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Grint on target for life after Potter

Unlike his famous screen alter-ego Ron Weasley, Rupert Grint is the epitome of laid-back cool.

Dressed in a rumpled T-shirt printed with Mozart’s face, Acne jeans and Converses, he grins as he shakes my hand, then ruffles his fingers through his tousled red hair.

“I do get recognised quite often – it’s pretty much every day,” he reveals. “I think my hair colour stands out. People kinda look at me anyway.”

The 21-year-old adds: “It’s quite a strange thing, it’s built up gradually. I’m not completely used to it yet, but people are always really nice so it’s never a problem.”
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We’re meeting today not to talk about his Harry Potter exploits, but rather his new film Wild Target.

“It is nice not to be talking about Potter. Definitely,” he says, smiling.

That doesn’t mean he’s not willing to speak of his wizarding days, which have propelled him and co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson to superstardom since the blockbuster film franchise began in 2001.

While the trio are reported to be among Hollywood’s highest earners under the age of 25, any discussion of this is firmly off the table, with his publicist quickly stepping in to declare the topic off-limits.

Grint – known as Harry Potter’s trusty sidekick Ron – has recently finished filming the final scenes for the two-part finale, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

“We’ve been at this one since February 2009 so it’s been a really long shoot. I wished it was quicker but then we didn’t want the last few months to end,” he says.

“It’s going to be a very different Harry Potter film. I think it’s going to be a great way to end.”

The Essex-born actor – who now lives in Hertfordshire – filmed Wild Target in London and the Isle of Man in 2008 during a “rare break” after the sixth film in the series, Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince. He had also just completed British drama Cherrybomb.

He is amazed at the speed Wild Target came together, in comparison to his previous movies.

“It was about six weeks. It’s such a different world to work in,” he says.

“I learnt a lot doing both these films. Everything matters a lot more because of the lower budget.

“We didn’t have the benefit of what Potter has to keep going and going – we had a time limit that put more pressure on you but also made you more into it.”

In the action comedy caper, which also stars Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Martin Freeman, Grint gets to swap his magic wand for a gun, as apprentice hitman Tony. He shadows uptight assassin Victor (Nighy) after they save the life of hapless victim Rose (Blunt).

Now that’s one way of breaking out of the Weasley mould.

“The guns appealed to me quite a bit – it was refreshing, and very unlike Ron. All the action stuff – the car chase too – was really fun,” he says.

Not only does he get to fire a gun (minus real bullets), he also had to learn how to dismantle one.

“I remember really looking forward to it but they are really intimidating. I wasn’t prepared for how powerful and loud they are,” he admits.

“There’s a scene where I also had to assemble a gun blind-folded so I had to learn how the gun comes apart and put it together again. That’s quite useful, I suppose – if I need to do it again, I could,” he adds, grinning.

Grint underwent some gun training in preparation for the role.

“We went to a shooting range to fire real bullets at targets. It was really quite cool to do, but so difficult. I don’t know how people do it,” he says.

In his two non-Potter films, Grint has proved his desire to shake off Ron’s goody-two-shoes image, by taking off his clothes. The actor, who is currently single, bares all in a love scene in Cherrybomb, and reveals himself to Nighy in Wild Target.

“In Harry Potter it was just a kiss, really. It was suggestive more than anything. This was a lot more intimate,” he says of the Cherrybomb episode. “It was quite nerve-wracking.”

He admits he was red-faced at being naked in front of Nighy: “It’s quite embarrassing. Thankfully there weren’t many people on set – just me and Bill. He didn’t really say very much, but yes, it did feel just a bit uncomfortable for the both of us.”

Grint later had to come face-to-face with the legendary actor on the set of Harry Potter, when Nighy played Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour.

“He’s brilliant. You pick up a lot, just from working with him. He’s very calm, gentle and hilarious as well, so we had a lot of fun,” he says.

As the famous wizarding films come to a conclusion, with the first of the two-part finale hitting the big screen this November, it’s no surprise that Grint is considering his post-Potter future.

“As we’re closing to an end now, we’re about to step out into the real world, which is quite a scary thought,” he reveals.

“We’re looking to keep going and find different roles and a way to escape getting typecast. But with Ron, I think I’ll be OK.”

He has already signed on to play record-breaking ski jumper Eddie ’The Eagle’ Edwards in a biopic about his life, although filming hasn’t begun yet.

“I’m quite looking forward to that. He’s a big character and quite funny. It’s still early stages though, it’s not completely final yet,” he says.

“The whole story is inspiring because he’s the classic underdog and he actually did amazing things. He set the British record at the time. He’s just got so much guts.”

