Why Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Kill Your Darlings’ Will ‘Shock’ Potter Fans

Co-star Jack Huston tells MTV News Radcliffe's role as Allen Ginsberg let him 'do what he's capable of doing.'

Upcoming indie “Kill Your Darlings” is a fictional retelling of the lives of iconic beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, will be a veritable who’s-who of young Hollywood talent. Elizabeth Olsen, Jack Huston, Dane DeHaan, and Ben Foster all have roles in the film, but it’s most likely that eyes will be focused on one actor in particular, Daniel Radcliffe.

Still in the early stages of establishing his adult acting career post-Potter, Radcliffe’s portrayal of Allen Ginsberg could cement his future as a performer, free from the shadow of the boy who lived.

MTV News spoke with Radcliffe’s co-star, Jack Huston, at the premiere of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” and the actor who plays the half-faced hitman, Richard Harrow, had nothing but kind things to say, calling Radcliffe “the real deal.”

“I’ve never seen [anything like] the way he works, such tenacity,” Huston said. “He’s got a hunger for the craft. It was one of the loveliest experiences.”

Huston said that he understands the pressure Radcliffe faces moving forward in his career, but he thinks that people will be surprised when “Kill Your Darlings” comes out next year. “I think people are going to be shocked about how good he is,” Huston said. “He’s really coming into himself. It’s very hard getting out of the shadow of something like ‘Harry Potter’ because… it’s as big as it gets in the film world. I think he really wants to be considered the actor he’s capable of actually becoming. I’m happy that I got to work with him and actually see him do what he’s capable of doing.”

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