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Cherrybomb At 39th Gifonni Film Festival, South Italy


By Aldo Spiniello

Translated by Anna and Ivana

Original article: Sentierri Selvaggi

Cherrybomb at 39th Gifonni Film Festival, South Italy

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This is a classic love triangle. One woman causes a crisis between two friends, whose desire conspires against the precarious balance of affection.

Belfast suburbia. Luke deals drugs for his elder brother and takes care of his alcoholic father. Mal, a model son from an ordinary family, works in a big sports centre. There’s a strong bond between them, despite the differences. At least until the arrival of the dark and provocative Michelle, the daughter of the sports centre owner. She sets a fire that is initially contained, but then increasingly unstoppable and devastating. A splendid “bomb” who blast into the monotonous daily life and turns it to pieces. All this passion, when it comes down to it, is a way to challenge the boring normality. But, at times, this passion appear as a mirage, an empty dream animated with an undefined desire to escape to another life, another world.


This seems to be the point around which Cherrybomb, the first feature film by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, screened at the last Berlin festival, focuses. This is a straightforward cinema that however knows how to tell the the tale about the illusory and frustrating search for freedom, for authentic feelings, beyond the life which keeps you in the cage by means of suffocatingly family bonds. The pair of directors don’t waste their time trying to demonstrate a strikingly original style, they have faith in the pale face of Rupert Grint (who has finally freed himself from the Harry Potter label), and they content themselves with a few simple solutions, such as the text messages materializing onto the screen, as the sign of an increasingly shorter and more painful communication.

This is a straigtforward film which offers a dramatic and effective progression and suddenly diverts unexpectedly from an absent-minded tone to an unexpected end, despite the alarm signals being sent from the very first scene. But in any case the final tragedy doesn’t surprise us. It seems like a natural consequence of things, like in Skolimowski’s The Deep End. It is an obvious ending for the silly adolescents, lost in their impossible dream of breaking out. And it is a deserved sentence for a family who increasingly appear like a cell invaded and mutated by a lethal cancer.

Rupert Grint – Can I Have My Life Back Now?

Rupert Grint On Life After 10 Years Of Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter star on growing up in the spotlight, girlfriends (he’d like one) and ten years playing Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter set, somewhere near Watford, England. After ten years, seven books and eight films, the Death Eaters are circling the biggest movie franchise in history. The end is nigh. Here at Leavesden Studios, the great hall of Hogwarts lies empty, its long tables and candelabra stretching silently into the distance. The remains are here of Dumbledore’s study, the Gryffindor dormitory with its child-sized beds, the Dark Arts classroom and the special-effects green screen before which Ford Anglias flew, golden snitches were snatched and willows whomped. Here is where hippogriffs and shrunken heads were moulded, where Bertie Bott’s Beans were bottled, and where the fully motorised three-storey purple Knight Bus once parked.

This is where words such as muggle and dementor entered screen language; this is where Generation Potter was formed – and abandoned. The cast and crew are thronging around the barbecue in their hundreds at this, the wrap party for the final film. A home video is being shown of outtakes and emotional moments from the past 450 days of back-to-back filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2. There’s a whiff of melancholy in the air. Suddenly people hear the tinkle of an ice-cream van. It’s an early Mr Whippy model, restored from its heyday in the Seventies, bought on eBay for a song. The van driver and owner is Rupert Grint, Ron Weasley’s alter ego. He rolls in, opens his serving hatch and cheers everyone up by offering free 99 cones with Flakes – “and chocolate oysters”, he adds, grinning.

“I had them, but no sprinkles,” says Grint later, lolling on a sofa in Claridge’s. “You get a bucket of ice-cream mix, put it in the machine, press a button and pull a lever, but it’s actually quite hard getting the technique to do a perfect swirl on the cone. I used to go everywhere in the Mr Whippy van, but it’s only got one seat and it’s quite tricky to drive.”

There’s a pleasant down-to-earthness about Grint. He played the straightforward, geeky guy in the Potter saga, and while he likes to be the life and soul of the cast party, in the outside world he shows no signs of grandeur or swanking around London with fast cars and women. Yet he’s worth an estimated £20 million and made it on to The Sunday Times Rich List.

