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Rupert Grint — Тhe Меrry Ice Cream Man

translated by Ivana

Тhe redheads have a well-known advantage — they are easily noticeable. Аnd this 20-year old Englishman is the most recognisable redhead of them all.

First of all, he portrays Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s faithful friend. And second, Rupert Grint is obviously a serious actor, who has a rather cool attitude towards his “teen-idol” status. The ELLE GIRL correspondent Victoria Belopolskaya met Rupert at the Berlin Film Festival, where he promoted his latest and quite non-“Potter-esque” film Cherrybomb.

Elle Girl: Listen, I was looking, what happened here in Berlin on occasion of your arrival was… Thunder and storm! When you arrived for the premiere of Cherrybomb the girls were screaming — and some of them have told me that they are your fans from America, and that they travelled to Germany just to see you… How do you relate to all this?

Rupert: I have to say that I find all this hustle and bustle quite weird. Of course, by now, I’m already used to it. I suspect that this has nothing to do with me personally, but with Ron Weasley. I had a chance to verify this: when the first “Potter” film was released, neither my brother nor my sisters (and I have three of them!) changed the way they treated me — I didn’t get any benefits. But even they admire Ron — because he is a devoted friend, and willing to overcome his fears, and he is also very funny. And then, I was also “grounded” at school. Right after “Prisoner of Azkaban”, I was pretty much lagging behind with my school work. But none of the teachers was eager to sympathise with my position. I was even released from work for a while in order to catch up with my classmates.

Elle Girl: It has turned out that you grew up together with your character Ron. How did he and the entire Potter-phenomenon influence you as you are today?

Rupert: My father jokes: our Rupe has all those widescreen albums of childhood photos! And he’s right: those films are like some sort of albums, which have preserved the biggest part of my childhood. That was a great time! Although we did have some limitations. The producers have prevented us from changing hairdos, and we couldn’t even think of doing piercing and tattoos… Nowadays I find it really funny and quite weird to watch our first film – we have all grown up and changed a lot. And not only on the outside.

Elle Girl: And your roles have changed! Take for example Driving Lessons and Cherrybomb. In the first film – you kiss a girl, in the second one – you have a naked scene. Was it difficult to play such scenes after “Potter”?

Rupert: Definitely. Not only after “Potter” – they’re objectively difficult. In Driving Lessons I play an oppressed boy who is trying to break free from his mother’s control. His first kiss was very important – as one of his first acts of independence. For me this scene was difficult not only because of its importance for the character, but also because of the intimacy issues. We were surrounded by the entire film crew! Not exactly a romantic atmosphere… and you’re supposed to pretend it’s real! Driving Lessons – it’s not a blockbuster, it’s not a grandiose project, there are no super-special effects, only the protagonists, the reality. Real life human beings. The second time around, it was much easier. Cherrybomb is a thriller about two friends who get into serious trouble because of the girl they fall in love with. This genre is easier to do for the actors. But I could never do what Dan Radcliffe has done in the theatre play Equus, I’d never have the guts to do it. Dan acts completely naked for 10 minutes. In the theatre, on stage! To me, that’s incredibly brave!

Elle Girl: Speaking of which, in the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which is to be released in 2010, you have a scene where you have to kiss Hermione…

Rupert: Total horror! Me and Emma (Emma Watson, who plays the role of Hermione) have grown up together, we have known each other for a hundred years… I am really terrified of that scene. I’m going to bring a pile of crosswords to the set, so that Emma and I can do them between the takes.

Elle Girl: A couple of years ago we learned that you had bought an ice cream van. Why did you do that?

Rupert: I have been interested in the ice cream industry! The cinema comes and goes, and the ice cream is eternal… The eternal ice cream! Quite a good slogan for life, isn’t it? So this is my general plan: if I don’t make it in the cinema, this is going to be my business enterprise.

Elle Girl: But seriously, if you didn’t become an actor, what would you do?

Rupert: I would draw. I can draw pretty good cartoons. So I would probably become a cartoonist or an animator.

