Thursday, February 01, 2007

He's got Hogwarts on his Voldemort

CNN - 'Potter' star Radcliffe stirs storm with naked pics
"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe, who strips for his new role in London's West End revival of the play "Equus," has ignited a bit of a media firestorm by posing for racy promotional photos for the production.

The Tony-Award-winning drama tells the story of a stable-hand who has an erotic fixation with horses. In one photo, Radcliffe, 17, dares to bare it all alongside a white horse; in another, he is pictured with a naked Joanna Christie, the actress who portrays his girlfriend.

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Part of me wants to shake up people's perception of me, just shove me in a blender," Radcliffe said in a recent interview with Newsweek magazine.

"It's a really challenging play, and if I can pull it off -- we don't know if I can yet -- I hope people will stop and think, 'Maybe he can do something other than Harry,' " he said.
I know it is always challenging for young actors to break out of the "child star" mold. It can also be difficult for actors who are closely associated with a character with a cult following to lose that image. It is a fine line though. One doesn't want to end up a major joke like Britney Spears.

Yesterday, on the John Boy and Billy radio show they made a joke about Daniel Radcliffe and his promotional photos for the play. That is where the post's title comes from.

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