If one's comfortable enough to be naked throughout a majority of a play and to have a handful of intense, homosexual love scenes in a movie, does that make one a good candidate to play Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie? If you're Daniel Radcliffe, you might think so.
The Harry Potter star was butt-naked on stage in Equus. Now, at Sundance, his new movie Kill Your Darlings, in which he plays beat poet Allen Ginsberg, shows him in some very erotic gay scenes and heavy make-out sessions with costar Dane DeHaan.
Sounds like someone isn't afraid of getting kinky on camera ...
And while that's great for him and his career, I'm not entirely convinced that it means he's ready (or even willing) to take on the now iconic role of the dominant and highly sexual Christian Grey.
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Because the awful truth is, Daniel's still a kid wizard who plays Quidditch and hangs out with a ginger and a girl. Even though everyone and their mother have seen his willy and he's doing all sorts of things in Kill Your Darlings to show that he's precisely the opposite of Harry Potter, he still is. Nudity and edgy roles can't solve that problem, only time will, and frankly, it's still too early. He's still a boy with magical powers and a scar.
I mean, if he got the part, every time he was on the screen with Ana, I'd wonder if they were going to break into a discourse about Muggles, or compare life in different houses, or use all that BDSM stuff to cast some spell on Voldemort. Then I'd wonder what it was I was doing watching this movie.
Plus, he's only 23 and looks about 18, so he doesn't have that going for him, either.
I'm going to go ahead and pass on Harry Potter as Christian Grey. Sorry, Dan.
Do you think Daniel Radcliffe would make a good Christian Grey?
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