Elle Girl: We’d say that you are not only eager to show up on screen – you’ve also done a radio play…

Rupert: Yes, I’ve done a reading role – in the BBC Radio series Baggy Trousers – that’s one of the best things I’ve done in the meantime. On the radio, people cannot see your face, or body, or expressions, or gestures. All these must be substituted by your voice – it’s the only thing that enables the listeners to imagine the protagonist. Тhat’s why I find radio plays so interesting. It is more interesting to create a character having only one tool at your disposal. I have also voiced Peter Pan for a documentary film. And my sister has said that it was the most realistic Peter Pan of all known to her. That’s the best compliment I have ever received!

Elle Girl: What else do you like, apart from acting and drawing?

Rupert: Guitar. Golf. And pizza. I couldn’t survive without it. And аlso my unicycle, that is one-wheel bicycle. It’s very cool. It’s just for the redheads. Especially for those of us who aspire to become clowns. But seriously – it is really extreme, it helps develop your sense of balance.

Elle Girl: And girls?

Rupert: Right here it on the unicycle! To train the balance. Stranger things have happened. For example, I have three sisters, and all of them like to wear leggings. I find them the most ridiculous clothes on Earth. So when all of them dress up in bright green, yellow and fuchsia, it makes you contemplate on the strangeness of girls!

Elle Girl: Your worst trait?

Rupert: Laughing for no reason. And in all the inappropriate places. I can’t resist doing it on the set of “Potter”. Giggling and all. I can’t stop myself, not even during the most dramatic scenes.

Еlle Girl: Do you have strange dreams?

Rupert: I don’t remember my dreams. I sleep like the dead. But recently I had a nightmare. In it, one of my sisters has turned into a spoon, because she has fallen so terribly ill. We were driving her – in the dream – to a hospital… You know, I was really frightened. Though, from a merrier point of view, all this looks absurd and ridiculous… Depends on how you look at it. I suppose, even in the worst of things that happen to us, one can always find something funny.

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tMF 50 Hottest Young Actors

Top 50 status: First time on the top 50 list.

Biggest roles so far: as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter series, as Ben Marshall in Driving Lessons and as Malachy in Cherry bomb. Why he made the top 50:

It’s been great to watch the three lead stars of Harry Potter mature before our eyes. While Rupert’s role is supporting lead to Dan Radcliffe, the young actor is seriously considering other roles to further his acting career. Says Rupert:

“It was just so different to the Harry Potter films. It’s much lower budget, it’s a much smaller crew and there’s no blue-screen, special effects or creatures or anything like that! That was definitely one of the reasons I wanted to do it and it was just nice to be someone who’s sort-of a bit different. Being Ron – as much as I love it – for many years does get a bit repetitive. It was nice just to be someone else.”

Grint is currently working on two different films- a dramatic-thriller, with a twist and a coming of age story entitled Cherry bomb, and an action-drama called Wild Target, featuring an impressive ensemble cast lead by Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.


Original article can be found here at >the MOVIE FANATIC I September 27, 2008

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It’s a king of magic

Written by John Hiscock

As the fifth film is released and the last chapter of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is unveiled, will the future spell success for its young stars, asks John Hiscock

They have spent almost half their lives on Harry Potter film sets, growing up in the magical world of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But now, as the final book of JK Rowling’s seven-part series is about to be released and the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, arrives in cinemas next week, a world without Harry Potter is looming for the films’ three young stars.

Just 17, Daniel Radcliffe has already briefly shed his Harry Potter wizard robes for a well-received West End stint as the troubled young man who blinds

horses in Equus. He has a film, The December Boys,
awaiting release and is due to begin work on My Boy
Jack soon.

His height – 5ft 6in – means that he’ll probably never be an action hero, but then his ambitions lie elsewhere. He has a keen sense of humour and a quick wit and has his sights on dramatic and light-comedy parts.

“It was fantastic to do Equus but I’m not under the false impression that doing one different role will make people suddenly see me as an actor in my own right rather than the actor who plays Harry Potter,” he said.

