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'I don't have to do a job if I don't want to' ; INTERVIEW Daniel RadcliffeHe may have hung up his wizard''s cloak, but Daniel Radcliffe still has the...

December 6, 2013

YellowBrix

'I don't have to do a job if I don't want to' ; INTERVIEW Daniel RadcliffeHe may have hung up his wizard''s cloak, but Daniel Radcliffe still has the magic touch. The young star tells Sophie Herdman about proving the critics wrong

THERE'S Little that we don't know about Daniel Radcliffe.

We know about his love life, his childhood, his vices (he smokes but doesn't drink) - we even know, thanks to a controversial performance in Equus, the size of his todger.

So it's surprising when you stumble upon a piece of information about the former child star that you hadn't already heard - like the fact that, aged 17, he tried his hand at poetry. A quartet of his works, which tackled topics such as infidelity, prostitutes and Pop Idol, appeared in Rubbish magazine in 2007 under the name Jacob Gershon.

"I mean why would you bother with divorce?/It's so much easier to slip away/And put a week aside so you can play," reads one poem.

Six years later, the star finds himself playing Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg, in new film Kill Your Darlings.

So what would Ginsberg have thought of Radcliffe's rhymes? "He would have hated them," says the actor, laughing. "Well, he probably would have said, 'Well done for being a 17-year-old writing poetry'. But he wouldn't have liked it, because it's far too rhyming and confor mist."

Ginsberg was a leading figure of the counter-culture, opposing materialism and writing explicitly about homosexuality when it was still illegal.

As someone who speaks out about homophobia and supports a number of charities, including the Trevor Project, which focuses on suicide prevention for young homosexual people, Radcliffe, 24, reveals that many of his parents' friends are gay - his father was a literary agent, his mother a casting agent - so sexuality's never been an issue for him.

"I hate any kind of prejudice or injustice, we all do, so if I can be a small voice to speak against it then that's fantastic."

Radcliffe has a number of homosexual scenes, including a kiss with DeHaan and an explicit sex scene.

In 2011, the year that the Harry Potter franchise came to an end, he made his Broadway debut in the musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, followed by The Woman In Black and the first series of A Young Doctor's Notebook in 2012.

It must have been daunting to leave the cocoon of Harry Potter's enormous success? "At this point, it isn't just about not repeating Harry, it's not repeating The Woman In Black, and now Kill Your Darlings."

And also about moving away from Potter? "I always try to be careful with this question I don't want it to sound like I want to stop talking about Potter, because I love those films."

Plus, he's now financially secure. "I don't have to do a job if I don't want to. I've had so many friends on the phone saying they're off to audition for this terrible film that they really don't want but they have to do. If you want to talk about something valuable that money can buy you, that's it - the luxury of being able to choose what to do." Kill Your Darlings is released today.

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