Grint, who never thought of acting as a career before Harry Potter changed his life, is open to offers.

“I’d do literally anything. Anything that’s quite different with big characters would be good. Someone dark and insane would be quite cool,” he adds.

He could see himself treading the theatre boards like Harry Potter co-star Daniel, but has some hesitations.

“I’d like to do some stage in the future, definitely, because it seems like you get a lot of satisfaction – probably not naked or singing though,” he says.

“It just seems like a massive step and it’s a different craft because you only get one chance.

“At the moment, I’m just looking at other stuff. I’ll probably take some time off, catch up with friends and have some freedom. Then see what happens and take it as it comes.”

Wild Target will be released in cinemas on Friday June 18

EXTRA TIME – RUPERT GRINT

Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, on August 24, 1988, but raised in Watton-at-Stone in Hertfordshire.

He acted in school plays and joined the after-school drama club, before applying for the role of Ron Weasley through Newsround: “I didn’t even realise it could be a job. It was all a bit of a fluke.”

Grint is the proud owner of a fully-functioning 1970s ice-cream van: “I got it on eBay. I don’t drive it anymore because you get a lot of people queueing up for ice-cream and I don’t have it always stocked up.”

He would like to play an instrument: “I’ve been trying to learn the banjo for a long time now, and the guitar, but it’s really hard.”

He also draws in his spare time: “I’ve always been into art. I’ve done a few paintings which are auctioned off for charity.”


Original article found here: Telegraph | June 8, 2010

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The journalists are waiting for you to do something controversial, like the typical child star, says Rupert Grint

As Harry Potter fans everywhere begin to mourn the end of the series of films, Rupert Grint steps away from the role that made him famous half his life ago, and takes on a new challenge as a teenager caught in a whirlwind of sex, drink, drugs and crime.

“It’s a story about two teenagers growing up in Belfast who have quite a mundane life. An exotic girl meets them, they both fall for her and she’s attracted to the bad boy image, so they both have to try to impress her.”

The film has already been compared to Skins, so Rupert understands how the culture has been criticized for promoting a rebellious lifestyle to teens: “It’s quite a realistic portrayal of young people” on both skins and the film “But it’s probably a bit darker.”

As Rupert has spent the last decade in the limelight, he feels that kind of rebellion is something he’s had to sacrifice, but he doesn’t regret it, describing the last few years as amazing and showing obvious gratitude for the opportunities the fame has given him.

When asked if he feels a responsibility to act as a role model to young people, in his trademark laid-back manner he responds: “Yeah, kind of, I’m not too conscious of it. I do feel like I just have to behave and not be too controversial.” “Going out in London is hard to do, it’s the celebrity thing I don’t really buy into. You feel like the journalists are waiting for you to do something controversial like the typical child star.”

Yet, all three starlets made it through their teen years managing to avoid any of the typical revolt we’ve come to expect from child stars, and they’re all still friends. “I went to Reading (festival) last year with Dan (Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry Potter). Going to go again this year as well, should be fun…I’m really into Arcade Fire at the moment.”

Following in the footsteps of his co-star, Rupert tackles a more adult role in Cherrybomb, with his first sex scene:

“It’s weird, really weird. Nothing prepares you for how awkward it’s gonna be. Half naked in a room – and we filmed it in someone’s house as well, with all their sheets and everything which was quite strange! But yeah, it was fine, fortunately it wasn’t a scene which was too graphic, kind of more suggestive and a bit more abstract so it was a bit easier to kind of handle. Yeah, now I’ve done it I know what I’m in for!”

“It was the first kind of real, adult role for me really so I was quite nervous about it. It did felt like a massive step, as it’s kind of away from home. We filmed it in Belfast, out of the whole comfort bubble of Harry Potter really, as I’ve known everyone there for all my life. Had to speak with a different accent, so yeah everything felt different and it took me a while to adjust to that.”

Having commented in the past about concerns that his acting might not measure up, he’s developed a new-found confidence about his abilities on entering his twenties: “When you’re working with people that have been classically and professionally trained, it makes you feel a bit…I don’t know. I’ve definitely, I’ve gained confidence really, just the more you do.”

With the final instalment of Potter films split into two parts, fans can expect a darker turn in the series “The next Harry Potter is quite a challenge, more complicated with more challenging things to do in it, so it did make me feel a bit nervous.” The first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is out in November, and the second is due in July 2011.

As this had made him his fortune, you might expect Rupert to be concerned about the work drying up, but he seems to take everything in his stride. His next project in the pipeline, will see his tackling the role of Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the British ski-jumping record holder who became a legend for finishing last in the 1988 Winter Olympics. “He’s quite a crazy character so that would be fun, it’s not definite though, still quite early.”

