There comes a point when every child actor must tell the world he’s not a child anymore. Daniel Radcliffe is doing that by playing Alan Strang in a London revival of Equus. “Harry Potter” supporting actor Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon) plays Dr. Martin Dysart.
Now, if he had not been “Harry Potter,” would this catch anyone’s attention? But the idea of an actor who has portrayed a children’s hero taking on an adult role … with minimal wardrobe needs … has some folks flummoxed.
As a one time two-bit community theater actor, I can appreciate the complexity of the role and the skill necessary to pull it off (My toughest was playing Dan in Emlyn Williams’ “Night Must Fall”). But I don’t see that I could ever have done this sort of role.