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Harry Potter has chest (and pubic) hair….

Yesterday’s Standard ran a page three feature, and today’s Telegraph has it on page five, that is tantamount to generous free advertising for the new production of Equus that is heading to the West End next month: pictures of the now 17-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, stripped to the waist (and apparently below), against a beautiful white horse. It may be fascinating to watch an actor literally growing up in public, as we’ve watched him progress from Harry Potter to the first emerging signs of manhood with whispy signs of chest hair and a cluster around his belly button, too, but I’m also worried that he’s being fetishized and sexualised, too, ahead of time. Given that the play is about a boy channelling his sexuality in his love for horses, the publicity images may be appropriate; but there’s something also something disconcerting about the boy growing up so visibly.

As the producer David Pugh told the Standard, “We had never seen him with clothes off before. We all went ‘wow’. Thea [Sharrock, the director] went ‘Oh My God’.” And there was relief, too: “When we did the audition we never thought to say, ‘Would you go naked for us?’ We were so overwhelmed with his talent that we set that aside’.”

He wasn’t, after all, auditioning for Puppetry of the Penis, though. (Though who knows? After Celebrity Big Brother, perhaps Puppetry’s producer David Johnson could try a version of Celebrity Puppetry of the Penis. Colin Farrell, your casting call has come!)

In an age where we are surrounded by sexual images everywhere, it’ s probably no surprise that there’s this kind of blanket coverage when even Harry Potter strips. I suppose we grow up faster nowadays. But he’s barely a year beyond the age of consent, so just over a year ago such images would have had the child porn police knocking at the door. Expect the dirty man (and woman) brigade to be buying those tickets fast now….

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Funny, but it seems that headlines like yours & many others are the ones drawing attention to these pictures & not the fact is that he is NOT naked & wearing jeans. It seems that adults have a problem with Dan doing this play & just so you know - you see so much more on beaches today, unless of course you're a prude.

but the fact you fail to see is that this play is in the UK and our age of consent is 16 . so it's not an issue here.

You do realize that Harry Potter is a fictional character and that Daniel Radcliffe is an actor?
And that many actors have already played this part, in the award winning play and film? It is a difficult and demanding part and takes a good actor to pull it off.
I’m not sure why it is that Radcliffe’s age seems to be such an issue all the time. I continue to hear that he’s too old for Harry Potter and now he’s too young to play Alan Strang? Many actors play characters younger than they are, and if Radcliffe feels confident and mature enough to take on this part then why should it matter to anyone what his age is?
Unless it is the nudity that bothers people, and if that’s the reason then they should consider why, growing up and becoming sexually active is a normal part of life. It is one of the issues in the play of how that growth can sometimes become stunted and twisted.

I had some demented creature shouting "Child Porn" at me on an American theatre site because I linked to the publicity pictures. Although we assocate him with a particular role as a child, Daniel is an adult in the eyes of the law and he chose to partake in photographs without his shirt on.

However we all know that the tabloid newspapers in the UK will be fighting to get the first fully frontal nude photos of him by smuggling a camera into the theatre, this does seem immoral to me because it will be against the actors will. You just know there will be headlines referring to Harry Potter with a broomstick covering his manhood.

"I suppose we grow up faster nowadays. But he’s barely a year beyond the age of consent, so just over a year ago such images would have had the child porn police knocking at the door."

Look on the bright side, at least he is not exposing himself in public as he crawls drunkenly into a taxi after a night on the town.

Well, the Harry Potter series is over, He's not harry potter, he's an actor and must move on. he's trying to do something to do with acting.... not drugs or alcohol i.e. Hilton so what's wrong with it? Go for it Harry. You might want to bop Hermanie before you leave...she's a cutie.

We have already gone trough this thing in Spain. Several years ago an actress called Ruth Gabriel appeared absolutely naked in a movie ("Días Contados"). She also played a role in the spanish version of Sesame Street when she was even younger than 10. When she made the nudity, she was more than 18. We were shocked, but accepted it naturally as she was a whole actress at the time.

I encourage Daniel to do whatever he thinks it´s better for his career. Anyway, it is not necessary to appear naked to change your wizard image. If I were an actor, if it were necessary and I liked the plot; I would appear naked on stage. So if Daniel thinks it´s ok... perfect.

By the way, being naked n steg is absolutely different to porn. Nudity is acceptable as it is your own body. Porn is acceptable when you are more than 18. Sex is acceptable when you are older than an specific age (different in every country). And nudity is NOT porn.

And, if you want your children to admire somebody who is a wizard it´s ok. But, if you want them to admire the actor, the problem comes: BECAUSE CHANGING PERSONALITIES IS WHAT AN ACTOR´S JOB CONSISTS OF.

Good luck with the play Daniel. Looking forward to next HP movie by the way!!!!

