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Daniel Radcliffe talks masturbation and whether he 'fluffed' during Equus

2015-10-23
Daniel Radcliffe has raised a few eyebrows after a candid new Q&A with Playboy, in which the former the Harry Potter star and Britain's reigning 'Rear of the Year' discusses masturbation, sexual awakenings and his notorious full-frontal appearance in the West End production of Equus in 2007. Asked about the travails of working full time as a teenager and "finding a chance to masturbate," Radcliffe - who's set to appear back on the big screen opposite James McAvoy in Victor Frankenstein next month - admits he was "like every other teenager in that sense". Warrick-Saint-Photoshoot-daniel-radcliffe-32711174-1414-1060 He continues: "My favorite line about masturbation is Louis C.K.’s, something like “I found out about it when I was 11, and I didn’t skip a day.” I think I started very early—before my teens. But not when I was on set. I wasn’t going, 'When is Alan Rickman going to nail this scene so I can run back to my trailer?' "There’s another feeling, again perfectly described by Louis C.K.: that fear just after you’ve jerked off that everyone knows what you did. It would have been embarrassing to walk back on set and look the dignitaries of British acting royalty in the eye, knowing what I’d been doing. daniel-equus The 26-year-old - who's previously joked that he can’t get enough of acting roles that require nudity - is also asked about highly-publicised nude performance in Equus during the height of his Harry Potter fame, and whether he gave his assets a 'helping hand' to look their best on stage. "Dude, there was no opportunity for fluffing," Radcliffe replies. "I was onstage for the entire show, and I ran around naked for 10 minutes in a scene that’s about sexual failure and horse blinding. "But I’ve heard stories about actors putting an elastic band around their dick. If you wank and then put elastic around the base of it, it keeps the blood in there, and then you whip it off and go onstage. I would have had to do it an hour and a half in advance. I’m pretty sure I would have castrated myself. He added: "I was shit-scared and 17 when I did Equus, which is the age when you’re most self-conscious. And I was very aware that a certain percentage of that audience was coming to look at my dick every night. Looking back, that was mental. I have a lot of respect for myself for having the balls to do it, so to speak." You can read Dan's full interview over at Playboy. More stories: Happy birthday Daniel Radcliffe! His hottest ever moments Watch: Nottingham Uni men’s hockey team get naked to fight homophobia