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Page and Screen – In Praise of Rupert Grint

Page and Screen – In Praise of Rupert Grint
Liam Trim with the latest edition of ‘Page and Screen’…

With the all conquering Harry Potter franchise drawing to a close after a decade of record breaking box office figures and immeasurable sales of merchandise and DVDs, reams are being written attempting to sum up the reasons for the worldwide phenomenon. Recipes for success are being compiled and suggested as Warner Brothers and other studios look for the “next Potter” to lure audiences consistently to cinemas on a huge scale. Children’s authors are being assessed and targeted as execs wonder where to find the next J.K. Rowling. Meanwhile the super rich writer has launched a new website to continue the Potter brand, “Pottermore”, and has revealed that she has waited, perhaps wisely, until after the last film to publish several projects she’s been working on for some time since finishing The Deathly Hallows.

Some say that Rowling’s immense imagination and wonderful writing accounts for the success of the films. The sheer detail of the books helped create a wizarding universe that went beyond the plots. However up and down the country it’s easy to find English teachers, experts and ordinary readers that will think little of Rowling’s talent. Of course she clearly has an ability to create worlds and engaging plots but she is also reliant on influences and is far from a genius writer. Whilst I was sucked in by the books after reading them, unlike my school friends I only embraced The Philosopher’s Stone after seeing the film version, which convinced me Harry Potter wasn’t as childish as it sounded.

Perhaps the fact that Warner Brothers conceded artistic control to British based Heyman Productions ensured the appealing flavour of the series? There are no doubt many different reasons for the spellbinding effect Hogwarts has had on box offices internationally, but as someone who has grown up in the eye of a decade long magical storm, the Harry Potter films transcend the usual critical criteria. As rankings of the films appear all over the web, I have found myself reflecting on the franchise as a whole.

If I had to pick out one key reason for its success it would be the way the films have matured with their audience. Those behind the films deserve some credit for this but if anything they haven’t lived up to the darker depths of the books, until the final film if you believe the early reports from critics. It was Rowling’s masterstroke to pen seven stories that evolved in tone as well as plot. However watching the films has delivered the genuinely unique experience of seeing three child actors grow into young and talented adults, which mirrors the maturing mood of the stories.

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson tend to hog the headlines. He has become a leading man and she has gone from prissy bookworm to stunning, sexy and intelligent model, capable of juggling a demanding degree from a top university with filming and an increasingly diverse career. Recently though, as Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiered in Trafalgar Square, the newspapers reserved special mention for the huge cheer that greeted Rupert Grint.

Grint has always been more than the long suffering ginger one. In the early films, when Radcliffe was excruciatingly awful at times in the lead role, Grint provided much needed comic relief and more, with a skill beyond his years. Respected film veteran John Hurt dubbed him a “born actor” and allegedly directors beyond Potter, such as Martin Scorsese, have predicted a bright future for him. In this early screen test, Grint is the clearly the most expressive of the famous trio, inhabiting his role even when he doesn’t have lines to read, unlike the blank faced Radcliffe and two dimensional Watson:

But then a combination of the stresses of the lifestyle change and scripts that let his character down reduced Grint to a predictable and subdued comic presence during the films in the middle of the series. Radcliffe and Watson both grew in confidence to take on more integral and convincing roles in the drama. The final film ought to have plenty of opportunities for Grint to go out with a bang big enough to showcase his true talent though, with the will-they-won’t-they romantic chemistry between Ron and Hermione finally coming to a head and several dramatic moments to sink his acting chops into. Grint has certainly demonstrated his promise elsewhere with performances in Driving Lessons alongside Julie Walters and wild teen drama Cherrybomb.

We’ve been through a lot with Harry, Hermione and Ron and got to know not only them, but a little of the actors that portray them, on the way to their final showdown with Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter will always be a great deal more than just a shadow hanging over the careers of Radcliffe, Watson and Grint. They will all try to shake it off and it will be remarkable if any of them completely succeed. I for one though have a feeling that out of all of them it is Rupert Grint we are still yet to see the best of. He was a lovable Ron but as someone else we haven’t heard of yet he is going to blow us away.