“I’ve never fancied that footballer lifestyle,” says Grint. His vehicle collection includes a Range Rover, but also the Mr Whippy van and a restored green VW Camper – not exactly Ferrari territory. “I suppose I could live that kind of flash life. People stereotype child actors and kind of expect you to go off the rails a bit, be a bit crazy, but that’s not really happened yet. I’ve got a big family so that helps, and they live really close to the studios so it’s just so much easier.

The ice-cream van was a nostalgic distraction as the work on Deathly Hallows Part 1, out this month, and Part 2, out next July, drew to a close. For the three actors who have given their teenage years to the mammoth film project, there’s also a curious sense of relief. Harry, Hermione and Ron – and their other halves Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Grint – are free at last.

“It felt like the last day at school,” says Grint. “Packing up all the stuff in my dressing room, all the old toys still there from when I was 11… I’d underestimated how emotional it would be. We all cried.”

His hair is dishevelled and he wears a Kennedy-Nixon T-shirt with the word “LOVE” printed on it in pink, a hoody and tracksuit bottoms. Now 22, he has spent nearly half his life as Ron, more than a decade inhabiting someone else’s skin and appalling home-knitted jumpers. Ron’s suffering, joys and stupid jokes all helped to form connections between Grint’s synapses as he grew up. When you talk to him, the crossover with Ron is abundantly clear. Indeed, the Harry Potter films could be seen as a weird scientific experiment on the child stars. How much have their fictional characters influenced them, rather than the other way around? What part of their internal world has been built by J. K. Rowling and the studio system on the way to adulthood? What will they take with them now they have graduated from Hogwarts, the only high school they know?

Long ago Grint watched an item about the Harry Potter auditions on Newsround, sent in a video of himself rapping about how he deserved the part, and was invited for a trial. “I suppose when they selected us as kids, they weren’t expecting us to act that much. They didn’t really want kids from drama school. I always felt quite a strong connection to Ron. I don’t know if it was just a ginger thing though,” he says, laughing. His hair is actually less carroty in real life: “Yes, the sun calms it down a little bit.” As for the Rupert-Ron intermingling, he says: “Possibly I’ve taken on some of his characteristics and we have merged into the same kind of person.”

“When he first started he was really cute and really shy,” recalls Julie Walters, who has played Grint’s screen mum Molly Weasley from the start. “My abiding memory of him is at the first premiere and Grant, my husband, and I looked at Rupert and there was a beautiful little moon face, and he looked like a rabbit caught in the flashbulbs. He was such a sweetheart you wanted to cuddle him.”

Grint would probably cringe at this, but Watson and Radcliffe are disturbingly like their characters, too – what could a casting director do but typecast when faced with 10 and 11-year-olds? Watson is a bookworm with fashion sense; polite, studious and with much the same work ethic that we see on screen, having taken four A levels and landed at Brown University in America. Radcliffe is the straight guy with a touch of rebellion – hence his attempt to break out when he took to the London stage nude in Equus. His next film, The Woman in Black, is from the revitalised Hammer horror studio, and his recent paint-spattered photoshoot in Dazed & Confused magazine threw fans into fervid debate.

Meanwhile Grint is a man of the people, the ordinary, cheerful guy whose pleasures include watching daytime telly, playing golf and going to the pub with his mates. Like Ron, he has a large family – he is the eldest of five, “but the only ginger one” – and still lives at home in a Hertfordshire village with his mum and his dad, who deals in Formula One ephemera. Grint’s acting career began in plays at his local primary school.

In terms of a theatrical education, Grint has seen more leading men and women close up than most young actors. The Potter franchise has always prided itself on hiring Britain’s finest thesps for all the adult parts. In Deathly Hallows, the list includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Imelda Staunton and Julie Walters.

“Alan Rickman [who plays the menacing Severus Snape] fascinates me,” says Grint. “He always seems to be in character. He’s really quite intimidating with that air about him. Actually, he’s nice to talk to, but he’s got this presence that makes you feel like he’s unapproachable.” Julie Walters is one of his favourites. “I’m quite close to her. She’s warm. She really is like my mum, and she’s seen us grow up.” And in her fictional guise, she supposedly knits Ron all those embarrassing, itchy, Brillo-pad jumpers he’s forced to wear.

