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Farewell to a very British success story

Emma Watson grins broadly as she greets Rupert Grint, tottering towards the bar in her Rafael Lopez frock and vertiginous black heels. As they hug, he keeps a steady, protective arm on her.

Meanwhile, Julie Walters is standing by the bar, hugging a towering Robbie Coltrane, while Jason Isaacs and Matt Lewis are enthusiastically posing for pictures.

Looking around, this will probably be the last time the top-drawer cast of Harry Potter – which boasts a raft of Scottish actors including north-east natives Sean Biggerstaff, from Elgin (Oliver Wood), Peter Mullan, from Peterhead (Yaxley) and Shirley Henderson, from Forres (Moaning Myrtle) – are in the same room together, now that the 10-year saga is coming to an end. Daniel Radcliffe is notably absent, due to his Broadway theatre commitments in New York.

Besides the wrap party and the premiere, tonight’s cocktails at the new St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel mark a farewell to the series that has turned many of the cast, with the exception of veterans such as Julie, Robbie, Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon, into household names. They’re all fiercely proud of the films.

“I’m glad you didn’t call it a franchise,” said Jason, 48. The Liverpudlian, who portrays villain Lucius Malfoy, continued: “It always upsets me when I hear that because it sounds like someone selling burgers.

“This is one story that’s taken 10 years to tell so beautifully, and with such care, and there isn’t one drop of cynicism in anyone’s participation.”

Robbie – as Rubeus Hagrid – added in his deep voice: “It really ticks me off when people talk about Harry Potter as a franchise. This is about seven years in a boy’s life.”

The last instalment, directed by David Yates, sees the epic battle between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) head towards its earth-shattering conclusion.

All the actors are unsurprisingly sad that the series has reached the end. “We’ve become emotionally tied into it,” says 61-year-old Robbie.

“It’s the first time in my entire career I’ve played a thoroughly good man – a bit of acting was required there,” he quipped, with a hearty laugh.

“Something strangely wonderful has come to an end – am I being terribly sentimental?”

The seven films, based on J. K. Rowling’s best-selling books, have become the highest-grossing film series of all time and a multi-billion pound business, giving Bond a run for his money.

Working its spellbinding magic on the British film industry, particularly within the special effects arena, the saga has left a lasting legacy, proving it is a force to be reckoned with.

“The most remarkable thing David Heyman and Jo Rowling did was to say at the beginning, ‘This will stay in Britain and will be British’,” recalled director David, flanked by producers David Heyman and David Barron.

“This very complicated special effects work would normally be given to American counterparts, but it stayed in England – and the States now sends its work here.”

He added: “It’s created such an infrastructure that will be sorely missed. It will be very hard to follow Potter’s kinetic power – lightning doesn’t strike twice.”

David believes the success of Potter is down to the relatable themes. “It’s about love, death, loss, friendship and loyalty,” he said.

“We all know characters like Harry, Ron and Hermione, we’ve all had teachers like Dumbledore, Snape and Lupin, and haven’t known too many Voldemorts, I hope.

“When it began, I had no idea that 10 years on we’d be sitting here. I hoped it would be another Railway Children or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It’s better than I could ever have imagined.”

It’s time to ask Emma – aka Hermione Granger – about her alter ego. “She’s been like a sister, and when people ask what I’ll miss the most, I will actually miss just being her,” said the 21-year-old.

“Hermione is such an incredible young woman, so growing up alongside her definitely made me a better person. I feel so privileged to have played her.”

Rupert, 22, who plays Ron Weasley, added: “Ron has been such a constant part of my life. So it’s weird. Especially this week it’s hit me, because those posters say, ‘It all ends now’. It’s really final.”

In the grand finale, Emma gets to lock lips with Rupert after previously kissing Daniel, as Harry, in the first part.

Asked to compare the two, she looks bashfully over at Rupert and blushes before giving an embarrassed laugh and saying: “I should have seen this one coming. It’s really difficult, as I’ve got to be diplomatic. At least Dan isn’t here so that makes it easier.

“Kissing Dan for that scene was very awkward, as I was half-naked and covered in paint. Kissing Rupert was equally awkward and weird, because we had just been soaked by an enormous bucket of water.

“Once you’ve done it four or five times, kissing gets quite boring.”

For Ralph, 48, best known for playing baddies like Nazi war criminal Amon Goth in Schindler’s List, Red Dragon’s serial killer Francis Dolarhyde and god of the underworld Hades in Clash Of The Titans, playing super-villain Lord Voldemort has been an unexpected pleasure.

“It’s been a wonderful part to play, a high-definition villain, and I’ve loved it as much as I’ve loved working with everyone here,” he said.

“Mostly, I don’t get recognised because I have my own nose and a full head of hair.”

The bane of his filming life was the Dark Lord’s heavy robes, as he admitted: “It’s an irritating costume as it was too long and I would trip over it.”

