"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.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.
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.
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.