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‘Harry Potter’ director: ‘Rupert Grint is coolest guy I’ve met’

David Yates has said that Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is the coolest person that he has ever met.

Yates, who directed the final four entries in the long-running fantasy saga, made the comments at a special premiere event for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

“Rupert Grint, ever since I’ve known him, has probably been the coolest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Yates told the Los Angeles Times.

“He has a hovercraft [and] an ice cream van. He’s really laid back, but quietly quite smart.”

Yates also had positive things to say about Grint’s fellow Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

“Daniel is a bit of a workaholic, he loves work, but he’s [also] a very decent, curious, funny, lovely young man,” he added. “Emma is a little like Hermione. SHe’s very tough on herself. She’s incredibly bright.”

The director also revealed that he saw Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone director Chris Columbus at an event recently, and thanked him for selecting such good actors to play the three lead roles.

The final Harry Potter film was released this weekend and has already broken first-day domestic box office records.

Original article found here: | July 17th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: ‘Harry Potter Hermione kiss felt wrong’

Rupert Grint has revealed that he felt so nervous about kissing his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson that he asked David Yates for directorial help

The actor – who plays Ron Weasley in the wizarding franchise – explained that it felt “weird” having to kiss his friend of ten years.

He told SciFi Now: “I was really worried about that, because in some ways the romance, and particularly the kiss, just felt like it was wrong.

“But once we were on set it was fine, because David was really good about giving us a long chat before we did it. It ended up being fine; kind of a fuss over nothing.”

Rupert added that the best thing about his embrace with Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger was that it was over so quickly.

Watson also recently said that she felt “awkward and weird” kissing her Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is out now.

Original article found here:| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint needed kiss advice

Rupert Grint needed David Yate’s directorial help after conceding kissing Emma Watson “felt wrong”.

Rupert and Emma’s characters, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, finally share an onscreen kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. While fans can’t wait to see the scene, Rupert admits that it felt “weird” locking lips with his friend of ten years.

“I was really worried about that, because in some ways the romance, and particularly the kiss, just felt like it was wrong,” he told SciFi Now.

“But once we were on set it was fine, because David was really good about giving us a long chat before we did it. It ended up being fine; kind of a fuss over nothing.”

Rupert added the best thing about the smooch was it was over so quickly, so he didn’t have to think about it too much.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is out now.

Original article found here:| July 17th, 2011

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Farewell to a very British success story

Emma Watson grins broadly as she greets Rupert Grint, tottering towards the bar in her Rafael Lopez frock and vertiginous black heels. As they hug, he keeps a steady, protective arm on her.

Meanwhile, Julie Walters is standing by the bar, hugging a towering Robbie Coltrane, while Jason Isaacs and Matt Lewis are enthusiastically posing for pictures.

Looking around, this will probably be the last time the top-drawer cast of Harry Potter – which boasts a raft of Scottish actors including north-east natives Sean Biggerstaff, from Elgin (Oliver Wood), Peter Mullan, from Peterhead (Yaxley) and Shirley Henderson, from Forres (Moaning Myrtle) – are in the same room together, now that the 10-year saga is coming to an end. Daniel Radcliffe is notably absent, due to his Broadway theatre commitments in New York.

Besides the wrap party and the premiere, tonight’s cocktails at the new St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel mark a farewell to the series that has turned many of the cast, with the exception of veterans such as Julie, Robbie, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon, into household names. They’re all fiercely proud of the films.

“I’m glad you didn’t call it a franchise,” said Jason, 48. The Liverpudlian, who portrays villain Lucius Malfoy, continued: “It always upsets me when I hear that because it sounds like someone selling burgers.

“This is one story that’s taken 10 years to tell so beautifully, and with such care, and there isn’t one drop of cynicism in anyone’s participation.”

Robbie – as Rubeus Hagrid – added in his deep voice: “It really ticks me off when people talk about Harry Potter as a franchise. This is about seven years in a boy’s life.”

The last instalment, directed by David Yates, sees the epic battle between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) head towards its earth-shattering conclusion.