“I think if I continue to do other interesting roles, hopefully people will start to see me differently.”

Despite having been in the eye of the Harry Potter storm for most of their childhoods, Radcliffe and his two co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint seem remarkably well-adjusted and down to earth.

“People ask me if I think I’ve had a normal childhood – and if a normal childhood is being healthy and happy, then I have,” says Daniel.

“The other day, somebody said the last Harry Potter film will probably be released in 2010. If that’s the case then that will have been 10 years of my life and that’s a huge chunk, so I’ll be sad because it will be the end of an era in a way. But I equally imagine it will be quite exciting to be out of that world.”

Daniel is as interested as any of the millions of Harry Potter fans in finding out Harry’s fate when the seventh and final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is out on July 21.

“I have no idea what will happen,” he says. “There’s certainly a possibility that Harry might die. I’ve been told that people in Las Vegas are placing bets over whether he’ll live or die, which is hilarious. Will it make me sad? No. I think if Harry dies in a heroic way, it’s a good way for him to go.”

At 16, Emma Watson is the youngest of the trio. While she sees a lot of her Hermione Granger character in herself – “We’re both very stubborn, determined, loyal, academic feminists” – she believes any acting talent she has is instinctive and is unsure whether it will be enough to carry her on after Harry.

“I’ll feel a bit lost when it all finishes, I guess,” she says. “It’s hard to imagine life without Harry Potter. It’s made up such a big part of my life and dominated so much time.

“Never having done an audition before and never having done any professional acting and going into the biggest film franchise of all time, I’ve kind of come from nowhere and gone straight in at the top.

“I feel like I need to backtrack and work my way through again. I’d be really interested to kind of train properly because I feel I shouldn’t be here. I should have done so much more.

“I got thrown in the deep end on the first one, but the Harry Potter films have been a pretty amazing acting school,” she says.

Watson is being paid a reported £2m (€3m) for each of the final two films in the series, but insists that her drawn-out contractual negotiations were not money-motivated.

“It was more about juggling my A-level exams, going to university and doing the movies,” she says.

Apart from clothes, her biggest expense so far has been a laptop, although she will be buying a car as soon as she has passed her driving test.

“I’m taking lessons, but it’s so hard,” she groans. “I had no idea.”

She, too, is eagerly awaiting the final book. “It feels as if I’ve been waiting for ever.

“I really want to know what happens. There’s a guy who claims he’s been able to hack into J K Rowling’s account, and he’s saying that Hermione’s gong to die, and I found myself getting sad. I had-n’t contemplated her dying.”

Watson plans to take a gap year, to go to university. And then, if things go as planned, with Hermione Granger behind her, she will return to acting.

“I’m still growing up, changing all the time, and I hope I’m talented enough to take on another character. I guess that will be a test of whether I can really act.”

Of the trio, 18-year-old Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, appears the least concerned about the end of the franchise.

He has appeared in two other films – Thunderpants and Driving Lessons – and, since leaving school at 16, he has spent much of his time on the golf course when not on the Harry Potter set.

“Cool” is his favourite adjective; it applies particularly to the ice cream truck he has bought and drives around Hertfordshire,”I don’t know why I bought it, but it’s really cool,” he says. “It’s got a bell that plays a tune. It’s really cool.

“If I can, I’d like to sort of carry on with acting.”

For the happy-go-lucky Grint, a death scene for Ron Weasley in the final film would also be “cool”, but it is not something that he has thought too much about. It’s going to be really sad when it all ends, and it’s going to be weird because it’s been a big part of my life.

“But I’ve got to do other things after Harry Potter so I’ll just see what happens. I’ve still got my ice cream van if it doesn’t all work out, so I’ll be all right.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is released nationwide on July 12

‘It was hard not to laugh all the time because it was such fun’

When actress Imelda Staunton was invited to join the cast of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixas Dolores Umbridge, Hogwarts’ latest sadistic Defence of the Dark Arts teacher, she did not know whether to be flattered or offended.