Original article found here: Page and Screen | July 21, 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.

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

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Rupert Grint – Can I Have My Life Back Now?

Rupert Grint On Life After 10 Years Of Ron Weasley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Where You’ve Seen Him: Rupert Grint

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


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

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OK! Magazine Mexico

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Rupert Grint, evil
From the three main actors maybe Grint is the most interested in working with characters that take him away from Ron Weasley. The proof is his participation in the indie film Cherrybomb (2009) where his character handles a service of companions (?), he is violent, steal cars and he has romantic scenes. Dear Rupert recently became victim of the swine flu but he was lucky because it wasn’t dangerous and he is quickly getting recovered.

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On the screen, his red hair, his huge family and his great sense of humor have made Ron Weasley one of the most beloved characters of the Harry Potter saga.
In real life the actor that interprets him, Rupert Grint, is just as sympatique and laid back guy but very reserved about his intimacy. The young man who was born in August 24th of 1988 in Hertfordshire, England, told us that when he became aware of his fame and what that involves, he chose just to be himself, the same behind his house’s door. In this interview, the leading man of movies like Driving Lessons (2006) talked about how the wizard movies have brought to his life and also about two of his biggest dreams, to become a movie director and to drive his ice cream van around whole England.

Do you always see yourself as Ron?
Since I read the books, when I was a kid I looked at the mirror and said “You are a redhead, look, you are like Ron”. I was obviously fascinated with Harry but the main character is who he is thanks to everybody else and that doesn’t mean just Ron but also Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore. All the kindness, loyalty, friendship and other Harry’s values are a result of the relationship he has with the rest of the characters. And there is this great cast, you have the best English actors and that is a big plus, besides the economic stuff (laughs).

How much we can see of Ron Weasley in Rupert Grint?
I think he is a great character, humble, and those are my favorite qualities from him and that I share with him. Sometimes I see myself as him and not only while filming but, say when you see everything that Harry Potter has created, like the fandom, the earnings, you think in the humble/human part of yourself. I didn’t see myself as an actor it was just a dream, an ” i wish i was” but it finally arrived, it’s a reality.

What if you haven’t achieved that?
Well I grew up chasing ice cream vans and I finally got mine. I always thought that in case I didn’t make it I could work in my van. Now I think that I can believe on that and transform it in this kind of pub-on-the-go, that would be great; I would love to pimp it up and drive it through the entire island (England) that would be crazy!

So that’s where your nickname came from? “Ice cream man“?
Yeah, isn’t that great? It sounds like a rapper name. The “Ice” makes it sound tough but the “Cream” makes me look like a funny guy. I like that.

Talking about that, do you remember the rap tape you sent eight years ago to get your role as Ron?
No, not at all, it was very spontaneous maybe that’s why it worked. I don’t have any musical background… I was just too desperate to get it (laughs), I had to do something to be in and the option was a rap and it worked. I fought to get it; it was hard because there weren’t many options for me. I am the book fan who wanted to be part of the movie and it was like a dream come true. I sent the video with the rap because I really want it and I did it.

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It’s been told that you are the most serious one from the three of you.
Well I’ve been tagged like that but no, it just takes time to know me. In all this years I’ve had the opportunity to know and be very close to Emma and Daniel and I can tell you that apart from being very down to earth they are focused guys. In this kind of job I think that we all have jumped or better said, we have lived the difficult part sooner than we thought.

Who have you learned from?
The changes have made me grew up by raising the challenges, at least I feel more mature and I can express it. I’ve learned from the actors and also from the directors; being like them is one of my other dreams.

You want to be a director?
Sure, I would love to. I’ve been learning and now I can express what I want to say properly, sometimes is too hard to do it verbally but I’m getting better.

