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Harry Potter pal turns to sex, drugs, and crime


BERLIN (Hollywood Reporter) – Rupert Grint, who plays red-headed sidekick Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movies, has moved on to more grown-up pastimes.

In “Cherrybomb,” which had its world premiere Sunday at the Berlin International Film Festival, Grint plays a youth dabbling in drugs, joy-riding and the thrills of teenage sex. It’s a far cry from the innocent excitement of Hogwarts, but an inevitable transition for the 20-year-old actor.

“It was always going to be quite tricky. ‘Harry Potter’s’ a big thing really, so I’ve always known it’s going to be pretty hard,” Grint said. “But doing this film wasn’t really a conscious decision to try something different — it just worked out like that. I got the script, really liked it, and it all happened in a couple of weeks.”

Grint will start shooting this month at Leavesden Studios in England on the final book of the seven in the “Harry Potter” series, which is being made as two films.

“Fourteen months for Part 1 and Part 2, more or less back-to-back,” he said. “It’s going to be long, but it’s going to be good I think. I really liked the book and the script.

“It’s going to be quite a thing when it’s over because it’ll be half my life exactly. I think I will miss it, because I’ve had some good times on it.

“Cherrybomb,” directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, is set in contemporary Northern Ireland and co-stars Kimberley Nixon and Robert Sheehan in a tale of youthful high jinks and misdeeds that, inevitably, ends badly.

Grint joined Nixon, 23, on Monday in Berlin to meet the media and talk up the film, which required them to act in a fairly frank sex scene.”The hardest bit for both of us was the love scene,” Grint said.

Said Nixon: “It was toward the end of the shoot, so we knew this day was coming. But the crew were so supportive; they made us feel so comfortable, we just got on with our jobs.”

Original article can be viewed at MSNBC I February 9

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