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‘Harry Potter’: Ron Weasley ‘falls in love’ in final film

THE LAST SPELL: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” closes out a decade of Hogwarts in Hollywood. Hero Complex is counting down to the July 15 release of the final film in the magical franchise with exclusive interviews and photos. Today: Hero Complex contributor Amy Kaufman chats with Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley.

AK: It’s been almost a year since you wrapped the film, right?

RG: It’s almost exactly a year. Yeah, it’s a bit weird. It’s taken me a while to realize it. This film is coming out and the DVD and everything, and when it gradually fades away, then it will kind of hit home that it’s all over.

AK: So what have you been doing for the last year?

RG: Immediately after we finished, I took a few weeks off. It was really a quite exhausting process, because we filmed both films simultaneously. Then I said, “What do I do now?” Then I started another film a couple of months ago, and just finished it. Yeah, so it’s been quite a weird mixture of emotions.

AK: Is the final film a lot darker than previous installments?

RG: It is. It’s quite confusing, because we shot both parts at the same time. One day we’d be doing a scene from “Part 1,” and the next day we’d be doing “Part 2.” It was kind of a straight-out battle. It’s kind of like a war film, because you become these desperate soldiers, and characters are dying, and the castle is collapsing into piles of rubble. My character falls in love, and that’s confirmed in this one. I think it will shock some people with how brutal everything is, with dead students scattered about. It’s quite dark.

AK: You’ve been playing this character for so long. Do you still do anything to prepare?

RG: I’ve been playing the character for so long, 10 years now, that it really does kind of come much more naturally when you have to get back into it. It’s not a lot of time in between. Over the years, we’ve kind of become similar characters really, me and him. It was just a natural thing where it merged. I always felt quite a strong connection to him when I was reading the books. He used to say “wicked” all the time, and that’s my word.

AK: You worked closely with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. Was it difficult for Emma to juggle her college work from Brown University and her duties on set?

RG: I imagine it was quite hard. She wasn’t here a lot, really. We had to shoot around her, really, because she had commitments for her university. She had a lot of doubles. They made a mask of Emma’s face, a prosthetic for wide shots. She was there for big days and really important scenes and stuff. But I don’t know how she did it, really. It’d be so weird to be in that school environment and then be on set. I couldn’t do it.

AK: If J.K. Rowling wrote another book, where would it go?

RG: I don’t know. It’d be weird, definitely. I can’t see where it would go, really, with the characters. We ended in “Part 2″ when we were 36.

AK: What was it like seeing yourself in your late 30s?

RG: It was really quite terrifying, sitting in the makeup chair and gradually watching your face kind of deteriorate. Initially, we had to reshoot the end. I had a massive fat suit. We had to learn how to move like an older person. We had kids as well. I had this weird Donald Trump kind of hairstyle.

AK: Has saying goodbye to this franchise been as difficult as everyone’s saying it is?

RG: I wasn’t sure how I’d feel, really. I knew it was going to be quite potentially emotional because I was cleaning out my room, which I’d been in for like 10 years. It was my second home, really, and I boxed up toys I’d bought. I wasn’t used to seeing the cast that upset when they said “cut.” It was quite a surreal moment.

AK: Do you think you’ll remain lifelong friends with Emma and Daniel?

RG: I think we’ll stay in touch. We’ve shared this quite unique experience together, and yeah, it’s quite an intense thing when you’re filming, ’cause you’re with each other every day all year.

AK: Have you felt pressure about choosing your post-”Potter” roles?

RG: Not so much really. This last movie just came up, and I was quite game to do something different. It’s just a new challenge. It all kind of made sense. … It’s called “Comrade,” and it’s about a true story set in World War II about two English pilots and three German pilots. They both shoot each other down in the middle of Norway, and they find each other in this old cabin thing, and it’s how our relationship with each other changes. We go into survival mode and put the war aside and we become friends, so it’s quite cool. … It was very different — extremely different. We filmed it in Norway on top of a mountain in crazy weather. It was minus-25 with snow everywhere. It was quite extreme. It was a very different filming experience. … It was a true story. These were real people. World War II always felt like quite an interesting part of history.

AK: It sounds heavy, a departure from your more comedic work.

RG: I’m pretty much kind of up for anything really — anything that’s kind of a bit of an interesting character always appeals to me.