“In the book, she is said to be very ugly and toad-like, so when people would tell me, ‘You’d be great in the part,’ I’d say: ‘Well, thanks very much’,” she laughs.

Her Dolores Umbridge is a pink-wearing control freak who, with a sing-song voice and honeyed smile, terrifies the students and staff at Hogwarts, as she carries out her mission as Inquisitor for the Ministry of Magic.

Imelda worked closely with the film’s costume desighers. “We had a lot of fun creating this sort of little round person. It was important for her to appear soft and warm because, of course, she is neither.”

One of the film’s creepiest scenes involves her torturing Harry, whom she forces to write lines which appear etched in blood on the back of his hand.

It may be unusual for an Oscar-nominated, Olivier Award-winning actress to make such a memorable exit from a film as Staunton, who is last seen being carried off by a horde of angry centaurs, but she enjoyed every second of it. “It was very hard not to laugh all the time because it was such fun,” she says.


Original article found at Independent.ie I July 3, 2007

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Rupert Grint Drives… an ice cream van

LONDON—Rupert Grint is earning millions playing Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movie series but guess what he loves to drive around in?

An ice cream van.

Explaining that he’s always had “an interest in the ice cream industry,” Rupert said in a press con at the Claridge’s Hotel that driving a van with a kitchen and freezer at the back is “really cool.”

The shyest of the three principals in the hit film franchise, Rupert surprised us with long replies. In our previous interviews, he would mumble only one or two-sentence answers that led to occasional awkward pauses.

Goofy appeal

Still, the red-haired actor remains basically shy. This bashfulness—and the fact that he’s not as serious and driven as his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson—is what’s most endearing about Rupert. He’s also very unpretentious so his answers, though short, are sincere and charming. His revelation that he tools around in an ice cream van adds to his goofy appeal. The girls love him.

Before we run our Q and A with Rupert, let us share some quotes from Emma, whom we also interviewed. Among the three “Harry Potter” leads, Emma is the one who has changed the most, physically. While Daniel and Rupert still look boyish, Emma definitely looks like a young woman now. Her face is leaner—she looks so different, even though we saw her only less than a year ago on a set visit at the Leavesden Studios as they were filming “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

This afternoon, Emma was in a mood to talk as well. “I think every time you guys see me, I probably look different,” she said. She was on target on that one. “I’m still growing up,” she added.

When the reporters heard a toddler’s voice in the room, Emma explained, “My little sister Nina is at the back.”

Who’s going to die?
The big talk these days is on which two characters will die in the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which will be released on July 21, just over a week after “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” hits the theaters on July 11.

The topic was also on Emma’s mind. “Today, a couple of journalists told me that there’s this guy who claims to have been able to hack into J.K. Rowling’s computer,” she shared. Putting her hands on her chest, she continued, “He’s saying that Hermione is going to die. I was like, ‘Oh God, that’s awful.’ I actually found myself feeling sad. I have not really contemplated on her dying. I always had the sense that she’d make it.”

Of course, no one, except J.K. Rowling and her book printer, really know who survive in the seventh novel.

Emma does not bring up the books when she sees the author: “Whenever I see Jo (J.K.’s nickname, short for Joanne), I always try not to speak to her about the novels. I know that sounds strange but I see her as a separate person, a friend. Because I know what it feels like for people to always speak to you about ‘Harry Potter.’ Sometimes you want to be considered as a person who has a life outside of ‘Harry Potter.’ I would feel too embarrassed to ask her to sign anything for me. I don’t have anything written from her.”

Very similar

The actress is emotionally attached to her character not only because she has been playing her all these years. “Hermione and I are very similar in quite a lot of ways,” she explained. “We’re both very stubborn, determined, loyal, bossy, academic and a bit of a feminist.”

Unlike Rupert, Emma went to see Daniel and Richard Griffiths (who plays Harry’s Muggle uncle) in their play, “Equus,” which drew lots of media attention because Daniel stripped naked onstage. “Dan was brilliant,” she gushed. “I thought Richard Griffiths was also brilliant.”

