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Casting can be as much about atmosphere and tone as about performances, as much as performers may not want to believe that. But just look at “Kill Your Darlings,” about Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, and a long-forgotten 1944 murder. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe in a career-redefining performance as the college-age Ginsberg; casting director Laura Rosenthal filled the screen around him with unfamiliar faces and used the faces of familiar actors in unfamiliar ways.  Among those familiar faces was David Cross, cast as Ginsberg’s father in a winking nod to a previous project of Rosenthal’s. “I did a movie called ‘I’m Not There,’ sort of about Bob Dylan, and David Cross was Allen Ginsberg,” she says. She mentioned bringing Cross in to director John Krokidas, who initially worried it might be “too much” but quickly changed his mind and cast Cross.  The challenge of working on »

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