All the actors are unsurprisingly sad that the series has reached the end. “We’ve become emotionally tied into it,” says 61-year-old Robbie.

“It’s the first time in my entire career I’ve played a thoroughly good man – a bit of acting was required there,” he quipped, with a hearty laugh.

“Something strangely wonderful has come to an end – am I being terribly sentimental?”

The seven films, based on J. K. Rowling’s best-selling books, have become the highest-grossing film series of all time and a multi-billion pound business, giving Bond a run for his money.

Working its spellbinding magic on the British film industry, particularly within the special effects arena, the saga has left a lasting legacy, proving it is a force to be reckoned with.

“The most remarkable thing David Heyman and Jo Rowling did was to say at the beginning, ‘This will stay in Britain and will be British’,” recalled director David, flanked by producers David Heyman and David Barron.

“This very complicated special effects work would normally be given to American counterparts, but it stayed in England – and the States now sends its work here.”

He added: “It’s created such an infrastructure that will be sorely missed. It will be very hard to follow Potter’s kinetic power – lightning doesn’t strike twice.”

David believes the success of Potter is down to the relatable themes. “It’s about love, death, loss, friendship and loyalty,” he said.

“We all know characters like Harry, Ron and Hermione, we’ve all had teachers like Dumbledore, Snape and Lupin, and haven’t known too many Voldemorts, I hope.

“When it began, I had no idea that 10 years on we’d be sitting here. I hoped it would be another Railway Children or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It’s better than I could ever have imagined.”

It’s time to ask Emma – aka Hermione Granger – about her alter ego. “She’s been like a sister, and when people ask what I’ll miss the most, I will actually miss just being her,” said the 21-year-old.

“Hermione is such an incredible young woman, so growing up alongside her definitely made me a better person. I feel so privileged to have played her.”

Rupert, 22, who plays Ron Weasley, added: “Ron has been such a constant part of my life. So it’s weird. Especially this week it’s hit me, because those posters say, ‘It all ends now’. It’s really final.”

In the grand finale, Emma gets to lock lips with Rupert after previously kissing Daniel, as Harry, in the first part.

Asked to compare the two, she looks bashfully over at Rupert and blushes before giving an embarrassed laugh and saying: “I should have seen this one coming. It’s really difficult, as I’ve got to be diplomatic. At least Dan isn’t here so that makes it easier.

“Kissing Dan for that scene was very awkward, as I was half-naked and covered in paint. Kissing Rupert was equally awkward and weird, because we had just been soaked by an enormous bucket of water.

“Once you’ve done it four or five times, kissing gets quite boring.”

For Ralph, 48, best known for playing baddies like Nazi war criminal Amon Goth in Schindler’s List, Red Dragon’s serial killer Francis Dolarhyde and god of the underworld Hades in Clash Of The Titans, playing super-villain Lord Voldemort has been an unexpected pleasure.

“It’s been a wonderful part to play, a high-definition villain, and I’ve loved it as much as I’ve loved working with everyone here,” he said.

“Mostly, I don’t get recognised because I have my own nose and a full head of hair.”

The bane of his filming life was the Dark Lord’s heavy robes, as he admitted: “It’s an irritating costume as it was too long and I would trip over it.”

But the outfit also brought humour. “I started wearing tights underneath, and the gusset would drop down between my thighs and make it difficult to walk with any kind of dignity. So I cut them and turned them into garters. When the stunt team were getting too macho, I would lift up the robes and tease them with my inner thighs.”

As fans mourn the ending of Harry’s magical adventures, Emma is already trying to summon up a spell to reunite her with her screen “brothers” Rupert and Daniel.

“I really hope we’ll find a way to work together again. We’re already scheming,” she teased.

But could there be a new generation of Potter-likes in the future? Not so, according to the film-makers.

“Jo has no plans to write another Harry Potter book. I mean, Harry at the age of 23 going to business school?” said producer David Heyman.

Director David added: “There’s a time and place for certain stories and this series sits uniquely in this period of time. It would be a shame to try to recreate or continue them.”