Asked if she was ever infatuated with Daniel, Emma quickly answered, “I’ve never really had a crush on Dan. There are defiant elements of his personality which are very desirable. I can talk to him for hours. He’s very witty, quick, intelligent, eccentric and different.”

Catching up

Confessing to trying to catch up with Daniel’s knowledge of cinema and actors, the 17-year-old who plans to attend college revealed, “I remember Dan’s face when he learned that I didn’t know who Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) was. He looked at me like I had three heads. But I’m getting there.”

“I will take some time off after I finish the seventh movie,” she replied when queried about her plans. “I’d really like to travel.” The actress, who has French heritage, added, “I’d like to spend some time in France and pick up my French again. I’d love to do a film in France. That would be really cool.”

So far, this millionairess has not splurged on anything big. “Clothes are pretty much my biggest expenditure,” she stated. “I bought myself an Apple laptop which has my music, work and stuff. It’s my pride and joy. I guess a car will be my next thing. But my dad, who loves cars, will be bitterly disappointed that I’ll probably get a small, un-intimidating, safe car. I don’t want anything fancy.”

“No ice cream van,” she clarified with a laugh. “I’ve got Rupert for that.”

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The following are excerpts of our press con with Rupert:

I read the other day that you bought an ice cream van. Why?
I’ve always had an interest in the ice cream industry (laughter). And the ice cream van is really cool. I’ve just passed my driving test as well. The van has a freezer at the back.

Do you need a special license to drive the van?
No because it’s really small. The van has a big kitchen at the back with sinks. I’ve been driving it for about five months now. I just drive it around. It has a little bell. It plays a little tune as well.

It must be a chick magnet.
Oh yeah, definitely (laughter).

Do you still have the pickup?
I still have the 1950 Chevy pickup. I was really into classic American cars. But I can’t get insured on that. It’s too fast. So I’m just driving the ice cream van at the moment.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’ve got the ice cream van that’s keeping me busy. I play a lot of golf as well.

Do you actually make ice cream?
Oh yeah, definitely.

Do you sell it?
Not yet. There are things I have to sort out.

What’s your favorite ice cream?
I’m quite simple. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the 99 [an ice cream cone made with soft ice cream], which is quite popular here. It’s just a whippy, really. It’s like a soft vanilla ice cream with a flake.

What music do you play in the van?
I’ve got some classics. It’s really hard to find them. All I’ve got is an MP3 player that I plug in. The van has a loudspeaker. I’ve been trying to search the Internet to find some traditional ice cream [truck] tunes. I just can’t find them.

Are you worried that your character might be one of the two that will die in the final book?
It would be quite cool to have a death scene, especially if it involves a really cool battle scene. It’s going to be really sad though when it all ends. We’ve got the last two films. It’s going to be weird because these movies have been a big part of my life. I’m going to miss it. I’m really grateful because these movies allowed me to do things I’d probably never get to do otherwise. I got out of school which is quite a bonus. I’ve gone to places which I would have never gone to had these films not come my way.

Do you guys get advance copies of the “Harry Potter” books?
No. On the day the book comes out, that’s when we get it.

Do you get a chance to talk to J.K. Rowling?
Yes, she comes to the set. We talk. But she’s quite good at not giving anything away. Dan and I asked her a few questions. We actually asked her if Harry dies but she didn’t give anything away at all.

Do you plan to go to a university?
I’ve never really been big on school. I didn’t do that well on my exams. I did well in art but that was it, really—which is why I packed it in at 16 [years old]. So about going to a university, I don’t know. Maybe in the future.

For the sake of the continuity of this movie series, are you under contract not to, for example, change your hairstyle or have tattoos?
There are things we’re not allowed to do. We’re not supposed to have tattoos. I’m not allowed to have a major haircut in between films. They have control over my hair at the moment. But Warner Bros. has been good to us. They don’t really make you feel like you’re imprisoned.

Daniel had his first kissing scene in this movie. Are you frustrated that you don’t get to kiss a girl?
I’m not too frustrated about it because I did “Driving Lessons” and there was a little kiss in that. It was probably the most embarrassing moment in my life. You’re in this little set and the crew is watching. It’s not the nicest atmosphere. In the next movie, Ron gets a girlfriend so I’ll get my chance then.

