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Daniel Radcliffe in 'Kill Your Darlings' (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)
Daniel Radcliffe in 'Kill Your Darlings' (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)
Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Kill Your Darlings’ (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)

Daniel Radcliffe says that creatives in Hollywood should put more pressure on studio executives to make more challenging films.

He says, “It’s dependent on actors and directors to challenge studios and to say, ‘No, I want to make a film that gives an audience some credit.'”

Radcliffe, who plays Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg in his formative years in Kill Your Darlings, isn’t that impressed by the studios output over the summer. He says: “You always want them to demand more of an audience and often they are just sort of candy for the brain.”

But the 24-year-old actor, known the world over for playing Harry Potter, isn’t engaging in any wholesale putdown of Hollywood studio films. He says: “Frankenstein is a movie I’m about to do and it’s the first studio film I’ve really done since Potter, and it’s because it is a totally original take and it’s very imaginative and smart, and hopefully will demand something of an audience.”

Kill Your Darlings has brought Radcliffe some strong reviews; critics are really taking him seriously in a range of non-Harry Potter roles. It may be too soon to render a a definitive verdict but he does seem to be making the transition from child star to respected adult actor very effectively. Watch my interview with him:

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By Tom Brook