– Amy Kaufman


Original article found here: herocomplex.latimes.com | July 8th, 2011

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I celebrated end of Potter filming by buying £60 Vauxhall Carlton

Says Rupert Grint ( Who’s worth £24m )

WITH around £24million in the bank, Rupert Grint is one of Britain’s richest young men.

But the 22-year-old Harry Potter star doesn’t splash his galleons about like Premier League players his age.

The actor, who has enchanted audiences as wizard Ron Weasley for more than a decade, astonishingly confessed to The Sun that he still lives at home with mum and dad – even though he has his own pad in London for occasional stays.

There aren’t even any fancy cars for the homely Hertfordshire lad.

When filming wrapped on the final JK Rowling movie, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, he treated himself to a £60 Vauxhall Carlton and headed off around Europe with mates in a “Wacky Rally”.

He said: “We did about nine countries, all the way to Barcelona. I went with James and Oliver Phelps, who play the twins, and we brought a mechanic along as well. It was a really good adventure. I do love cars but nothing too flash.”

In an exclusive interview with The Sun ahead of the final Potter film’s release on Friday, Rupert gave us a window into his unassuming life, where he is still close to sisters Georgina, 18, Samantha, 15 and Charlotte, 12, brother James, 21, and parents Nigel and Joanne.

Although he rarely splurges on himself, he says he can splash the cash on his family – sometimes on bizarre presents.

He said: “I have kind of got a miniature zoo. We have miniature pigs, donkeys, miniature hedgehogs. They are just smaller than the average hedgehog.

“I have quite a big family, I’m one of five and I have sisters who love animals.”

He has met the Queen and the family of President Obama so I ask Rupert which celebrity he has been most thrilled to meet.

The reply floors me.

“Alan Titchmarsh. Shakin’ Stevens came on to the set too. I only get star struck with really random people like Alan Titchmarsh and EastEnders actors,” he says.

“I met Alan at the Queen’s 80th when she had this big party in the Palace.

“I bumped into him. It’s not like I really watch Ground Force or anything like that.”

Never mind that the Queen and Prince Philip had been sitting right behind him or that Michelle Obama had visited the set with her daughters as a birthday surprise for one of them.

But if meeting heads of state doesn’t excite Rupert, surely there must have been magic in the air when he finally got to kiss co-star Emma Watson in the new film?

Ron Weasley and Emma’s character Hermione Granger finally spell out their feelings for each other in the series’ gripping finale by locking lips.

But Rupert says: “Neither of us were looking forward to it. It was a tricky one. That scene has been an anticipated moment, the relationship has built up from the early films.

“There was a pressure to get it right. I knew Emma when she was nine and we have closely watched each other grow up.

“So kissing this girl just seemed a strange thing to be doing, not right.”

Down-to-earth Rupert seems immune to the weaknesses of many young stars.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, recently had to give up booze because his drinking had got out of control.

Rupert insists that he felt no such need to release the pressure with alcohol.

He said: “No, no, no, there has always been this anticipation for us to fall into that stereotype and it has never really been an issue for me.

“It’s because we film in Watford, which isn’t the most glamorous of spots. If we had filmed in America or something it could have been disastrous. I never felt any pressure. It was just fun really.” The constant and intense attention of fans makes this level-headed approach even more remarkable.

Rupert isn’t even offended by strangers heckling him.

He smiled and said: “People do call me Ron in the street. I have grown up with it, it has become my second name almost.

“I do answer to it. Or they call me Weasley or Ginger.”

Although he doesn’t enjoy people taking sneaky photographs while he’s in a restaurant.

He said: “There are moments when you don’t really want to do it, if you are having a meal and people are taking their camera phones out and taking pictures of you.

“You can spot them. They pretend to take pictures of their friend and they slightly offset the camera so they can get you.”

But he is grateful for some aspects of fame – all the fan mail and presents. For some reason he gets sent lots of pyjamas.

Odd encounters with obsessed fans also raise a smile.

He said with a laugh: “There was a time when I was in LA, I think, I met this guy who had a tattoo of me, Dan and Emma on his arm.

“He hadn’t quite got the resemblance. I looked like Anne Robinson.”

But how does he feel now this immense experience is over?

Rupert said: “It is weird to think it was the last one. There is a scene right at the end, after the battle, with the three of us on the bridge.

“I found that scene emotional, I still haven’t got used to it.”

But surely the post-Potter future is bright for Rupert, offering the chance to make different kinds of films?

In between the magical movies he has already appeared in low-budget projects including Wild Target, Cherrybomb, Driving Lessons and Thunderpants.

