Daniel Radcliffe has definitely graduated from Hogwarts, but the "Harry Potter" star is still hoping that this raunchy role in "Kill Your Darlings" will cast a spell on older audiences.
In the movie about a real-life group of writers who become involved in a murder, Daniel plays gay poet Allen Ginsberg. The movie called for the young star to shoot an explicit gay love scene that has definitely raised a few eyebrows at the Sundance Film Festival, but Dan-Rad doesn't see what the big fuss is-he simply told E! Online that shooting the scene was "something new."
The former child star was such a pro that it didn't take many takes to shoot the scene. Here's what he said about how easy it was to film: "But you know what, we shot that whole scene in maybe an hour and a half so it was incredibly fast-paced. I didn't really have time to stop to think and worry about it."
Dan-Rad's explicit sex scene might be shocking audiences at Sundance, but he joins a long list of straight actors who have played gay characters in racy movies. Here's a look at what a few other stars have said about starring in gay love scenes:
James Franco is also promoting a movie that features gay sex at Sundance. "Interior. Leather Bar." is about the explicit scenes that were cut from the 1980 movie "Cruising." James shares a character connection with Daniel Radcliffe since he also played Allen Ginsberg in the movie "Howl," and he's also portrayed gay characters in "The Broken Tower" and "Milk." Franco had to shoot a minute-long kissing scene with Sean Penn in the movie "Milk," and this is what he told GQ about the experience: "That's a long time on film with everybody watching and, like, a fake mustache getting in your mouth. It was long enough that you couldn't help thinking, 'Oh, my God, I'm kissing Spicoli.'" So those "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" just couldn't go by fast enough for poor James.
Much ado has been about Kristen Stewart's nude scenes in the movie "On The Road," which features a few of the same beat generation writers focused on in "Kill Your Darlings." However, Garrett Hedlund's sex scene with older actor Steve Buscemi was just as brave and daring. According to Reuters, here's what Hedlund said about the experience: "Steve was wearing underpants the color of skin. In the rehearsal, in the camera they can see Steve's skin-colored underwear popping into the frame and they're like 'Steve, can you just slide them down a little bit?' And he's like, 'Oh, no; I'll just take them off. You don't mind, do you?'" Just try to beat that sex scene story, K-Stew.
Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor
In the dark comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris," Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor played unlikely lovers as an inmate and a married cop-turned-conman. Ewan has had lots of experience shooting gay love scenes in movies like "Velvet Goldmine," and he has no problem puckering up for another man. He told Out magazine that kissing Jonathan Rhys Meyers was an "electrical moment" and went on to admit, "But I like kissing boys on screen. As a straight guy, it's quite an interesting proposition. Anything on a film set that takes you by surprise like that, that gets your blood up, is good."
Jim Carrey wasn't quite as comfortable kissing Ewan at first. He complained that his costar was "prickly" and made this admission to the Daily Record: "If I were to be really honest, there was a homophobic voice that rose up inside me that said, 'Gee, this is kind of scary.'" However, he later bragged, "I think we have some great sexual chemistry on screen. I think there is definitely a lot of smoldering, 'yum, yum, eat-him-up' vibe."
Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
Jake Gyllenhaal also had a hard time shooting love scenes with a man. Here's what he told Entertainment Weekly about his "Brokeback Mountain" sex scene with Heath Ledger: ''What made me most courageous was that I realized I had to try to let go of that stereotype I had in my mind, that bit of homophobia, and try for a second to be vulnerable and sensitive. It was f---in' hard, man. I succeeded only for milliseconds.'' The guys had to re-shoot their sex scene 13 times, so they eventually got over their jitters. Heath said of the scene, "Neither of us wanted to do it again any time soon. But in the end, it was just like kissing a person.'"
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