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Daniel Radcliffe: I wasn't nervous for 'Kill Your Darlings' nudity, sex scene

Daniel Radcliffe has definitely moved on from Harry Potter. While he’s appreciative of how the boy wizard role got him to where he is now, the 24-year-old actor has built up quite a resume post-franchise. He’s starred on the stage in both London and New York. He’s worked in the indie world, been in a supernatural thriller called “The Woman In Black” and has several films rolling out this season including “Kill Your Darlings,” in which he plays writer Allen Ginsberg. Here Radcliffe dishes to FOX411 about that role and his sex scene in the film.

FOX411: There’s been attention over [your gay sex scene] in the movie, you’ve said it’s received less attention than you thought it would so were you nervous going in?
Daniel Radcliffe: Not particularly, I knew people were going to say something.  I know it’s an easy headline, so I knew it was going to get brought up, but I think when people actually go and see the film they won’t…It’s not necessarily like a steamy love scene in the way that it might have been portrayed in some of the media. It really is a scene about vulnerability and so it’s not necessarily like hot and heavy. So I wasn't worried too much about it. You know, I've done nudity on stage at this point so that doesn’t really hold too many fears for me anymore. So yeah, I definitely knew it would be being discussed but it didn't really worry me. Also it’s not like the scene I did in “Equus” where I was nude on stage was like 10 minutes long and this is like 30 seconds or something of this movie.

FOX411: Tell us about the homework you had to do to prepare for “Kill Your Darlings.”
Radcliffe: It was just a case of really reading Ginsberg’s diaries from when he was a young man that paint a really interesting portrait of him. Just sort of finding as much common ground as I could between myself and the character, which there's bits and pieces here and there. It was great. Allen's actually a really-- particularly at this young age-- he's a very sympathetic character, and he really is sort of the eyes of the audience in this movie so it was great fun to play him. And I got to have a perm! So that was fun.

FOX411: What was one thing that surprised you, even just how much of this story people aren’t aware of?
Radcliffe: That's the thing, I mean the fact that this is such a famous story involving three of the most famous people of American literature and cultural history, and yet it’s unknown is kind of amazing to me. I mean it was suppressed for a long time. In 1944 Allen Ginsberg went to Columbia University where he fell madly in love with this guy called Lucien Carr, Lucien introduced him to Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs and obviously together they would later form the beat generation but before that happened, Lucien, their friend, murdered an older man whom he was also involved with and all of the writers in some ways were involved the murder or in the aftermath of the murder is really more accurate to say… It was something that really acted as a catalyst and charged them all to start writing rather than to sort of talking about writing they actually did something so it’s a very important event that really nobody knows about… The other thing I think will surprise people about the film given the amount I’ve talked about murder and the kind of dark sides is that it’s actually sort of fun. These guys were having a great time. It was running around being crazy at this point in their lives so we kind of capture a lot of that youth and energy in the film.

FOX411: Do you feel extra pressure when you’re choosing a project just because of your franchise background?
Radcliffe: Yes there is I'm sure, I don't know how exactly, but I'm sure that in some way my past, my background affects the way I make choices.  It would make it different from how someone else would do. I basically just pick things based on what I love and what I'm passionate about doing. I'm in a position where I don't have to be on set of something that I'm not passionate about. So when films like this come along, the quality of the script writing of this as well is not to be underestimated, you don't read things that are like this good all the time. So when something like this comes along it’s actually quite an easy decision.

FOX411: [Are you] setting sights next on film, theater?
Radcliffe: Both hopefully. Film is kind of my home in the sense that I grew up on film sets, and I love it there but I do think that I do get so much out of doing stage and I've so enjoyed doing stage in New York as well. I'd be crazy not to try and come back here when I can.

Fox News Entertainment Producer Ashley Dvorkin covers celebrity news, red carpets, TV, music, and movies. Dvorkin, winner of the 2011 CMA Media Achievement Award, is also host of "Fox 411 Country," "Star Traveler," “Fox 411 Big Screen," and "Fox on Reddit."

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