Coming up is Comrade, in which he plays a British airman shot down over Norway in the Second World War.

And Rupert has been lined up to play Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a biopic of the Winter Olympics sensation.

He says: “I want to keep on acting, definitely.”

We can only hope his career fares better than the dreams of Brit ski jumper Eddie – who came dead last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

The_Sun


Original article found here: The Sun| July 8th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: Kissing Emma Watson was ‘Slightly Strange’

The ‘Harry Potter’ star says it required five takes to nail down the romantic scene with his longtime co-star for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2.’

LONDON – Harry Potter star Rupert Grint needed five takes to nail his screen kiss with longtime co-star Emma Watson in the yet-to-be-released final movie of the screen franchise, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Speaking on a rainy London night from the red carpet of the Orange British Academy Film awards, Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, said it had been “a sweet moment.”

“It was good, actually. We all knew it was going to happen but it was slightly strange because I’ve known Emma for so long,” he told E! Entertainment.

“There were a few awkward takes but after the fifth one I was OK.”

Grint is expected to join fellow actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson as well as J.K. Rowling and producer David Heyman to collect the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award, which has been awarded to the Harry Potter franchise.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 will be released in July.


Original article found here: The Hollywood Reporter | February 13th, 2011

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Charlotte Church wealth rises in new “rich list”

Charlotte Church’s music, TV and promotional contracts have seen her wealth soar to £10.3 million, putting her seventh in the new “rich list” dominated by women.

In the same list, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is the wealthiest British star under 30… Radcliffe is estimated to have pocketed £25 million for the two Deathly Hallows films, the first of which broke five UK box office records on its release this month. The second follows next year.

The 21-year-old heads a trio of Hogwarts stalwarts in the top four of the study.

While, Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint, Ron Weasley in the hit movies, filled third and fourth in the Heat magazine research.

Emma, 20, a successful spokesmodel for fashion brand Burberry, is estimated to have earnings in excess of £20.6 million and is the youngest person on the list.

Grint is thought to be worth £19 million but has admitted to splashing his earnings on vehicles including an ice-cream van, Hovercraft, Range Rover, Mini and a Chevy pick-up.

The richest woman is actress Keira Knightley, 25, who takes second place with £30.1 million, topped up by her contract as the face of the fragrance Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

Cheryl Cole – with her X Factor judge seat and deals with L’Oreal and de Grisogno jewellery – is way ahead of fellow Girls Aloud members. Her estimated worth of £7.9 million saw her ranked 14th.

Erstwhile bandmates Kimberley Walsh and Sarah Harding are joint 26th, thought to have made nearly £3.9 million, with Nadine Coyle at 28 and Nicola Roberts at 29.

Coleen Rooney proves herself as more than a Wag at number 10. Her £9 million income comes from deals with Littlewoods, Argos, Nike and ITV2 as well as fragrance, magazine and book deals.

Female singers do well, with X Factor winner Leona Lewis sixth after her hit single Bleeding Love reached number one in 30 countries.

Heat examined film and TV deals, record sales, product endorsements and private gig income to compile its list.

:: Top 10 of Heat magazine’s rich list 2010 (with their estimated worth in brackets):

1. Daniel Radcliffe, 21 (£45.7 million)

2. Keira Knightley, 25 (£30.1 million)

3. Emma Watson, 20 (£20.6 million)

4. Rupert Grint, 22 (£19 million)

5. Robert Pattinson, 24 (£18.5 million)

6. Leona Lewis, 25 (£12.5 million)

7. Charlotte Church, 24 (10.3 million)

8. Katie Melua, 26 (£10.1 million)

9. Katherine Jenkins, 30 (£9.7 million)

10. Coleen Rooney, 24 (£9.1 million)


Original article found here: Wales Online | November 29th, 2010

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Rupert Grint interview exclusive: The last scenes of Harry Potter will be overwhelming

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint talks about his new film Cherrybomb and how he feels about the end of Harry Potter

IF there’s anything Rupert Grint’s latest film has shown us, it’s that Ron Weasley isn’t as innocent as he seems.
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint gets hot and heavy in Cherrybomb with co-star Kimberley Nixon, breaking away from his goofy Potter character with a slightly awkward sex scene and a brand new ‘bad boy’ image.

Having shot to global stardom at age 11, Rupert hasn’t lived a particularly normal teenage life, but just half-an-hour into Cherrybomb it’s obvious his Potter days haven’t kept him sheltered from Skins-style teenage mayhem.

