News Archive – February 2007
Equus Interview Video Clips from UK Breakfast TV
Posted by allo on 28/02/07
Many thanks to Lauren for capturing two video clips about the opening of Equus that appeared on breakfast TV in the UK this morning. Both have short interviews with Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths, recorded on the stage at the Gielgud Theatre, and footage of the curtain call.
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BBC: Big Breakfast (Windows Media, 6.6MB)
ITV1: GMTV (Windows Media, 8.1MB)
You can also see a few screencaps from both clips here: Equus Breakfast TV Interviews 2007 Gallery
Update: Thanks also to Jas from DRO for sending over a few more video clips that came out today. Check them out below.
UPDATED AGAIN: More Links to Equus Reviews and New Pics and Scans of Daniel
Posted by jenna on 28/02/07
More and more links are coming out to reviews of Equus as well as photos from the VIP press night. Thanks very much to Katie, Barbara and Emmanuelle for a few of the links!
Lauren will be capturing Daniel’s appearance on the tele tomorrow morning so check back for that and a lot of media scans!
As more photos, etc. become available we will add the links to this news post so keep checking back for more. If you have some we don’t please send ‘em our way! Stay tuned for more! You can check out the Telegraph and Broadway World reviews in more detail in the below news posts.
ACED Magazine Yes, our very own – go show your support and rate/comment on the article. Later today I will be posting an essay about Equus from one of our very own readers on ACED so make sure you check back for that if you are interested in learning more about the plot and meaning behind the production. You can also comment and add your own two cents there as well!
Getty Images Search for Daniel Radcliffe
UPDATE 1: More (mostly favorable) reviews and articles at:
"Radcliffe admitted: “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,” he revealed. "
UPDATE 2: Scans of reviews in the UK press, dated February 28th. Thanks very much, Lauren!
Radcliffe Makes Equus a Hit According to Review in the Telegraph
Posted by coralie on 28/02/07
Hold on to your hats! This was just posted on the Telegraph’s website. The reviewer, Charles Spencer, did NOT like the play, but he LOVED Daniel’s performance!
"Daniel Radcliffe brilliantly succeeds in throwing off the mantle of Harry Potter, announcing himself as a thrilling stage actor of unexpected range and depth.
Those of us who have watched the Potter films with our families have always liked Radcliffe, who has a rare natural charm about him, and he has improved greatly as an actor as the series has progressed.
Despite minimal previous theatrical experience Radcliffe here displays a dramatic power and an electrifying stage presence that marks a tremendous leap forward.
I never thought I would find the diminutive (but perfectly formed) Radcliffe a sinister figure, but as Alan Strang, the play’s teenage anti-hero who undergoes psychotherapy after viciously blinding six horses, there are moments when he seems genuinely scary in his rage and confusion. There are fleeting instants when you even detect a hint of Voldemort-like evil in his hooded eyes.
It’s an illusion of course – Strang is just a classic mixed-up kid, lonely, sexually confused, and with a love of horses which has become disastrously tangled up with his mother’s hard-line Christianity.
It helps of course that at 17, Radcliffe is exactly the same age as the character he is playing, and he superbly lays bare the sheer rawness of youth, the sudden mood swings of adolescence, and that intense unforgettable feeling that you are in a hostile world all on your own. I have a hunch that this play is going to attract a very large audience of devoted teenage girls.
The actor keeps turning the emotion on a sixpence, switching from sullen anger to raw vulnerability, or from terrible pain to a sudden childlike innocence and charm. And in the nude sex scene that has had all the media in such a tizzy, he and his partner Joanna Christie beautifully capture the awkward tenderness of young love before the action moves into altogether darker territory."
There’s more to come. Many thanks to Lauren and Barbara for the tip!