“I wouldn’t mind a break, though, I haven’t had a free year for like 10 years.”

He speaks of the beginning of his career as stumbling into acting. “It’s such a hard industry to get into, kind of relies on lucky breaks. I got into it on such a fluke. I just sent in a performance to Newsround.” Rupert stood out from the crowd by sending in a video of himself rapping about the character of Ron Weasley, who he was auditioning for.

He then went to school on and off for about a year, mainly returning for exams. “I was never really the most academic person at school, there was nothing there that filled me with any passion really… I still have friends from there though. Most of my friends are from my primary school.”

Naturally, there is some concern about fans befriending him for his name:

“Some people do try and be friends because of the fame. You get used to handling people like that, they’re quite easy to spot. It’s a shame you have to be careful with everyone coz’ you just can’t trust everyone. I don’t really ever let it stifle me, though.”

It’s still difficult to think of Rupert as separate from the awkward Ron Weasley he has portrayed for so many years, but he is quite different from the character. He has obviously matured without following any sort of rebellious path that so many other child stars enter as a result of having fame so young. But Rupert seems grounded, unconcerned about maintaining a celebrity status, and genuinely interested in attempting new acting challenges. Released tomorrow, Cherrybomb sees him take on his first role so far removed from anything we’ve seen from the young actor before, and only time will tell if he can maintain a career getting roles that avoid typecasting him from the plucky young wizard his fans have grown up with.


Original article found here: The Independent | April 22, 2010

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Eddie The Eagle Talks Rupert Grint!

Goodbye to groupies, hello plastic surgery… Meet the all-new Eddie the Eagle

Goodness. What has Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards done with his Olympic spirit?

For a minute it’s starting to sound as if he’s packed it away with his Mr Magoo glasses, all those ‘hardly worn’ ski-suits and the medal he got for taking part in the most famous games on earth.

As the next generation of Olympic hopefuls take to the slopes in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games this weekend, he’s back home in Britain, in a not dissimilar climate.

We have been discussing our very own oddly Arctic conditions and I assume he’s spent the past few months flinging himself from great snowy heights, possibly to Mrs Eddie Edwards’s great irritation. Not so, apparently.

‘We live in Stroud, in the valley, so yes, there has been some great snow. My wife keeps looking out, saying: “Why don’t you go and have a ski today?” I say: “it would be’ nice, but…” ‘

But what? ‘Well, I could start at the top of the common and ski all the way down into Stroud, which is a mile and a half, but then I’d have to walk all the way back up again, wouldn’t I? If I feel like a ski, I’d sooner go to the artificial slope in Gloucester, because then I can get the lift back up.

‘Once I was out at the slope every night. Now, not so much. I’ve got mortgages, two little girls, my wife. I mostly ski for promotional stuff, just a quick down-the-slope for the cameras.’

It’s more than 20 years since Eddie stood atop a ski-slope in Calgary in a borrowed ski-suit and battered skis but with the hopes – and astonishment – of the nation on his shoulders.

Of course, he came last, and by some margin, but could anyone else have come last with such aplomb?

Today, Eddie remains one of our best-loved Olympians, up there with Sir Steve Redgrave in terms of affection, if not sporting prowess.

People do insist on remembering him as our greatest-ever loser, but as he points out: ‘How can I be the loser when I’m the one who is remembered. How many people actually know who won the gold?”

Well, the name – and his image, hurtling down that slope, glasses steamed up to the point that he couldn’t see – may be unforgettable, but the face is no longer recognisable.

The man who greets me at the door doesn’t look anything like Eddie the Eagle and confirms he is Eddie only after I tell him who I am.

If I were not a journalist, he would be ‘Michael’, which is his real name (‘Well Michael the Eagle wouldn’t have worked, would it?’ he points out, helpfully), and the one he uses with clients.

Many, it seems, don’t actually know they are having their loft extensions done by a bona fide Olympic hero, and it’s not just down to the fact that he pitches up for work in overalls, rather than salopettes.

Physically he’s undergone a transformation. A few years back he had an operation to reset that famously prominent lower jaw, after his dentist convinced him there really was no need to go through life unable to chew properly (‘I had to tear like this rather than bite like this,’ he says, demonstrating nimbly on a teacake).

Those bottle-bottom glasses are also long gone. A company specialising in laser surgery offered him free treatment, on account of his celebrity, and he was, again, happy to oblige.

‘I’ve kept them, though, and I will put them on if people want it. People expect to see me in them. It’s daft really, because I can’t see through them, but, I don’t like to disappoint.’

