Actor Daniel Radcliffe arrives at Millenium Place in Whistler, British Columbia, November 30, 2012 for an intimate evening conversation about his career before a full house at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival. UPI Photo /Heinz Ruckemann
Updated Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM
Published: Jan. 22, 2013 at 10:22 AM
The public isn't adjusting too well to Daniel Radcliffe (best known for his role as Harry Potter in the teenage saga) playing a homosexual character in the movie "Kill Your Darlings," but the actor, who is a long time supporter of gay rights, sees nothing wrong with it.
"Kill Your Darlings" is about a murder in 1944 that draws three great poets together: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. In the film, Radcliffe participates in a gay love scene as he incarnates Ginsburg.
”It’s interesting that it’s deemed shocking,"Radcliffe told MTV. For me, there’s something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We’ve seen gay sex scenes before. I don’t know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Or both of them are equally un-shocking.”
This isn't the first time the "Harry Potter" star plays a controversial role. From 2007 to 2009 the actor performed as Alan Strang in "Equus," a play about a deranged boy who has a pathological fascination with horses. In the play, Radcliffe appeared completely nude.
"It was something new," Radcliffe told E! News when asked about the gay love scene. "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."
Radcliffe has been a long time supporter of gay rights, and has worked closely with the Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention serviced to the LGBT community.
A child is seen playing at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Berlin on June 18, 2013. Obama is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and will later speak at the Brandenburg Gate where fifty years earlier, U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner (I am a Berliner)" address . UPI/David Silpa