It turns out those awful brown cardies were among the most expensive of any of the costumes. Some were handknitted, some were even Dolce & Gabbana.“But it all looks terrible, and it’s really uncomfortable to wear,” says Grint. Despite these trials, he never wanted to give up Potter. “I was always keen to keep going,” he says. “I didn’t know what else to do and I was grateful for it. It was better than school, and I get a real buzz out of acting.”

So far, Grint’s productions away from the Potter franchise include Thunderpants (enough said) in 2002, and more recently Driving Lessons with Julie Walters in 2006. This year saw him in so-so films Wild Target with Bill Nighy and the indie Cherrybomb.

Perhaps the perfect part – goofy, geeky, funny and determined – awaits Grint. There are plans for a British biopic of Eddie the Eagle, the self-taught ski jumper who entered the 1988 Olympics. The film is still at an early stage, and there are problems to overcome – the fact that he can’t ski, for a start. “But I don’t think I’ll be doing the jumping. Eddie’s a typical British eccentric. I’m fond of that kind of underdog thing. It’s amazing what he did. Really amazing courage – and insanity. Plus he had trouble with his glasses. I’m much more comfortable with those sorts of characters than the leading man stuff.”

He does have to have a crack at that stuff in the new Potter, though. In The Deathly Hallows, Ron is a changed creature, no longer jovial and clowning, but serious, angst-ridden and moody. The latest publicity photos show pale, edgy characters who have clearly seen the dark night of the soul. Perhaps it’s just opportunistic marketing, but Ron, Harry and Hermione look more like sickly Twilight teenagers.

“My part really improves,” says Grint. “It’s more complicated. Ron has a total freak-out, and gets jealous and angry. There’s a lot of paranoia and grief, and he falls in love. It’s quite a big moment for him.”

Readers of the final book will know that the search is on in Part 1 for the Horcruxes, objects and creatures that the evil Voldemort needs to secure his power. The three friends have left the safety of Hogwarts to find the Horcruxes, and are being pursued across England by the Death Eaters, who must bring Harry to Voldemort alive. J. K. Rowling described the first half of the book as “a bizarre road movie” (possibly indicating that she was writing with more of an eye on the screen), while the second half is a pitched battle in Hogwarts. These are dark and bloody times. Long-treasured characters die at the hands of Voldemort and his Death Eaters; schoolchildren are scarred; an ear is lost; torture in the form of the gruesome Cruciatus Curse becomes worryingly commonplace.

The final book and this film also include the first kiss between Ron and Hermione, a relief for frustrated viewers. Rowling hinted at an attraction between the two for a long time, and there were petty jealousies and near misses. “The kiss happened quite naturally, and in the second part of Deathly Hallows they’re really quite couply, holding hands a lot. It wasn’t like it came from nowhere. It was quite a tricky kiss, a bit strange, but quite sweet really. It was just one shot, but we had about six takes. It was all right, yeah. Easy after the first take,” says Grint, then adds, “I’ve almost no memory of it at all.”

While Radcliffe, now single and heading for the New York stage, has always had girlfriends since he was 14, Grint says he found it “quite difficult to sustain a relationship, because I was so busy. I went out with people, but never anything too serious. It wasn’t that easy. Now it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

There should be no shortage of applicants, given the number of Grint fan clubs on the web, although girls show their appreciation in strange ways – by constantly sending him pyjamas, for example. “And the American fan club makes me a birthday gift every year. They made this big montage poster thing with photos of a cardboard cutout of me in different countries,” he says, rolling his eyes.

Grint often gets followed down the street or accosted in bars. When he goes with his mates to rock festivals, he has been known to wear a duck mask, just so he can walk around freely. “You develop an instinct for it. You can hear people saying your name, feel their stares. But it depends where you are. Here in Britain, people are a lot more reserved. In America it’s kind of crazy: louder, a few screams, and they want me to sign stuff – them. I once signed a tattoo of me, Dan and Emma on a guy’s arm. He was quite an old guy, 40, freaky, quite weird. It wasn’t a great tattoo either. I looked a bit like Anne Robinson.”