He seems to have acquired a taste for self-improvement. Later this year, he tells me with a grin, he is off to Budapest to get his teeth ‘done’.

Somehow Eddie’s face – open, regular, balanced – now fits his personality. He’s not quite as kooky or as vacant as his features once seemed to suggest. And with teeth the colour of snowcaps, he’ll be positively dashing.

I tell him if he were an Olympic competitor today, he would be fighting the women off. He giggles, and says he always was, even with the glasses.

‘Yeah, yeah, I had a number of marriage proposals, all that stuff. Women used to write to me and say: “If you are ever in the Birmingham area, pop over.” Weird. Sadly my sister used to run my fan club, so I never saw a lot of those. She whisked them out!

‘There were also a lot of women in nightclubs when I was doing personal appearances. That was crazy. Before, I’d never once talked to a woman in a nightclub. It just wouldn’t have happened.

I’d always been able to ski up to them on a ski-slope – I was always more confident there – but in a bar, never. Suddenly, they were approaching ME.’

He shakes his head and takes a schlurp of tea. At the risk of being intrusive, did he partake?

‘Not as much as I should have done,’ he grins. ‘I had a girlfriend at the time of the Olympics and when that ended, I did have a few one-night stands, but maybe five, tops, in all that time.

‘Not that I even saw them as onenight stands. They were always girls I would have seen again, if I hadn’t heading off to do another PR appearance. I think I always had too much respect for them to be a love-’em-andleaveem type.’ And he wonders why some never considered him a proper sporting legend?

He met his wife Sam while working as a part-time radio presenter and, bizarrely enough, studying for a law degree. She was his co-presenter.

They married in Vegas in 2003, in a drive-through ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel. Clearly, by then, Eddie had developed a taste for the glitz.

‘She knew all about me, but I think she was relieved to find out that I wasn’t the sort of person people assume I must be.’

The myth always was that Eddie the Eagle was a joke, a geeky nobody from a country with no snow who somehow tricked his way into the Olympics and wasn’t found out until he was at the top of a ski-slope, with the eyes of the world on him.

It wasn’t quite that far-fetched, of course. Eddie had started skiing at the age of 13, on a school trip and had been good enough to compete internationally. Desperate to compete in the Olympics, he switched to the less-crowded sport of ski-jumping, despite the fact that there were, er, no ski jumps in Britain.

He first represented Great Britain at the 1987 World Championships, on account of the fact that there was no one else, and was ranked 55th in the world. This performance qualified him, as the sole British applicant, for the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jumping competition.

Aware early on in Calgary that his novelty could make him some money – he had no sponsorship and couldn’t afford ski boots, hence the famous six pairs of socks inside his borrowed ones – he decided to indulge the British Press.

‘The interest started building about this mad Brit, so I made a big deal about being scared at the top of that big slope. It was true. I defy anyone up there and not terrified, but the point is I wasn’t scared enough to stop doing it.’

He was an overnight media star, all the more so when he arrived for his first press conference and found his way barred by a security guard.

‘He said: “You don’t look like an Olympic athlete,” and wouldn’t let me in. The media loved that.’

After Calgary, Eddie the Eagle was suddenly big business. There were international appearances, including one on the Johnny Carson show.

He says he was never proud. He dressed up as a chicken for a promotional job, because the client hadn’t been able to find an eagle costume. ‘Once I was making £10,000 for an hour’s work, but there have been years where my promotional stuff has brought in only a few hundred. I’m not daft. I always say my first job is my building trade. The rest comes and goes.’

And how. It continues to irk that, despite regarding himself as a particularly canny person, he was declared bankrupt in 1992. He blamed those who ran a trust fund on his behalf, claiming mismanagement meant money which should have been set aside for tax was not, meaning he could not meet the taxman’s bill.

Furious, he set about suing his trustees for negligence, and eventually reaching an out-of-court settlement. ‘I only got back maybe 30 per cent of the money but it was the principle that was important,’ he says. ‘What really peeved me, was I knew people would be thinking: “Oh, he is a loser with money as well as in sport.” It just wasn’t the case.’

What’s remarkable is he went back to school to fight this case, taking first GCSEs and A-levels, then a law degree. That shows doggedness, I venture. ‘Oh yes. When I want to do something I will get my head down and get on with it. I’ve always been like that.’

How his stubbornness must have dismayed the sports industry bigwigs, whom, he claims, ‘still hate me’. ‘They are still embarrassed by me. They say it wasn’t right that a guy who came 58th should get more attention than the guy who won the event. They thought I was making a mockery of the sport, bringing it into disrepute.’