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is now playing at cinemas nationwide.

5,800 – The number of times make-up artists painted Harry Potter’s scar on the head of Daniel and his various stunt doubles.

588 – The number of sets created for the films.

160 – The number of pairs of glasses worn by Daniel during filming.

70 – The number of wands used by Daniel during filming.

Original article found here:| July 16th, 2011

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Rupert Grint bids farewell to Ron

NEW YORK – Nobody seems to enjoy the Harry Potter experience more than Rupert Grint, these days.

Previously, the reluctant conversationalist would endure interviews, but the 22-year-old seems genuinely at ease as he enters a fancy Manhattan hotel suite.

He flashes his sheepish grin while looking positively pleased with life as he knows it, even though the end is near.

Opening worldwide on Friday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 completes the record-setting run of eight movies based on the seven bestselling J. K. Rowling fantasy novels.

In the final David Yates-directed chapter, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Grint) continue their quest to destroy the magical Horcrux objects, which will stop the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) from becoming immortal.

When the trio’s mission leads them back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a showdown looms between Harry and Voldemort.

But Part 2 isn’t all about battles and special effects; the film also features the long-awaited smooch between Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint), as their relationship heats up.

Grint seems just as bewildered by the interest in the kiss and the romance between Ron and Hermione as his character is.

“It was a tricky one to do,” he said of the lip-lock with Watson, who had become like a sister to Grint. “We were both mutually dreading the scene.”
Four takes later, they nailed it, and Grint hopes the kiss will be believable to Potter fans.

“It’s been built up for so many years,” said the actor. “But I’m trying to erase it from my mind.”

He would rather recall the Gringotts Wizarding Bank heist, in which Harry, Ron and Hermione get trapped inside the Lestrange vault. “We’re drowning in all this gold,” he said. “It’s a great scene to be a part of.”

Then there was the emotion associated with the harrowing moments of loss during the Battle of Hogwarts and the parallel feelings of sadness about the franchise concluding.

It made acting sullen easier.

“The Hogwarts Great Hall looked like the hospital wing in a Second World War movie,” said Grint of the confrontation’s aftermath. “And hearing Maggie Smith (as Professor Minerva McGonagall) sobbing brought everything down.”

On another front, he’s more relieved than pleased with the fact that director Yates did re-shoots of the epilogue depicting Harry, Ron and Hermione as parents 19 years later. Originally, Yates decided to age the actors with heavy makeup and hair pieces, but the adornments turned out to be too much, especially Ron’s.

“In the first attempt, my character was particularly terrifying,” he recalled. “The image still haunts me. I looked like a monster, really, a sort of Donald Trump mixture.”

Eventually, Yates and crew “really did find the right balance” of makeup and computer effects to age all three seamlessly.

Meanwhile, Grint said he’s become more Ron-like over the past 10 years.

“I’ve always felt this close connection to Ron,” said Grint, who won a Ron look-alike contest before auditioning for the film part.

“And after a decade of playing the same person, you do naturally morph into this guy. A bit of Ron will be in me for the rest of my life.”

A bit of red-headed activism will be a part of his life, too

“I get a lot of people from the ginger community shaking my hand,” he said. “In England, not so much in America, it’s not the coolest thing (being red-headed), really, and they get hassled.

“It’s nice I can get some respect for the gingers,” he said, adding with a smile, “and Prince Harry is really cool, too.”

Radcliffe might be the intense one, and Watson, the self-assured over-achiever, but Grint is the most casually glib of the three headliners.

Certainly, he has enjoyed his Potter rewards more conspicuously. He owns two country mansions in Hertfordshire, England, including an 18th-century quasi-castle with six bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and two cottages in 22-acre grounds.

He also has a fancy farmhouse with a lake, lots of farm animals and a staff to take care of the hobbyist spread.

Besides Grint’s much-discussed Mr. Whippy ice-cream truck, he’s often photographed driving a beat-up pickup truck. He also owns a Range Rover, a VW camper van, and – because he wanted one – a hovercraft.

