Amidst the press tours for Kill Your Darlings, Dan wrote down his thoughts for The NY Daily News regarding the controversial same-sex love scenes in the film and getting out of Potter’s shadow.
On the topic of the same-sex love scene with his co-star Dane Dehaan, which in entirety only lasts about 30 seconds in the entire two-hour film, Dan isn’t worried about it at all. In many press interviews over the last month or so, he’s waved it off easily.
“It’s maybe more shocking because many people continue to look at me as Harry Potter. I accept the fact that I’m always going to be associated with the franchise, and I’m fine with that.”
He speaks to the differences in filming the blockbuster HP series and compares it to the independent filming of Kill You Darlings.
“On Harry Potter, I grew up thinking it was normal to have expensive two crane cameras on set, every single day, just in case we needed one on standby. On Kill Your Darlings, we had the crane camera for just a single day.”
As to Dan continuing to learn and grow as an actor, he gives readers an insight into his thought process on his character in Kill Your Darlings.
“One of the reasons I took this particular part is that there are parts of Allen Ginsberg that I can relate to. It’s somebody finding out who he is, and everyone had some variant of that experience around the age that Allen is in the film. It’s about young love and all that goes with it.”
While the love scene may have been "giggly and awkward," Dan had more important things to worry about on the set – nailing Allen’s accent.
“I enjoyed learning how to speak in a New Jersey accent. On set, I just did it all the time. I listed to a lot of Allen Ginsberg at various stages of his life and Jersey accents of varying degrees on the Internet.”
To read more about Dan’s filming experiences from the man himself, check out his guest column over at NY Daily News!