Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Harry Potter Wants To Play A Drag Queen?

Harry Potter personality Daniel Radcliffe wants to expand his acting range in the movies - by portraying a drag queen.

Radcliffe, 19, said in an interview with Details magazine that he wanted to play a cross-dressing drag queen, just so he could wear woman's clothes and lots of make up.

But Radcliffe did admit it 'would freak some people out', and that a cross-dressing Harry Potter may not be a good role model for his millions of young Hogwarts fans.

He has already caused a stir with his role in "Equus", with scenes of the young actor totally nude.

Radcliffe, who has spent most of his Hollywood career playing Harry Potter, is soon to start a run of Equus on Broadway in New York. The actor will be seen in eight shows a week, with full frontal nudity, just as he did in the hit London production.

But Radcliffe can't shake the "Harry Potter" image for good just yet.

In fact, there are three Harry Potter movies already completed or in production, starting with "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", due next July. The film finds Harry Potter as he begins his 6th year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he discovers an old book marked mysteriously "This book is the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Then comes the two part "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", where author J.K. Rowling wraps up the Potter franchise where Harry continues his search for the horcruxes, but is sidetracked by the mysterious Deathly Hallows as the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort draws closer. Rowling's has said that poor Harry dies in the final scenes bringing an end to the young wizard and his movies.

But Radcliffe is already trying to break free from the Harry Potter mold so the world can see him as someone other than Harry Potter.

"Equus" is part of that strategy, and so is "Journey" due in 2009, where Radcliffe stars as Dan Eldon, a British born photographer, who spent his childhood in Kenya. His photographs of refugees from the Somalian civil war led to his employment by Reuters, who sent him to Somalia in 1992. His pictures helped draw the world's attention to the crisis, but on 12 July 1993, while covering the story that UN forces had accidentally killed 74 civilians, he and three colleagues were stoned and beaten to death by a furious crowd.

Playing a drag queen may go a bit too far, as Radcliffe seems well on track to shake his child actor Harry Potter persona and break into a new era of adult movie roles.

Watch Daniel Radcliffe In "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" Movie Trailer


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