Between last year’s On the Road and this year’s Sundance flicks Kill Your Darlings and Big Sur, it’s safe to say the Beat Generation is having a moment. The real mystery to us, actually, is why they’re not always having a moment. Because if you were anything like us in high school, you either went through a phase in which you wanted to be Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac or William Boroughs, or you dated someone who did. VH1 News found further proof that this is a thing when they interviewed the cast of Kill Your Darlings at its Sundance premiere last weekend.
“I wrote a lot of poetry when I was a teenager,” Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a college-age Allen Ginsberg in the film, confessed. What he likes in particular about Ginsberg in the movie, he said, is,”Everyone’s experienced that massive self-doubt. Howl is a poem written by someone who’s terrified that they can’t write.”
Jack Huston, who plays Jack Kerouac, is still amused by his own poetic youth. “I still find old notebooks where I was try to be sort of profound and prolific and writing these angst-ridden poems as a kid,” he said. “I read On the Road when I was traveling on a Greyhound bus with a friend of mine for six months around America. And I have the book, and in the back of the book I was trying to write in the beat way like Kerouac, which is embarrassing to look at but it still makes me laugh when I see it.”
And Michael C. Hall told us that though he “went through a stage” in which he read all the Beats, he hasn’t outgrown his admiration for their philosophy. “As far as their lifestyle, a desire to break out of whatever mold was weighing them down or that they were obliged to live in accordance with, I admire that very much,” he said. “That appeals to me.”
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