What’s the hardest part of being Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend?
Maybe that you are the center of attention. We were the kids that the people expected to see growing up drinking beer or making crazy things but it wasn’t that way because it’s very different to be an “actor” than to be a “young star”. You can always do whatever you want as long as you are safe and in home (laughs) and we are aware of that. What is annoying is some of the questions they make for example that… if I dated Emma; if I have magical powers what would I do; now that people know me they want to know with which star I would hook up…..

(Unfortunately there was a magazine mistake, the interview was not published completely (at least the last question).

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OK Magazine (Mexico Version)

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While Rupert Grint’s new film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is out in theatres and IMAX, we have a set of scans from the Harry Potter Special Edition of the Mexican OK Magazine to share with you!

Aside from an interview and old and recent photos, Rupert’s film Cherrybomb is mentioned!

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Rupert Grint, evil

From the three main actors maybe Grint is the most interested in working with characters that take him away from Ron Weasley. The proof is his participation in the indie film Cherrybomb (2009) where his character handles a service of companions (?), he is violent, steal cars and he has romantic scenes. Dear Rupert recently became victim of the swine flu but he was lucky because it wasn’t dangerous and he is quickly getting recovered.

On the screen, his red hair, his huge family and his great sense of humor have made Ron Weasley one of the most beloved characters of the Harry Potter saga.

In real life the actor that interprets him, Rupert Grint, is just as sympatique and laid back guy but very reserved about his intimacy. The young man who was born in August 24th of 1988 in Hertfordshire, England, told us that when he became aware of his fame and what that involves, he chose just to be himself, the same behind his house’s door. In this interview, the leading man of movies like Driving Lessons (2006) talked about how the wizard movies have brought to his life and also about two of his biggest dreams, to become a movie director and to drive his ice cream van around whole England.

Do you always see yourself as Ron?
Since I read the books, when I was a kid I looked at the mirror and said “You are a redhead, look, you are like Ron”. I was obviously fascinated with Harry but the main character is who he is thanks to everybody else and that doesn’t mean just Ron but also Hermione, Hagrid, Dumbledore. All the kindness, loyalty, friendship and other Harry’s values are a result of the relationship he has with the rest of the characters. And there is this great cast, you have the best English actors and that is a big plus, besides the economic stuff (laughs).
Ok Mag
How much we can see of Ron Weasley in Rupert Grint?
I think he is a great character, humble, and those are my favorite qualities from him and that I share with him. Sometimes I see myself as him and not only while filming but, say when you see everything that Harry Potter has created, like the fandom, the earnings, you think in the humble/human part of yourself. I didn’t see myself as an actor it was just a dream, an ” i wish i was” but it finally arrived, it’s a reality.

What if you haven’t achieved that?
Well I grew up chasing ice cream vans and I finally got mine. I always thought that in case I didn’t make it I could work in my van. Now I think that I can believe on that and transform it in this kind of pub-on-the-go, that would be great; I would love to pimp it up and drive it through the entire island (England) that would be crazy!

So that’s where your nickname came from? “Ice cream man“?
Yeah, isn’t that great? It sounds like a rapper name. The “Ice” makes it sound tough but the “Cream” makes me look like a funny guy. I like that.

Talking about that, do you remember the rap tape you sent eight years ago to get your role as Ron?
No, not at all, it was very spontaneous maybe that’s why it worked. I don’t have any musical background… I was just too desperate to get it (laughs), I had to do something to be in and the option was a rap and it worked. I fought to get it; it was hard because there weren’t many options for me. I am the book fan who wanted to be part of the movie and it was like a dream come true. I sent the video with the rap because I really want it and I did it.

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It’s been told that you are the most serious one from the three of you.
Well I’ve been tagged like that but no, it just takes time to know me. In all this years I’ve had the opportunity to know and be very close to Emma and Daniel and I can tell you that apart from being very down to earth they are focused guys. In this kind of job I think that we all have jumped or better said, we have lived the difficult part sooner than we thought.

Who have you learned from?
The changes have made me grew up by raising the challenges, at least I feel more mature and I can express it. I’ve learned from the actors and also from the directors; being like them is one of my other dreams.