OK.co.uk’s NIKKI BARR sat down for a quick chat with Rupert about sex scenes, Potter parties and strange fan mail….

How did you feel after watching Cherrybomb for the first time?
It was two years ago that we filmed it so it’s weird. It was a great experience, it was a really different kind of filming experience, mainly because of the budget, I guess, but I was in a different country and it was a very quick pace and a very different kind of film [to Harry Potter].

What were the main differences on set?
The dressing rooms and stuff…they were a bit less comfortable! But the main thing was the pace. We were doing 10 scenes a day, it was a real pressure to finish everything, we couldn’t do like 50 takes on one job, we had to get it right the first few times. It had a real fast energy about it. Which I liked, it kind of puts you right in the moment. Harry Potter is a very unique thing and it’s a bit like a machine really, there’s a lot of waiting about where as there was none of that with Cherrybomb. It was all kind of full on. It was a real experience, I know how ‘real’ films are put together now.

Did you find it difficult breaking out of your role as Ron Weasley?
I didn’t think about it, Cherrybomb came up quickly, in the space of a week actually, I met the directors and read the script and then was on a flight to Belfast. But yeah, it’s kind of what attracted me to it. It’s a real different kind of character, he’s a bit more complicated and I suppose it was a more ‘adult’ role. I don’t think I was ever nervous about that because as I get older I’ll be doing more grown-up things.

You said the sex scene was awkward…
It’s this weird kind of thing. It’s got this bizarre atmosphere, you have crew watching you and different cameras everywhere and you feel really kind of self-conscious. Actually reading it on paper is a lot worse than filming it. When you see it come together it’s more abstract and it’s nothing too graphic. It’s worse for Kim [Kimberley Nixon], you see a lot more of her. Once we did it, it was fine. It was quick, we did it in not many takes at all.

Have your family seen it yet?
Yeah, that’s probably the worst part [laughs], we just don’t talk about it!

Harry Potter changed your life, do you ever wonder where you would be without it?
I don’t know, it’s a scary thought. I was very fortunate. I saw something on Newsround, actually [which OK.co.uk remembers seeing as well!] it’s weird. I really enjoy acting and if I can keep going I definitely will.

Do you get offered a lot of scripts off the back of Harry Potter?
There wasn’t really a lot of time to do other stuff because we were filming Harry Potter every day of the year, so it’s quite hard to find the gaps to do other things. Without Harry Potter I wouldn’t really be… it’s quite a tough industry to get into so I’ve been quite lucky. Harry Potter was a bit of a fluke anyway.

Would you ever quit acting and go to university like Emma Watson?
It’s always going to be an option but I’ll avoid it if I can. I want to keep on acting.

How has filming the last few scenes been?

It’s a comfortable atmosphere, but the end is quite daunting, we’ve known all the crew for half of our lives and we know the characters so, well, it’s just easy. But I’m excited as well, I’m looking forward to moving on and seeing what else is there for me.

Will you have a huge end-of-filming party?
I hope so, we haven’t had a party since the second one. That was a great wrap party but we’ll have some kind of a bash.

Has it been emotional on set?
Not yet, I’m guessing once we get to the last few weeks… I don’t know how I’m going to react it’s going to be quite overwhelming. It’s like ten years of your life is down to one shot, really, and then it’s all over. It’s going to be strange. I’ll probably get over it [laughs].

What has been your favourite Harry Potter moment?
It has all been really good. But the first scene, the first day, was pretty cool. Because, obviously, I had no idea what to expect or how many people were involved. It was exciting.

Will you remain friends with the cast?
Definitely, it’s an intimate process and you do kind of warm to people quite a lot. We’re good mates. There’s a big list of people involved but we’ll definitely stay in touch.

What’s happening next in your life?
A few things, I’ve got a film called Wild Target [Rupert plays an assassin’s apprentice] coming out next month. It was good fun playing with the guns and stuff.

And you’re going to play Eddie the Eagle [British ski-jumping record holder]…can you even ski?
I’ve never skied in my life so it’s going to be interesting. That will be quite fun I think, it’ll be cool.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been sent by a fan?
I get a lot of pyjamas, all different kinds but mainly oriental style.

Have you ever had a crush on a co-star?
Yeah, maybe when I was 11, it’s kind of natural, it was like a school yard [on the Harry Potter set]. Probably some of the extras!