But the outfit also brought humour. “I started wearing tights underneath, and the gusset would drop down between my thighs and make it difficult to walk with any kind of dignity. So I cut them and turned them into garters. When the stunt team were getting too macho, I would lift up the robes and tease them with my inner thighs.”

As fans mourn the ending of Harry’s magical adventures, Emma is already trying to summon up a spell to reunite her with her screen “brothers” Rupert and Daniel.

“I really hope we’ll find a way to work together again. We’re already scheming,” she teased.

But could there be a new generation of Potter-likes in the future? Not so, according to the film-makers.

“Jo has no plans to write another Harry Potter book. I mean, Harry at the age of 23 going to business school?” said producer David Heyman.

Director David added: “There’s a time and place for certain stories and this series sits uniquely in this period of time. It would be a shame to try to recreate or continue them.”

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is now playing at cinemas nationwide.

5,800 – The number of times make-up artists painted Harry Potter’s scar on the head of Daniel and his various stunt doubles.

588 – The number of sets created for the films.

160 – The number of pairs of glasses worn by Daniel during filming.

70 – The number of wands used by Daniel during filming.


Original article found here: pressandjournal.co.uk| July 16th, 2011

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Rupert Grint gets sent pyjamas by fans

Rupert has played the affable and wisecracking character Ron Weasley in Harry Potter since the film series began in 2001. While his co-star Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson get deluged by fan mail Rupert was stunned to find that his presents mainly consist of pyjamas, and he has racked his brain in an effort to figure out why.

“It depends where you go. There are crazy people everywhere,” he told Bliss. “America is probably the favourite place for that. I do get sent pyjamas a lot, which is quite interesting.”

In a bid to avoid typecasting Rupert is keen to play someone miles away from Ron, and was once linked to starring in a biopic of infamous flop skier Eddie the Eagle.

“Doing something completely different does sound quite appealing, maybe playing someone not even ginger! I’m quite up for changing my hair colour,” he explained. Someone a bit evil, a bit crazy. I’d quite like to play a big character.”


Original article found here: musicrooms.net| July 16th, 2011

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‘Harry Potter’ Finale: Why Did Rupert Grint Walk Out?


Spoiler alert: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” is a tearjerker.

While fans already expect to walk into the theater Friday with a box of tissues in hand, the “Potter” stars were a bit surprised to find that watching the final film in the series could bring them to tears — or at least make them choke up. Viewers will likely find the movie emotional on two levels, because the story itself has tragic elements and because its release marks the end of a decade-long film series.

Even though the actors finished filming the movie more than a year ago, they said there were still scenes in “Deathly Hallows, Part 2” that made them fight back tears. Rupert Grint said that, despite the fact he’s seen the movie twice, he had to walk out of the theater during the London premiere last week.

“I caught a bit. It is really sad,” he told MTV News.”There’s a scene where all three of us are on the bridge after the battle, the castle is on fire … there’s a weird parallel between that and our lives. That always gets me.”

For Tom Felton, it was the epilogue scene that concludes the movie that almost brought him to tears. That scene has especial emotional resonance for him because his real-life girlfriend, Jade Olivia, plays the wife of his character Draco in the flash-forward sequence. But it was actually Daniel Radcliffe’s scene between Harry and his children at King’s Cross station that affected him the most.

“There was something really nice about seeing Daniel with his kids at the end. I really thought Daniel did a marvelous job of being older. I got a bit emotional about that,” Felton said. “Even though it’s funny, it was really quite sad to think that, ‘Christ, our lives have flashed before our eyes. We’re old!’ ”

Radcliffe also told MTV News that he found scenes in the film “heartbreaking,” especially Alan Rickman’s performance during Severus Snape’s flashback sequence.

Beyond the film, Felton said he nearly cried during Radcliffe, Grint and Emma Watson’s heartfelt goodbye speeches at the London premiere last week. He had to talk himself through it, saying, “Just keep it together, Tom, just keep it together,” but according to the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” actor, it was a close call.

“[The speeches] were really quite special,” he said. “I was really touched by that. I could have easily let myself go.”


Original article found here: mtv.com | July 11th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: Harry Potter Insight

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Rupert Grint finally gets the girl. That girl is Hermione (Emma Watson) and for fans of the iconic literary series, that moment could not come soon enough. The only problem is that the ultimate moment for Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger comes in what will serve as the last audiences will ever see of the world of Harry Potter.

Rupert Grint was rather candid about the closing chapter that is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 when we caught up with him. Grint is engrossed on what the rest of the world is currently feeling as Deathly Hallows premieres and a part of our pop cultural collective lives… and ends.
For the kid who bought an ice cream truck with his Harry Potter earnings, it was fitting that he drove it on the set for the final day of filming, stocked with frozen treats. Rupert Grint’s portrayal of Ron is nothing less than perfect. He provides a power that is both sweet innocence coupled with an unwavering belief in his roommate, best friend and Dumbledore Army leader Harry Potter.

Rupert Grint kisses and tells

SheKnows: Was the kissing Hermione (Emma Watson) scene as epic as it is for fans?