You want to be a director?
Sure, I would love to. I’ve been learning and now I can express what I want to say properly, sometimes is too hard to do it verbally but I’m getting better.

What’s the hardest part of being Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s best friend?
Maybe that you are the center of attention. We were the kids that the people expected to see growing up drinking beer or making crazy things but it wasn’t that way because it’s very different to be an “actor” than to be a “young star”. You can always do whatever you want as long as you are safe and in home (laughs) and we are aware of that. What is annoying is some of the questions they make for example that… if I dated Emma; if I have magical powers what would I do; now that people know me they want to know with which star I would hook up…..

(Unfortunately there was a magazine mistake, the interview was not published completely (at least the last question).

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Original article found here: ICMGallery | July 30, 2009

Rupert Grint: ‘We Were Kissing Up A Storm’

Rupert Grint finally one-ups Daniel Radcliffe with some show stopping lip-locking of his own in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Ron Weasley’s new gal pal unleashes a kiss that is a lot more passionate than Potter’s in the last film.

Grint got a kick out of allowing Ron to plunge into a teen romance, but Parade.com’s Jeanne Wolf found out that making out is not his favorite thing to do in front of cast and crew.

Getting lip smacked.
“It was quite intense. Ron’s new girlfriend, Lavender, kind of attacks him. I had only really just met Jessie Cave, who plays her, and suddenly, we were kissing up a storm. I was quite worked up about it because we’re in the middle of a huge crowd, and it’s never really a comfortable thing to do right in front people. When Daniel got kissed in the last film, he was, like, totally alone.”

Daniel’s revenge.
“Daniel wasn’t great really when I did my kissing scene. I guess he hadn’t forgotten I’d teased him when he got kissed. He was sort of standing at the back of the set trying to make me laugh. He was a little bit of a creep.”

Remembering his first love scene.
“I did end up in bed with a girl in Driving Lessons. I was really nervous and embarrassed. But watching it back was even worse than doing it. It was quite an uncomfortable experience. I also took salsa lessons and danced in that film, which was equally scary.”

Harry Potter deja vu
“The early films are on TV occasionally, and you kind of flick through them and it’s quite surreal, really quite weird. Watching that young Ron just doesn’t really feel like me–so I feel quite detached from him. But, they always bring back good memories because it was a quite exciting time in my life.”

Harry Pottermania.
“The popularity just keeps on growing and it’s quite amazing. In London, there was kind of proof of that because we had terrible weather for the premiere. It was like thunder, lightning and pouring rain but thousands of fans just stood there getting soaked and cheering us on. It was incredible.”

The gifts just keep on coming.
“I don’t know why, but I get sent a lot of kind of Japanese style pajamas. It seems to be quite a recurring kind of thing. It’s weird, but they’re always quite nice.”

Souvenirs from the set.
“I did take a tie, a Gryffindor tie, on this one because I think it’s the last time we’re going to wear the uniform. I don’t have anything else really, but I’d like a magic wand. A wand would be good.”

Coping with fame.
“Daniel, Emma and I have been quite lucky. We’ve stayed out of trouble, I think. We all come from quite normal backgrounds. That’s sort of helped. So we’ve been all right.”

As for the future.
“I definitely want to continue acting and there’s a lot of things I want to do. But I’ve always had quite a relaxed attitude toward the future. I’m not quite sure how I’m going to react to it all ending. It’s been such a huge part of my life and such a safe environment really. It’s going to be quite weird to kind of go out into the real world.”


Original article found here: Parade | July 15th, 2009


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Set Visit: Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint was more than generous with his time when he talked to ComingSoon.net and he chatted about everything from how much his character grows in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to his favorite band and games he likes to play:

Q: That’s an amazing costume. Tell us about it.
Rupert Grint:
Yeah, this is only a little bit of it as well. This is only part of the costume because I’m a keeper I’ve got this massive leather body pad and I’ve got this hat sort of Keeper hat like a padded helmet. I’ve been enjoying Quidditch this year. It’s been alright. It is a bit of an anticlimax because it is actually really painful and really uncomfortable.