Brilliant First Review of Dan in Equus
Posted by coralie on 27/02/07
There is an excellent first review of Daniel’s work in Equus at Broadwayworld.com:
"As Alan Strang, Daniel Radcliffe is a total revelation. Casting off his Harry Potter magician’s hat, he gives a performance of amazing maturity. At the right times boyishly cute and winsome, he is also convincingly troubled, withdrawn and disturbed, bursting into fury in a way that is for one special moment quite heart-breaking."
There is also high praise for the powerful scene at the end of act one:
"the vision of an emotionally charged Alan Strang sitting high on the shoulders of a human horse with a bright steel head, becoming as one with the animal he worships, is one of the most powerful Act One closings an audience is ever likely to see."
Way to go Dan! We are all so very proud of you! Hopefully there will be many, many more excellent reviews like this one to come in the following days!
To read the entire article, click on the link listed above. The reviewer, Robert Gould, had nothing but good things to say about the entire production. Many thanks to phoenix52 for the tip!
Equus: It’s Now Curtain Time…The Sequel!
Posted by coralie on 27/02/07
It’s now 7:00PM in London… Curtain time! (exceptionally, the show starts at 700PM this evening)
"Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sun-dial in the shade?… Benjamin Franklin"
On February 16th, you all sent wonderful thoughts and prayers Dan’s way when the curtain went up on the first preview performance of Equus; the positive energy we generated as a group was probably strong enough to light up the entire stage at the Gielgud Theatre, and Jenna’s review is absolute proof of what the power of positive thinking can accomplish (along with, of course, dedication and hard work!).
The curtain is now rising on the very first ‘official’ performance of the play. Once again, let us unite as one in spirit and in heart so that our wishes reach Dan from all corners of the globe. Break a leg again, Daniel! We all know that you and your fellow cast members will do an outstanding job for Equus’ official opening to the public and the media!
On a side note: remember that DanRadcliffe.com has provided its readers with a handy link to book tickets for Equus directly on the theatre’s website: just click on the black square with the word Equus written in white towards the top right hand corner of the main news page, and follow the user friendly directions. You will need a valid credit card to complete your purchase and, if you live outside the UK, will be required to show the same credit card at the box office when you retrieve your tickets on the day of the show (tickets cannot be mailed to addresses outside the UK).
Jenna Interviewed on Pottercast About Equus, Etc.
Posted by jenna on 27/02/07
This past weekend, our friends, the fabulous Melissa Anelli and the very handsome John Noe *wink*, from Leaky interviewed me about Equus and my experiences, etc. whilst in London. It is always great to chat with them (and Sue once she gets her software working – hahaha).
And no, to answer someone’s question – I am not an Aussie. I don’t sound like that…do I? Weird. I am such a goober when recorded! I wouldn’t mind being in Oz though (‘ello Dave! *waves*) – nope, not at all.
Catching Up: Scans, Links, Pictures
Posted by allo on 26/02/07
Catching up with the backlog of emails from last week, here’s a few links we wanted to share in case you missed ‘em the first time!
There are several new files in the Scans Gallery, including an interview with Equus director Thea Sharrock for the Evening Standard (ta, Lauren!) which has some nice quotes about Dan, and the results of Teen magazine’s 50 Celebs You Want To Kiss (Dan comes in at Number 21!). There are other additions From Nueva (Mexico – thanks, Vale), Entertainment Weekly (USA – thanks, Kim), Tiger Beat and Bop (USA – thanks, Stefanie), Yam (Germany – thanks, Jutta), Now (UK – thanks, Suzanne) and OK (UK – thanks, Tracey).
Thank you also to Patricia, Nixx and UHP for some links to fan-made videos of Dan at the stage door behind the Gielgud Theatre after the performance on Feb 17th. (These are both very similar – just different angles.)
And a few links to online articles, including:
An amusing interview with Richard Griffiths in the Telegraph, in which he talks a bit about working with Dan and Joanna Christie.
A response from producer David Pugh to the criticism about smoking in Equus, also in the Telegraph.
Comments from Joanna Christie about all the hype surrounding the play’s nude scene.