Do you have a girlfriend now?
No, I don’t have any at the moment. It’s cool. I get more attention now. But it’s good fun.

How similar or different are you to Ron Weasley?
I’d like to think that I’m a little bit braver than Ron because he can be a bit of a wimp sometimes. Although I am scared of spiders as well. But in this one, Ron has moved away from his wimpy side a little bit. He attacked a few of the Death Eaters. So he’s getting there.

Can you tell us how it was filming “Driving Lessons”?
It was all right. It was different—that’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed doing that movie. It was nice to do something smaller, something without any blue screen so I could react to real things. I really enjoyed it.

Will you start collecting cars?
I’m not sure yet. I’m big into cars. I don’t know if I’m going to start collecting cars. I’ve always been pretty sensible until I had the ice cream van.

Did you see Daniel in “Equus”?
No. I didn’t get the chance to see him. I really wanted to see it. I did try to get tickets. But it was hard to get them. I heard the play was really good. It got good reviews. It was quite a brave thing for him to do. I still can’t get over it, really.

Perhaps you did not watch Daniel in “Equus” because of the nudity?
I won’t use the word scared. But I suppose…

Embarrassed?
I suppose it could have been a little awkward. It’s quite a brave role to take on. I definitely respect him for doing it. I could never, never see myself doing that at the moment.

Will you continue acting and have the ice cream business as a backup?
I will always have that as a backup, yeah. I definitely want to continue acting if I can because I really do enjoy it.


Original article found here: Inquirer.net | June 30th, 2007


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Interview with Rupert Grint

From the set in London, we chat with Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley on keeping it fresh, David Yates, the Harry Potter game, and more.

Rupert Grint is among a trio, including Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, who have portrayed the main characters in J.K. Rowling’s seven volume masterwork entitled Harry Potter. He is often portrayed as the comic relief and rather than shirk away or get tired of that reality, Grint seems happy and exactly where he wants to be. In October 2006, IGN.com was among a group who went to the set of the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to chat with Grint and others about their work on the film.

Q: This is the fifth film. How do you keep it fresh and are you still having fun doing it?

Rupert Grint: Definitely, yeah. I quite missed it when we weren’t doing it cause there are really good friends doing this. There’s a really good atmosphere on the set and that’s really why. There’s been a lot of changes on this one, new director, new writer, and that helped a lot to keep it fresh. It’s been a really good one, this one.

Q: How has David Yates’ directing felt different from previous directors?

Grint: Compared to Mike Newell, who did the fourth one, he’s completely different. Mike Newell is really loud and not afraid to swear at you, but he was really cool. David Yates is much more laid back, more quiet, he’s just really good.

Q: You had a scene here where Emma’s character smashes you up against the wall. How did you shoot that? Were you on a rig or something?

Grint: Yeah (laughs), that was really good to do, funny enough. Whenever we get to do stunts, it’s really good. They harnessed me up and basically, what they do, is they get a fat bloke to climb a ladder with a rope attached to a pulley and that sends you back. I didn’t realize that’s how they did it. That was really cool.

Q: Have you done a lot of stunts?

Grint: Yeah, there’s quite a few stunts in that scene but there’s more to come really. We’ve got the thestral stuff. They’re to do a plaster cast of my legs to make this special seat thing for riding the thestrals.

Q: Do you like to do your own stunts?

Grint: Depends on what it is really. If it’s really dodgey, I’ll probably just leave it to the professionals. Whenever we get to do a little thing, it’s really great fun.

Q: How many times did they slam you up against the wall?

Grint: Quite a few takes. Once you’ve done it once, you kind of get used to it.

Q: Did you get black and blue?

Grint: It does give you a bit of a wedgie when you go back, but apart from that it was fine.

Q: We hear that you guys got modeled for the [Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix?] game. What’s that going to be like for you?

