July 28th, 2006
Those who think that Daniel Radcliffe will certainly one day shake off the yoke of being known to one and all as Harry Potter would be wise to check this CNN story, starting right with the URL itself:
The story at the URL is strange enough; Daniel Radcliffe will make his London stage debut as Alan Strang in Peter Schaffer's Equus, with Richard "Vernon Dursley" Griffiths starring in the show as well, presumably playing Dr. Dysart.
Strange? Sure. The casting is pretty funny to think about. But disturbing? Nah. What's really disturbing is the fact that CNN feels the pressing need to spin the story as OMG HARRY POTTER GETS STARKERS LOLZ.
That's celebrity, kids!
What, no mention of all the pervy Potter fanfic?
Or maybe that's what they were alluding to...
A RAVENCLAW GIRL TRIED TO SCORE WITH ME SO I HAD TO AVADA KEDAVRA ALL THE OWLS
|Date:||July 28th, 2006 04:21 pm (UTC)|| |
The weirdest thing about that story, to me, was the make-up Radcliffe was wearing in the photo that accompanied the story.
Just wait til he stars in one of those crazy Cabaret revivals!
Thank you, I wasn't the only one who noticed this. I was thinking that he looked like some kind of vampire or he had lost massive amounts of blood or something.
He will be fantastic in Equus, IMO. It's such a great role, and a good career move for Radcliff to be doing breakaway work before the movie series is over.
I think he'll do a great job, too. He's just the right age and could very well handle the emotional weight that comes with the role.
But I'm just sad cause he'll forever be known as Harry Potter, even when he's 80 and in a summer stock revival of The Sunshine Boys with Haley Joel Osment (who'll adlib "I see dead people" at an appropriate time and, predictably, bring the house down.)
Every now and then a child actor breaks the forever-tied-to-role problem, usually by being flexible and interested in corageous roles that require a lot of emotional strip-mining. Nude scenes are a good way for a newly grownup actor to say "I am an adult," quite literally by showing it.
But I'm glad we don't all have to do that.
Add your favorite wand or broomstick joke here.
:) Ha ha.
I'm a little embarassed to admit that all the other stuff about Harry Potter and child actors and nude scenes immediately fell into the background for me, displaced by the phrase "psychologically disturbed stable boy."
That said, I wonder what the HP slashfic community is going to do with this.
Daniel Radcliffe will star as a psychologically disturbed stable boy
Aww, you beat me to it. How can he be stable and psychologically disturbed at the same time?
|Date:||July 29th, 2006 02:11 am (UTC)|| |
I have acted in EQUUS twice, neither time as Alan. I was Alan's father in college and a horse in summer stock.
For that college (student theater club, not department) production, there was MUCH fuss made about the nudity. This was aided by them casting the hottest girl in the freshman class as Jill and an absurdly buff and good looking guy as Alan (who should really probably be a skinny dweeb). Oh, and the director also cast three severely cut guys as the horses and dressed them in spandex bike shorts, crows of thorns ... and nothing else. It's worth mentioning at this point that the space we were using was new and we hadn't figured out the heat yet, so it was about 50 degrees during performance time ... rather a nipply temp to be a naked/half naked actor.
So anyway, the director was clearly working out some issues with this production. Yet she forbid us FORBID US to promote the play as "the naked show" or "come see the hottest girl in the freshman class naked."
Another of the director's choices was to have the entire cast on stage the entire time, sitting on bales of hay around the perimeter of the stage when we weren't in a scene, backs to the audience.
So yes, that meant that when the hottest girl in the freshman class was naked, about six feet away from me, I was facing the WRONG FREAKING WAY!
No, I didn't ever pretend to sneeze or spasm or anything to catch a glimpse -- hey, I figured, this actress was doing something challenging for her art and I shouldn't make it harder by leering. Also, we'd probably be working together for the next four years so it would be best if she didn't think of me as "that creepy guy who kept sneaking peeks at me." But still, everybody else in the freakin' school got to see ...
The stock production cut the nudity, which I approve of because A) it's not really necessary B) it's exploitative C) it was theatre in the round with the audience three feet from the actors.
Oh, and when I was a horse, they dressed us in courduroy and turtlenecks ... in 90 degree weather in a tent.
... Like no business I know!