We hear you have an ice cream van, if you were going to impress a girl with an ice cream from your van, what would the topping be?

Hmm, I don’t really have anything in the van at the moment, but probably flake, the classic flake.

Which topping would you say represents you best?
Hundreds and thousands, rainbow.


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Backstory: Casting the ‘Potter’ Kids

Assuming you ignore the annoying financial detail that is inflation, the “Harry Potter” movies constitute the highest-grossing film series of all time. (Adjusting for inflation, we believe first place is “Rock One” and “Rock Two: The Boulder,” produced in 47 B.C. and grossing three fish and half a puma’s claw.) Much of that is because of the quality of the source material of course, but it’s difficult to argue the producers didn’t make the most important decision when they chose their Harry, Hermoine and Ron.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint weren’t even 11 when the producers cast them. Think about how wrong that could have gone. They could have found cute kid actors who aged into dull, inexpressive adults. One of the kids could have sprouted a foot taller than the other ones. One could have developed a drug habit. The good fortune of having three mature, decent, relatively normal kids, who then developed into quality actors, seems like cosmic kismet. So how were they cast?

Grint was the most random story. He was not a professional actor, in any capacity; he was a bellring at his church and had only been in school plays, most “notably” as a fish in a reenactment of Noah’s Ark. He was a fan of the “Potter” books and had red hair, so on a whim he sent a video to an open casting call of himself “rapping about how much [he] wanted the part.” Somehow, it worked. This is not how Wallace Shawn’s career started.

Emma Watson had a bit more acting experience. She’d never been in a film before, after spending the first five years of her life in Paris, but she spent the next five years in Oxfordshire studying with a theater teacher. That teacher recommended her to casting agents, and they were impressed, which makes sense: Watson has the wise eyes of an elderly woman. Watson has always said she has loved the experience of being in the “Potter” films, but that if she had known just how massive they were when she was a kid, she might not have done them. To be fair: Everything is massive when you’re 10.

The most widely told — and most apocryphal — involves Radcliffe’s casting as Potter himself. Producer David Heyman had been looking for his Potter for months and, with just a month before filming was set to begin, he hadn’t found one. He then went to go see a play in London and, at intermission, ran into an old friend, a casting agent named Alan Radcliffe. He was introduced to his son, and whammo, then he knew: He had his Harry Potter.

This is only partly true. Yes, Heyman did meet Radcliffe then, but the boy was already acting; he’d appeared in two films by that point. Heyman’s telling implies that he “discovered” Radcliffe, but the 10-year-old had earned plaudits from critics and other producers alike. The only reason Radcliffe hadn’t auditioned yet to play Potter — whom he clearly resembled — was because his parents didn’t want him to sign on for a (then)-six-film series. But once he decided to do it, the role was his. Like the rest of them, he was a perfect fit.


Original article found here: Yahoo! Movies | November 18th, 2010

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HARRY POTTER AND THE MULTI-MILLIONAIRE FILM STARS

ON THE eve of the latest episode in the series we reveal how the youngsters plucked from obscurity to play the lead roles became wealthy enough to retire for life before their 21st birthdays.

NEXT week one of the biggest cultural global events of the decade will take place – the first part of the last Harry Potter film will be released.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, which has been filmed in two parts, will almost certainly become the highest grossing film of all time.

The past six Harry Potter films have already made more £3.3billion so far and have helped turn JK Rowling into the world’s richest and only billionaire author. Many hundreds of millions more have been made from video games and merchandising.

However, Rowling, Hollywood and the marketing men are not the only ones to have benefited financially from the fantasy novels about life at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The actors who play Harry Potter and his two chums have also become phenomenally rich.

Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry Potter, Emma Watson who takes the role of Hermoine Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley have all become multi-millionaires. And yet unlike so many young footballers or teenage rock stars the young thespians have so far behaved in a remarkably adult way about their money. Hogwarts has taught them to be sensible.

The three child actors were first cast in their roles in early 2000, when the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was made. Daniel was 10, Rupert was 11 and Emma only nine. Not surprisingly all three were complete innocents about financial matters. They had pocket money for sweets and little else. “I don’t know how much money I have and I don’t need to know because I am only a kid,” said Daniel after the release of the second Harry Potter movie Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets in 2002.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do with all this money,” said Rupert innocently in 2003. “My dad never told me about how much I was earning,” said Emma. Now of course the trio have grown up and are conscious of their wealth. When I was 18 my father sat me down for a money conversation,” said Emma, now 20, who had been living on an allowance of £50 a week until then. By the fourth film the money was starting to get serious. I had no idea. I felt sick, very emotional.”

