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Daniel Radcliffe: I’m ‘too old’ to play Harry Potter

Young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) has some eye-opening experiences ColumbiUniversity “Kill Your Darlings” opening Friday.

Young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) has some eye-opening experiences at Columbia University in “Kill Your Darlings,” opening Friday.

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Updated: December 1, 2013 7:03AM

Casting an 11-year-old to star in a huge film franchise would seem to be the perfect recipe to make a spoiled, pain-in-the-butt child actor.

But by all accounts, Daniel Radcliffe remained well-adjusted through eight Harry Potter features and, at 24, remains so today.

“I’ve been lucky in my life to have people around me who genuinely care about me and don’t BS me,” he says. “I don’t want people around me just to make me feel better. That’s just not me.”

Radcliffe sighs and wants to add one more thing: “By the way, I know a lot of really nice actors. You just never hear stories about them.”

Radcliffe next stars in “Kill Your Darlings.” Opening Friday, the film revolves around a murder in 1944 that draws together great poets including Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster).

Much early buzz about the film concerns Radcliffe’s sex scene with another man, and the actor isn’t exactly indignant about it. “I’m very practical about these things,” he says. “There will be some people who say, ‘Hey that’s the one where Dan Radcliffe has a gay sex scene.’ If that gets someone to see a movie about creative self-discovery, then we’ve done our job.”

Another part of the job was to look the part.

“One funny thing is the clothes they were wearing then is what hipsters are wearing now,” he says. “In the end, after this film wrapped, I even kept a few of his glasses although I’m not really wearing them. They’re keepsakes. I do have a few plain, white T-shirts that I really like from the film.”

Radcliffe also can be seen on the Ovation TV series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook” opposite Jon Hamm and will play Igor in a big screen “Frankenstein.”

He’s unlikely to show up in any film version of the book that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is writing about the world of wizards.

“My understanding is the new book is set 18 years prior to the world we filmed in,” Radcliffe says. “So, quite a few of us wouldn’t have been born yet. Harry is also only there until he’s 18. So, I think I’m literally getting a bit old to play him.”

Cindy Pearlman, Big Picture News Inc.

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