Still, he travelled to Winnipeg last month to carry the Olympic torch for the opening ceremony of these games. Surely wounds had healed?

‘No, it was the Canadian tourist authorities who invited me to do that. I’m still persona non grata with the Olympic ones, and the British Ski Federation for that matter. That makes it all the better when I get invited to do these things. It’s another stick in their ribs to say: ‘I’m still around, you can’t get rid of me.’

And he really isn’t going to go away. Indeed, the Eddie The Eagle story could soon be brought to the big screen, starring Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films. ‘He can’t start filming until he is clear of his Harry Potter commitments, and with everything I won’t believe it until it actually happens, but I’m quite excited,’ says Eddie.

‘The script is about more than just laughing at me. It’s looking at what I did, and what it meant. It’s about life as well as the Olympics.

‘Is it all about winning? Of course not. Even today, I always say it was never about medals. I don’t even have my participation medal on display. My gold medal was the taking part, and that will never leave me.’

And it helps, presumably, that Rupert Grint is a genuine heartthrob, almost handsome, in a certain snow-bright light? ‘Oh yes,’ he laughs. ‘That is most excellent casting.’


Original article found here at Daily Mail I February 12, 2010

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Eddie The Eagle Misc Buzz and Quotes

Late last year we reported that Rupert Grint would be taking on a new role as the infamous ski jumping legend Michael Edwards better known as Eddie The Eagle.  Well Eddie recently attended the Vancouver Games in Canada to carry the torch but he also  finally mentioned the film and his excitement to receive the script which should be headed his way in the next couple of months.

This from CBC news.

Edwards also noted that a feature-length movie about his experience in 1988 is in the works.

“I’m going to be receiving a script within the next two months and I think they want to start filming towards the end of the year,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I loved Cool Runnings, the film about the Jamaican bobsled team that was also at Calgary. And I’m really looking forward to having this movie being made about my life.”

The NY Times also has published the news…

He may, however, be poised for something of a comeback. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, has been cast as Edwards in an upcoming film about his life.

Also the Canadian Press has a more in depth interview with Eddie in which he discusses a lot of the hardships he faced on his way to Calgary. He reveals how he had to sleep in the car, cow sheds and even a mental hospital to get by… At times he had to scrape food out of bins and had to beg, borrow and steal equipment. It was a real struggle he says. Read more here.

And last but not least we’ve just heard from Rupert’s reps that official news on Rupert’s involvement will be released as soon as they are given the green light. Exciting isn’t it?


Original article found here at Rupert-Grint.Us I January 7th, 2010

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Irish Director Makes Leap of Faith in Casting For ‘Eagle’ Biopic

Irish director makes leap of faith in casting for ‘Eagle’ biopic

BAFTA-award-winning Irish director Declan Lowney looks set to hit the big time after securing Harry Potter star Rupert Grint to play the lead role in a $15m comedy biopic about British ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, the unlikely hero of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Grint, who plays cheeky Ron Weasley in the Potter films, will take on the role of Edwards in the story of the Eagle’s disastrous Olympic adventure, in which he came last in both the 70m and 90m ski-jump categories.

“The film is really about triumph over adversity. Every single obstacle was put in this guy’s way and yet he still managed to make it to the Winter Olympics,” said Wexford-born Lowney.

Originally Steve Coogan was down to play the part but has now been replaced by Grint.

“I met Rupert for the first time last week and the deal is done. He’s got to film two new Harry Potter movies back to back before we start shooting with him next year.”

You can be sure Grint won’t look anything like the real Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards in the film.
That’s because the skier went under the knife last year for a TV show to have his trademark protruding jaw reduced in size and no longer wears his trademark goggle glasses.


Original article found at Tribune.IE | November 22nd, 2009

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Eagle has landed for Harry Potter Star

1 November 2009
Eagle has landed for Harry Potter star Rupert Grint
Robert Kellaway

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is set to play Olympic ski-jump buffoon Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards.

Rupert, 21 – Ron Weasley in the Potter films – was put up for the part after comic Steve Coogan pulled out.

The script for the Eagle biopic was commissioned 10 years ago but the movie is now in pre-production.

A spokeswoman for Rupert confirmed he had been sent the script.

She added: “It’s an exciting project but it’s very early days yet.”

Plasterer Eddie, of Stroud, Gloucs, became a worldwide sensation at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada.

His glasses fogged up before each jump and he came last by a mile after a series of hair-raising leaps that left crowds gasping.

In fact he was so dire Olympic chiefs changed the rules to ban no-hopers from future games.


Original article found at People.Co.UK| November 1st 2009

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