In a bid to cope she enrolled at a course run by the Queen’s bankers Coutts, which taught her how to manage money. The result is that she has barely touched her estimated £22million fortune, although she has invested in a ski chalet in Meribel, France, and a £3million house in north London. Earlier this year, for example, she was living in modest student digs while studying for her degree at America’s Brown University on Rhode Island.

“The truth is I just like to pretend that the money doesn’t exist,” said Emma, who was paid £10million for her part in the two Deathly Hallows films that end the series and is one of the movie industry’s top 40 earners. “It’s amazing how many children are aware from such a young age about money being important or supposedly impressive.

Around 13 or 14, kids used to come up to me and say, ‘You the girl on Harry Potter? How much do you make?’ I never knew. “Obviously now I realise I have enough money never to have to work again but I would never want that.

Clothes are probably my biggest expenditure and make-up. But I really don’t have time to spend my money.

Sometimes my bank manager calls to say ‘You haven’t used your card in a while and now you’re using it. No one’s stolen it, have they?’” Daniel Radcliffe is now the highest earning male actor in the world. He is said to be worth £42million and is considerably richer than, for example, Princes William or Harry. His friends say that he doesn’t care much about the money although Daniel said recently that what he does like about it is that it has given him “room for manoeuvre”.

“Obviously I’m in a very fortunate position where I don’t have to do things for the money,” he says. “I can simply do them because there’s an interesting character and a good director involved. What I love is acting rather than all the stuff that goes with it. The money is fantastic and I’m very grateful but it’s not the main thing that drives me. Being on rich lists is all very nice, but I am my own person. What people write about me doesn’t make me who I am.”

Daniel’s parents, like those of Emma Watson, were protective of their son and sent him to an ordinary state school. “I really am a pretty normal guy and I don’t have a fleet of Ferraris,” he said. (He drives a new VW Golf that he says is “a perfect car for zipping around”). He admits that rather than spend money he would prefer to sit in a darkened room in his underpants watching cricket and eating pasta.

He is known for supporting charities and has made several donations to help children’s hospices. Last year he made a major donation to the Trevor Project, a US organisation that runs a helpline for troubled lesbian and gay youngsters. However he is not letting his fortune sit in the bank. He has two New York apartments (costing £3million each) and has recently bought a fi vebedroom town house in the fashionable part of the city for £4million. He also has a flat in west London and is building up a modern art collection.

“The only thing I’m likely to spend on is art,” he says, “as that’s the only thing I’m interested in that costs a lot of money.” Rupert Grint is a year older than Daniel Radcliffe and while he might play second string to Harry Potter in the wizardry department he is probably the most financially astute of his co-stars.

The red-headed actor, who is estimated to be worth around £20million, owns two country mansions in Hertfordshire, the newest of which is an £5million 18th-century house with five reception rooms, six bedroom suites, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and two cottages in 22-acre grounds.

Until he bought that mansion he was living with his parents in the other house, a farmhouse that was bought for him in 2003 with a lake, a herd of pigs and its own putting green. He has also bought a £500,000 house in the county with his father Nigel, a former racing car driver, which the two of them plan to develop. But Rupert, like his co-stars, has certainly not adopted a typical celebrity lifestyle.

He drives a dilapidated pick-up truck and a working ice-cream van – an early Mr Whippy model, which he has restored and uses to serve his friends free cones. He also has a restored VW Camper van, a Range Rover and a hovercraft. “People stereotype child actors and expect you to go off the rails and be a bit crazy but that’s not really happened yet,” says Rupert. “I’ve never fancied that footballer lifestyle. I prefer to be in Hertfordshire where I was brought up and to be among my old friends.”

Like many other 22-year-olds, he likes watching TV, playing golf and going to the pub with his mates, one of whom is a teacher and another who works in a café. Next July the second part of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows will be released. It will be the end of the Potter films.

JK Rowling has said she will not write any more Potter books and unlike Star Wars it would be impossible for anybody else to write a sequel. “I’m sad to leave it behind but it is time to move on,” said Daniel after filming finished earlier this year. He, unlike Emma, is intending to continue acting rather than go to university.

