February 2007 - Daniel J Radcliffe Holland


Equus VIP Press night + danieljradcliffe.tk's exclusive photos and report

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Equus VIP Press night + danieljradcliffe.tk's exclusive photos and report
Below you find the photos from the VIP press night of Equus in London which took place yesterday.

You can now find photos from Daniel J Radcliffe Holland's Equus visit on 24th February: Website -> Exclusives.

picture source: Dave M. Benett

Equus opening night press junket interviews

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Equus opening night press junket interviews
Press junket interviews with Daniel and Richard Griffiths during the opening night of Equus at the Gielgud Theatre yesterday, 27th February.

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Evening Standard interview (UK)

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Evening Standard interview (UK)
Evening Standard's exclusive interview. They talked with him after his performance in Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in London.
"Tonight was good but it was terrifying. We've been doing previews for two weeks and I thought this would be just another show. But when we got to the last hour I thought 'this is really big'.
"It was scary but there's so much goodwill backstage and to be on stage with Richard Griffiths helped."
About performing nude:
"I really don't care about it that much. The nudity serves the purpose of the image at the end of the play.

"The implication in the press was that it was going to be quite gratuitous but it's not. After doing the first couple of previews I really didn't care anymore."
About his role as Alan Strang:
"It can be hard not to take it home with you and I especially found that during the rehearsal period.
"But in a way that's good because the more you can stay in character, as long as it doesn't damage you in any way, it can only be a positive thing."
He said he would like to continue acting in the West End:
"Being on stage is the most exhilarating experience I've ever had.
"Film is fantastic but the rush you get from being on stage is just amazing,"
Playwright Peter Shaffer about Daniel:
"Daniel was marvellous considering this is his first ever performance on the stage. Richard Griffiths was terrific as well. I'm very pleased with the production. It's deeply exciting."
Christian Slater said:
"The work that Daniel did on stage was incredible, extraordinary. I think he was brave, adventurous and courageous. He's a phenomenon and I would certainly love to work with him."
source: standard.co.uk

Report: Equus

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Report: Equus
by Marion

24th February 2007, London

Daniel arrives at the Theatre
When I arrived at the Gielgud Theatre at 1:30 to collect my tickets for the show, I was walking around the theatre to look where I could find the Stage Door, so I knew where I had to be trying to get an autograph later that evening..When I was there , a crowd of people stood there who were waiting for the crew of Equus to arrive. I waited of course, because I knew Dan had to show up within some minutes. (It was almost one hour before playtime) Then I saw Jenny Agutter walking out of the stage door. She stayed for a little  while to sign some autographs and to chat to some fans and then left again.

After that a car arrived and Richard Griffiths came out. He also signed some autographs and got into the theatre. Then there arrived another car. A big dark BMW... and stopped at the Stage Door entrance. My dad (who was with me in London) managed to make some pics from.. Daniel! Who was sitting in the car ready to get out and going into the theatre. There were not much people there at the moment.

About Equus the Play
The play started off with the six horses. Daniel was standing in the middle with one horse. The first thing Dan said was about a milkywaybar (a song) "Milkybar is good for you" (He was singing it because he didn't wanted to say something to Dr. Dysart (Richard Griffiths) It was a very funny part.. He did that for three times!

I think most of you know where this play is all about. (if you don't you can check equustheplay.com) The horses where men with masks and metal around there shoes. When the play goes further, Daniel has also a scene with the horse "Nugget" played by Will Kemp. This is a scene where he is riding on the horse and at the same moment enjoys having sex. With much compliments to Daniel, because that must be a really hard scene to do and it was really impressive. It's a really intense scene where he had to shout very hard… This was the last scene before the break.

During the play he had also scenes where he didn't said at thing, he is just sitting there staring.. I really thought this was impressive to, because I can't sit that long and just stare at one point :P After that the scenes with Joanna Christie came. (and she also very good, I’l have to say that) Jill (Joanna) wants to have sex with Alan after they have been to the cinema to watch an 18+ movie when they got caught by Alan's dad (Jonathan Cullen) (was a bit sad but also funny, can't explain why, its probably because of how he explained that scene)

To me Daniel looked full of self-confidence about the way he acted on stage and it all looked so good. During the show they also used smoke/light effects which I thought looked really cool!. The scene with Daniel and Joanna naked was also very good! (and very intense) They were supposed to have sex in that scene, but Alan didn't wanted to because he felt that the other Horses where looking to him then.

The play was really amazing!! and it was over before I knew it..

© Daniel J Radcliffe Holland 2007.

The Daily Telegraph interview (UK)

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The Daily Telegraph interview (UK)

The Daily Telegraph interview on the eve  of the West End revival of Equus with Daniel and the rest of the cast.

JR Maiming a horse is a far cry from riding a hippogriff, isn't it?

DR Completely. There came a point on the third Potter film when I thought, acting is what I want to do. I thought it would be a bad idea to wait till the Potter films were all finished to do something else. There are certain people who will be more than happy to see you in any other role you like, and there will be some who will never, ever see you as anything other than Harry Potter. Once you've accepted that, it's fine - you just do whatever you like. With this, they can say I'm good or terrible but the one thing they can't say is I haven't challenged myself.