Grint: Really cool. It’s really weird, sort of seeing yourself on the game. I play him a lot.

Q: You guys did the voice work for that one too?

Grint: No, we didn’t, which is a bit of a shame really, but it should be good.

Q: We hear that your dressing room is the one everyone hangs out in.

Grint: It’s really cool. I’ve got table tennis, darts, pool, and a really massive TV.

Q: What are your thoughts about Quidditch and Ron’s part being cut out of it?

Grint: It’s a bit of a shame. I was looking forward to doing the Quidditch, but that will come up later. There’s some really other good stuff in this one, I mean you can’t get it all in.

Q: What is your favorite scene so far or what are you looking forward to doing next?

Grint: I am looking forward to doing the thestral stuff. All of the Room of Requirement stuff is really cool.

Q: In the Hall of Prophecies, in the Ministry of Magic, it’s a fully digital set, so you’re acting in a big green warehouse? Are you apprehensive about that because there is actually not going to be anything there?

Grint: It’s going to be quite a new thing really. We’ve worked on blue screen before … so we all kind of got used to that part of it. It’s going to be quite cool. Today we’ve been doing some fighting lessons so that was quite interesting.

Q: Have you done any scenes at Grimmauld Place?

Grint: Yeah, they were really good scenes to do. All the Weasleys were together, so it was good.

Q: Have you had any scenes with Evanna?

Grint: Yeah, quite a lot. She’s really cool. There’s quite a lot of new characters in this one, actually.

Q: This is her first job so how has she been with everyone on the set?

Grint: Good really, yeah. She’s perfect for it.

Q: We talked to the twins a little and they both have ambitions behind the camera. Have you thought about that?

Grint: I haven’t really thought about that really. I want to finish the Harry Potter films definitely and I don’t know really. I did a film after the fourth one called Driving Lessons, just a new low budget thing with no special effects and that was quite interesting. I would like to do some other stuff like that so we’ll wait and see.

Q: In this film, we see you and Harry Potter make the transition into adulthood. Now that you’re older is that something you can relate to a little bit better with your character?

Grint: Yeah, definitely. It sort of makes it easier, I guess. In the last one, that played a big part as we were growing up and had all of the awkward moments in teenage life I suppose. There’s a lot more of that now.


Original article found here: IGN | June 26th, 2007

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Harry Potter 5 set visit – Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint has made a name for himself by playing Ron Weasley, the best friend of the most famous teenage wizard in the wildly popular “Harry Potter” movies. ComingSoon.net talked to Grint about what his character will do in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

ComingSoon.net: This is the fifth film. How do you keep it fresh and are you still having fun doing it?
Rupert Grint:
Definitely, yeah. I quite missed it when we weren’t doing it cause there are really good friends doing this. There’s a really good atmosphere on the set and that’s really why. There’s been a lot of changes on this one, new director, new writer, and that helped a lot to keep it fresh. It’s been a really good one, this one.

CS: How has David Yates’ directing felt different from previous directors?
Grint:
Compared to Mike Newell, who did the fourth one, he’s completely different. Mike Newell is really loud and not afraid to swear at you, but he was really cool. David Yates is much more laid back, more quiet, he’s just really good.

CS: You had a scene here where Emma’s character smashes you up against the wall. How did you shoot that? Were you on a rig or something?
Grint:
Yeah (laughs), that was really good to do, funny enough. Whenever we get to do stunts, it’s really good. They harnessed me up and basically, what they do, is they get a fat bloke to climb a ladder with a rope attached to a pulley and that sends you back. I didn’t realize that’s how they did it. That was really good?

CS: Have you done a lot of stunts?
Grint:
Yeah, there’s quite a few stunts in that scene but there’s more to come really. We’ve got the Thestral stuff. They’re to do a plaster cast of my legs to make this special seat thing for riding the Thestrals.

CS: Do you like to do your own stunts?
Grint:
Depends on what it is really. If it’s really dodgy, I’ll probably just leave it to the professionals. Whenever we get to do a little thing, it’s really great fun.