Q: How so?
Grint:
‘Cause you’re sitting on a broom and that is quite uncomfortable. And we’ve got harnesses and rigs where the broom moves like that and it does hurt a bit but it is good fun and I am enjoying it.

Q: Daniel said now you understand why he’s not crazy for it.
Grint:
I do yeah. This is the first time I’ve got to play Quidditch. I’ve always as I’ve always been quite keen to try it out. Yeah, he’s always said it’s quite painful and he’s definitely right it’s not too comfortable.

Q: So what happens on the field? We are told it is a little more comic than we’re use to.
Grint:
It is. This one is a lot more light-hearted than the last one. The last one was really quite dark but this one’s got a few more lighter sort of moments. The Quidditch is quite fun ’cause for Ron there is two sides to it. There’s a side when he thinks he’s really good ’cause he thinks he’s taken the potion and there’s the other side at the try-outs where he’s actually not very good. I have to do a bit of both of this one.

Q: You also get some romance in this movie. Can you talk about that?
Grint:
Yeah sure. Ron gets a girlfriend in this one. Jessie Cave who plays Lavender is really cool. She’s really funny. We’ve already filmed the kissing scene a few weeks ago. It was actually quite embarrassing. I wasn’t feeling too uncomfortable about it until the actual day came. The actual scene we did it in the common room full of people cheering and I was standing on this little plinth, this stage and it was actually um, I felt quite self-conscious really ’cause everyone’s there looking at us. We were both quite nervous about it but it was alright.

Q: Was that your first on screen love scene or kissing scene?
Grint:
No, I did a little one in “Driving Lessons,” there was a little kiss in that. But that was alright ’cause I was just on my own. But on this one it was a lot different. Once we did the first few it was good.

Q: How many takes did you have to do? I think Daniel said for his he had to do something like 30.
Grint:
30 yeah. No mine was nothing like that. I think it was around eight because he knew we were quite uncomfortable about it and it was quite nerve wracking scene so he kept it to I think about eight so it wasn’t too bad.

Q: Did you pop a lot of gum or mints before?
Grint:
Yeah, I did yeah, definitely.

Q: It is really a different relationship between Ron and Lavender than we’re use to seeing in the books. It’s the only one scene that is kind of teenage hormonal, purely physical. Was that hard for you at all?
Grint:
No, we’ve only done a few sort of excerpts from it, but it is quite funny really. He’s pretty one sided ’cause right from the beginning Ron is never really sort of comfortable with the whole thing and this is sort of his first proper relationship. She gets a little bit too crazy and possessive and that and sort of scares him a little bit and he becomes kind of one sided. It was quite fun. She’s really funny as well as Lavender.

Q: In the last film Ron had some issues with Harry and it was kind of dark. Tell me about Ron’s character’s journey in this film and how it’s different.
Grint:
He’s a bit more cocky in this one ’cause he’s on the Quidditch team and he’s got a girlfriend and sort of thinks he’s quite special. It was quite a new thing to do because before he was a little bit of a nerd and not really fitting in. But now it is quite fun to do all that sort of stuff.

Q: What does Hermione think of him having a girlfriend in this movie?
Grint:
I think she’s a bit jealous and you can see probably see that in the film ’cause there are a few scenes that suggest she does sort of like Ron and it sort of leads up to the seventh film.

Q: What’s your feelings about seven coming up no matter what shape it takes, is the feeling changing around here since you’ve been around here so long as things are starting to get to the end now?
Grint:
Yeah, I suppose. I loved the seventh book. I thought it was really good and I really liked the ending myself. So yeah I’m really looking forward to doing it. I’m not really consciously thinking about it ’cause I’m doing this but it’s the first time we’ve really known where it’s going to go. Before there has always been a book that hasn’t been out yet so yeah it’s going to be quite cool.

