TODAY   |  September 30, 2013

Daniel Radcliffe discusses gay love scene in new film

“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe stars in a new film, “Kill Your Darling,” playing poet Allen Ginsberg. He tells TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie he isn’t surprised with the reaction to his gay love scene in the movie and explains that he tries continually pursue different roles in every project.

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>>> back at 8:47. if you hear the name daniel radcliffe and think only harry potter , you have to think again. the 24-year-old is busy in the theater and the movies. three films coming out and another in production right now. you made time for me. good to see you.

>> thank you for having me.

>> we're talking about kill your darlings this morning. it's set in the time of the great beat poets . was it fun to imagine that time?

>> it was. that's what shooting a period film of that era in new york is an excuse to walk around in incredibly cool clothes. that's one of the things we discovered about the beat generation is that everything they -- that style has now become cool again.

>> did you pay attention in english class? did you have to go back --

>> they're not taught as much in england in schools but i read him when i was 17 as everyone does and has that connection with it and my first reaction was the same as a lot of peoples, what the hell but after doing the film and learning more about his life his poetry made more sense to me.

>> one of the things getting headlines is for better for worse is you're in a gay love scene in this movie. are you surprised?

>> i would be a very stupid person if i didn't expect some reaction to that. in a way there's been less reaction to it than i thought there would be. a lot of people are choosing to focus on the film and i don't mind what reasons people go in to see the film if ultimately they're going to go in and see a compelling drama. so i don't really mind.

>> you can't do an interview without somebody bringing up that other film.

>> everyone says it like that. like i don't want it to be mentioned.

>> they feel bad. but do you actively seek out roles now or have you when you first left that franchise that were kind of unharry? to stretch your wings a little bit?

>> yeah but at the same time i don't know what i could have done that would have been similar to harry? that's why i signed up immediately for another young adult series. i don't know what i could have done but now i think the thing is it's not just to -- i don't want to just not repeat harry potter but i don't want to repeat the woman in black or now killing darlings. any actor that wants to have a long career realizes that the key is, you know, versatility and stretching yourself and it's for fun to be honested.

>> you have been praised for the choices you have made but i was struck by the mob scene that follows you everywhere you go. you were at the venice film festival . did the building really shake because of all the fans?

>> well, the building was a temporary structure. it was an easier building to shake than most are but yeah, and also we had never done any potter publicity over there through the ten years so it was like ten years of pent up --

>> excitement.

>> excitement but it was great. they're a passionate people. there was a lot of crying. which i always find tricky to deal with.

>> happy tears we hope.

>> we hope.

>> daniel radcliffe it's good to