Dan is certainly no stranger to roles that stir up unwarranted controversy in the press: December Boys, Equus and the recent A Young Doctor’s Notebook have all made headlines because of their content. Not because the content is particularly shocking – but because the actor involved is the face of one of the most successful film franchises in history.
Kill Your Darlings premiered at the Sundance film festival last Friday to rave reviews of Dan and the film, but unfortunately, that seems to have been lost in the reaction to sex scenes involving Dan’s character, Allen Ginsberg.
Dan has spoken to Esquire about the reaction to the scenes, and how he feels it’s not the scenes that are shocking. “It’s shocking by the sheer fact that it’s me. Otherwise, it’s entirely unshocking that I’m playing Allen Ginsberg in a film about self and sexual discovery, and there’s a sex scene.”
Dan appears somewhat amused by it all, and says that friends have been texting him amusing quotes from reviews.
For more from the interview, including thoughts on franchise actors transitioning to indie films (and vice versa), and on how bizarre he finds gifting suites (“I have a phone. I’m not looking for a new one no matter how glamourous it may be”), read the full feature at Esquire.
There’s also a lovely interview with Vulture, in which Dan discusses his friendship with Dane and how the two of them want to win the Golden Popcorn for the MTV Best Kiss, and how John Krokidas gave him what was probably his favourite direction of his career. You can read that here.
Dan has spoken to Out Magazine about his role as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, explaining that the film is “about young love in whatever form it takes”, and that they were careful to make sure there was no distinctions between how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.
“The relationship between Allen [Ginsberg] and Lucien [Carr], I think is incredibly universal—you meet somebody who is far more confident, far more charismatic, and seemingly more intelligent than you, and you completely fall in love with them, and then you actually outgrow them, and they come to resent you for it. I think that’s the whole point of relationships is that they do absolutely move you on as a person, and you learn things about yourself as a person, things you like and don’t like, and things you can do better next time you are with somebody.”
To read the full interview, click here.
BBC News has published an excellent interview with Dan and his experience of filming Kill Your Darlings. Thank you to GRA’s Carole for the link.
In other news, Variety Studio has released their video interview with Dan, director John Krokidas, and the cast of Kill Your Darlings, and you can watch it here.
Finally, CTV eTalk have uploaded their interview with Dan from the 2012 Whistler Film Festival, and you can watch it below (via IMDB)
A quick post to update you all about a couple of video interviews with Dan.
First up, a chat with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, released ahead of his upcoming After Hours appearance, which you can watch here.
The LA Times has also posted an interview with Dan and his co-star Dane DeHaan. You can watch that interview here.
Dan and other cast members also took part in a Variety Studio interview, which should be released soon. We’ll keep you updated.
Be sure to check this post for all the up-to-date reviews – they make wonderful reading!
Also, Dan made an appearance in the first episode of a new YouTube comedy series, Bad Teeth, which will debut on Wednesday 23rd January. The preview can be watched below; be warned, Dan does swear, so this is NSFW.
Dan also took part in a video interview with Vanity Fair, which you can watch above.
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