The ice-cream truck seems to get the most press, however. “It’s something I’ve always wanted, a childhood dream. As soon as I passed my driver’s test, I got one.”

He’ll have a lot more time to entertain friends and family with the vehicle, as he considers the next steps after his obligations to promote Part 2 soon come to an end.

“We finished filming a year ago, and I was left with an empty feeling,” Grint said. “It’s been weird accepting that it’s done. It’s going to take a while to let go, but I am slowly getting used to it.”

Original article found here: The Vancouver Sun | July 11th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: I decided against getting a tattoo when Harry Potter finished

Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and the rest of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows cast reveal what it’s like saying goodbye to a magical life at Hogwarts and what’s next for the gang.

‘I’m comparing it to leaving school,’ says Matthew Lewis, aka mild-mannered Neville Longbottom, the unlikely hero of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. ‘Only when we left school, we didn’t leave in front of 10,000 people in the middle of London. It’s an odd prospect.’ And an emotional one.

Tears were shed off – and on – the red carpet at Thursday’s British premiere of the final Harry Potter movie because it’s not just fans who are saying goodbye to Hogwarts. Metro went to meet its young cast, who are finally graduating from the cosy confines of the highest-grossing film franchise of all time and wondering: what next?

‘It’s been a real mixture of feelings since we finished,’ admits Rupert Grint, aka Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley, the only cast member to look younger (and no cooler) in real life. ‘I remember looking forward to it. It’s been such a huge commitment and the thought of some freedom seemed really needed.

‘But actually, the last day was really sad,’ Grint adds, his big, blue eyes and white eyelashes making him look like a downcast pet gerbil in need of a cuddle. ‘I kind of underestimated how important these ten years have really been. And since we’ve finished, I’ve kind of felt lost without it. I had all these plans, like getting tattoos and changing my hairstyle, stuff we weren’t allowed to do during production. Then, as soon as I had that freedom, I thought: “Nah, I don’t want to do that.”’

Other cast members were not so conservative. ‘Skiing, bungee jumping, sky-diving – I’ve ticked all those off,’ laughs Tom Felton, unrecognisable as Harry’s rival, Draco Malfoy, thanks to his low-cut Jude Law-style T-shirt and new tan, gained while shooting upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. ‘It is a bit like leaving school,’ he says. ‘At first I was terrified of being thrust into the big, bad world but it’s something that excites me now.’

And despite losing out to Daniel Radcliffe in the original auditions, Felton has nothing but praise for his on-screen nemesis. ‘People ask if I’m jealous I didn’t get to play Harry but God knows I could never have done what Dan’s done,’ says Felton. ‘He’s exceptionally polite, he’s always kind and I’ve never seen him lose his temper or raise his voice.’

‘I think it really goes to show that you can be an actor with that amount of fame and be followed everywhere, and you don’t have to be a knobhead,’ chimes in Lewis, who, with his Leeds lad stubble, Ray-Bans and styled quiff, is similarly unrecognisable as Neville.

Head boy Radcliffe is absent today ‘due to his Broadway schedule’ (he’s starring in a musical in New York despite never having sung or danced on stage before). Unofficial head girl Emma Watson, now studying at Brown University in between fashion shoots for the likes of Vogue, is here, though, and is similarly respected by cast and crew alike.

‘She’s not only a hugely talented actress, she is super bright,’ says David Heyman, who first happened upon an unpublished Harry Potter manuscript in 1997 and has since produced every movie. ‘Emma supposedly got the highest grade in her English A level in the entire country. She got into Oxbridge and she could have gone to Harvard.’

That’s an achievement Watson herself credits to her Potter character, super swot Hermione. ‘I think Hermione made me work harder just as a result of comparing myself to her every day,’ she enthuses.

‘In a way, I guess I’m headmaster,’ Heyman muses. Of course, he acknowledges, teenagers will be teenagers. ‘There was an article in GQ magazine recently about how Dan said he’d “stopped drinking” after he was drinking a lot on the film. But at 18 years old, what do you do? I was partying like a demon.