Q: What do you think has been the most challenging thing that you’ve had to do so far?
Grint:
Quidditch is quite hard. I was surprised at how physical it is ’cause we had to do quite a bit of training on a trampoline which was actually quite scary ’cause we were going quite high. They rigged us up to this wire rig and we had to do flips and stuff and I didn’t really feel very comfortable doing that.

Q: Once J.K. Rowling made the revelation that Dumbledore was gay that Michael Gambon off camera would kind of swishy things. Is that true?
Grint:
I dunno. I haven’t actually done a scene with Michael Gambon yet. But I was quite shocked at it and it was quite funny. When you sort of think about it is does make sense really in some ways. I think it’s cool.

Q: When we see you guys on the red carpets or on the junkets we always ask what you thought about the end and what would actually happen. What did happen when you all finally read the book? Did you all call each other or what was the reaction?
Grint:
I was quite surprised really ’cause there was so much hype about it that I was expecting one of us to not make it. So I was really surprised ’cause I thought one of us would go. I was happy ’cause it is a really nice ending and we all live happily ever after so it was nice. It was good.

Q: Are you prepared to let this go?
Grint:
I dunno. You can definitely feel it coming to an end now and I think it’s going to be quite sad and I will miss it. It’s been quite a long time now, it’s been like 9 years and I’ve really enjoyed it so I dunno. It’s going to be really weird yeah.

Q: We’ve basically seen you all grow up on screen. How odd is that for you?
Grint:
It is especially when I’m coming up on 20 this year so it is really weird. Especially ’cause they’ve been playing the old films on TV recently and I’ve caught a few bits on them and it is really strange looking at them ’cause we were so different then.

Q: Daniel said he teased you about having to do the kissing scene but did he give you any kind of advise or tips before it or did he just laugh at you?
Grint:
Yeah basically he did yeah. No he really didn’t give me any advise. It all happened quite quickly really. It was over quite quickly and it was quite embarrassing and I wasn’t really looking forward to it. But it was alright.

Q: Was Jessie a good kisser?
Grint:
No, yeah, it was good. It is quite a quick kiss and yeah, it was good yeah.

Q: When you were reading book seven was there anything that you really look forward to filming while reading it?
Grint:
Yeah, I’m really interested in the end ’cause in the end it sort of skips to 19 years later and how they are going to do that. Sort of make-up or something.

Q: Did you read the end of the book when you got it in your hands? Did you flip immediately to the end?
Grint:
Yeah, I did. I couldn’t handle it I had to find out.

Q: Were you afraid at all that Ron was going to die, would you have cared?
Grint:
It would have been quite fun I suppose it would have been quite a cool scene and it was the last book so I wouldn’t have been missing out on anything so it would have been quite fun. But I think the ending as it happened was the right way to go.

Q: So are you ready to do the Harry Potter reunion special in 10 years?
Grint:
Oh God. Not yet but maybe in the future but probably not for a while.

Q: Ron’s got to deal with the death of SPOILER in seven so that’s got to be quite intense too?
Grint:
Yeah it is. That’s going to be quite tricky. That was quite sad actually when reading that. I’m looking forward to seven it’s going to be really cool.

Q: Tell us about the scene where you take a love potion.
Grint:
Yeah that was quite a cool and fun thing to do. Ron takes these chocolates that are poisoned with this love poison and Ron goes into this sort of strange drunk like state. Yeah that was quite a fun thing to do. It was one of the first things we did. It was cool.

Q: When we spoke at the last set visit everyone was saying that you have the best trailer. Is that still the case?
Grint:
Yeah definitely. I’ve got a really cool trailer.

Q: You’ve got a ping-pong table…
Grint:
Ping-pong table, table football, yeah it’s just really cool. It’s sort of that everyone goes there and tries to beat me at table tennis.

Q: Are you a gamer?
Grint:
Yeah I’ve got a Wii, yeah. It’s good.

Q: You an air guitar fan?
Grint:
Yeah, I’ve played that. I’ve actually got one here and I do like it.

Q: Are you good at it?
Grint:
I’m not bad, yeah. Depends what song it is.