Posted by allo on 26/02/07
With Equus officially opening tomorrow night, here’s a couple of tips for media reviews for readers in the UK. On Wednesday Feb 28th, arts program Front Row will have a review of the play on BBC Radio 4, starting at 7:15pm, while on Friday March 2nd, BBC2′s Newsnight will have its own review, starting at 10:30pm. If you catch any more reviews of the play on TV or radio, please contact us. Thanks very much to Jain for the information.
Also, thanks to Veronica for letting us know that viewers in Central and South America can catch Dan’s guest appearance in the sitcom Extras this Sunday, March 4th on HBO Latin America, repeated on March 6th and 10th. Please visit the HBO-LA Extras page for details of times in your area (times vary by country).
For all these dates and more, please remember to check our TV/Events Calendar.
New Interview with Dan and Fellow Equus Cast Members
Posted by coralie on 26/02/07
There is a brand new interview in The Telegraph in which Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Griffiths, Jenny Agutter and Will Kemp speak about Equus, now poised and ready for its ‘official’ opening this coming Tuesday, February 27th . Some of the quotes are actually quite entertaining and, as a whole, the article is extremely interesting:
"Will Kemp: 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.
Dan: Eight and a half stone (Note: that’s about 119 pounds, or 54 kilos).
Will: I’ve probably carried heavier women than Dan."
Once again, Dan’s wisdom shines through:
"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, of course, Dan once again speaks up about the ‘infamous’ nude scene:
"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."
Click on the above link to read the complete interview. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Thanks very much to Lauren for sending over a scan of this article, which includes a new picture of Dan: Telegraph scan (26 Feb 2007)
Jenny Agutter Talks About Daniel in Video from This Morning
Posted by jenna on 25/02/07
Thanks very much to our lovely staffer Lauren, we have a video clip captured from the show This Morning. Jenny Agutter (Hesther Saloman) is interviewed about the Equus production and talks a great deal about Daniel – saying many wonderful things.
"He has the maturity and absolute enthusiasm for what he is doing and also has just worked so hard and is producing something wonderful. He is completely unembarrassed – he’s unembarrassed in the way he works as an actor and it gives it such power."
Video of Jenny Agutter on This Morning Windows Media, 7.31MB
Equus Stage Door Photos
Posted by jenna on 24/02/07
Thanks very much to reader Mark for sending over many shots he took of Daniel Radcliffe outside the stage door on February 17th. Check out the album below to see the pics.
We will be adding to this album as we go along so if you have any photos from outside the stage door lob em on over and we’ll add them to the album for everyone.
I still have a lot more to update and post on the site – please be patient with me as I get caught up and sort through all these e-mails!
Update: Here are a few links to more stage door pics thanks to Laura;
Audio and Visual Purchases Available for Equus Production?
Posted by jenna on 23/02/07
Many readers have written in asking whether there will be a DVD of the Equus production later on down the road. Others have inquired about audio recordings of the play available for purchase.
Regrettably, according to official sources involved with the Equus production team, there are no plans in the works to record the show for video or audio release as of yet. Plays, especially straight plays (non-musicals), generally do not sell recordings of the show to the public.
If this does indeed change in the future I will be sure to announce it on the site…but for now – the answer is decidedly, no.
Scans from Xposé and Bravo
Posted by allo on 22/02/07
Many thanks to Tracey for sending over scans from the new issue of Xposé magazine (issue 102), which has an interview with Dan about performing in Equus:
"’The best way I can think of summarizing it is that it is about the pain that comes with the extremes of passion, and the passion that must be given up if you’re to become an acceptable member of society.’ Radcliffe tells us enthusiastically. ‘When I did it, I knew that [the naked scene] was the bit that everybody would be talking about. It’s a very important bit of the play but it’s not the whole play. It’s very moving and it’s very intelligent, not gratuitous.’"
