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Harry Potter and the Full Frontal Nudity
Seventeen-year-old British actor Daniel Radcliffe, best known as the lovable boy wizard in the series of Harry Potter movies, is baring all on the London stage in a revival of Peter Shaffer’s controversial play “Equus.”

And the newly ripped Radcliffe, who plays troubled stable hand Alan Strang in the play about a young man’s troubling fascination with horses, has a nude sex scene on stage with co-star, Joanna Christie!
     

Read all about it: http://thetrack.bostonherald.com/moreTrack/view.bg?articleid=180111

My thoughts on this...
  • Also, he is 17. In the U.S. I think him being all nekkid - performing or being filmed or photographed - would be considered child porn. Am I wrong? I think it's "child porn" if a person is under 18. But I admit I am guessing... I say that not because I am necessarily making a judgment here about whether the play/performance/nakedness is right or wrong... I am observing that even if we could get beyond the repressed craziness that we in the U.S. have about naked bodies, I don't think this performance would get off the ground here, because of his age - which means the performance would be a crime here... Anyone?

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 1st, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
Harry Porno!
I love how the article talks about how the critics "couldn't take their eyes off him" and his "stage presence". Can anyone really take their eyes off nudity? I mean come on. Just because there is nudity involved does NOT make something artistic. On the other hand, I have to give him props for breaking out of his little wizard role and proving that he is capable of doing other things. After all, he can't be Harry Potter forever.
cheesepuppet
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
Re: Harry Porno!
I've wondered this myself - nudity is a big deal often just because it's nudity. Although I will say that our boy is pretty darn hot, and I wish I had a ticket.

laraken
Feb. 1st, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Hot. I'd be willing to go to see him starkers.
zoefiabear
Feb. 1st, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
A.) I dont think he's attractive - I can count his ribcage bones.
B.) Its an on-stage sex scene. Poor guy. He has to get "excited" and surely they aren't actually " doing it " so then he gets off stage and he has blue balls. At least in the normal movies they don't show the man and he doesn't have to be excited, but on stage? That'd be bad - I'd think. LOL. Maybe I'm just a pervert.
C.) I think the US is too conservative sometimes. This situation & the situation with the little girl from "Little Miss Sunshine" who is doing a rape scene her next movie - people are up the wall about them, but if the parent and the actor/actress feel its appropriate, then whats the big deal? I mean, he'll be "18" in less than a year - does him turning 18 make him anymore responsible? Any more masculine? It amuses me that people freak about about "underage" kids when they are still kids at 18. Hell, I'm only 19 and I KNOW I'm still a kid about 70% of the time. Just because you have that extra digit doesn't mean you're more or less of an adult.
:)
enjoybeing
Feb. 1st, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I hear ya. I was 28, I think, before I started feeling like an adult.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 24th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Daniel Radcliffe in Equus
One assumes that the play would be performed on Broadway, which is in New York. The age of consent in NY is 17, so I do not think it would be illegal for him to perform.

As for the comments about nudity, I do agree with most of them, but not the reasoning behind them. It is precisely because nudity is so rare in US films especially that it causes such commotion when a popular actor performs in the nude. The more common the nudity gets the less commotion it will receive. That is what the actors in France and Britian especially have it over American stars. Most of the important English and French actors have performed acompletely nude - at least in the movies. I think of Daniel Day Lewis, Ewan McGregor, and Colin Farrell to name a few. We Americans are such a repressed culture that even a playful nude scene in Brokeback Mountain in which the two leads skinny dip was shortened to less than a minute.

I applaud Daniel Radcliffe for his honesty. Equus is a very good play. Perhaps he can blow off this ridiculous modesty that pervades American culture.

As for those who are outraged can one of them tell me what the heck is obscene about a naked human body?
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