Hidden deep in Hertfordshire, among old friends who are teachers and even work in cafés, Grint avoids the insane fans. Yet with a flat in London that he uses occasionally and some other property investments, he could take off. “Leave home? It’s quite a scary thought. I’m not the most independent person and that’s the result. When you’re always surrounded by people it becomes quite normal.”

The baby-faced actors had no idea what they were letting themselves in for when they first did a screen test together in August 2000, and only four Potter books had been written at that point. They were about to grow up together on catering-trolley food in an utterly artificial environment. Radcliffe, Watson and Grint’s awkward teenage moments took place in public, rather than before a bedroom mirror. “When I think back, it is kind of hazy,” says Grint. “I was quite overwhelmed, to be honest. I didn’t know what was coming. We’ll always be friends, more like brothers and sisters, but it’s nice to take a break.”

The child actors were tutored on set, and Grint is the only one who did not go on to take A levels, bailing out of formal education at GCSE level. “I found it hard to work and study. After I finished school I just kind of watched daytime TV. I love the Antiques Roadshow, yeah, or any old antiques programme like Dickinson’s Real Deal. I miss daytime telly now it’s all over. The mornings were best. The Jeremy Kyle Show…”

There’s something slightly melancholy about a 22-year-old saying this, however ironically, and life on the Potter set has entailed a sort of arrested development for Grint, which he is trying to shake off. “I’m feeling a mixture of things now that it’s over,” he says. “It’s been a huge part of my life. But I’m ready to go.”

Original article found here: The Sunday Times | November 6, 2010

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Where You’ve Seen Him: Rupert Grint

The redheaded actor had never appeared on film until he made his debut as Ron Weasley in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Since being cast in the world’s biggest franchise, he’s made smaller movies in Britain, including the 2006 dramedy “Driving Lessons,” starring as an awkward teenager opposite Julie Walters, the actress who plays Ron’s mother, Molly, in the “Potter” series. He also played a rebellious Irish teen in the 2009 drama “Cherrybomb,” which played on the festival circuit.

Original article found here: The LA Times | October 28th, 2010

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Harry Potter star struggles with ‘low budget’ transition

Rupert Grint had trouble adjusting to small film sets after working on the Harry Potter movies.

The flame-haired actor – who plays wizard Ron Weasley in the long-running series based on the novels of J. K. Rowling – was confused when he worked on British projects Cherrybomb and Wild Target because he had been used to big budget environments.

He told Total Film magazine: “It was quite an adjustment going from Harry Potter to doing the low-budget films. It threw me a little – it’s just such a different way of making a film.

“But I prefer the pace of low budgets because it’s much more in the moment.”

The 22-year-old star also reveals he is due to star in a biopic about British ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, but is nervous about it because he has never strapped on a pair of skis in his life.

He said: “It’ll be great if it happens but we’ll see. I’m looking forward to the challenge because he’s such a big character.

“I’ve never skied in my life, so I guess that might be a problem – but I’m sure I’ll pick it up.”

Original article found here: The Sydney Morning Herald | October 5th, 2010

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Weasley Does It: Rupert Grint Interview

Ron Weasley’s down-to-earth alter-ego on growing up and getting old…

Rupert Grint has managed to squeeze several movies in between filming on the Harry Potter saga, with the coming-of-age drama Cherrybomb – which sees his character having a wild weekend – only the latest. We chat to the 21 year old about teenage rebellion and what he’s looking forward to the most once Harry has wrapped…

SKY MOVIES MAGAZINE: Were you consciously trying to move away from Ron Weasley with your recent non-Harry Potter projects? You played a rebellious teen in Cherrybomb and a young hitman in Wild Target…
RUPERT GRINT: I don’t know, I don’t think about it really. At the moment I’m still doing all the Potter things, and I’m lucky to get to do other stuff in between.

SMM: Could you relate more to your Cherrybomb character, who gets up to some typical teenage behaviour?
RG: Yes. The fact that you can look back and relate it to things that you’d actually done yourself – I’m much older than my character in it, he’s 16 ­– really helps.

