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Harry Potter star eyes up Eddie the Eagle

Rupert Grint is set to play the hapless ski jumper in a new film about the unlikely Olympic hero. It comes as the latest Harry Potter film smashes box office records.

The 22-year old British actor plays Ron Weasley and the current film Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows; Part Two is the final film in the movie franchise of the books.

Eddie Edwards was the first person to represent Great Britian in ski jumping and became famous around the world for coming last in the Calgary Games.

Grint is pencilled in to play the ski jumper but so far the film doesn’t have a confirmed writer or director.

“It’s a story that I really like and it’s still in the working yet. I still have faith that it will happen,” the actor told MTV News. “It’s been in kind of development for a while, but yeah, hopefully it will come up.”

We have reported on the proposed film in the past here on PlanetSKI.

A good friend of ours at PlanetSKI, the ski instructor Neal Wardman who works in Verbier, spent a day with Edddie Edwards a decade or so ago and he talked of the film being made then.

“I guided him down Tortin in half a meter of powder followed by a nice lunch at The Olympic restaurant . His skiing could be said to be “old style” but that was 10 years ago,” says Wardman.

Original article found here:| July 19th, 2011

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‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint: What’s Next?

‘I’m not sure I’m going to miss it,’ actor tells MTV News of ‘Potter.’

Rupert Grint has always been the comic relief when it comes to the Big Three actors in “Harry Potter,” but with the final film opening in theaters Friday (July 15), he is ready to spread his wings and try out some new projects.

“Anything really different, really,” Grint replied when MTV News asked him what his plans are next. “Playing the same character for 10 years really does give you this thirst for new things. I’m not sure I’m going to miss it. I am looking forward to this kind of newfound freedom. Just see where it takes me.”

He certainly seems to be trying to get away from “Potter” as much as possible. Grint’s next project is his anti-war film “Comrade,” which began filming March 28 in Norway. Directed by Petter Næss and costarring David Kross, Florian Lukas and Stig Henrik Hoff, the movie tells the story of English and German pilots who are forced to work together to survive the brutal Norwegian winter; it is a very far cry from anything Grint has done in “Potter.”

After that, his next project is looking more and more likely to be “Eddie the Eagle,” a biopic about British skier Eddie Edwards, the first competitor to represent the U.K. in Olympic ski jumping. Though it still doesn’t have a writer or director attached, Grint is optimistic that production will get under way soon.

“It’s a story that I really like and it’s still in the working yet. I still have faith that it will happen,” he told MTV News. “It’s been in kind of development for a while, but yeah, hopefully it will come up.”

Of all the “Potter” stars, Grint has been the one to have the most big-screen experience. In 2002 he starred in the children’s comedy “Thunderpants,” then followed it up with 2006’s dramedy “Driving Lessons.” Somehow he managed to find time over the past few years during his busy “Potter” shooting schedule to squeeze out two 2010 releases as well: “Cherrybomb” and “Wild Target.”

And the fans respect him for it. When MTV’s Next Movie site ran a recent poll asking readers who they thought would be the most successful “Potter” star, Grint won by a whopping 43 percent. If that doesn’t work out, though, he always has a side career as an ice cream man.

Original article found here:| July 18th, 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.


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

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Rupert Grint ‘excited’ to play ski star Eddie the Eagle

Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint says he’s excited about playing 80s skiing star Eddie the Eagle in a new film.

The movie tells the story of Eddie The Eagle Edwards, a UK ski jumper who entered the 1988 Winter Olympics coming last in both the 70m and 90m events.

But despite his failure, Eddie gained worldwide fame, becoming a cult figure.

“He’s an amazing guy and it’s a great story as well. I’m really excited about it, it’s a really good character and should be really fun,” Grint said.

“I’ve never skied in my life so maybe that will be a good thing, and maybe not.

“What he did was amazing, when you see these jumps in real life, they’re just terrifying.

“He was quite blind as well, so that probably helped him a bit,” the 22-year-old added.

Alan Partridge star Steve Coogan had originally been earmarked for the role of Eddie The Eagle.