Q: What’s your game of choice?
Grint:
My game of choice? At the moment I’m playing Tiger Woods on the Wii. I’m a bit of a golf fan so it’s really good. I’m enjoying that.

Q: Have you taken your ice-cream truck out yet?
Grint:
I was going to bring it out quite recently but it’s broken down. It needs a new engine and it needs a load of new parts and I’m going to give it a new paint job. It’s going to look really cool.

Q: Are you going to do it yourself?
Grint:
No, I don’t know anything about it.

Q: Do you have a name for it?
Grint:
It’s a Mr. Whippy.

Q: Any dream roles after Harry Potter?
Grint:
I’m not sure. There’s nothing in particular really. I think I’d like to play someone who’s a little bit mean. I think that would be quite cool or evil that would be different I suppose.

Q: If you found the perfect role how far would you go to get it? Would you shave your head, would you gain weight, would you dye your hair?
Grint:
Yeah, I’d definitely go with the hair. I guess I’d probably do anything ’cause in the film “Thunder Pants” I had to have a perm for that one so that was quite an extreme thing.

Q: They actually permed your hair?
Grint:
Yeah they actually permed my hair.

Q: So did you have to grow it out longer to have them perm it?
Grint:
It was quite long anyway so they just permed it and it was a proper permanent. For a while I wore a cap everywhere. It was quite embarrassing.

Q: Are you able to go about and about in London?
Grint:
Yeah, I am getting recognized a bit more now since the last film but it’s still fine. It never happens too much. It’s good.

Q: What kind of things do you usually like to go out and do?
Grint:
I see quite a few bands.

Q: Like who?
Grint:
I went to the V festival last year that was quite cool. It’s all these different bands. The Killers played there it was cool.

Q: Do you have any crazy stalker fan stories? When you are approached on the street has anyone ever done something or said something inappropriate?
Grint:
No stalkers or anything strange like that. Nothing really strange. We get sent some unique things. I get sent pajamas all the time.

Q: Pajamas?
Grint:
Pajamas yeah. SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas was a funny thing to get.

Q: If there was one thing you could change about Ron what would it be?
Grint:
I’ve always liked Ron. He was always sort of my favorite character in the book. I dunno, nothing probably. I’ve always got on with him.

Q: He’s perfect?
Grint:
Yeah.

Q: Is there an element in this film that when Harry and Ginny start to get together does Ron have a reaction to that?
Grint:
Yeah definitely, Ron is very protective of Ginny in this one. There are a few scenes, ’cause she also goes out with Dean Thomas as well and she gets a bit flirty with him and Ron doesn’t really like that and disapproves a little bit. So that was quite a fun thing to do.

Q: Now that you’re 20, is it easier for you to relate to your character now that they are getting older and dating?
Grint
: Yeah I suppose it is ’cause I’ve always been a few years ahead of Ron and that sort of helps you know what goes on. Especially with the whole sister protective thing ’cause I’ve got little sisters as well and I sort of take it from that a little bit. It is good.


Original article found here: ComingSoon | July 8th, 2009


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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: MSN Q&A

RUPERT GRINT (Ron Weasley) Q&A

QUESTION: Word is that in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince there is plenty of Quidditch for Ron this time round?

RUPERT GRINT: Yeah, I’ve never done Quidditch in the films before so this is my first Quidditch experience. Dan says it’s really painful and I know where he’s coming from because it’s quite uncomfortable, with the harness and stuff, and you’re getting slung about. There are two stages. One is the try-outs where Ron is not very good and keeps getting hit in the face. Another stage is where Ron takes the potion and thinks he is really, really good. It’s quite tricky but I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m always on a wire because the broom is quite high up, about 18 feet.

QUESTION: You are in great shape but are you naturally athletic?

RUPERT GRINT: Not really. The only sport I do is a bit of golf, really. Apart from that, I’m lazy so I’ve had to do a bit of training.

QUESTION: Was getting into the flow of things for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince almost like coming back to school?

