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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: htrnews.com| July 10th, 2011

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Rupert Grint

Character: Ron Weasley

Date of Birth: August 14, 1988

First appeared in Harry Potter: aged 12

Estimated fortune: €23m

If Radcliffe plays the flamboyant actor, and Watson the clever clogs, Rupert Grint is without a doubt the laid-back one.

While the other two are more focused and precise, Grint has been more inclined to ride the rollercoaster that is the Harry Potter experience.

He owns a working ice cream van, a hovercraft, a bright orange Range Rover and a Mini fitted with special Lamborghini doors. He once bought a coin-operated fortune-telling machine from a fairground, learnt to ride a unicycle and recently bought two miniature donkeys to go with his miniature pigs.

“I do, kind of, spend a lot,” he says. “And just on stupid things, because I don’t really know what to do. What are you supposed to do? It just seems like way too much. We don’t deserve it, at all, for what we do.”

However, not all his spending has been as frivolous. He has a flat in east London and also owns an estate near his parents Hertfordshire home, said to be worth around £5m.

Grint has the children’s news programme Newsround to thank for his fame.

His dad Nigel, a memorabilia dealer, and his mother Jo filmed him rapping about why he’d be perfect for the role as Potter’s red-headed sidekick after the show aired a casting call in 1999.

He took to life in front of the cameras with ease.

“At that age you’re fearless,” he says. “Nothing bothers you.”

However, as his teenage years progressed, his confidence began to retreat. “There comes an awkward stage when you’re growing up,” he says, “when you’re just really aware of yourself, and quite self-conscious. And I did kind of pull back a little bit.”

“He lived his teenage years under a spotlight,” said Potter producer David Heyman, “but one of the many things I love about Rupert is that he just gets on with it. He enjoys life.”

Nonetheless, of the three lead actors, he has constantly won the praise of critics and co-stars, and was described by John Hurt as the “born actor” of the bunch.

Of the three Potter stars, Grint has the more accomplished acting CV after taking on several leading film roles, including the 2002 British comedy Thunderpants, the 2006 coming-of-age story Driving Lessons and the 2008 thriller Cherrybomb, where he plays a bad boy who stops at nothing to get the girl he covets.

So while Grint may not have matched the earning power of his co-stars so far, his future acting career seems far more bankable.


Original article found here: independent.ie July 9th, 2011

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Rupert Grint – Rupert Grint’s Royal Crush

Rupert Grint’s Royal Crush

Rupert Grint has admitted he has a crush on British monarch Queen Elizabeth and singer-and-actress Juliette Lewis.

Rupert Grint has a crush on Queen Elizabeth.

The ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ actor – who shot to fame aged 11 playing Ron Weasley in the movie series – admits the monarch would be one of his two ideal women, along with singer-and-actress Juliette Lewis.

Asked which two famous women he would like to date, he said: “I think it would have to be the queen. She is [pretty foxy]. I sat in front of her at her 80th birthday, where we were asked to perform in a play, so that was pretty cool.

“My second choice would be Juliette Lewis, because she’s really cool and in a band.”

One celebrity the 22-year-old star does not find attractive is former ‘Hannah Montana’ actress Miley Cyrus.

He explained: “I’ve never really gone for those Disney girls.”

Rupert has never been in a relationship for longer than a few weeks, but is currently happy to be single.

He told Britain’s Glamour magazine: “I haven’t had any very serious relationships. The longest was probably less than a month. I’ve never had a one-night stand.

“I’m not really looking for anything at the moment. I’m so busy that it’s quite hard to commit.”

While Rupert insists he isn’t looking for love, the flame-haired star admits he has received a lot of attention from girls since starring in the ‘Harry Potter’ films.

He said: “The ginger community embraced me – put it that way.

“Walking down the street, I would get a lot of ‘ginger love’. I still do.”


Original article found here: contactmusic.com July 9th, 2011

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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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Live Chat Rupert Grint, James and Oliver Phelps on Los40

Live Chat Rupert Grint, James and Oliver Phelps on Los40

Question: How does it feel to be the most famous ginger person in the world?

