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A ‘Ron’dezvous with Grint!

Rupert Grint talks to KT about playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movie series. HARRY Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley stands out for his red hair, a trademark of the Weasleys. Immensely loyal to Potter, Ron is often targetted by Potter’s arc rival in school Draco Malfoy and his gang for not belonging to a rich family like them. Though not as talented as Harry or Hermoine Granger, Ron has always proven that he can be counted on. And the three have always stood by together in the face of any adversity.

You have grown with every Harry Potter movie. How was the experience throughout the years?

You get a glimpse of the early films every now and then and we’ve changed quite a bit. It’s been seven years now since we’ve started making the films, but it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long. Looking back at all the films, it just seems like one long film. Feels weird looking back about the early ones, how young we were and how much we’ve changed now. We’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a really good part of my life.

Has the transition of your character added extra responsibility on you?

I keep at the top of my mind the responsibility I felt from the very beginning with The Sorcerer’s Stone. The responsibility was more so apparent in the first one, because I had never done anything like it. I had only done school plays. But since the books are so big and everyone has an idea of who Harry, Ron and Hermoine are, you’re always feeling the pressure a little bit. Over the years I’ve become more adjusted to it, because people have gotten used to us. Plus, since the films are becoming bigger and better, it’s becoming more and more fun.

What thought have you given to your career post-Harry Potter?

I don’t really give it much thought, to be honest. But I think I do feel like continuing acting and I’d like to see where it goes from there, really, and if it doesn’t work out, I still got the ice cream van (laughs).

Over the years, what kind of audiences have you heard from and how has their response been?

It’s quite a varied audience response and there’s loads of it really. Especially the younger ones – they’ve probably grown up by now as well. I’ve always had a very good feedback for the films.

How is it for you to be dealing with fame?

It is funny. And, actually, there will always be certain things that some people will be able to do that we can’t do, and that’s fine, but also loads of opportunities through this have been extended to us, and that’s amazing. So, we’re also very fortunate. I mean, it is obviously a very strange experience. But I think what’s nice was about not being thought of or treated as sort of entities that will either sell a film or not sell a film, since we’ve actually been treated really just fantastically. We’re very, very lucky in that respect.


Original article can be found here at Times of India I July 24, 2007


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