Daniel Radcliffe Equus Sex
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Daniel Radcliffe Equus Sex
How Daniel Radcliffe's Equus Role Challenged His Image and Sexuality
In 2009, Daniel Radcliffe shocked the world by appearing nude on stage in a revival of Peter Shaffer's play Equus. The Harry Potter star played Alan Strang, a troubled teenager who develops a sexual obsession with horses and blinds six of them in a fit of rage. The play explores themes of religion, psychology, and sexuality, and features a graphic sex scene between Radcliffe and his co-star Joanna Christie.
Radcliffe's decision to take on such a daring and controversial role was seen as a bold move to break away from his child star image and prove himself as a serious actor. He also wanted to challenge himself and the audience's expectations of him. "I think part of me would have been really annoyed if I hadn't done it," he told The Guardian in 2009. "I would have felt I was shying away from something. I also wanted to make a statement to myself that I am not going to be one of these actors who, as soon as they've done a film franchise, don't do anything for 18 months or whatever."
Radcliffe also revealed that he was not uncomfortable with nudity or sexuality on stage, and that he was circumcised, which helped him portray the Jewish character of Alan Strang. He said he was more nervous about the horse scenes than the sex scenes, and that he had to work hard to develop a convincing physicality and accent for the role. He also praised his co-star Christie for being supportive and professional during the intimate moments.
The play received mixed reviews from critics, but Radcliffe's performance was widely praised for its bravery and intensity. He earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Play, and the production won the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Play Revival. Radcliffe also gained a lot of attention and admiration from fans and peers for his willingness to expose himself physically and emotionally on stage.
Equus was not the only time Radcliffe bared it all for his art. In 2013, he starred as Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the indie film Kill Your Darlings, which featured an explicit sex scene with Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr. Radcliffe said he had no issue doing the scene, and that he was proud to portray Ginsberg's sexuality as part of his identity. "Allen Ginsberg was one of the most renowned gay artists of the 20th century, and I felt that not including his sexuality as part of the story would be a crime," director John Krokidas told Vulture in 2016.
Radcliffe has proven himself to be one of the most fearless and versatile actors of his generation, taking on roles that challenge him and his audience. His Equus role was a turning point in his career, showing that he was not afraid to shed his clothes and his image for his craft.After Harry Potter, Radcliffe continued to pursue a diverse and eclectic range of roles in different genres and mediums. He starred in several films, such as The Woman in Black (2012), a horror film based on Susan Hill's novel; Kill Your Darlings (2013), a biographical drama about the Beat Generation; Horns (2013), a dark fantasy thriller based on Joe Hill's novel; What If (2013), a romantic comedy with Zoe Kazan; Victor Frankenstein (2015), a reimagining of Mary Shelley's classic tale; Swiss Army Man (2016), a surreal comedy-drama with Paul Dano; Imperium (2016), a crime thriller about neo-Nazis; Jungle (2017), a survival drama based on Yossi Ghinsberg's memoir; Beast of Burden (2018), an action thriller about a drug smuggler; Guns Akimbo (2019), an action comedy about a video game; Escape from Pretoria (2020), a prison break drama based on Tim Jenkin's autobiography; and The Lost City (2022), an adventure comedy with Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.
Radcliffe also ventured into television, appearing in several shows, such as A Young Doctor's Notebook (2012-2013), a dark comedy series with Jon Hamm based on Mikhail Bulgakov's stories; The Simpsons (2010, 2018, 2020