‘Yes, they party, they drink, they have a good time, they sleep with people, all the natural things you do at that age. But if you consider the pressure that’s been on them, I feel really proud that they have turned out as well as they have.’

And, Heyman admits, school really is out. ‘There won’t be another Harry Potter book,’ confirms this close confidante of JK Rowling. ‘I mean, what’s it going to be? Harry Goes To Business School?’

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is in cinemas this week and it will be reviewed in MetroLife on Friday.

Original article found here: | July 11th, 2011

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For ‘Potter’ kids, a magical journey

As the decade-long saga comes to a close, and after all manner of magical exploits dazzle Muggle moviegoers, the final image on screen in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” is low-key. The trio of young wizards stand silently side-by-side, their expressions revealing exhaustion, relief, triumph and anticipation.

This seems a fitting visual for the actors who have brought J.K. Rowling’s characters of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley to vivid life.

On Friday, the final movie in the eight-film series opens amid much fanfare and some nostalgia.

Daniel Radcliffe, 21, Emma Watson, 21, and Rupert Grint, 22, embarked on the Potter series as children not knowing what magical mystery tour awaited them. They have come out the other end as experienced adult actors with intriguing futures beckoning — though, with the millions each earned for the eight films, they could afford to take a very long sabbatical.

“Emma was 10 and Daniel and Rupert were 11 when I started writing for them,” says “Potter” screenwriter Steve Kloves. “I wrote appropriately for their age group. But by the end, I wrote as challenging material for them as I did for Michael Gambon (who plays Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore) or anybody else. In fact, I think I gave them the most challenging material.”

The series may be named after the bespectacled boy wizard, but his two best buddies have been just as instrumental in keeping record-breaking numbers of fans bewitched by the Potter films, the most financially successful film franchise of all time, having earned $6.4 billion worldwide to date.

“Casting the three was the single most important decision in the history of these movies,” Kloves says. “At the end of the day, the series will live and die on the strength of those three children. It won’t live and die on how cool a dragon looks. I think Jo Rowling would admit the plot is quite secondary to the characters and what they embody and represent.”

Where to from here?

Now that the final film is about to hit theaters, and the globally famous trio of young actors has walked the red carpet in London for the eighth and final time, their adult careers loom. They have morphed from wide-eyed, slightly gawky kids to full-fledged, graceful actors.

When half of your life has been spent making the most popular films in history, where do you go from there?

For Watson, spending a decade on the “Potter” set has been what she’s known best. “I’ve grown up doing this so it doesn’t feel like a job. It feels like part of my identity.”

All three have taken roles while on breaks from shooting Potter, but now the next phase of their lives begins in earnest. “Little did I know when I started that I would be watching the last film while starring in a play on Broadway,” says Radcliffe, who is playing the lead role in the revival of the 1952 musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

“There are so many things I will miss about Harry and playing the part. There are some things I won’t miss, but I will miss playing an action hero. It’s bittersweet, absolutely.”

Grint was struck by sadness on the final day of filming, particularly after Radcliffe made an emotional speech about his production “family.”

“The last day of filming was unexpectedly more emotional than I thought it would be,” he says. “It was a weird feeling when we finished. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt kind of lost, really, without it. But it was a relief, too. I was exhausted and looking forward to having a bit of freedom. I was also quite sad because a huge part of my life had ended.”

Her years spent in the company of her two pals, Ron and Harry, left a deep imprint on Watson. “I’m going to miss it so much,” she says. “There’s a big hole to fill. Dan, Rupert and I have this amazing chemistry because we have years and years of history. David (Yates, the director) kept saying, “Use this bond you really have and bring it to the movie.’ And we really did try.”

Yates says Radcliffe relished being the series emissary.

“He is older than his years,” says Yates. “He would readily enjoy the role, especially when we had guests, because he is Harry Potter, basically.”

But Radcliffe also longs to be other characters.

In order to attempt something far removed from the magical world of Hogwarts, he took the role of ambitious young J. Pierrepont Finch in the musical.