View the scans here:
Thanks also to Sabine for some scans from German magazine Bravo:
Jenny Agutter Speaks of Dan Radcliffe and Equus
Posted by coralie on 19/02/07
Jenny Agutter, who is currently playing alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths in the revival of Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in London, was interviewed on the BBC Breakfast News show this morning. The interview is quite interesting since Agutter also started out her career as a child actor, and she (of course!) had some really good things to say about Daniel:
"It’s the first theatrical production Daniel Radcliffe has done and he is absolutely wonderful and he is a dedicated actor. He loves what he’s doing, he’s very enthusiastic about it and he works so hard. We’ve had some very good audiences I must say, we haven’t actually opened to the press yet, very appreciative of what he’s doing. He’s just completely created a wonderful, believable young man, Alan Strang."
To read the complete interview, click on the full story link that follows.
Many thanks to Lauren and the ‘friendly soul’ who transcribed the interview for us!
Warner Bros.: We Support Daniel
Posted by coralie on 18/02/07
Warner Bros. has just put all those nasty rumors to rest about them being upset over Daniel’s decision to play in Equus with the following press release:
"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."
Between you, me and the gatepost, I think they would have had a riot on their hands if they had let Dan go because of this!
Merci, Danilo, for the information!
It’s Someone Special’s Birthday Today!
Posted by coralie on 18/02/07
Someone’s celebrating a birthday today! Happy… You know, I actually have no clue how old you are, Jenna! So happy ‘fill in the blank’ birthday to you, from your DR.com colleagues and staffers and all your faithful readers. Have fun, have cake, have coffee, get some sleep (or not!). Whatever you do, may your day be filled with much happiness and love!
Dan: A Natural Stage Performer
Posted by coralie on 17/02/07
I am quite certain that we will be seeing and reading many different reviews about Equus in the coming weeks, especially after the show ‘officially’ opens on February 27th, but in the mean time I’m posting a review that was published this morning in The Daily Mail. As Jenna pointed out, this is not exactly what one would call a stellar publication, but the review is so darn wonderful that I thought you would all enjoy it too… and there is an interesting new picture of Daniel as Alan Strang with Nugget to boot!
Three quotes especially caught my attention – the first one from Roger Berlind, a veteran New York theatre producer, who said:
"if the production with Radcliffe and his fellow leading man, Richard Griffiths, wanted to move to Broadway, he would help raise the finance to present it.
He said that he thought Radcliffe was a ‘natural stage performer’."
Producer David Pugh commented:
"It’s the first preview, we’ve got until the first night to continue working and we know what we have to do, but the boy’s a revelation."
And then there is this little gem:
"For Radcliffe, it was a big mental leap from portraying JK Rowling’s boy wizard to taking on a character in the psychoreligious exploration of equine worship. Radcliffe could have stood on the stage and read the London telephone book and the play still would have sold out. That he took on such an intellectual theatrical challenge was brave – and he succeeded."
You can read the entire review by clicking here: Radcliffe’s a Revelation.
Many of you pointed out that The Sun Online also published a favorable, albeit short, review of the play. You can read it by clicking here: Sun review (warning: rear view!)
As I said, I am sure there will be many more like these to come!
Posted by jenna on 17/02/07
OK – It is now 4.30AM and I have finally finished this review – only because I love all of you so much!!!! Well that, and I wouldn’t have been able to sleep otherwise.
Keep in mind my review is based on my seat. I sat directly on the stage. You have a closer view of their faces and such there – so those sitting out in the stalls, etc. won’t have seen the detail. And now the review…
Update: Here is a picture of the front of the theatre from my tiny camera. We have better pics we will upload soon enough – thought you might want a quick peek. Outside Gielgud Theatre
Hah Hah…bellowed the doubtful and the inevitable negative critics—of course they are all wrong if they said Daniel Radcliffe was anything less than brilliant after the show preview on the 16th of February. Most people know the story by now…
17 year-old Alan Strang (Daniel Radcliffe) is sent to a hospital to undergo psychological treatment after blinding six horses. There he teaches his doctor (Richard Griffiths) the true meaning of passion and belief. The audience lives within Strang’s unique psychosis and in turn finds a passion and spiritual awakening of its own through his madness.
