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Radcliffe: Allen would hate poems

Daniel Radcliffe doesn't think Allen Ginsberg would approve of his poetry
Daniel Radcliffe doesn't think Allen Ginsberg would approve of his poetry

Daniel Radcliffe has revealed that Allen Ginsberg would probably not rate his poetry.

The Harry Potter star, who portrays the Beat Generation writer in Kill Your Darlings, tried his hand at poetry when he was 17, with a quartet of his works, which tackled topics such as infidelity, prostitutes and Pop Idol, appearing in Rubbish magazine in 2007 under the pseudonym Jacob Gershon.

"He would have hated them," he admitted. "Well, he probably would have said, 'Well done for being a 17-year-old writing poetry'. But he wouldn't have liked it, because it's far too rhyming and conformist."

Daniel, who stars with Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr in John Krokidas' drama, said the pair bonded over smoking and fantasy football. He recalled: "I liked the fact that he smoked. I remember thinking, 'This will go well on set'. Just because otherwise I'm outside on my own."

The 24-year-old had to do extra reading to prepare for his role as Ginsberg.

"I knew about the Beats and their work but I didn't know anything about their personal lives and I certainly didn't know anything about this story," he said.

He made a conscious decision not to watch Howl, featuring James Franco as Ginsberg.

"I deliberately stayed away from other depictions of Ginsberg, just so I didn't have it in my head. I know I'm a terrible mimic," he said.

"When I was doing a musical, I had to stop listening to the original production because I was just doing an impression of the guy singing. So I probably would have been doing my best James Franco."

:: Kill Your Darlings opens in cinemas on December 6.


From Belfast Telegraph