Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Daniel Radical-liffe

There's a kerfuffle going on across the pond. Daniel Radcliffe, the 17 year old who portrays Harry Potter in the movies, has taken on a dark, adult role in the play Equus. He has nude scenes. Check out the publicity photos in the link below. I'm not going to veer into the myriad lame jokes that pop into my mind. He's a 17 year old man/boy and I'm a 17 x 2 plus several year old woman.

The weird part is that Daniel looks EXACTLY like my brother Rich. It's jarring for me to look at the photos for that reason. Not because I'm looking at Harry Potter's, er Daniels inguinal ligament. That's the name of the muscle'ish lines on the lower belly that run "south" to the netherlands that we are forced to look at on every damn hip hop hoo-haw ever photographed. I'm old, I like buff chests, shoulders and biceps, keep your inguinal ligaments to yourselves, boys.

I think Mr. Radcliffe is making a brilliant choice. Unless there was some sort of clause written into his contracts with Warner Brothers about the types of roles he could accept outside of the HP movies, why shouldn't he delve into roles that will break him out of the Harry Potter character? He'll be alive and acting long after the 7th movie is a memory. Every so often the kid who played Eddie Munster pops up on the Howard Stern show. He's 50 something years old and people still call him Eddie. How many child actors self destruct, unable to shed their early personae?

People are saying "Well, I'll never take my kids to see Harry Potter again!" Please. Don't take them to see Equus.

Good luck, Daniel. And, ah, break an inguinal ligament.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=432493&in_page_id=1773&ico=Homepage&icl=TabModule&icc=picbox&ct=5

8 comments:

Stacy said...

I wish he had waited until he was an adult (and all the HP films were done) to break so far out of the Harry Potter role, but that's just me.

Seventeen-year-olds just shouldn't do nude scenes.

LadyBronco said...

I was thinking he was justthatmuch too young to do nude scenes, but I am not his mother or father.

Those are some pretty provocative pics for a 17 year old.

LadyBronco said...

I was thinking he was justthatmuch too young to do nude scenes, but I am not his mother or father.

Those are some pretty provocative pics for a 17 year old.

Kim Stagliano said...

When I look at the photos I see my 30 something year old brother's face. As I said - weird. He has parents. He has an agent. He's almost 18. I'd gather he's trying to break character as completely as possible. It's interesting.

Harvey Moskowitz said...

I did a nude scene with a 17-yr-old once. Boy, was her father ever pissed off about it...

Kim Stagliano said...

HARVEY! By the way, do you babysit? I have a job for you.

Harvey Moskowitz said...

While I don't babysit, I have done a lot of work with unwed mothers.

Lisa said...

Have you all ever seen "Equus"? Nude, schmude, that is a very intense role. My sister-in-law picked it for a family movie weekend, and my father was slack-jawed and catatonic through the whole thing. After that, I had a hard time convincing him that he would really enjoy the dark comedy of "Harold and Maude".

If Daniel Radcliffe can pull off playing a deeply disturbed young man at this age, audiences should be overlooking his exposed boy/man bits. Good for him, who wants to be the boy wizard forever?