The stage setup was magnificent for this type of production. Perfect for all sorts of scene scenarios, and not one cast member was left out of the arranging. It could not have been more cleverly constructed, with its turn table platform, whisking its agonizing main character away on his ride with Equus (Will Kemp) in the field.
Kemp did an amazing job portraying Nugget aka Equus aka Nugget aka “the Young Horseman”. His poise and balance pantomime a delicate power, with the subtly of raining snow. Radcliffe’s portrayal of Strang atop this steady steed was both profound and symbolic— Christ in weighted chains of ecstasy and anguish.
The horse characters within Equus were constructed of metal hooves and heads…heads with glowing eyes. They were the whispers in the wind and the shiver down your spine. Their presence was both gentle and malevolent. These wondrous portrayals of beast and God were only matched by Radcliffe’s genuine awe and chastity toward them. His eyes twinkled with emotion like droplets of dew on an early morning. To see this magnificent depiction of character—the stage seats are the thing.
There were many elements that made this production great…the intimate lighting, the piercing sound effects—the rising smoke…but none compared to the character interactions on stage. Richard Griffiths, Jonathan Cullen, Gabrielle Reidy, Jenny Agutter, Joanna Christie, Colin Haigh—they all gave amazing performances.
Griffiths does a fantastic job breathing life into Dysart. He creates a comical, cynical, shell-of-a-man. His expression and movement were fabulous. Admittedly; however, I was hoping for a little more sympathy between Dysart and Strang for it to build up to the final scene…I feel it didn’t quite get there. I am sure that will improve with future shows—this was only the first preview after all.
Radcliffe…well what can I say about Radcliffe. He’s fearless. I have been to many a show throughout my life and I haven’t bawled like a banshee at a single one…the guy had me crying people. I don’t cry. (Just don’t tell anyone).
Throughout the entire show Radcliffe was well poised, well spoken, in character and emotionally charged. He hit every mark spot on…he portrayed the right balance between insanity and reverence, spirituality and emptiness, awakening and shutting down…it just all clicked in one go. He definitely struck the right balance on stage.
To all of you planning on seeing this production—you’re in for a whirlwind ride of laughs and arduous moments that promise to drain you to your very core.
Equus: Curtain Time!
Posted by coralie on 16/02/07
It’s 730PM in London right now…
"If you reach for the stars all you get are the stars… if you reach for the heavens, you get the stars thrown in. (Stiles & Drewe, from the 2005 London stage adaptation of Mary Poppins)"
Break a leg, Dan! All your fans at DR.com are sending you their love and support right now!
Update: here is a small clarification for all the fans who have asked: tonight, February 16th, is the first of several preview performances of Equus at the Gielgud Theatre in London. Tickets to preview performances of a play are sometimes a bit less expensive (although not in this case) because they allow the producer/director/actors to iron out any last minute kinks in a production, albeit in front of a live audience, before a play officially opens with a press night (in this case, February 27th). What you see at a preview performance is pretty well what you will see at every other performance of the show as well. Hope this answers your questions!
New Interview with Equus Director Thea Sharrock
Posted by coralie on 15/02/07
There is a brand new interview with Thea Sharrock in The Independent Online in which the Equus director had some interesting things to say about Daniel and the upcoming production:
"It’s too good for yet another generation not to see it. At some point, you have to hold your hands up and say you can’t please all of the people all of the time. But perhaps some of those people will come and see it and be bowled over by Daniel’s performance – not Harry Potter, but Daniel Radcliffe – and forgive us for doing it. He’s not a fictional boy who lives in a book."
Sharrock also said that Equus is the biggest gamble of her career and that:
"With Dan, I do feel a huge sense of responsibility. It’s a huge personal risk for him. One has an overwhelming sense of wanting to protect him, wanting to work him as hard as possible, so that when he goes out there he’s going to do himself proud."