And playing a horse is a long way from one of Tchaikovsky's swans...

WK What was intriguing was coming into such a perfect play where I'm able to be an actor and still utilise the training I've had as a dancer in physical theatre. So I get to cross over. But I've also been working with a lead choreographer in a way that I haven't previously. She does a lot of contact improvising, which climaxes with people throwing themselves at each other.

For the older cast members, are there strong memories of the original production, and does the play still have a contemporary urgency?

JA I saw it at the National. It was an extraordinarily dynamic piece of work. It was quite different from anything I had seen, although also a bit like Greek drama. It's about what Shaffer is often about - mediocrity versus the extraordinary.

RG I was at the RSC in 1973 knocking out 12 or 15 shows a year at Stratford. A night off when you could go and see somebody else's show was just a futile dream. So I never saw Equus. Based on what people told me about it, I wondered whether the psychiatry world has moved on a bit. I have friends who are psychiatrists, and I ran it by them. They said there are new concepts and new problems, but essentially the approaches used are all perfectly valid and would be recognised by any practising psychiatrist. For Peter Shaffer, the key question is nothing to do with psychiatry. It is much more fundamental and philosophical. It is to say, what is the purpose of us being here?

The play argues that if you scratch the surface of any domestic environment, you will find abnormality and dysfunction. Is that your experience?

DR I know a few people that are very much like Alan, in that they are quick to anger. I recognise bits of myself in Alan, absolutely, and I think when young people come to see the play they will see themselves in him. I've got a great image of somebody who came to see the play when they were 16 and saw themselves as Alan, and then coming to see it again and seeing themselves as Dysart.

RG It's nip and tuck as to who is in more trouble. Dysart really wants to take a walk on the wild side but he knows it could be the end of the world if he did.

DR Alan's trouble is more visible because he hasn't got the vocabulary or social skills to disguise it.

RG We are all products of various degrees of dysfunction. There is a big debate in the play about what is normal. My guideline is Billy Connolly's: "I'll tell you what's normal. There's you, and there's the rest of the f***in' world. That's what is normal."

The play is an extreme portrayal of teenage isolation. How do young actors avoid the psychological fall-out of early stardom?

JA For me it was very different from what Daniel has done. I started at 11 and was 17 when I did The Railway Children. I was very questioning as to whether I should do it because I'd just done Walkabout, which is about the loss of innocence, and I was going to move on. But you go between being young and older at that age, and it seemed the right thing to do. Daniel must be one of the few people that's actually allowed to grow up in a character.

DR It's me and the boy who was in The 400 Blows and Truffaut's other Antoine Doinel films. I've been lucky enough to have a direct route laid out for me.

JA You are probably much more clear-sighted with what you are doing with your acting. I was really quite tentative about it.

Physically, it's a hugely demanding first stage role for a 17-year-old actor.

WK Dan is up for anything. We do a lot of things together - running around with him on my shoulders. I'm grateful that he's in fantastic nick, plus he's actually quite light.

DR Eight and a half stone.

WK I've probably carried heavier women than Dan.

Towards the end of the play, Alan and a stable girl have a love scene that goes badly wrong. The scene is, in all senses of the word, revealing, in that it involves nudity. How do you approach it?

JA This is always the difficulty with people's obsession with the idea of nakedness. They forget what it's actually about. In a way, it has to be naked. It's not sensational. When this play was on, there was Abelard and Eloise, Hair, Oh! Calcutta! They were all taking their clothes off.

DR I didn't look at the nudity and go, oh great. But it's the same as doing a role with an accent or a particular affectation. You look at the character first. Lots of the actors that I've admired have at one stage or another taken their kit off. It's a rite of passage. That iconic scene is the physical and emotional climax of the play. So if I do that with pants on, it would be crap.

source: telegraph.co.uk

Equus photocall

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Equus photocall
There are now production photos of Daniel in Equus from a photocall which took place yesterday at the Gielgud Theatre in London

picture source: Dylan Martinez/Reuters/Corbis

Video from Dan after Equus

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Video from Dan after Equus
16th February at the Gielgud Theatre, Dan signing autographs after Equus

Dan signing autographs after Equus

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Dan signing autographs after Equus
New photos of Daniel signing after Equus.

source: W.E.N.N.

Warner Bros. Pictures press release regarding Daniel

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Warner Bros. Pictures press release regarding Daniel

In response of recent bad press regarding Warner Brothers feelings towards Daniel's role in the West End production of Equus, Warner Brothers has released an official press announcement.

Warner Bros. Pictures - Statement on Daniel Radcliffe

LONDON, February 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to pieces that have run in various UK media - A spokesperson from Warner Bros. Pictures has issued the following:

"Daniel Radcliffe is an extremely talented actor, as well as a great collaborator and friend to Warner Bros. Pictures. We've had great experiences working with him on our films and fully support him in the artistic choices he makes as an actor."

Matt Holyoak photoshoot

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Matt Holyoak photoshoot
Promotional photoshoot for Equus.