In a past post I mentioned that 17 year-old Harry Potter film star Daniel Radcliffe would be performing next March in Equus.
As I understand it, Equus is a play about psychology in which a young boy who blinds six horses with a metal spike.
The posting of this promted a variety of comments, some of those in refrence to the nude scene that Daniel would exhibit in the play:
"Animal abuse, naked teenage boys,sexual ectstasy..... in a stage play? Bleah. I guess that's why my uncultured heathen self has always preferred sunny musicals at the theater" --elasticwaistbandlady
"Equus is one of the worst plays I have ever seen. The writing and plot is muddled in a psychologyly disturbed actions of a boy who pokes out the eyes of a horse with an ice pick. If you're going to be nude in a play, at least make it a good play." --kimberly ann
"I'm disappointed in Harry Potter." --Sheri Ann
"I have read that there are several different versions of the play Equus and that there are versions where the character does not do the scenes nude. I haven't heard which version he is doing, but hopefully he will choose to do it clothed. I would hope that he would consider his image and the children that look up to him. " --Allison
"I agree with Allison... hopefully he will choose the clothed version for image's sake. I was disturbed to read about this last week - so much for the innocence of little Harry Potter." -- Grete
"Equus is by no stretch of the imagination a perfect play, but its writer, Peter Shaffer (who also wrote Amadeus) was certainly doing some truly bright things in the film: like discuss how each of us are fallen and broken and want to be healed. The boy's relationship with the horse is shocking because he believes it is his relationship with God. I agree that Shaffer's choices with sexuality were designed more to arouse than to provoke to thought, but I wouldn't count this move by Radcliffe as another Blue Room. " --Will
One of the things that Grete and Allison mentioned was that they hoped Daniel Radcliffe would perform the sexual horse scene with clothes on...
Well how about this quote?
"All the other actors who have played the part have done that, so for me not to do it wouldn't really be playing the part. It would be a watered down version. It wouldn't be the same. I'll be incredibly nervous, but I think, 'It's in the script; it's got to be done'. I'm terrified, but excited." --Daniel Radcliffe, as reported in the Herald Sun and reported on mugglenet.com
Thanks Allison for e-mailing me this information and keeping up with all things Harry Potter.
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