You can read the entire article by clicking here: interview with Thea Sharrock.
Thanks to Lauren for the tip!
Valentines and Wallpapers
Posted by allo on 14/02/07
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! Sabine has been busy making more ecards so brighten someone’s day by sending them a Valentine…
The recent rash of Equus and OOTP photos has inspired much graphical creativity so hop over to our Wallpapers Gallery to see some cool new designs by Sabine, Lisa, Audrey, Jackie and Helicon. Thanks very much, guys!
And finally, thanks very much to Ginny for the animated Equus banner.
Moving New Photo of Dan in OOTP
Posted by coralie on 14/02/07
I am sorry guys – but this photo was not authorized for release by Warner Bros. at this time so I am afraid I will have to take this down until I hear back from them.
We do not post pictures copyrighted to Warner Bros. with site URLs tagged on them as they are only copyrighted to Warner Bros.
Once I hear back from the WB on whether we can indeed post this photo – I will post it back properly in a larger format with proper copyright information.
Sorry for the inconvenience – Jenna.
Extras Down Under!
Posted by allo on 13/02/07
Mark your calendars, Australia: Dan’s guest appearance in the sitcom Extras will be shown on Wednesday February 28th at 9:00 p.m. on ABC (Channel 2). The second season of Extras begins this week in Australia, on the 14th. Many thanks to Dee and Josie for the tip. For full details of all upcoming TV listings, please check our TV/Events Calendar.
Hi-Res OOTP Images from MSNBC/Newsweek Article
Posted by allo on 13/02/07
Many thanks to Warner Bros. for sending over some high-resolution images from the set of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that were featured on MSNBC.com last week:
The photos are also featured in the Feb 19th issue of Newsweek magazine. The article can be read online here.
Loads of Scans with New Pictures of Daniel
Posted by jenna on 11/02/07
Thanks very much to staffers Lauren and Tracey for sending over some new scans, containing new pics of Daniel Radcliffe. Thanks also to readers Celine, Beth and Alyssa. There is a long, long list below. Enjoy…
Equally Delightful New Observer Interview with Daniel
Posted by allo on 11/02/07
Not to be outdone by the Times (see previous post), UK Sunday newspaper The Observer has its own in-depth interview with Daniel Radcliffe today about Equus, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the pros and cons of fame. It’s quite long and it’s a bit hairy in places (you’ll see what we mean…!!) but as usual it’s a very candid and refreshing article with some great quotage from Dan. Here’s a few of the gems:
On the perils of partying in public:
"If [the paparazzi] got a picture of me at 15 doing vodka shots – which by the way I wasn’t – then they’d be having a field day. I do have to watch myself going out and things."
…or opportunistic girlfriends:
"Obviously you have to watch a bit, and I’m sure there will be a lot of girls … Well, I hope there will be a lot of girls who are just trying to get stories! Somebody said to me the other day, “Do you ever worry that girls are just giving you attention because of who you are?” I was like, “I’m 17, I don’t care! It’s wonderful!”"
On performing in Equus:
"People may even possibly think that I shouldn’t be doing it because of the Potter fans. But I think that would be a mistake … the person at the centre of all the attention should always be the one to lead where the attention goes"
On personal maturity:
"Someone recently thought I was 19, despite my diminutive stature [he's 5ft 5in],’ he says proudly. ‘That was quite cool. I must just exude a halo of maturity at all times!"
On being visited by JK Rowling on the OOTP set:
"Jo came down to the set at one point and I said, “Oh hello, why are you here today?” And she said, “Oh I just needed a break from the book – Dumbledore’s giving me a lot of trouble.” And I said, “But isn’t he dead?” And she said, “Well, yeah, but it’s more complex …” I was like, [briskly] “OK, I’m not gonna ask anything else!”"
The interviewer declares Dan “the least bumptious, most charming teenage millionaire superstar you’re ever likely to meet” and reckons he’d “like to have a beer with this chap … When he’s legal, of course.”!