During a break in “Potter” filming in 2007, Radcliffe also played the lead role in “Equus” on London’s West End and later on Broadway.

But “How to Succeed” called upon entirely different skills from riding a broomstick or acting with giant puppet creatures.

“I took a lot of dance lessons,” he says. “It’s not something I had a natural ability for. I just had to take a lot of time and learn it. The musical is a huge amount of fun. It’s not like Equus where it was a physical and mental effort.”

But Radcliffe has always been one for a challenge, according to those who have watched him grow up on set. Still, he recently owned up to drinking rather heavily in his late teens, during the filming of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in 2007 and 2008.

“I became reliant on (alcohol) to enjoy stuff,” he said in the latest issue of British GQ. “There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me.”

He says he hasn’t had a drink since August 2010. Indeed, at the November premiere of the last film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” in London, he told USA TODAY that he signed autographs for fans gathering for days in Leicester Square, then skipped the premiere after-party.

“I came straight home,” he said the day after the London premiere. “I had a bowl of Sugar Puffs. I treated myself. I actually had some Ben & Jerry’s as well. I did not wake up with even a remotely sore head.”

Chris Columbus, who cast the trio and directed the first two “Potter” films (“The Sorcerer’s Stone” and “The Chamber of Secrets”), says he saw his job as “making those kids feel like they were in a really welcoming, warm, comfortable environment. They didn’t have a lot of experience, and they needed that to be able to perform.”

Columbus adds: “If we could have looked ahead 10 years and known it would be as successful as it has been, I think we all would have been a little more relaxed.”

But in those early films, Columbus says, he spent a lot of time standing beside the camera, encouraging the kids to focus on their lines.

“On that first film, at any one point any one of those kids would be distracted, so we had three, sometimes four, cameras running all the time,” he says. “The first film was shot a bit like a documentary because the kids were in such awe of being on a set that they’d say a line and then look at each other and smile or look up at the lights and start to laugh.”

Mature films beckon

Those days are long gone. All three are seasoned pros, and their upcoming projects don’t have a whiff of magic about them:

Radcliffe has “Woman in Black,” a horror thriller coming out in January.

Watson made a film called “My Week With Marilyn,” out in November. A young style icon, she recently took a leave from Brown University to create her own fashion line for People Tree and her eco-friendly Pure Threads. She also has modeled in Lancome ads.

Grint just finished shooting the World War II drama “Comrade,” which comes out next year. It’s based on the true story of a pair of British RAF pilots who shoot down a plane with Nazi fighters and then crash on a mountainside in Norway.

After playing a cheeky character known for comic relief, Grint was happy to undertake something weightier.

“To film in a different country where it was minus-25 and snow up to your knees was a real experience,” says Grint. “It was a lot more comfortable working on “Harry Potter’ when you have this big dressing room and there’s a bit more luxury. But it was nice to see a different side.”

Grint can’t imagine what next year might be like, with no Potter to return to. “I think it’ll really hit me next year after the DVD has come out and it’s all kind of faded away and become quiet.”
Watson also felt mixed emotions at the end of the Potter era.

“I felt very privileged to have played Hermione,” Watson says. “She’s someone young girls can look up to because she’s true to herself. She’s smart and an incredibly courageous and loyal friend who keeps a cool head in extremely difficult situations.”

The three on-screen pals have remained in touch since filming their final scene, just as their characters do after leaving Hogwarts. But will they still be friends 20 years down the road, as their characters are?

“Oh, yeah,” says Grint. “We’ll always be in touch because we’ve all shared this unique experience together. That will always keep us friends.”

Original article found here: | July 11th, 2011

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‘Harry Potter’ class graduates without child-actor woes

LOS ANGELES — If the young cast of the “Harry Potter” films received report cards for their school days at Hogwarts, they’d all probably earn the notation, “plays well with others.”

Cast as impressionable children in Hollywood’s biggest fantasy franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and their many young co-stars have maneuvered through 11 years of fame — and the temptations it brings — without any whispers of Lindsay Lohan-style meltdowns that can derail child actors.

