- Just walking slowly was exhausting

It was not all fun and games when the ”Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint shot a film in Norway.

The “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint (23) and his British costar Lachlan Nieboer (30) are in Norway to promote “Into the White” which opens in theaters on Friday.

They both attended the pre-premiere at Folketeatret yesterday, and today they showed up at the same place to meet the press.

- It’s been great to work here and spend time here. It’s such a nice country, and I can’t wait to come back, Grint smiles.

- Exhausting, cold and rough
- Even though they have many nice words about Norway, it has not only been prosperity during filming, according to the two Brits.

Spending three weeks in the Norwegian mountains, in minus 20 degrees, is in no way an every-day-occurrence for the “Harry Potter” actor.

- It’s difficult to stay in character under such conditions. Just walking slowly was exhausting, it was freezing, and you wonder how it’ll go. But it was an experience, Grint says.

- The weather changed every five minutes, from blue sky to snowstorm, Nieboer says and characterizes the filming in the cold as “pretty rough”.

But despite the snowstorms and the freezing cold, they never regretted saying yes to what has been director Petter Næss’ (“Elling”, “Bare Bea”, “Tatt av Kvinnen”) newest project.

- No, no, no. We never regretted it even though it was exhausting, the Brits say in unison, and tell us that they are pleased with the result.

- A great film
“Into the White” is based on a true story from the Second World War. April 27 1940 two planes shot each other down over the village Grotli at Stryn. The survivors – two British and three German pilots – all seek shelter from the massive snowstorm in a small secluded cabin, and are forced to let go of the war against each other in order to fight the battle against survival – together.

On the cast list is also Stig Henrik Hoff (47) and the German Florian Lukas (38) and David Kross (21).

The latter has, despite his young age, already managed to participate in several Hollywood productions. For example, he starred opposite Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (2008) and the Oscar-winning Steven Spielberg film “War Horse” (2011).

- It’s not about the film budget or whether or not it’s a Hollywood film. After all, it’s about one person, the director, and the story that has to be conveyed. To me, “Into the White” felt like a great film, Kross says.

Struck a note
The five actors and director Næss struck a note, both in front and behind the camera.

- Even though it was long days, often outdoors, we had time to have a bit of fun together and, Hoff smiles, reveals that they “stole” snowmobiles, went skiing and took a drive to Stryn together among other things.

Næss describes himself as the “sixth man in the cabin”, and praises the actors.

- I have a lot of respect for them. It was professional, but effortless. It was good to be completely safe, the director says.

He was so confident that the result was good that he never slept during any of the previews of the film.

- I have worked a long time and get bored fast, even on my own films. I fell asleep while driving a couple of times, but I was more into it now. It’s a good film, good story, with a good drive and rhythm, Næss says.

Appealed to the Prime Minister
The director was invited to the Prime Minister’s office on Friday to show the film to Stoltenberg and a group of war veterans.

- I was very nice to talk to the veterans afterward and hear that the film was believable even to those who have experienced this first hand. They took it to heart and thanked me for a great film. I appreciated that, Næss says.

- The Prime Minister thanked me for a great film as well, both in person and on his Facebook page. He said it was a great movie experience and that “this is a film about people”. And it is, he adds.

Does not regret “Harry Potter”
Grint, who has become well known for playing Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley for ten years, found it rewarding to make a film where evil wizards, magic and supernatural creatures was replaced by a world war, Norwegian nature and alcohol.

But even though he thought it was great to distance himself from his “Harry Potter” character, he is not tired of constantly being recognized as Ron Weasley.

- I’m so used to it. It’s been a big part of my life and I think it’s something that will always be with me and something I’ll always been known for, he says and adds:

- But I can’t wait to do different things in the future.

Translation by Malene.


Original article found here: dagbladet.no | March 5, 2012

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