Delightful New Times Online Interview with Daniel
Posted by coralie on 11/02/07
There is a really delightful new interview with Daniel on the Times Online website in which he discusses Equus and, of course, Harry Potter.
Dan speaks about a conversation he had with actor Gary Oldman about being naked on stage for Equus:
"He said the first night is terrifying, the second is pretty scary, and after that you don’t care. When you do it in a cold room and you are nervous, everything goes a bit shy down there, but I have been assured it will be nice and warm on the night. We have done the nudity scene twice with our clothes off, and my acting improved so much. It’s hard to show that vulnerability you need for nakedness with your clothes on. Now I get them off at the drop of a hat."
About being around other people his own age:
"It’s not that I think they are immature, but I don’t know what to say to them. I’m worried I might sound like I’m boasting, or might mention too many famous names. I find myself becoming overly timid and self-effacing, and watching what I say. I’m more comfortable with people who are a bit older, especially older girls, which is a real curse, because they are not interested in a younger guy."
About filming the last scene of the last Harry Potter movie (the article does state that Dan HAS signed up for the last two films – we’ll try to get some official confirmation of this):
"When I’ve shot the last scene of the last movie, I will be devastated. Harry Potter has provided my friends, seen me through my exams. I’ve had my first girlfriend, my first kiss. It’s been my life."
And about Harry’s possible fate (no, we don’t have to agree with him!):
"I want him to die because I have a melodramatic yearning for a death scene. And the prophecy in the fifth book says only one of Harry and Voldemort can live. Or is it that neither can live while the other survives? Oh God, what is it? The fans will kill me if I’ve got that wrong."
One of the many things that make Dan so special is that he takes nothing for granted but treats every new opportunity and acting job as a gift and a chance to learn something new and better his craft; he faces each challenge with grace and good humour and you can feel how much he loves what he is doing when he is interviewed. A definite recipe for success. Bravo, Dan!
Daniel’s 18th Birthday – Yes, It IS Time to Get Started
Posted by jenna on 10/02/07
This year we are going to do something a little different for Daniel’s birthday. It is fast, easy and everyone-anywhere-any age, can participate. This year we will be creating a photomosaic montage of fan photos – thousands of tiny tiny little photos that make up one big photo – movie poster style. The poster we print will be 3 feet wide and 4 feet high. The more photos the merrier. Still not sure what I mean? Check out this link to view an example of a photomosaic.
How do you participate? Easy—just submit your photo by using the form link below (I will add this link to the top of the site shortly). You MUST submit your photos via this page – do not e-mail pictures.
The maximum file size is 5 MB. Format should be either jpg or gif. Photos should not be rude or vulgar. All photos that do not meet these requirements will not be used in the mosaic. (One submission per person.)
Deadline - All photos should be submitted no later than June 10th, midnight EST.
Additional Questions or Comments? Just send me an e-mail and I will be happy to assist you!
Update: I added a few more particulars to the birthday submit page that should answer most of the questions I have been receiving at the link below. Cheers!
***Note***When you upload your photo please make sure you give it a unique file name. Do not name the file “me” or “me1″. Unfortunately – it will rewrite other files in the directory with the same name. I have seen this happen already this morning. Please try to name your file in this format so it doesn’t get written over – first name initial, last name, and the last 2 digits of the year of your birth. Example: drobbinson89
CLICK HERE to submit your entries now!
New Order of the Phoenix Photos on MSNBC
Posted by coralie on 10/02/07
There is an excellent new interview with Harry Potter set designer Stuart Craig, along with a fun interactive feature that allows fans to “take a tour” by zooming in and around some photos (including a couple of new ones of Dan as Harry) from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on MSNBC’s website.
Craig, who designed the sets for the first five Harry Potter movies and is currently working on the sixth, says that one of the joys of creating a magical world is that
"time is of no consequence. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is part medieval, part Victorian. The kids dress in jeans and T shirts, like in 2007, but they’re surrounded by 1950s technology. They go to school by steam train. All these things from different periods are sort of slammed together.’"