They’ve grown up smart, humble, polite and professional, eager to balance modest private lives with productive acting careers rather than leap into the party-till-dawn celebrity lifestyle.

The actors and the headmasters of the Warner Bros. franchise say it wasn’t magic that kept the kids on their best behavior. It was the luck of the draw when the youngsters were first cast, good parenting, mindful shepherding that resembled the rigors and care of the finest boarding schools, and a sheltered workplace outside of London, far from Hollywood’s madding crowds.

“It’s very different doing it in England,” said Radcliffe, who was 11 when cast in the title role as the boy wizard for 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and turns 22 the week after the mid-July debut of the final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

“In America, you’re treated as an actor first and a kid second. Here, you’re very much treated as a kid first and an actor second. In fact, you’re not really treated as an actor. You’re treated as a kid on a film set, which is how it should be, because that’s all you are at that point. No one’s an actor at 12.”

And with the performers so young, their parents were instrumental in steering the children through busy working lives and the madness of instant celebrity.

“We couldn’t have done it without the family support that’s kept all three of them and the supporting cast all lovely, lovely people,” said David Barron, a producer on most of the “Harry Potter” films. “They’ve got very strong families who kept them really strongly grounded.”

With tens of millions of “Harry Potter” fans to please and billions of dollars at stake, Warner Bros. went to great lengths to protect and nurture the stars through eight films and a decade of hard work.

Sets to create author J.K. Rowling’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and other Potter locations were built at Leavesden Studios northwest of London, giving the filmmakers a controlled environment where they could work and essentially help raise their young charges.

“It’s been a bit of a bubble, and it’s been very self-contained, and I think we just have good people around us,” said Watson, who was 10 when cast as Hermione Granger and now is 21. “We’ve just been lucky that we haven’t been exploited in any way.”

Radcliffe, Watson, Grint and such co-stars as Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch and Matthew Lewis had tutors on set, along with armies of studio publicists to help coach them through the media circus of almost-annual premieres and press junkets to promote each film.

The filmmakers say Leavesden became a kind of Hogwarts boarding school for the cast.

“It was a place that was just us, nobody else,” said David Heyman, a producer on all of the “Harry Potter” films. “That has enabled us to sort of cocoon ourselves in an environment, in a way, that I think is a supportive and a safe one.”

The actors developed strong work ethics, and the filmmakers saw traits in their stars that mirrored those of the characters.

Like Harry, Radcliffe assumed a solicitous leadership role, sort of a goodwill ambassador on set. Like Hermione, Watson was studious, hurling herself into her education. Like Ron Weasley, Grint had a playful humor and the support of a large family.

“You felt people are just kind of waiting for us to fall into that stereotype of, I suppose, child actors,” said Grint, who started on “Potter” at age 11 and turns 23 a month after the final film opens. “But I’ve always been quite busy. Never really had much time to go too crazy. I come from a big family, as well, and that always helps you to know who you are.”

Director David Yates, who made the final four “Harry Potter” films, said he wondered a few years back whether some of his stars might turn into a handful as they reached the rebellious late-teen years.

“Because, they have every right to kind of get angry or frustrated,” Yates said. “They carry a lot of responsibility. They’re under tremendous pressure. They have enormous temptations. The world is at their feet. They get paid enormous amounts of money. But they haven’t gone over the edge, and I think it’s the people around them. I think there’s something ingrained with them. It’s their family.”

Many child actors have trouble landing more adult roles once they outgrow their cute and cuddly phase and can get sidetracked into drugs or alcohol, such as Lohan and others before her, including Danny Bonaduce, Corey Feldman and Macauley Culkin.

So far, the key “Potter” stars have remained focused. Radcliffe has done Broadway with “Equus” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and stars in the upcoming big-screen thriller “The Woman in Black.” Watson is studying at Brown University and has a role in the upcoming Marilyn Monroe drama “My Week With Marilyn.” Grint did a couple of independent movies in between “Potter” films and stars in the upcoming war saga “Comrade.”

Original article found here:| July 10th, 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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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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