Sorry if I comitted many grammar mistakes, but english is not my mother language. :-)

Dan is growing up and he is an actor who will take on many more roles to come, so people are going to have to get used to seeing him as an actor and not Harry Potter. Ofcourse the Harry Potter series is going to end sometime but it was great while it lasted. dont forget their are still some movies and books to come. I dont think it is that big of a deal of this role, he is quite old enough.

Daniel is deffinietly getting older... and HOTTER!!!!!!!! He should be proud of this new role and shouldn't worry about what uptight people will say. I bet even his mom will go see it. There is nothing shameful about taking your clothes off. He has a nice body and needs to share it with the world. I wouldn't mind him sharing a little with me.

Dan has been "fetishized and sexualized " since he was 14, and readers knew well he was likely to do a bath scene. I think the point of getting these pictures out early like this is to get the public used to the idea of a grown up Dan. I'm thinking there will less squeeing in the theatres because we will have seen his bare chest early on and be, umm, prepared lol! Actually, it seems from the article that the writer is more opposed to the "free advertising" these pictures are providing. Not that it isn't working lol! I wonder how many more tickets have been sold since they came out.

Daniel Radcliffe is an actor. THE END. He's NOT Harry Potter. He's a HUMAN boy who's becoming a man.
He's a great looking seventeen year old who's on his way to manhood.

Like it was mentioned in an earlier post, by drawing attention to it in the media, the media itself makes it bigger than what it really is. And interestingly, it's NOT the media that needs to let go of it... it's adults that aren't comfortable with their children seeing their favorite "safe" character sexualized. The media only feeds our need. If we see Harry as too sexy for parents' children, then don't let your kids see the pics.

Otherwise...

Daniel Radcliffe is an actor. The End.

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Dan didnt have to do such a wacked out role of some weirdo just to 'break free' from the harry potter stigma. I don't have any issues of him posing nude or playing nude on stage i just think he chose the role because it was so completey crazy... I wonder if he would have chosen this role if he didnt feel that he was being branded harry potter? Im guessing no which makes me assume its all this pressure pushing him to do exert himself and pushing the limits to all boundaries

Why is everybody going ga-ga at shirtless shots of a young male actor when the real issue is that a horse gets mutilated?

Yeah, the storyline itself is more horrifying and unsuitable for kids than actors getting undressed. I think the media is overacting on the negative reactions. From what I've seen, most people are excited to see Dan do something so different. The 12 year olds who aren't used to body hair and those fans who don't want Dan to do anything else but HP are the only naysayers. There were very few negative comments from parents per se. Most understood he is an actor.

Daniel will be 18 in about 4 months or so. It's not like he's 14 or 15. People need to get a grip. He's an actor, not Harry Potter and if parents can't explain that difference to their children then they're not doing their parental job at all.

Well there's obviously something people out there haven't realized. Daniel Radcliffe is NOT Harry Potter. He merely portrayed him in the film(s). He is an actor -- this is his job. If I had the means, I would not hesitate to see this play. Daniel is taking on a difficult and diverse role and I commend him for exploring other avenues in the acting business. Personally, I don't blame him one bit. Maybe people will stop referring to him as 'Harry' and start seeing him for who he is; a young man and an excellent actor. Besides, you don't get a body like that playing Quidditch.
For the lot of you that have problems with Daniel appearing nude in his role - come off it already. If the nudity bothers you, here's an idea; Don't see the play. I've seen angry comments posted by parents, saying that their children idolize 'Harry Potter' and because of this role they will no longer have anything to do with Daniel or any of his future movies. Here's a tidbit of information for you parents out there; GROW UP. There is nothing wrong with your child admiring Daniel as the character Harry Potter. My son absolutely adores him. But if you are going to make such a ridiculous choice as to 'ban' him from your child and/or home, that's just ignorance. Not to mention the fact that the material of this so-called 'controversial' play is NOT for children. Perhaps if you took a moment to think about that, you'd come to realize the rubbish spewing out of your mouth is just that - rubbish.
So I say to you Daniel - well done! Good luck with your growing career and talent and to hell with the folks that have their heads permanantly stuck up their arses'.

I really don't care a jot about seeing Harry Potter trotting around naked all I really want to know is who is playing Dystart the psychiatrist.
Nothing can top Anthony Hopkins or Richard Burton's performance from the 1970s Broadway production.

Lincoln -- Dysart is being played by Richard Griffiths. 1970s Broadway was before my time -- I just hope that it's good enough to wipe all traces from my memory of the student version I saw while at university. Never mind the horses, I wanted to blind myself after watching that...

Thank God for Griffiths, now there's a saving grace. Hurrah!!!

Harry Potter is a fictional character. Daniel Radcliffe is an actor.

Leave the character in the novel and let the actor take the stage.

Dan will always exist as an 11 year old, 13 year old.. etc, etc. due to the perpetuity of the Harry Potter films. However, he is an adult now. He should be allowed to grow up.

For anyone who has followed Dan through the years and would like to follow him in support of his upcoming projects as he matures as an actor, give us a shout.

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