RUPERT GRINT: Each film is a little bit different, but it is a lot like coming back to school. It’s the same people you’ve worked with and we’re never away that long anyway. It’s easy to get back into the routine.

QUESTION: Do you keep in touch with rest of the cast between films?

RUPERT GRINT: I usually try to, but we’re always quite busy, to be honest. I see the twins quite a bit, because I play golf with them. I usually win. I’m not bad and I have a handicap of 12.

QUESTION: Word is that there is going to be a lot of kissing in this movie?

RUPERT GRINT: Yeah, and Ron gets a girlfriend in this one. When we did the kissing sequence, it wasn’t easy because I’m standing on a plinth and the whole room is watching. It was quite embarrassing and I was actually dreading it. It was weird and the girl who plays my girlfriend is really cool. It was fine after the first 10 takes. [Laughs.]

QUESTION: Did you get the last book sent to you?

RUPERT GRINT: I didn’t get it any earlier than anyone else. I got it the day it came out and was quite keen to see what happened, especially since there was so much hype about it. I was quite happy with the ending.

QUESTION: Since the Harry Potter films have been such a huge part of your life it must seem strange that it’s all going to come to an end soon?

RUPERT GRINT: Sure. It’s quite sad because it’s been a massive part of my life. It’s hard to get my head around something that will have taken up 10 years of my life when it’s finished.

QUESTION: How do you feel when for instance you catch the early Harry Potter films on TV?

RUPERT GRINT: I haven’t watched the films all the way through for ages but I’ve seen bits and pieces on Sky. It feels like a different person, to be honest; it feels like it all happened ages ago. It brings back a lot of good memories because it was all a good life and it brings back all those exciting times to me. I had barely done a school play before I started so it was very scary in those early films. I never thought of it as a serious thing. It was all just fun for me back then.

QUESTION: Do you think that you ever get used to all the attention that comes with the phenomenal success of the films?

RUPERT GRINT: I’ve gradually got used to it over the years. It’s more apparent when the films come out. It’s strange when people come up to you. People are always really nice though. It’s never really gangs of people; it’s usually one or two who come over. I don’t mind that at all. Once, I was in TGI Friday and a guy with a camera happened to be there. That was the only time I had any paparazzi, as such.

QUESTION: Do you ever get called Ron?

RUPERT GRINT: People always call me Ron, especially the younger kids. My little cousins actually think I’m magic.

QUESTION: What’s the one thing you’ve most enjoyed that the Harry Potter films have brought you?

RUPERT GRINT: The chance to travel, especially that trip we made to Japan. It was a really different, a really cool experience.

QUESTION: Aren’t there loads of Harry Potter fans in Japan?

RUPERT GRINT: Yeah. I get a lot of gifts from Japan, especially pyjamas, but they’re very cool. We had to learn a few words in Japanese but I can’t remember them. I’m not very good at languages. It was embarrassing when we went to Paris because Emma is very good at French and I was stumbling over my few words.

QUESTION: Does being a movie star help overcome shyness?

RUPERT GRINT: I’ve always been a bit shy, but I do feel more confident now, yeah.

QUESTION: After the eighth Harry Potter film is done, do you want to carry on acting?

RUPERT GRINT: I’d like to because I really enjoy it. When this is over I’ll see what happens. I enjoyed working on small movies like Driving Lessons, so maybe more stuff like that would be nice.

QUESTION: When you are not on camera, how do you guys unwind?

RUPERT GRINT: Table tennis is a big thing; me and Dan are getting very good at it. I have a table in my dressing room and we play every day. It’s quite even because Dan has improved a lot. He has a really good serve. We’re at a professional level now. [Laughs.]

QUESTION: And what about Emma?

RUPERT GRINT: She’s at a different level to us so there’s no point in playing with her. She just embarrasses us.

QUESTION: Was there ever any remote chance that you wouldn’t come back for this sixth Harry Potter film?

RUPERT GRINT: For me, there was no doubt. So long as they wanted me, I was coming back to do it. I really enjoy doing this and it’s really cool.


Original article found here: MSN UK | July 2009


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