“I’m feeling a mixture of things now that it’s over,” says Rupert. “It’s been a huge part of my life. But I’m ready to go and do other things.” “I know it sounds dramatic but I feel my life as I knew it is over,” says Emma. “My whole life was been about Harry Potter and now it’s shut down. It is time to consider other careers.”

Whatever happens to all three child actors, not only will they ever need to worry about money again, it also seems that they will live sensible, moderate and happy lives – 10 years of Hogwarts magic appear to have guaranteed that.


Original article found here: Express UK | November 8th, 2010

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Watson: ‘Radcliffe, Grint have changed’

Emma Watson has claimed that Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint have changed into each other during their years working together on the Harry Potter series.

The Hermione Granger actress told Accion Cine-Video that Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Grint (Ron Weasley) had gone from “one extreme to the other”.

“Well, it’s funny because they’ve both gone in completely opposite directions,” she said. “When we started, Rupert was very open, very talkative, sure of himself, whereas Dan was quiet, the shy guy. I remember the first press conference we did, he was overwhelmed by it all, and now they’ve both gone in opposite directions.

“Dan, you can’t make him be quiet, he just wants to talk about the movie, he has this incredible energy, he’s a big ball of… telling jokes all the time, he’s a very outgoing guy. Rupert has become really quiet. He’s much more reserved now, which is funny.”

She added: “Really they’ve gone from one extreme to the other, I guess. But they are still both charming, and as people have not changed much, which is good.”

Watson admitted that she considered her co-stars more than friends.

“I think we are like a family, yes. I think we’re like brothers and sister,” she said.


Original article found here: Digital Spy | November 3rd, 2010

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We go behind the scenes to get inside track on latest Harry Potter blockbuster

BOY wizard Harry Potter and his magical mates Hermione and Ron are set to cast a final spell over film fans.

After 10 record-breaking years, the series is ending in style with an epic two-part version of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

Part One hits the big screen on November 19 with the final chapter finally arriving in July – all building up to the three friends’ final, fatal battle with the evil Lord Voldemort.

Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint met JOHN MILLAR on location at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire to talk about Potter’s grand finale and reveal favourite memories of the roles that changed their lives forever.

Daniel takes a battering in final scenes

The young star who plays the teenage wizard arrives looking as though he’s just gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.

He’s covered in sweat, his hands are scuffed and dirty, there are cuts across his left eye and nose and he’s badly bruised.

But Daniel Radcliffe couldn’t be happier. The 21-yearold says he has been getting a kick out of being battered and bloodied as he brings the Hogwarts saga to a thrilling conclusion.

Daniel, who was cast as JK Rowling’s schoolboy wizard when he was just 12, said: “The action in the film is extraordinary.”

The Harry Potter films have made Daniel an international star – and a very rich one.

He’s reckoned to be worth around £30million which, according to recent reports, makes him wealthier than Princes William and Harry.

But it’s film fun, not finance, that is driving the young actor as he nears the end of the Hogwarts saga.

And the final films are as star-packed as ever, featuring the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon and Maggie Smith.

Daniel said: “I have just as much fun making these films as people do watching them. In fact, I probably have a lot more fun. I love my job and I’m very lucky to have it.”

Daniel reckons that it was during the shooting of the sixth film – The Half-Blood Prince – when he began to fully understand just how special it was to portray Harry Potter.

He added: “It was when I was underwater and I had to hold on to a rope and pull myself down.

“Then I had to let go of the rope and burst through the surface to be surrounded by a wall of fire. At the very moment of doing that, I thought no matter how long my career went on I would never get the chance to do a shot like that again – bursting through water into a flaming lake.

“It is very cool to play a hero. So this year I have started to revel more in the boys’ own adventure aspect of it all.”

Daniel has also been bowled over by the special effects in the film.

He was especially impressed by the sequence when a potion turns a bunch of schoolmates into doubles of Harry so that there are seven Harry Potters on camera.

He said: “That scene is going to be pretty fantastic.

“Obviously people will realise that it’s a visual effect but normally when you have one person talking to another version of himself it is pretty obvious how it has been done. In this scene though it’s great – arms are overlapping and it looks fantastic.

“We did 96 takes for this one shot. We had to do each shot seven different times with all the Harrys standing in different places.

“That is the first really cool bit of magic in the first part of the film. It was so well thought out and well done.”

Daniel knows that for devoted fans it will be agony to wait for the second part of The Deathly Hallows and that they might actually have preferred to see the two parts in one epic Harry Potter marathon movie.

