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Daniel Radcliffe: From Harry Potter to Allen Ginsberg

Since the Harry Potter series ended, Daniel Radcliffe has chosen indies like Kill Your Darlings over blockbusters. Why the change? Tom Brook talks to the star.

For Daniel Radcliffe the Beat goes on. Since he wrapped the Harry Potter franchise in 2011, the actor has gravitated toward independent films like The Woman in Black and Horns. Kill Your Darlings, from first-time feature director John Krokidas, is now opening in limited release in the US, and follows in that small budget, character-driven mould.

In Kill Your Darlings, which earned acclaim at the Sundance and Venice film festivals, Radcliffe plays American poet Allen Ginsberg. It is 1940s New York and Ginsberg is having early interactions with Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). Together they will become the Beat Generation and revolutionise mid-20th Century literature. Ginsberg also finds himself in the center of intrigue because of his attraction to fellow student Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).

Tom Brook talks with Radcliffe about Kill Your Darlings, how he has chosen his post-Potter film projects, and why he was not concerned about being typecast as the boy wizard.

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