SMM: Did you miss out on that teenage phase because of Harry Potter?
RG: No, I don’t think I missed out too much. And I don’t really regret it. It’s been a really good experience making the films. I’ve had a good time.

SMM: Is it a shock going to work on a low-budget film like Cherrybomb after the pampered world of Harry Potter?
RG: Well, it was quite scary going to a different place, but the biggest difference was just the pace they worked at. It was much quicker and it was much more exciting, actually.

SMM: Do you get recognised everywhere you go now?
RG: I do get recognised quite a bit now but everyone’s really nice so it’s quite easy to deal with. But still a bit strange.

MM: What are you most looking forward to with the last two films?
RG: I really loved the book. There’s a lot of great stuff in it. Particularly in Part 2 – that’s what I’m most looking forward to because that’s where all the action is. And the “20 years after” thing – that’s going to be interesting. I’m pretty sure they’ll age us up for that. I can’t really see them doing that with CG…

SMM: So what’s next after Potter? Have you been offered roles in Hollywood?
RG: There’s been a few things about but it’s quite tight with the Harry Potter thing. Usually we only get a few months in between. Something like Cherrybomb only took four weeks to film so it was easy just to sort of slide in. We’ll see what happens when this is all done.

Words: Matt Mueller

This interview first appeared in Sky Movies Magazine Sep/Oct 2010

Original article found here: Sky Movies Magazine | September/October 2010

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What will Harry Potter and the gang do next?

With the first part of the final instalment to the Harry Potter film series soon to grace our presence (released 19th November 2010) I was left wondering, what will they do next? We’ve watched these characters grow from innocent school children to national Hollywood glamourous stars over the past 10 years. It’s a huge part of their life and ours, so the next step they take will determine so much for them.

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has blossomed into one of the most stylish stars we see on our screen. With a huge interest in the fashion world, she is likely to continue the course of looking gorgeous on the red carpet and making an impact with her statement outfits. If we take a look at the places she’s appeared in (Vogue, Elle, Burberry) she’s creating a huge name for herself. She is also starting an eco-friendly clothing range called “People Tree” in which she wants to make people more aware of fashion in an ethical sense. This is likely to take focus on her life now, and the acting will come later. She voiced the character Princess Pea in The Tale of Desperaux, and played in a TV drama named “Ballet Shows” so she’s obviously testing different ways in which to take her career, but for now Harry Potter is her biggest role.

Rupert Grint (Ronald Weasley) seems to have taken a much more indie route in his life. During the filming of the Harry Potter films, he featured in some niche type of dramas that had quite a risqué topic. Cherrybomb, about a group of teens who go on a weekend of mayhem with lots of drink, drugs and more illegal activities, and Wild Target focusing on a young apprentice who works for a hit man are to name two from this interesting topic of films he’s focusing on. Looking at other work he does, British cinema tends to be his focus so maybe he will be bringing us some very unique roles in his career. Ron was a step in the right direction for him because he can be humorous, emotional and charming all in one, showing just how talented he is.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is the main man so he bares the burden of a career in roles that he’ll never be able to fully give because everyone sees him as the most powerful magician and nothing else. HOWEVER, as we all know he stripped on stage in the West-End show Equus, and he seems to favour this route. The Woman in Black is turning into a film in which Radcliffe will be playing Arthur Kipps, the lead. And moving more into these artistic roles he will be playing Dan Eldon which is an English photographer in The Journey Is The Destination. So maybe this guy’s going to be the low key one out of all three.

Funny how things turn out…

Original article found here: Blogomagtic 3000 | September 26, 2010

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Grint on target for life after Potter

Unlike his famous screen alter-ego Ron Weasley, Rupert Grint is the epitome of laid-back cool.

Dressed in a rumpled T-shirt printed with Mozart’s face, Acne jeans and Converses, he grins as he shakes my hand, then ruffles his fingers through his tousled red hair.

“I do get recognised quite often – it’s pretty much every day,” he reveals. “I think my hair colour stands out. People kinda look at me anyway.”

The 21-year-old adds: “It’s quite a strange thing, it’s built up gradually. I’m not completely used to it yet, but people are always really nice so it’s never a problem.”
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We’re meeting today not to talk about his Harry Potter exploits, but rather his new film Wild Target.

