We had great fun! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such hopeless skiing. But Rupert Grint gave it his all!
Stig Henrik Hoff laughs loudly when thinking about the scene that VG Nett can show today. It is from Petter Næss’ new war film “Into the White”, with an official Norwegian release date on March 9. Rupert Grint, best known from the Harry Potter films, gives his all!
It is about a British and a German aircraft crew who end up in the same cabin after having shot each other down. Here, they have to stick together in order to survive. And the skiing trip is a reconnaissance a British (Grint) and a German (Hoff) do together.
This exterior scene was shot in Grotli for three weeks in March and April of last year.
Fortunately, we had good weather on this particular day. But the conditions weren’t exactly ideal; it changed from really hard surface on the snow to windblown snow. We were walking on Norwegian wooden planks from 1943 with fitting bands, so the equipment wasn’t exactly great either, Hoff says with a smile.
How did your co-star, and star from the “Harry Potter” films, do on skis?
“Well, he claimed he had an uncle who had seen a pair of skis once. And he tried out on modern equipment the day before. But then we just had to move on to filming; he didn’t have a clue! He fell and rolled over and stood like a chicken; we laughed until we cried. But Rupert gave everything he had and kept, quite impressively, his good mood. Even though he was ice cold by the end of it.”
What was he like to work with?
“So great! So precise, so well prepared; a dream to work with. And he probably attended the world’s best film school throughout his entire childhood, “the Harry Potter school”. But he never showed any diva-like qualities; an extraordinary good co-worker, both in terms of working with and also being with during the free time while filming.”
The film crew was on its own during much of the time on Grotli. It was worse during the studio period in Swedish Trollhättan. At that time, 300 fans were waiting outside to get a glimpse of their hero. And he had to try and hide under hoodies, sunglasses and stuff like that.
But one can assume that it was the skiing experience that scared him?
“No, that’s actually not the case. He told me that he would like to come back and try skiing – in a more civilized form than during the war”, Stig Henrik Hoff says.
Original article found here: vg.no | January 26, 2012| Translation by: Malene