Kill Your Darlings, in which Dan plays American poet Allen Ginsberg, has finally opened here in the UK and Dan has wrapped up promotion on this side of the pond with an appearance on last night’s episode of The Graham Norton Show.
Debuting his new, longer hairstyle (for his role as Igor in Frankenstein) on national TV, Dan was on the receiving end of rather a lot of mocking from host Graham Norton, and fellow guest Mary Berry seemed rather enamoured of his extensions. You can watch the interview on BBC iPlayer.
The shortlist for the 2014 What’s On Stage Awards have been announced, and Dan has been nominated for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Billy Claven in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Voting is open until 31st of January, and you can cast your vote here.
While camera’s rolled on Dan’s latest period epic Frankenstein on November 25th, today we’re getting our first look at him in character as Igor.
In an interview with SiriusXM last month, Dan heeded that this role would be far more complex than previous iterations of the character, saying:
“[Screenwriter Landis] taken the mythologies that we all think we know — we have this idea of a monster and a crazy scientist and kind of a hunchbacked assistant — but we don’t really know where all these parts came from,” Radcliffe said, explaining that the new film will play with the tropes that stuck to the tale from a variety of sources, be it the original novel or the many, many movies.
“I think what Max has done with this is first of all he’s given Igor a backstory which you never really see before,” Radcliffe said. “And so, that’s I think one of the biggest differences is that you’ll finally see him granted a life and a backstory and it’s about these two young guys at the forefront of science.”
Currently filming on location in Kent’s Historic Dockyard, local website Kentonline states “the movie is said to offer a “revisionist” take on the classic horror novel, telling the story through the eyes of Igor.”
Frankenstein is slated for theatrical release on October 17th, 2014.
Dan spoke to The Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone during promotion for Kill Your Darlings, giving his thoughts on growing up in the public eye, and why the Harry Potter films feel like watching his acting lessons.
Asked who he thought was the best actor out of the Harry Potter trio, he said, “I think we were all good at different things. Rupert was the most outgoing of the three of us; he had this confidence when it came to comedy, and he still does. My tendency is to underplay stuff and sometimes I look at the films and I know I thought I was being subtle at the time, but actually I’m just doing bugger all. That’s a learning curve. You can’t dwell on the things you’re not happy with, though; you’ve got to move forward and get better. I still don’t want to be a big over-the-top actor. That’s never going to be the way I work. But I think I’ve got better at striking a balance where I’m being real but still being expressive.”
He talked about how he chooses his roles, detailing a method he devised with The Woman in Black director James Watkins. “ We call it the Fassbender test. If you’re ever being asked to do anything, you just ask yourself a question: ‘Would Michael Fassbender do it?’ This referred to a moment when I was being asked to do something a bit more corporate than I’d ever done before, and it came down to the Fassbender test, and we thought he wouldn’t do it. It’s a pretty good test for a lot of young actors.”
On Thursday evening, Dan posed for a photocall and spoke to journalists to promote the Kill Your Darlings Cut Up Exhibition, an art installation taking place across London this weekend. Featuring art created using the cut up technique that was a favourite of Ginsberg’s fellow beat poet William Burroughs, images are being projected onto buildings in London.
Dan spoke to AP about the project (and explained why he was keeping his beanie on – he just got hair extensions for his role as Igor, and hasn’t got used to dealing with very long hair yet), and video can be seen below.
You can see photos from the event in our gallery.
Kill Your Darlings is released across the UK on 6th December. Dan will be appearing on the Graham Norton show the same day to promote the film.
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