“It is nice not to be talking about Potter. Definitely,” he says, smiling.

That doesn’t mean he’s not willing to speak of his wizarding days, which have propelled him and co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson to superstardom since the blockbuster film franchise began in 2001.

While the trio are reported to be among Hollywood’s highest earners under the age of 25, any discussion of this is firmly off the table, with his publicist quickly stepping in to declare the topic off-limits.

Grint – known as Harry Potter’s trusty sidekick Ron – has recently finished filming the final scenes for the two-part finale, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

“We’ve been at this one since February 2009 so it’s been a really long shoot. I wished it was quicker but then we didn’t want the last few months to end,” he says.

“It’s going to be a very different Harry Potter film. I think it’s going to be a great way to end.”

The Essex-born actor – who now lives in Hertfordshire – filmed Wild Target in London and the Isle of Man in 2008 during a “rare break” after the sixth film in the series, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. He had also just completed British drama Cherrybomb.

He is amazed at the speed Wild Target came together, in comparison to his previous movies.

“It was about six weeks. It’s such a different world to work in,” he says.

“I learnt a lot doing both these films. Everything matters a lot more because of the lower budget.

“We didn’t have the benefit of what Potter has to keep going and going – we had a time limit that put more pressure on you but also made you more into it.”

In the action comedy caper, which also stars Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Martin Freeman, Grint gets to swap his magic wand for a gun, as apprentice hitman Tony. He shadows uptight assassin Victor (Nighy) after they save the life of hapless victim Rose (Blunt).

Now that’s one way of breaking out of the Weasley mould.

“The guns appealed to me quite a bit – it was refreshing, and very unlike Ron. All the action stuff – the car chase too – was really fun,” he says.

Not only does he get to fire a gun (minus real bullets), he also had to learn how to dismantle one.

“I remember really looking forward to it but they are really intimidating. I wasn’t prepared for how powerful and loud they are,” he admits.

“There’s a scene where I also had to assemble a gun blind-folded so I had to learn how the gun comes apart and put it together again. That’s quite useful, I suppose – if I need to do it again, I could,” he adds, grinning.

Grint underwent some gun training in preparation for the role.

“We went to a shooting range to fire real bullets at targets. It was really quite cool to do, but so difficult. I don’t know how people do it,” he says.

In his two non-Potter films, Grint has proved his desire to shake off Ron’s goody-two-shoes image, by taking off his clothes. The actor, who is currently single, bares all in a love scene in Cherrybomb, and reveals himself to Nighy in Wild Target.

“In Harry Potter it was just a kiss, really. It was suggestive more than anything. This was a lot more intimate,” he says of the Cherrybomb episode. “It was quite nerve-wracking.”

He admits he was red-faced at being naked in front of Nighy: “It’s quite embarrassing. Thankfully there weren’t many people on set – just me and Bill. He didn’t really say very much, but yes, it did feel just a bit uncomfortable for the both of us.”

Grint later had to come face-to-face with the legendary actor on the set of Harry Potter, when Nighy played Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour.

“He’s brilliant. You pick up a lot, just from working with him. He’s very calm, gentle and hilarious as well, so we had a lot of fun,” he says.

As the famous wizarding films come to a conclusion, with the first of the two-part finale hitting the big screen this November, it’s no surprise that Grint is considering his post-Potter future.

“As we’re closing to an end now, we’re about to step out into the real world, which is quite a scary thought,” he reveals.

“We’re looking to keep going and find different roles and a way to escape getting typecast. But with Ron, I think I’ll be OK.”

He has already signed on to play record-breaking ski jumper Eddie ’The Eagle’ Edwards in a biopic about his life, although filming hasn’t begun yet.

“I’m quite looking forward to that. He’s a big character and quite funny. It’s still early stages though, it’s not completely final yet,” he says.

“The whole story is inspiring because he’s the classic underdog and he actually did amazing things. He set the British record at the time. He’s just got so much guts.”

Grint, who never thought of acting as a career before Harry Potter changed his life, is open to offers.