Rupert: I don’t know if I am. It’s good, because they mess with us a lot and perhaps I’ve helped to improve our image.

Question: What are you planning to do after the Harry Potter films are over?

Rupert: I don’t know. Its been a year since we finished and I still don’t know what I am going to do. I did a film this year that will debut […], its called Comrade.

James: We’ve been in the U.S filming a few things that will come out at the beginning of 2012

Question: Who has matured more, Rupert or Ron? Thank you for making me dream during my childhood.

Rupert: I don’t know, but I think we both have grown up together and we have become the same person, its been a great learning experience.

Question: How and where did you find out you had been selected to play Ron in Harry Potter?

Rupert: I remember that day very well. It was a long process, I did around five or six castings, and they called me for one more. They took me to David Hayman’s
office and they told us we would be in the movie. It was a shock because I went there as a fan of the books, it changed my life.

Question: Hello Rupert! What is your favourite film? I like very much Cherrybomb and Harry Potter!

James: Forest Gump, without a doubt.

Oliver: The Fire

Question: Which song would you choose as the soundtrack to your life and why?

Oliver: Newborn by Muse. It starts quiet and then it goes crazy, that’s how my days are.

James: Find by The Real Alter Bridge

Rupert: Theres a song by a band called Does it Offend you Yeah, ‘The attach of the lesbian squid of 60 meters’. I love it

Question: Is Emma Watson a good kisser

Rupert: Yes. I don’t really remember. It has been erased from my memory. It was strange because I have known her for a very long time and it didn’t feel natural to do it. But we always knew we would have to do it.

James: He went red.

Oliver: It was difficult because she had more experience.

Question: What is the biggest lie the press have said about you? Are you used to people talking about you without them really knowing the facts? Hugs

Oliver: That I’m married.

Rupert: Someone published that my dad was a hypnotist.

James: That I didn’t leave my room until I had finished Call Of Duty.

Question: Which movie character would you like to play and why?

Oliver: Ernst Blowfeld in You only Live Twice.

Rupert: One of the droogs in Clockwork Orange.

James: the Clint Eastwood character in The Unforgivenc

Question: Whats your favourite Ron and Hermione moment in the entire series?

Rupert: Theres been many, I think in this last film, the scene where we appear as adults is the nicest of them all.

Question: What is the strangest thing you’ve experienced with a fan?

James: They sent me a watermelon to sign.

Rupert: I met a guy who had a tattoo on his arm of Dan and I, but it wasn’t well done.

Oliver: Some drunk guy approached me shakily and shouted at me ‘Ey, Weasley!!’.

Question: If you were a woman, which character would you have liked to played in Harry Potter?

Rupert: It wouldn’t be Bonnie because I would have to kiss Dan!

James: The Spider.

Oliver: The teacher, Mrs Sprout.

Question: What is the most important thing in life for you?

Oliver: Family

James: Enjoying life

Rupert: I agree with both. Its important to enjoy life.

Question: How do you feel now that Harry Potter Saga is over?

Rupert: There’s a lot of emotion. It has been such an important part of our lives that it is impressive to know it has finished. It took me a while to get used to it and I will miss everyone a lot. It’s been long and exhausting, so it has also been a relief.

Oliver: I don’t think we are aware that it is over.

James: I feel like we have closed a chapter.

Question: Hi Rupert! I still can’t believe you’re in spain! Before you filmed Harry Potter, did you have in mind to study anything at Uni? Good luckkkk I will
follow you everywhere

Oliver: Yes, Geology.

Rupert: I never liked school, and luckily Harry Potter freed me from it. If I hadn’t become an actor I guess I would have finished my studies.

James: I would have studied graphic design.

Question: Hi Rupert my question is, how would you like people to remember you? Are you comfortable to know that everyone recognizes you for your success in
Harry Potter?

James: Like a non-ginger.

Rupert: Like a proud ginger.

Oliver: Like a happy person.

Question: Hello Rupert! I have sent you lots of questions, I hope you answer one of them. Which is your favorite actor and actress? I hope you come back to
Spain, specially to San Sebastian!

