear naked in front of a packed audience every night. Radcliffe seems equally perplexed, he told MTV:
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?' Some people are asking me questions like this is a more shocking subject, which is so strange.
How do you feel about Daniel Radcliffe taking on these more risque roles? Why not let us know below? And please, no one make jokes about his 'magic wand'. That's just too obvious...