“I’d do literally anything. Anything that’s quite different with big characters would be good. Someone dark and insane would be quite cool,” he adds.

He could see himself treading the theatre boards like Harry Potter co-star Daniel, but has some hesitations.

“I’d like to do some stage in the future, definitely, because it seems like you get a lot of satisfaction – probably not naked or singing though,” he says.

“It just seems like a massive step and it’s a different craft because you only get one chance.

“At the moment, I’m just looking at other stuff. I’ll probably take some time off, catch up with friends and have some freedom. Then see what happens and take it as it comes.”

Wild Target will be released in cinemas on Friday June 18


Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, on August 24, 1988, but raised in Watton-at-Stone in Hertfordshire.

He acted in school plays and joined the after-school drama club, before applying for the role of Ron Weasley through Newsround: “I didn’t even realise it could be a job. It was all a bit of a fluke.”

Grint is the proud owner of a fully-functioning 1970s ice-cream van: “I got it on eBay. I don’t drive it anymore because you get a lot of people queueing up for ice-cream and I don’t have it always stocked up.”

He would like to play an instrument: “I’ve been trying to learn the banjo for a long time now, and the guitar, but it’s really hard.”

He also draws in his spare time: “I’ve always been into art. I’ve done a few paintings which are auctioned off for charity.”

Original article found here: Telegraph | June 8, 2010

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Robert Sheehan – Little White Lies Interview

The Cherrybomb star talks about finding his feet alongside some of cinema’s most distinguished faces.

Robert Sheehan is best known for his character Nathan in the E4 teen drama Misfits. He has, however, been appearing in feature films for seven years after his breakthrough performance in critically acclaimed Irish film, Song For a Raggy Boy. His new film, Cherrybomb, will shortly be followed by Seasons of the Witch, which sees him sharing the screen with Stephen Lee, Ron Pearlman, Stephen Graham and Nicolas Cage.

LWLies: So you’re and up and coming actor, what’s next for you; LA?

Sheehan: No, not to live there. I’d gladly work there. I find you go where the work takes you, you let yourself go and see where you end up, and I’ve been lucky to end up in a few very nice places over the course of it. But yeah, I was over their last May for two weeks. I went on my own so it was mostly business and a bit of holiday. I was doing meetings 10 to 5 every day, general meetings which are fucking futile and pointless in my opinion. But they lead to nice things I suppose. One was really cool because I sat down for an hour with Christopher Nolan and just chatted about stuff.

You can’t get a lot better than Christopher Nolan. You’ve got a film with Nicholas Cage coming out right? Was that through that sort of meeting?

No, that was was general auditioning in London, and yeah we shot for four months in Austria and Hungary and I don’t know when it’s going to come out, it’s got postponed. I think it’s just them being cautious because there’s a lot of Nic Cage in the cinema right now.

You’ve been doing this for a while now though, we can remember seeing you in A Song For A Raggy Boy back in the day. Have you ever had, or do you have, concerns about getting into this industry?

I think you can’t control what kind of person you become. You have no choice there, you just do what you do, do what you like. Speaking on a personal point of view, or a philosophical level or whatever, I think it’s a fantastic way to spend your life. I’m very happy to be doing it, and want to keep doing it, and want to do more and more and more, because you get rusty very quickly, and you can get complacent very quickly. It’s a constant fight against that.

So you’ve experienced that in your career already?

Yeah because you can do a character and you can do it for several months, and then you stop and you have to think ‘Well what am I going to do now,’ and you’ve got to really learn how to do something else.

How difficult to you find that, to find new roles and climb into new skins, is that a struggle?

Yeah, it’s a struggle in the sense that you can go from ‘I’m never going to find this character’ to all of a sudden going, ‘Yeah that’ll work for me.’ It can happen very quickly. But there’s been so many brilliant characters in the past, so there’s been a lot of inspiration there, and it’s not just guessing in your own head, you can go away and look at stuff. I find that watching good actors provides inspiration.

Take Cherrybomb, who did you have in your head for that?

I kind of had a bit of a Jim Morrison thing in my head for that character. I remember seeing The Doors and seeing real footage of Jim Morrison, and he had this great sway to him. Those little things, as soon as you confirm those in your head then you can make a character, which I suppose to the outside eye is just me doing my thing, but in my head you’re creating a character.