Rupert: Bill Murray

Oliver: Tom Hanks

James: Rupert Grint

Question: What are you looking for in a girl?

Oliver: a non smoker

Rupert: to be fun, funny and a good dresser

James: a good sense of humour and good teeth

Question: Are you a natural red head?

Rupert: Yes, I am one of the few natural red heads of the Weasley family.

Question: If you weren’t an actor what would you like to do?

Rupert: When I was younger, it was never something I wanted to do. I wanted to be an ice cream man or hat designer. It’s thanks to Harry Potter that I have realized that acting is wonderful.

Oliver: As a child I wanted to be a farmer but when I started to study I liked geology.

James: I wanted to be a designer.

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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What’s He Done: Since 2001, Rupert Grint has delighted fans as Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.

What’s Next: The redhead will play Ron for the last time in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,’ in theaters July 15, 2011. Casting his wizarding robes aside, Grint will appear as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in ‘Eddie the Eagle,’ which tells the story of England’s first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics.


Original article found here: ET Online | January 26th, 2011

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‘Harry Potter’ star Rupert Grint Bashful Over Co-Star Kiss

Rupert Grint battled some on-set jitters while filling the forthcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. His character of Ron Weasley shares an on-screen kiss with Hermione Granger, played by Emma Watson, but capturing the moment for the ginger haired actor was actually quite terrifying.

“With Emma, we were really scared,” Grint said to French magazine, Premiere. “I was a bit anxious about playing this scene, but especially anxious to be credible.”

“In the end, things went better than I had imagined, even if on the first take it was strange to see her face get so close to mine! Not to mention that we were soaked to the bone,” a bashful Grint added.

Lucky for him, the lip-locked moment only took four takes. Awwww Rupert, you’re a sweet one. (Digital Spy)

– In other related Harry Potter news, we have some sad news for die-hards out there. It seems that the first installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — out worldwide on November 19 — won’t be in 3D after all. In a statement released today (October 9), Warner Bros. says a 3D format could not be completed in time for the film’s release.

“Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey, and to that end, we are releasing our film day-and-date on November 19, 2010 as planned. We, in alignment with our filmmakers, believe this is the best course to take in order to ensure that our audiences enjoy the consummate “Harry Potter” experience.”


Original article found here: BBC America | October 8th, 2010

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Harry Potter actors differ on how much they should give on stage

Rupert Grint says that, unlike Daniel Radcliffe, he will not ‘get his kit off’ on stage

In what looks like a put down to Daniel Radcliffe, his fellow Harry Potter actor, Rupert Grint has said that he would never countenance appearing naked on stage.

“I would love to do some theatre, but I refuse to get my kit off,” the affable actor, pictured, told Mandrake at the Virgin Media V Festival at Weston Park in Staffordshire. “I would do anything before doing that.”

Grint, who celebrates his 22nd birthday tomorrow, hasn’t acted on stage since he was at school, but he says he yearns to try his hand at one of Shakespeare’s plays to establish his credentials as an actor. After a decade playing Ron Weasley in the Potter films, it is understandable he should want to extend his range. Next year he is due to appear in a film about the British skiier Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.

Grint will, however, always look back on the Potter films with affection. He kept two souvenirs from his final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathy Hallows: Part II. “One is a golden egg [the magical goal of the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament] and the other is one of the chess pieces, because they are just so amazing to look at,” he says.

Radcliffe’s decision to disrobe in the play Equus in 2007 proved controversial. “I will be honest with you and tell you that I resent this production,” wrote the critic of the Sunday Telegraph. “I resent it because it is not about acting, it is not about Equus or Peter Shaffer and it has nothing whatsoever to do with serious theatre.

“It represents instead the sorry apogee of celebrity culture in Britain: a 17-year-old superstar commanding thousands of his disciples to come and worship at the feet of his naked body. Why do it in a theatre? Why go to the trouble of dressing up this sort of exhibitionism as a play at all? Could not Mr Radcliffe and his cult have gathered at, say, Cerne Abbas in Dorset and got it over and done with there without impinging upon life in the capital?”


Original article found here: Telegraph | August 22, 2010

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