To star in Equus is quite a role, if he pulls it off it will really be a credit to be proud of. Not an easy or safe choice for a young popular star but it could boost his acting credibility a lot if he does well with it.
Yes it does. And to see him like that when he’s not performing is weird. I assume that stage actors wash their faces after the show’s over.
Being fairly uncultured, I have never heard of Equus, but it sounds as though he’ll be able to successfully leave behind the Harry Potter role if he pulls off his new part well. Wouldn’t it suck to be typecast at such an early stage of your career?
Perhaps this is a good forum to ask what you folk think of his acting. My answer is “not much”, but I know I’m not a good judge, not being a Harry Potter fan and just having watched the first movie and parts of the second. (I only made it through the first book entirely too). anyway, would be interested in other opinions on his acting ability.
It’s been years since I saw the film version of Equus. Can anyone explain what was going on?
I remember that the stableboy liked to frolic nude with the horses and then one day he blinded six of them with a metal spike. Was this ever explained in either the play or movie? Was he doing something sexual with the horse? And wasn’t there a girl involved somewhere?
Allen, the boy, created his own type of religion where he worshipped horses. When he was going to have sex with the girl, he noticed the horses in the stable watching. He became ashamed and blinded them. There’s a lot more, like how he grew up with a deeply religious mother and atheist father, but that’s pretty much the gist of it.
I think he does fine, but not outstanding, as Harry Potter. But for some reason I can see him doing a great job in this Equus role. I can picture him playing crazy. I guess we’ll see in the next Harry Potter movie, where Harry becomes a bonafide lunatic.
Unless the Equus producers just wanted a ‘name’ and don’t care if he can pull it off (knowing producers, this isn’t unlikely), I hope he had to have some sort of audition with the director to prove he could deliver the goods. He’s still young, and as long as he keeps challenging himself - and meeting those challenges by improving his skills - he could turn out to be a very fine actor. Talent isn’t (necessarily) inborn. It takes work and practice.
And what about the article saying they aren’t sure if Radcliffe can continue playing Harry for the rest of the series, presuming they make #6 & #7? At this point, the main actors in the series are ingrained in fans’ minds, and changing actors for the last couple of movies would be a mistake, I think. As far as age, they are all getting into their upper teens. Rupert Grint (Ron) has already played 14 when he was 17 and did fine, so I don’t think Radcliffe playing 16-17 while he’s 18-20 would be a big issue.
Yeah, I’m with the others about stage makeup - on women at premiers you expect it, but not on the guys. But they kinda have to, because there WILL be pictures being taken, it IS a public appearance, and they have an image to maintain. They just caught a really bad close-up there.