Is there much of your personality in Luke? Did you find it difficult to find him?

No, it was quite easy to find him, the ideas came quite easily. It was fun because it was easy.

What made it so easy?

Just because I had quite a clear mind of what I was doing, which you don’t always have with characters, and everybody was very at ease on set all the time. It was very very laid back, relaxed, chilled out.

Cherrybomb is a very hermetic narrative and you spend a lot of time developing the inter-relationships. Were they something that came quite naturally between you and Kimberly [Nixon] and Rupert [Grint]? Did you spark off immediately as soon as you met?

I think there was a reasonably immediate spark off as soon as we met, I mean the banter started up pretty quickly. People strike a dynamic, and it was similar because it was me being mouthy, Rupert being lovely and sweet and himself, and Kim in the middle telling me how much of a tosser I am. So it was great. What I’m trying to say is that we got very comfortable with each other and that needed to happen, which doesn’t always happen.

There’s been a bit of controversy in the right wing press about the film’s themes like drug use. Were you conscious about sensationalising it?

No, I don’t think it needed that. The film is quite a stylised version of reality. I like that, I like how cool it looks and how visual it is, but I don’t think it’s completely true to reality in the way the drugs are shown. It doesn’t matter, it’s not trying to tell you any message or anything. That’s the thing, it’s not trying to impose a ‘this is what it’s like’ thing on anyone. There’s no morality to it. I like films that just happen and don’t really try and explain to the audience.

Original article found here: Little White Lies | April 23rd, 2010

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Rupert Grint Interview: My first sex scene was tough – watching it with my parents was worse

We know him as cheeky ginger schoolboy wizard Ron Weasley.

But as he films the sixth and last-ever Harry Potter movie, Rupert Grint is starring in a much more grown-up role which will shocks his fans and, erm, his parents.

From tomorrow, he stars in Cherrybomb, a gritty Belfast-based movie in which he plays a troubled teenager experimenting with a wild weekend of drugs, shoplifting and stealing cars.

And filming his first ever sex scene might have been embarrassing for Rupert, 21 – but not as much as watching it at home in Hertfordshire in all its glory with his parents.

He reveals film bosses gave him a preview DVD of Cherrybomb, which dad Nigel and mum Joanne were desperate to watch with their famous film star son. What neither of them knew was that it featured Rupert’s first X-rated nude scenes.

“Filming it was a really nerve-wracking experience but the worst bit was watching it with my parents,” he confesses.

“It was agonising. The scene’s quite tastefully done but it’s not the sort of moment you really want to share with your mum and dad. When the scene arrived we all sat there not really saying anything. Afterwards nobody talked about it, which was kind of a relief.”

Fans who’ve followed Rupert’s career are likely to be equally shocked at Cherrybomb. Also starring James Nesbitt, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon – Rupert’s love interest – it’s about as far away from the magical wizard world of Hogwarts and Quidditch as you can get.

“Shooting the sex scene was a pretty anxious time because I didn’t know how it would be shot. It’s the anticipation that scares you most,” Rupert says.

“Obviously, I really didn’t want my bum up there on the screen but the scene isn’t too graphic and most of it is suggested rather than seen. But you do feel very self-conscious. It was more embarrassing for Kimberley because a lot more of her body is shown. But you just have to get into that moment and get on with it.”

He explains: “I picked it because my character, Malachy, is a complicated lad with all kinds of teenage emotions and rebellion swirling around inside.”

But he admits he struggled to relate to rebellious, Malachy because of his unusual childhood, growing up in the public eye. “Basically, I was ­starring in the Potter films, earning a good salary and being recognised in the street – who’d want to rebel against that?” he quips.

“I know some people are going to ­criticise the use of drugs in the film but, as I get older, I’m naturally going to do more of these adult roles.”

The shoot lasted just four weeks, including rehearsals. The crew filmed 11 scenes a day – compared to just one with the Potter films.

We’re talking as Rupert’s being driven back to his home after a long day on the Potter set in Hertfordshire.

Original article found here: Telegraph | April 22, 2010

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