He said: “I know that the dedicated fans would gladly sit through a six-hour Harry Potter film but not everybody possesses the same passion that they do.”

But he reckons it will be worth the eightmonth wait to see the final chapter in cinemas next summer.

And when those final credits run on Part Two of the Deathly Hallows, he is adamant that it will be the final curtain for the boy wizard.

Daniel, who has signed up to star in Hammer’s keenly-anticipated revival The Woman In Black, shakes his head when he’s asked if there is any chance of Harry and his pals reappearing some day – even in an animated film.

He said: “As far as I know that’s it. I have seen Jo Rowling and asked if she was writing any more and she said no.

“So I’m not looking to do any more… I’ve done it now.”

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One is released on November 19.

Being Ron Isn’t Always Magic

Rupert Grint has spent half his life playing Harry Potter’s best pal Ron Weasley but has also managed to do another very different batch of movies.

These include the comedy Thunderpants, spoof hitman romp Wild Target and Driving Lessons, in which he appeared alongside Potter co-star Julie Walters, who plays Ron’s mum.

But obviously it’s Ron that has made the 22-year-old a household name – although sometimes being so recognisable hasn’t been the greatest thing, as Rupert discovered when he went with friends to the Reading Festival.

He said: “Someone went to the toilet on our tent, which wasn’t nice, and while we were sleeping someone came in and threw a bag of flour over us.”

Although he is a star of one of the world’s most successful film franchises, Rupert admits he is still over-awed by the famous faces who appear in the Potter movies.

He said: “They do all have quite a presence. When we started I got very excited at working with stars like Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane.

“I used to ask for autographs at the first opportunity – I think it was at the first read-through.”

Rupert reckons he wasn’t in the best shape for the action in The Deathly Hallows.

“There is a lot more running than I’m used to.

“I quite like the stunts but I don’t do any kind of exercise at all so it hit me quite hard.

“Everyone wants this film to be the best one ever.”

I’ve Gone From Film Star To A Class Act

Emma Watson is one of the most instantly recognised girls on the planet but now she’s enjoying the magic of being an ordinary student. are going to see me most days and have just got used to me.”

The 20-year-old is studying in the US at prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island and has settled into academic life.

She said: “It’s hard to choose one thing that I like most about university. I guess I just enjoy the simplicity of my life.

“I am sharing a tiny room with another girl and I only have space for three or four pairs of jeans and a couple of tops. My life has been compressed but it’s nice.”

Her student schedule in the States is a world apart from the red carpet glamour of being a film star.

She said: “I live in a bubble. I don’t read newspapers and I don’t watch TV.”

Emma is also pleased that she has been accepted by the other students.

She said: “I was amazed how quickly everyone on campus got over that I was from Harry Potter.

“I’m going to be there for four years so they’ve realised that they are going to see me most days and have just got used to me.

The young actress admits she’s had mixed feelings while shooting her final scenes as Hermione.

But one plus point has been throwing herself into the rough and tumble of action sequences.

She said: “It’s such an emotionally heavy film so it is sometimes nice to have a break from that and do something more physical.

“There is a giant snake involved, we get picked up on a dragon, dropped in a lake and I nearly get my throat slit. It’s real adventure.”

being an action girl in the two-part epic but she’s also very aware that a huge part of her life is coming to an end.

Emma has got a kick out of being an action girl in two-part epic but she’s also very aware that a huge part of her life is coming to an end.

She said: “I have grown up with this character. I can’t tell you how it will feel to walk away.”


Original article found here: The Daily Record | October 24th, 2010

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Emma Watson & Rupert Grint’s awkward scenes

Emma Watson and Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint couldn’t stop laughing when shooting their kissing scene.

The pair who play Ron and Hermione in the popular flicks, were dreading the intimate scenes, but managed to laugh their way through them.

“It was quite tough,” Emma says. “We weren’t really looking forward to it if we’re honest.”

“We had problems with laughing. We both kept laughing, we just could not take it seriously. It was awful.”

Emma’s other Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe recently spoke about their friendship.

“We’ve got other friends as well, I think it’s important to say,” he said. “We don’t just hang around with each other all the time.

“But yeah, no we get on very, very well and we also have the knowledge that no matter what happens in the rest of our lives, no one will have had this particular experience other than the three of us. And I think that is something that will never, never leave us.”


Original article found here: Flecking Records | October 8th, 2010

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