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That Time Daniel Radcliffe Learned How To Have Gay Sex For His Job

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | December 12, 2016 | Comments ()

By Kristy Puchko | Celebrity | December 12, 2016 |


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Post Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe worked tirelessly to get audiences to see him as an actor and not just The Boy Who Lived. This meant taking on niche-busting roles, diving deep into challenging material, like the black comedy mini-series A Young Doctor’s Notebook where he played a womanizing junkie, Swiss Army Man where he played a magical farting corpse, Equus, the acclaimed theatrical production where he went totally nude, and Kill Your Darlings where he not only played a young Allen Ginsburg, but also performed the rarely represented loss of a gay man’s virginity. With these projects, Radcliffe isn’t afraid to bare an unexpected element of his soul, or his altogether altogether.

Vulture recently spoke with 10 filmmakers about the sex scenes that defined their movies. Discussing Kill Your Darlings, the film’s openly gay director John Krokidas shared how important authenticity was, and how to achieve it he and his cinematographer Reed Morano blocked out the very intimate scene fully clothed for the actors to better observe and understand. “If we got that down and rehearsed it enough times with clothes on, there would be less time having to put two naked men in awkward positions with certain body parts pressed up against each other in a way that would make the actors feel self-conscious,” he explains.

Some actors shy away from playing gay men onscreen, but Radcliffe agreed that playing Ginsburg meant embracing the Beat icon’s sexuality. As Krokidas said of Ginsburg, “He wore (gay identity) unabashedly on his sleeve and helped establish queer sexuality as something you could even talk about in art and literature, so the scene was incredibly important to capture right.”

And Radcliffe was determined to get it right. He only had one question: “How naked do you want me to be … movie-naked, or Equus-naked?”

Krokidas recalls:

I said, “I hate when people block sex scenes in order to play hide-the-genitalia — that feels so forced. So let’s just block it, and if it falls into frame, we’ll shoot it.” But then I remember going, “Oh shit: You’re British, and Allen Ginsberg is one of the most famous Jews of the 20th century. On second thought, I don’t think we’re going to go Equus-naked.” And Dan said, “John, my mother’s Jewish and I’m circumcised. Play the scene any way you want.” God bless Daniel Radcliffe, he commits to all of his actions.

50 points to Gryffindor for Radcliffe daring to go where the Harry Potter movies still refuse to. I mean both in terms of LGBTQA representation, and sex stuff.

Kristy Puchko highly recommends you read Angie Han’s Fantastic Beasts editorial, found above under the “LGBTQA representation” link.



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