Original article found here: BBC Newsbeat | February 22nd, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Having shot to global stardom at age 11, Rupert hasn’t lived a particularly normal teenage life, but just half-an-hour into Cherrybomb it’s obvious his Potter days haven’t kept him sheltered from Skins-style teenage mayhem.’s NIKKI BARR sat down for a quick chat with Rupert about sex scenes, Potter parties and strange fan mail….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How has filming the last few scenes been?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Rupert Grint Is A ‘Wild Target’ As This Week’s Hump Day Hottie

Rupert Grint, the ginger-haired star of the “Harry Potter” franchise, won our hearts as Ron Weasley, but really, he’s so much more than just a teen witch. He’s managed to sneak in all sorts of projects while still maintaining his blockbuster star status in the “Harry Potter” flicks. So before “Potter” madness really takes over the world, we’re naming him this week’s Hump Day Hottie.

Vital stats: The 22-year-old Brit got his start on the stage and had never appeared on camera before “Harry Potter.” He grew up in the magical-sounding land of Hertfordshire and comes from a rather large family: He’s got one brother and three sisters. He’s the oldest.

Where you might have already seen him: He’s probably best known for his work in the “Harry Potter” movies, but he’s managed to pepper in a number of other projects since the first film hit theaters in 2001. His other credits include parts in “Thunderpants,” “Driving Lessons” and “Cherry Bomb.”

Why you should take notice of him now: Well, he’s got the first half of the final “Harry Potter” flick, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” hitting theaters this November. But this week, fans can check him out in his Emily Blunt co-starring film, “Wild Target,” about a hitman who gets called back into the game thanks to a beautiful thief. Also, he’s got the second “Deathly Hallows” out next year, as well as “Eddie The Eagle.”

Original article found here: Hollywood Crush MTV | October 27th, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original article found here: Telegraph | August 22, 2010

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Harry Potter star Grint says new film ‘quite scary’

Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint has admitted that he found the idea of working on another movie set “scary” after working on the blockbuster series for so long.

The 21-year-old was talking ahead of the release of new comedy Wild Target, which he stars in with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.

He told Newsbeat: “It was quite an intimidating prospect to be on another set really, away from a crew that I’d grown up with.

“To be out of that bubble was quite scary.”

As for the Harry Potter films: “We’re kind of approaching the end now. We’re going to have to face the real world.

“It’s quite a weird thought. I never imagined what it would feel like to finish.”

Rupert’s co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the wizard movies, admitted on Sunday (13 June) that he was also finding the end of filming emotional.

‘Crying a lot’

He said: “It was pretty devastating to be honest. It was really, really sad.

“Me, Rupert and Emma were all just… and most of the crew, you know, crying quite a lot.”
Daniel Radcliffe Daniel admitted on Sunday that the cast cried at the end of filming

You’d think that after all those years playing Ron Weasley, Rupert might at least have been able to gather up a couple of souvenirs from the set, but he admits he’s never been that successful.

He said: “I took the golden egg that was in the fourth film – a dragon egg. Apparently it was worth a few thousand dollars.

“I put it in a pillowcase, it was with James Oliver, it was a joint effort. But they tracked it down and got it off us.

“A wand I think would be nice to keep. They don’t really like things going away from the set.”
Famous fans

With the end of filming fast approaching Rupert says there are plans for a massive party for the 2,000-odd people involved with the movies.

And as the hugely successful franchise drew to a close, loads of famous faces managed to wing tours of the set – including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Winslet, and even US President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle.
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe Rupert Grint with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson when it all began

Rupert said: “She was great. It was one of her daughter’s birthdays and they did this big kind of ceremony and we had loads of cupcakes.

“It was quite a surreal day.”

Kaiser Chiefs are also huge fans of the film – especially Ricky – and they earnt themselves background parts in the last film.

“At the beginning they were really excited. I think they were there for like four days in the end.

“They were literally just in the back standing by some lifts in the Ministry of Magic. They got over it pretty quickly – it wore off,” Rupert said.

With Wild Target already under his belt, Rupert might want to chill out and enjoy some of the small fortune he’s earnt.

A recent list rated him as the fourth richest actor under 30 living in the UK, which he described as “cool”, even though he says he’s never been really extravagant.

He added: “I’m never really that aware of money because I’ve never really been that involved with it because my Dad’s always dealt with it.”

So what’s next for Rupert, apart from trying to master the banjo and the accordion?

He said: “It’ll be nice to have to a bit of free time as well – a bit of freedom because it has been constant working since I was 10.

“So it’ll be nice to just stop and chill out a bit.”

Wild Target is released in UK cinemas on 18 June, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is out in the UK on 19 November.

Original article found here: BBC Newsbeat | June 15, 2010

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