Daniel Radcliffe says gay sex in 'Kill Your Darlings' sells tickets

Thu. October 10, 2013 8:06 AM by OnTopMag.com

Daniel Radcliffe isn't concerned about all the focus on his character's sexual orientation in the upcoming film Kill Your Darlings.

The 24-year-old Radcliffe (Harry Potter) plays gay beat generation poet Allen Ginsberg in John Krokidas' thriller Kill Your Darlings, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and opens nationwide on October 16.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle during a recent SiriusXM town hall, Radcliffe said that he's okay with the fascination behind the film's gay sex scene provided it sells tickets.

"It is slightly salacious," Radcliffe said. "But if that gets people to buy a ticket, and they end up seeing a one and a half hour drama about the Beat Generation, then I'm happy with that."

Radcliffe added that he was surprised at the attention given that in the 2007 stage revival of Equus he played Alan Strang, a stable boy who worships horses and confuses his "God" with sexual attraction.

"Why weren't you more shocked about the sort of sexual religious worship of a horse that my character has in that? And like the gay sex scene in this is now troubling everyone suddenly?" he said.

Editor's Note: Kill Your Darlings is showing as part of the Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 11, 2013 at 8:15 p.m. More information at chicagofilmfestival.com

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