Daniel Radcliffe on playing Ginsberg, post-'Potter' moves
February 2nd, 2012
01:42 PM ET

Daniel Radcliffe on playing Ginsberg, post-'Potter' moves

Given how much money the "Harry Potter" franchise made, we'd get it if Daniel Radcliffe decided he didn't really have to "try" anymore.

But the 22-year-old actor, despite his success playing the titular boy wizard in the series, says he's more than willing to put in just as much work to land roles as an unknown would.

"A lot of people need convincing, because they’ve only seen me do one thing," Radcliffe explained of how he's overcoming any lingering "Potter" bias. "The first thing I say when I go into any meeting with a director is, 'I want to read for this.' Because, apparently, [of] the number of actors that don’t read and won’t audition for things."

It's a trait that Radcliffe finds "bizarre."

"Even if someone is my age or maybe just a little bit older, they haven’t got a body of work to point to and go 'Well, look at my work.' Even I, myself, don’t consider myself as having a body of work. I’m only 22. So, I think at this point, I enjoy reading for stuff, and going in. So far, things have been going well."

Indeed they have, as he's starring in the thriller "The Woman in Black," which opens this weekend, and has also lined up a role as a younger Allen Ginsberg in "Kill Your Darlings."

"'Kill Your Darlings' is about a murder that was the catalyst for forming the beat generation," Radcliffe explains, adding that some have expressed surprise that he landed the part.

"I’m playing Allen Ginsberg at the age of 19, and I’ve been getting lots of people saying to me, 'Are you going to grow a beard?' I’m thinking, they wouldn’t have, perhaps, cast me if they were filming him at 40."

Regardless, the ability to be able to sign on for such a part without any other commitments hanging over his schedule is liberating.

"It’s lovely to not have to go 'I’m sorry, I’m not available for another two years,'" he says. "It’s lovely to [say], 'Yes, I can take that job.' I can do that."

"Kill Your Darlings" is scheduled to arrive in 2013.

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    February 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ?

    Is the movie going to talk about Ginsberg's views on man-boy love? Some people just like their cuçumbers pickled I guess.

    February 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. carolyn hatch payne

    I think Daniel has proven in his performance in Equis that he is capable of playing more than just Harry Potter. He did an awesome job in these films and his next movie The Woman in Black has had a much favorable buzz. I cannot wait to see what this talented young man does in the future. He has the talent, the drive, and good sense to go as far as he wants to in his career! Good Luck and much success Daniel !!!

    February 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alicia

    In my opinion, Daniel is a great actor and he is amazing on Broadway. Listen to his interviews and you will see he has a great sense of humor, he is really nice, polite and down to earth. I wish Holliwood had more actors like him. He is very talented and I can't wait to see his new movie. The previews look awesome. He could have retired and done nothing for the rest of his life, or like our Hollywood actors start drinking, parting and doing stupid things and then go to rehab. Instead, he's a very driven and motivated to stay on the right track and be a better actor. He deserves praise for this. Well done so far, Daniel, and I wish him good luck in his new movies.

    February 3, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Xavier

      [...] snareiwg off disposable coffee cups. Somehow I havent quite got around to adding it to my list of official resolutions; let alone taking it serious enough to last more than a day without a cup. I am a wandering English [...]

      February 13, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Belinda

    He looks like a ghoul or zombie. He sure needs to get outside in the sun.

    February 3, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Not a Dr. but...

      He is much smarter than those who tan and look hideos, wrinkled and botoxed by the time they are 30. What a stupid comment you made.

      February 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drowlord

      His face has a lot of extreme features. Strong brow, strong chin, dangly gobble, down-turned nose, flat nose bridge, deep eye-sockets, flat & clenched smile. His ears seem mis-positioned, too. Seems like he could be an attractive guy with a signature look if he had a couple of those, but he's got too much going on and looks kinda ghoulish. He was a perfect HP when he was young, but I imagine that they'd have gotten someone else if they could have predicted how he'd end up looking.

      February 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tess

    Good for him! Wish more guys were like that! People who make fun of him on here ... Get out of your trailer park or Occupy camp & get a job!

    February 3, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. Ashley

    wow. Seriously. First Tommy Felton gets a role in a new movie and now Danny Radcliffe. Emma, Rupert, Matthew: You guys really need to geet a lfe!!

    February 3, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Liutgard

      Emma is busy going to college. And Rupert is doing films too. Maybe you shouldn't make silly comments about things you know nothing about...

      February 3, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lo Jenk


    February 2, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Nian

    It is very sad that Daniel got this role. He is no beat. An American actor should have gotten the role. There are so many talented but unemployed or underemployed American actors. I wish Daniel would go back to UK and stay there. There is something creepy about his plastered forced-looking smile once he grew up. Go away.

    February 2, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Roles should go to the actors that are right for them according to the people putting up the money. Daniel R has already proven he can act in movies and on stage. He seems a good fit to me. According to your type of thinking, Vivien Leigh should not have been Scarlett in 'Gone With The Wind', but I think pretty much everyone who has ever seen that film would find it impossible to see anyone else in that role.

      February 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sokman

    Good to see the Harry Potter success hasnt inflated his ego. His momma raised him right

    February 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @charlie

    i didn't know trolls had any feelings!

    February 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. charlie

    Im not some troll. There arent such things as trolls or frankenstiens. You hurt my feelings.

    February 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @charlie

    Ya right, looser (your spelling, not mine). lameo trolling, dude.

    February 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. charlie

    Yeah. You could email them at ch_crack@yahoo.com We could correspond and stuff. It would be mega cool ! I know many cool jokes and am very humorous !

    February 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Richard Fore

    Harry Potter know how get his balls licked, that red headed kid does it.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. @3:22

    Y dont u send an email or text n ask if it's him/her?

    February 2, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sly Sadie

    @tyrell- lol!

    February 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. tyrell james

    With everyone upset about the legendary Don Cornelius yesterday, I found out that Harry Potter was one of the original Soul Train dancers. While me and my lil homies were putting afrosheen in our fros and moms was cooking up soul food, we were in fact watching Harry Potter dance the electric slide on Soul Train. That just shows its an increddible world. Peace-n-Love.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. .•|•.

    Lol! MR is that you?

    February 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Allison

    @tyrell james; what are you talking about?

    February 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  21. jeff

    He really seems like a likeable actor. Plus he isnt gay. Not that it would matter, but he really isnt. That is kind of cool.

    February 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. tyrell james

    This is just so sad. I remember me and my brothers and sisters getting up early on saturdays and watching the show. The word scramble was my favorite. My lil sis loved the line dance. I never realized Harry Potter was even on Soul Train until yesterday. Peace, Love, and Soul everyone.

    February 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RZ70

      Not that I ever really watched the show, in a couple of months I'm gonna laugh really hard at this joke. But for now... maybe too soon. The guy didn't exactly go peacefully in his sleep.

      February 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sluggo

      Dumbest comment on ANY thread EVER.....even if you are trying to make a joke! Plain stupid.....idiot.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • topaz114

      @tyrell james- Stay off the crack.

      February 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • orrigionalbettina

      Bab,y, I learned about Soul Train as a 18 yo valley girl, incarcerated in Fla for some imagined breech of the law, back in the seventies. My sistas turned me on to Soul Train. Like, we really danced for that hour! Travell well Cornelius.

      February 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |

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