Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter alum has ‘authentic’ sex scene in Kill Your Darlings

Harry Potter fans who take in Daniel Radcliffe’s in the film, “Kill Your Darlings”, will see the former boy wizard in some scenarios far different than his time at Hogwarts.

Radcliffe plays Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg as a young college student who falls hopelessly under the spell of charismatic Columbia University classmate Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan).

Radcliffe said it was not difficult to transform into a young gay man in love.

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‘I don’t think there’s any difference between how one falls in love,’ he tells Flaunt. ‘People express love differently, person to person, but it’s not gender or sexuality related. The only difference it made was obviously the actual sex scene, of course.’

So how about that sex scene?

‘I was talked through it by the director,’ Radcliffe says. ‘He would be telling me what I would be feeling in each take. Basically, gay sex, especially for the first time, is really fucking painful.’

Writer-director John Krokidas said that he had never seen someone’s first time having gay sex portrayed accurately on film before.

‘He wanted it to look like an authentic loss of virginity,’ Radcliffe says.

He adds: ‘The transformative thing about the role wasn’t playing such a famous character or playing a character that had such a huge influence on society. It was more of trying to find your voice, and finding out who you are.’

‘It’s usually an awful and very painful journey, and it has to be – it involves getting heartbroken or failing at something that you want to succeed at. Those are important things to go through, and that was the thing that attracted me to the part.’