Quickly now… click on the above MSNBC link where you will find the interview along with a description posted on the right hand side of each photo. Enjoy!
UPDATE: Ah, the wonders of technology! there seems to be a problem with the link right now, so you can also click on the full story link below to read the full interview and descriptions.
ADMIN:: Site Update
Posted by jenna on 09/02/07
Yes – thank goodness – the news system is finally back online. We won’t even go into the drama – but Allo deserves a medal for figuring it out!!! I am going to be bringing her one to London next week!
The archives still need a little bit of a tweak, but beyond that and a few minuscule other factors, the site is fully recovered. If after tomorrow any of you have any problems with something just shoot me an e-mail. You shouldn’t – but, just in case you do…
We are all very sorry for the delay, but I think this new server and news system upgrade will be beneficial for everyone all around. Thank you so much for your patience and your wonderful e-mails of support – they are greatly appreciated! More coming in the news later today. Stay tuned!
Dan’s "cu-bed" Now Available at Habitat
Posted by allo on 09/02/07
Thank you very much to Lauren for sending in a scan from the latest Habitat catalog of the “cu-bed” children’s bed designed by Dan. As we reported earlier, Dan was one of a number of celebrities invited to design a piece of furniture for Habitat’s “Very Important Products for Kids” line. The catalog says:
"Just like previous VIP collections, we knew we wanted to collaborate with famous people we most admired and respected; but this time round, we had to think a little more laterally. This time round, the people we chose had to be the kind of personalities kids had admiration and respect for too. But what kind of mere mortals possess that kind of cross-generational clout?"
Other products in the line include a wooden secret box from Kate Winslet, fashion monster dolls from Christian Lacroix and a mirror from Miss Piggy. The “cu-bed” measures 60 cm (24 inches) square and folds out to 120x60x30 cm (48x24x12 inches). It can be yours for the princely sum of £210! All royalties due to Dan will be donated to his favorite charity, Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
New Newsletter and Photo from Dan
Posted by allo on 09/02/07
Many thanks to Kim for sending in a copy of Dan’s latest newsletter that he sends to fans who write to him. In this edition, he talks about his recent visit to Australia, where he attended the Australian Film Institute awards and did photoshoots for Harry Potter and December Boys, and his current favorite films (including The Last King of Scotland and Notes on a Scandal), bands (including Tokyo Police Club and The View) and books (Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie and Laughter in the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov). The newsletter was accompanied by Dan’s new official photo.
If you’d like your own copy of this newsletter, please visit our Mailing Address page for full details of how to write to Dan. You can see previous copies of Dan’s newsletters and photos in our Autographs and Newsletters galleries.
Evening Standard Interviews Dan
Posted by allo on 09/02/07
UK newspaper The Evening Standard has published a new interview with Daniel Radcliffe, in which he discusses his upcoming role in the play Equus . In the wake of the new promotional images being splashed across the media, Dan talks about his developing acting skills, the demands of stage performances, and explains why he is performing scenes in the play nude.
"We’ve done the scene a couple of times in rehearsal. I had no particular qualms. There’s nothing that would stop me getting my kit off if that’s what the work demands. The key to serious acting is to lose your inhibitions, to become free and fearless."
The full article can be viewed at the This is London website.
Publication Date for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Confirmed
Posted by coralie on 01/02/07
According to J.K. Rowling's official website, publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has just been confirmed for Saturday 21st July 2007 at 00:01 BST in the UK and at 00:01 in the USA. It will also be released at 00:01 BST on Saturday 21st July in other English speaking countries around the world.
Scholastic have also updated their website with news of the publication of the much awaited book 7:
"“We are thrilled to announce the publication date of the seventh installment in this remarkable series. We join J.K. Rowling’s millions of readers – young and old, veterans and newcomers – in anticipating what lies ahead.”
What a year this is going to be!