CS: How many times did they slam you up against the wall?
Grint:
Quite a few takes. Once you’ve done it once, you kind of get used to it.

CS: Did you get black and blue?
Grint:
It does give you a bit of a wedgie when you go back, but apart from that it was fine.

CS: You’re into videogaming we hear.
Grint:
I do, yeah.

CS: We hear that you guys got modeled for the game. What’s that going to be like for you?
Grint:
Really cool. It’s really weird, sort of seeing yourself on the game. I play him a lot.

CS: You guys did the voice work for that one too?
Grint:
No, we didn’t, which is a bit of a shame really, but it should be good.

CS: We hear that your dressing room is the one everyone hangs out in.
Grint:
It’s really cool. I’ve got table tennis, darts, pool, and a really massive TV.

CS: What are your thoughts about Quidditch and Ron’s part being cut out of it?
Grint:
It’s a bit of a shame. I was looking forward to doing the Quidditch, but that will come up later. There’s some really other good stuff in this one, I mean you can’t get it all in.

CS: What is your favorite scene so far or what are you looking forward to doing next?
Grint:
I am looking forward to doing the Thestral stuff. All of the Room of Requirement stuff is really cool.

CS: In the Hall of Prophecy, in the Ministry of Magic, it’s a fully digital set, so you’re acting in a big green warehouse? Are you apprehensive about that because there is actually not going to be anything there?
Grint:
It’s going to be quite a new thing really. We’ve worked on blue screen before… so we all kind of got used to that part of it. It’s going to be quite cool. Today we’ve been doing some fighting lessons so that was quite interesting.

CS: Last time we spoke, you were really into metal. What kind of music do you listen to now?
Grint:
Same stuff really. I saw the Foo Fighters a couple of months ago at Wembley arena. I like The Strokes.

CS: Have you done any scenes at Grimmauld Place?
Grint:
Yeah, they were really good scenes to do. All the Weasleys were together, so it was good.

CS: Have you had any scenes with Evanna?
Grint:
Yeah, quite a lot. She’s really cool. There’s quite a lot of new characters in this one, actually.

CS: This is her first job so how has she been with everyone on the set?
Grint:
Good really, yeah. She’s perfect for it.

CS: Did it take her a while to get into the swing of things?
Grint:
Sure, it must have been really scary because everyone knows each other. She’s fit in really well.

CS: We talked to the twins a little and they both have ambitions behind the camera. Have you thought about that?
Grint:
I haven’t really thought about that really. I want to finish the “Harry Potter” films definitely and I don’t know really. I did a film after the fourth one called “Driving Lessons,” just a new low budget thing with no special effects and that was quite interesting. I would like to do some other stuff like that so we’ll wait and see.

CS: Do you have any other non-“Harry Potter” projects that are coming up in the future?
Grint:
There’s quite a big gap now. Usually you just kind of have to try and fit it in between the films, but [after] this one we’ve got quite a big break because Dan has got a theater run. I don’t know, we’ll sort of see what comes up.

CS: Have you read the sixth book?
Grint:
Yeah, I have, yeah.

CS: What do you think about Ron’s relationship with Lavender?
Grint:
Pretty intense! It’s going to be a pretty fun, pretty interesting thing to do.

CS: When J.K. Rowling came to the set, did you get to meet her?
Grint:
Yeah, we did. She’s come out a couple times now. She’s really nice, really down to earth. There’s always a bit of excitement when she’s down.

CS: Has she ever told you things to help you understand your character?
Grint:
No, not really. Just good to sort of see her. She’s really nice and good to talk to.

CS: Has she commented on your portrayal of the character?
Grint:
No, not really, but I think she’s pleased though.

CS: In this film, we see you and Harry Potter make the transition into adulthood. Now that you’re older is that something you can relate to a little bit better with your character?
Grint:
Yeah, definitely. It sort of makes it easier, I guess. In the last one, that played a big part as we were growing up and had all of the awkward moments in teenage life I suppose. There’s a lot more of that now.


Original article found here: ComingSoon.net | June 25th, 2007


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