OK – so there’s no actual “horse sex” in “Equus,” whatever some of the theater-goers might say, but that doesn’t mean Daniel Radcliffe and Lorenzo Pisoni, the man who plays his horse Nugget, haven’t gotten a little cozy during the performances thus far.
There are long moments on stage where Radcliffe stands with Pisoni, holding him, caressing him, stroking him – as co-star Richard Griffiths puts it, “like a necking couple."
“Thea [Sharrock], the director, really made a point of that, that the relationship between the boy and the horse had to be as intimate as possible,” Pisoni said, “so that the audience understood that when he was with a girl, that wasn’t what he wanted. So there was one day we kind of had a talking to, and we looked at each other, and it was like, ‘Well, alright!’ And that was that.”
“We’ve been getting on very well indeed,” Radcliffe laughed. “I’ve written him some really, really deeply sexual things on some of the cards I’ve given him for opening night, but just to wind him up.”
“There’s a lot of trust between us,” Pisoni said. “We’re good friends, though, so it’s not a bizarre situation.”
Well, not too bizarre. Pisoni admits to being jealous when Radcliffe has his love scene with co-star Anna Camp (“It’s hard for me to watch that, honestly," he said). And Radcliffe admits to developing a bit of a man crush on Pisoni in return. “If I was gay or female, I would just want to marry him,” Radcliffe said. “He’s gorgeous, he’s tough, and he’s a really cool bloke as well, so he’s great.”
“We are doing that two-become-one thing,” Pisoni said, referring to what Radcliffe’s character Alan Strang is hoping to achieve with his horse. “It’s a little scary, but I think we’ll nip it in the bud. It won’t go any further than this. I want to keep my eyes, they’re useful to me, and he doesn’t want to get locked up.”
What other kinds of roles outside Harry Potter would you like to see Daniel play?