While there been a lot of talk about the fact Daniel Radcliffe is playing gay in Kill Your Darlings, there’s been less interest in the fact he’s playing one of the most renowned poets of the 20th Century, Alan Gisberg. While Kill Your Darlings is set before Ginsberg wrote seminal works such as Howl, a new clip show Alan reading some of his youthful verse to Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), with Radcliffe ensuring the whole thing is infused with a sense of young love.
Based on a true story, Kill Your Darlings charts how a murder helped shape the lives of a group of young men who went on to become the beat generation. Dane DeHaan plays Lucien Carr, the man who introduced Howl writer Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) to the likes of William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston).
During these early, hedonistic days, a man called David Kammerer (Michael C. Hall) fell for Carr, with his infatuation becoming increasingly obsessive and unhinged – the gay Ginsberg once discovered Kammerer trying to murder Jack Kerouac’s cat. It eventually resulted in Carr stabbing Kammerer to death him and going to prison for his murder. The violent event is said to have indelibly changed all the people involved and etched its way into the published works of the Beat writers. You can watch the trailer here.
The film’s out in the US on October 16th, with the UK release recently shifted to December 6th.