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Feature: Daniel Radcliffe

Not horsing around…!

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe courts controversy in his new play Equus

Daniel Radcliffe’s transition from the screen to the stage hasn’t been an easy one. Whipping his clothes off for the West End revival of Peter Shaffer’s classic play Equus, the buff young Harry Potter actor has received torrents of abuse from parents who are appalled to see their kids’ hero in the buff. Concerned mums and dads bombarded fan websites dedicated to Dan with angry messages, claiming that they would stop their children from watching any of his future films. A spokesperson for 17-year-old Dan responded calmly saying, “Daniel does not want to step away from Harry Potter but he does want to show he is a rounded actor capable of very different and diverse roles. He has tremendous support from Harry Potter fans.”

Dan’s sexy 24-year-old co-star, Joanna Christie, who shares nude scenes with the actor on stage, also leapt to his defence saying, “I can’t believe there are people saying he’s a bad role model for children. He’s an actor playing a part, and in the story he happens to have a relationship with a girl. The play is on school syllabuses. It’s an amazingly interesting, complex story. It’s not about nudity or sex. It’s about a lot of very complex issues. When we do [the nude scene] in the context of the play it’s really beautiful and natural. I expected some publicity because of Daniel but not stories and photos everywhere.”

Equus opened on February 16 and is being staged at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Make sure you book well in advance though, because these pictures have ensured that the show is an absolute sell out!

Read the full feature in
Movie Idols #44

Equus © Uli Weber, courtesy Gielgud Theatre,
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