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Rupert Grint’s West End stint in Mojo could silence his critics for good

In 2011, Rupert Grint graduated, freeing himself from the grasps of witchcraft and wizardry. Since, the actor has chosen roles with one common denominator: they’ve had nothing to do with magic – something the actor has described as ‘refreshing’.

Recent diverse acting roles have seen Grint play a World War II pilot in Cross of Honour; contribute as a voice over in American Dad! and Postman Pat: The Movie – You Know You’re The One’ as well as star alongside Shia La Beouf in drama The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.

Later this year the actor also plays in CBGB, which documents the rise and fall of the famous New York punk club of the same name.

These roles seem more of a personal pick ‘n’ mix than a beeline for big bucks.

Grint is right to have trod an intriguing path post-Hogwarts, unique to that of co stars and Hollywood hitters Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who have carved mainstream success in the movies very quickly.

Watson’s sheek hit The Bling Ring and Radcliffe’s role in a screened revival of The Woman in Black confirmed their post-Potter worth. Grint is yet to make his solo imprint.

He is perhaps the lesser-oiled cog in the Warner Bros PR machine, but Grint’s work since Potter – namely his cameo in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman – has been heralded as superb; a markable turn from the actor who broke as comic nerd Ron Weasley.

In this vein, Grint the brand packs a big punch. His arrival at the Berlinale Red Carpet premiere of The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, in which he plays only a small role, saw Potter fans screaming for the 24-year-old over lead star Shia La Beouf.

It seems Rupert Grint still appeals two years on from Potter. A role in the West End, as part of a revival of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo is the actor’s second foray into the world of underground club-culture after new movie CBGB out later this year, and will only strengthen his appeal as a serious actor.

Mojo is a brutal and important piece of theatre that will provide Grint the platform to prove he’s capable of impacting upon hot, contemporary themes.

He’s playing drug-addled nasty Sweets in the play, which is a contentious piece of 1990s brat-pack theatre that premiered at the Royal Court in 1995 – the theatre best known as Britain’s new writing beacon.

Butterworth, alongside Mark Ravenhill and the late Sarah Kane, became infamous for staging shock in the most harrowing of ways.

Mojo documents the waywardly rise of Rock ‘n’ Roller Silver Johnny, and his ties with Soho’s murky underbelly – namely The Atlantic nightclub – in late 1950s London.

It’s a brutal and important piece of theatre that will provide Grint the platform to prove he’s capable of impacting upon hot, contemporary themes.

It’s as far from Harry Potter as he can get.

Mojo is the actor’s opportunity to instate himself as an actor that can move past the constrictions of film – mainstream or otherwise.

More than this, London’s Harold Pinter theatre will offer Grint the possibility of legitimising himself as a serious actor with longevity and variation akin to his co star Daniel Radcliffe.


Original article found here:metro.co.uk | AUGUST, 1st 2013

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