Writer/director John Krokidas premiered his feature film “Kill Your Darlings” about gay poet Allen Ginsberg last month in Park City, Utah at Sundance Film Festival. In 2002 Krokidas’ short film “Slo-Mo” was also selected to be shown at Sundance. The Yale and NYU alum has come a long way during these last eleven years.
In Krokidas’ latest venture “Kill Your Darlings” Daniel Radcliffe plays Ginsberg, pioneer of the Beat Generation and openly gay writer, alongside Dane DeHaan (Lucien Carr), Jack Huston (Jack Kerouac) and Ben Foster (William Burroughs).
Brad Carpenter, television producer of shows ‘Nurse Jackie’ and ‘Queer Eye,’ told 429Magazine that he is “thrilled that films are coming out that inform us about gay and lesbian history. The exposure is fantastic and it’s great that actors are taking on these important roles. It’s indicative of the younger generation as they are more and more unfazed by it. I love Daniel Radcliffe and respect all his performances.”
Carpenter senses a shift in the mainstream that is more welcoming of gay and lesbian culture and history. Perhaps the future generation is not as tainted with taboo surrounding homosexuality as it has been in the past.
Recently, Radcliffe said, “you never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight – to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.”
Portraying Allen Ginsberg would be challenging for anyone, said Krokidas. “This role is about a young man who has played the dutiful son his whole life, and who has only shown the world a certain aspect of his personality, and who, during the course of this movie, finds the strength to show the world so much more than they expect of him – he becomes a young artist and a rebel.”