That is why Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint plays a British soldier stranded in Norway.
Rupert Grint (23) was only 13 years old when he became world famous as Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley in “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”. Ten years and eight films later, he is still known as the red-haired wizard, but as the film series is coming to an end, the actor is looking for new challenges; something that brought him to a secluded mountain scenery in Norway.
Grint inhabits one of the roles in Petter Næss’ new drama “Into the White” about three German and two British soldiers who are forced to survive together in a Norwegian mountain cabin during the Second World War.
- I play Robert Smith who is a great character with an angry and fun energy. It was great and exciting to film in Norway and a big change. It was exciting to be on a mountain for 3 weeks, Grint says during a press conference Monday morning.
Last summer “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” was released and marked the end of the magical story, disappointing many fans. The Brit tells us that he thinks it’s nice to play new roles after so many years as Weasley.
- I’ve played the same character for 10 years so it was refreshing to play someone new. It’s been quite strange after filming the last Harry Potter film. I’ve chosen to do things that appeal to me and that I want to do. Such as this one, with great costars and a good story. I don’t have a special plan for the future, but I look for characters that aren’t wizards, the 23-year-old says.
Rupert became good friends with his costars Lachlan Nieboer, David Kross, Florian Lukas and Stig Henrik Hoff during filming. The latter play a German soldier and said he enjoyed himself on set and became well acquainted with his British and German costars.
- There was so much working against us. It was difficult to film on the mountain, with strong winds and changing weather conditions, but it was fantastic to film with Petter and meet my amazing costars, he says.
Director Petter Næss tells us that he wanted to make a different war film, with humor as an important element.
- We’ve seen several stories about our heroes, but this is a new way of looking at the people underneath the uniforms. It was very important to include humor in the film as well as balance the drama and the serious. I wanted to bring out the absurdity of the meeting between the five soldiers, Næss says.
Translation by Malene.
Original article found here: seher.no | March 5, 2012