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Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe, Naked in Equus


Daniel Radcliffe is appearing in the London stage production of Equus:

"The play, about a young man's attacks on horses and a psychiatrist's attempt to explain them, is altogether different fare from what Potter fans are used to, requiring his character Alan Strang to appear naked on stage."

The poster, which uses Radcliffe's nipples as a fusion point as his body morphs into the head of the horse, is a graphic triumph.

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  1. That is one creepy poster...

    Posted by: Michael W. | Nov 3, 2006 11:51:51 AM

  2. Creepy cool indeed. Totally agree, Andy. The designer for this deserves some kudos (only strengthened by the great custominzed sans serif typography). You're already emotionally involved in the play before even stepping foot in the theater...uh, theatre.

    Posted by: Kurt | Nov 3, 2006 12:09:33 PM

  3. Let's hope Mr. Radcliffe has improved his acting skills since the last two Harry Potter fims. Nudity alone does not good method-acting make.

    Posted by: GBM | Nov 3, 2006 12:18:30 PM

  4. Kurt - buildings are theaters, the art is The Theatre. :) So you were right the first time around.

    Posted by: gander | Nov 3, 2006 12:26:59 PM

  5. Where can i buy a copy of that production? Hot!

    Posted by: Cincinnati NAMjA | Nov 3, 2006 12:46:00 PM

  6. This is actually a pretty smart move on his part, in terms of his career. From what I've heard, it's a great (albiet difficult) part - so if he can pull it off, it'll help move him along beyond Harry Potter. Even if he can't quite pull it off, his acting will probably get a lot better over the course of the rehearsals and maybe even the show.

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 3, 2006 12:50:50 PM

  7. I saw the original Broadway production, what a great play. They really screwed up the movie. And Daniel has turned out so handsome, he will certainly look good in the nude scene. Yummy, yummy!

    Posted by: moness | Nov 3, 2006 12:55:00 PM

  8. I saw Randy Harrison in an outstanding production of Equus in 2005 at The Berkshire Theater Festival.Although Harrison is best known for his role of Justin on Queer As Folk but in recent years has shown that Theater is his real home.

    Posted by: Dick | Nov 3, 2006 1:06:54 PM

  9. Radcliffe won't be 18 years old until July of next year. Is it legal in England for a minor to appear nude on stage? Is the age of majority different?

    Posted by: Franklin | Nov 3, 2006 1:09:20 PM

  10. Oh, my deah (clutching the pearls) a theatre queen who cares enough to distinguish between the British (francophilic) spelling and the American version even though the distinction drawn is wholly fabricated. Gander darlin' just ignore those who focus on the quality of the production. Your priorities are well in order.

    Posted by: rudy | Nov 3, 2006 1:11:46 PM

  11. It's too bad there's so much publicity focusing on the nudity in the play. We probably won't get a good assessment of the play because of it. The critics will probably be gunning for him.

    Posted by: Daniel | Nov 3, 2006 1:24:07 PM

  12. Yes, Kurt, ignore Gander's sciolism. And not just because Radcliffe will be dangling his bits on the stage of the Gielgud TheatRE.

    Don't know if there are any age-related restrictions regarding nudity in the arts, there, but, in 2000, after several years of raucous debate, Great Britain lowered the age of consent for sex between men to that for heterosexuals: 16.

    The original version of "Queer As Folk," which was created for British television, played a role in the controversy as "Nathan" ["Justin" in the US version] was supposed to be 15, and the age of consent was still 18. Of course, in order to keep the US version's cast and Canadian sets from being bombed by one of Ted Haggard's good Christian followers, "Justin" was written as 17.

    Posted by: Leland | Nov 3, 2006 1:36:10 PM

  13. I couldn't care less about seein' Radcliffe nekkid. I'd rather chat with the creative director. Genius.

    Posted by: midnight lounge | Nov 3, 2006 2:37:31 PM

  14. That graphic is amazing!

    Posted by: Myackie | Nov 3, 2006 3:39:43 PM

  15. That poster is breathtaking...

    Posted by: Wet For Went | Nov 3, 2006 4:00:13 PM

  16. The poster does make you do a double-take. It is that cool.

    But, even with the hype, I'd rather see Harry Potter use his invisible cloak while he's on stage.

    Posted by: Steven. | Nov 3, 2006 4:30:28 PM

  17. anyone heard of Man Ray?
    That image is strikingly similar to Le Minotaure. .. check it out

    Posted by: anon | Nov 3, 2006 7:38:32 PM

  18. For anyone who is familiar with the play, the graphic use of the horse's eyes for the boy's nipples reflects the tragic and destructive sexual denial that the boy (and the horses) endures in the play. Very well done!

    And, yes, thanks for mentioning the wonderful Man Ray photo, "Le Minotaur".

    Posted by: SFStroker | Nov 3, 2006 10:57:56 PM

  19. Dick - I saw that BTF production of EQUUS, too. Randy Harrison was superb as Alan. His climactic scenes in Acts I and II were gripping and stunning. He surpassed that performance this summer as Mozart in the BTF production of AMADEUS. He has a great future ahead of him in the theatre. In regard to that amazing poster - am I the only one who thinks that is not young Daniel's real torso? If he posed for it they did more tweaking than just morphing him with the horse's head. Those are not the shoulders and neck of a 17 year old.

    Posted by: bridleplace | Nov 3, 2006 11:15:04 PM

  20. Of course there was tweaking... they turned his body into a horse's head! LOL

    As for his shoulders and torso... I can remember a LOT of people on my football team who looked much bigger than that back in the day, a lot of them at younger ages than 17. So who knows. (Better yet, who cares?)

    Posted by: Ryan | Nov 4, 2006 2:55:11 AM

  21. All men are not created equus.

    Posted by: chuck b. | Nov 4, 2006 8:28:46 PM

  22. I thought that Radcliffe would just appear naked, but ride a horse nude! That will make millions, all girls (that are over 16 :p)that has a big liking of Harry Potter will buy at least 3 copies of that movie and get pictures! I just want to see him blind the horses! not go in them!(most people here making comments are males)I'm a female.

    Posted by: ohmygod | Nov 5, 2006 9:19:47 PM

  23. i like harry potter thank's!!! for daniel radcliffe i hope can meet you!!!

    Posted by: aya | Nov 7, 2006 2:59:19 AM

  24. I'm looking forward to the young man showing us a different side of himself. ;o)

    Seriuosly though, I'm expecting the dude to rock this role. The will be an admirable revival of this production with top notch staging, directing and acting.

    Posted by: sakyabuni | Nov 8, 2006 7:19:38 PM

  25. I wish Daniel all the luck in the world- I have been in this play before, and it is extremely demanding on the acting front. If he can pull this off, he will be taken more seriously as a real actor.

    Posted by: Lady Dalana | Nov 8, 2006 10:08:38 PM

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