Rupert Grint: It was a tricky one to do. Obviously I’ve known Emma so long, she’s like my sister. We were mutually both dreading the scene. We just wanted to make it believable. With the romance of it, because it’s been built up for so many years, we wanted people to think that we actually wanted to kiss each other. In reality we didn’t!

SheKnows: Did they make you do it over and over? Or was it just a couple of takes?

Rupert Grint: We did about four takes. I find it hard to recall anything about that day. It’s been erased from my mind!

SheKnows: What was your favorite scene in the entire series?

Rupert Grint: There are so many really, I find it hard to pick out one, but I think the chess scene in the first one was quite good. It was a huge set and things were being blown up. It was just the coolest place to be.

Ron is Rupert?

SheKnows: Having grown up portraying Ron, how like him are you?

Rupert Grint: After 10 years playing the same guy every day, I think you do naturally morph into him. We have become Ronpert which I think will stay with me for a while. I have always felt this close connection to Ron throughout all the films. There will always be a bit of Ron in me for the rest of my life.

SheKnows: How did personal time with J.K. Rowling aid your effort to capture Ron Weasley over eight films?

Rupert Grint: Whenever J.K. Rowling came to the set and we would chat, we rarely ever spoke about the story, we just kind of chatted generally. She filled us in with the epilogue, where the characters go and what they do for a living, she had written kind of the rest of their lives really, so that was quite interesting to hear what we all became. I worked in the ministry doing something and I forgot what Emma’s character was doing.

SheKnows: How did you deal with the immense spotlight these films have brought you?

Rupert Grint: The attention is quite strange and never being invisible completely. It took me a while to adjust to it, because I was always quite a shy kid. It’s something you actually take for granted. I remember the first time I was recognized was at a shopping center where I live which was near a school and the first film had just come out. It was really weird but I enjoyed it. It was quite cool actually, as it’s something I’ve never really hid from. It’s just become a part of my life now.

SheKnows: What prompted you to buy an ice cream truck?

Rupert Grint: The ice cream truck was something I’ve always wanted. That’s what I wanted to be was to be an ice cream man. So as soon as I passed my driving test, I got an ice cream van.

SheKnows: Are you a role model for redheads?

Rupert Grint: I’ve always been quite a proud ginger. Having ginger hair is not the coolest thing really. It’s nice that Ron is quite a respected ginger and Prince Harry as well. Yeah, I get a lot of support from the ginger community.

Grint on aging

SheKnows: How does filming Deathly Hallows Part 2 compare to the other seven films?

Rupert Grint: This was the most depressing one actually I have ever done. It was deathly. I think it helps you get into the mood when you’re on the set and hearing Maggie Smith sobbing, it brought the mood down.

SheKnows: How did you like seeing yourself as an older man?

Rupert Grint: The first attempt for my character in particular was quite terrifying. I looked like a monster really — a bit like a Donald Trump — I had no hair and I was obese [laughs]. I think it was a bit too much. Then they found the balance finally. It was a very strange thing to film really, just sitting in the makeup chair and watching them gradually age me. It was quite terrifying.

SheKnows: With the second version that you shot, do you feel like you’ve seen yourself 20 years from now?

Rupert Grint: It would be interesting to compare it in 19 years to see how accurate it is. I hope not [laughs]!

SheKnows: How do you feel about the ending of the Harry Potter movies?

Rupert Grint: It’s been a very weird time really of accepting the end. We finished filming a year ago and I now have this quite empty feeling. It’s taken me quite a while to accept. We had the London premiere two days ago and I got really emotional! I’m not usually that emotional. This experience has really been my childhood. I’m sure I’ll get used to it.

SheKnows: Did one particular scene while filming the final film get you?

Rupert Grint: Where it’s the three of us after the battle and we are walking on the bridge and the castle is destroyed behind us — it felt kind of parallel with our own lives really. It has been quite emotional and seeing the film as well, I did get quite choked up at the end. It’s quite sad because I’m going to really miss it.


Original article found here: sheknows.com| July 13th, 2011

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Rupert Grint – interview

Rupert Grint has played Harry Potter’s loveable sidekick for more than half his life, so what’s life like now the films have finished? TheVine’s Kelly Griffin caught up with the young man, who’s increasingly being described as so laid back he’s horizontal, to talk about fame, that kiss, and what’s next, now that the final film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the top-grossing franchise of all time hits cinemas this week.

TheVine: How was the last day of filming?

Rupert Grint: “It was a weird day. I didn’t know what to expect or how I’d feel, really. It was really sad; the whole week leading up to it had this weird feeling about it. When I was cleaning out my dressing room and boxing it up, I found all these birthday cards from when I was 14 and it just really makes you think how long we’ve been in that building and just been with all these people. My last day just had a really final feeling about it and all those ten years just came down to one final shot. David yelled ‘cut’ and that was it. It was just like that really, and then we did cry. It was Dan and Emma who triggered me off. I’m going to miss it, genuinely.”

There’s been so much build up and talk about Ron and Hermoine’s first kiss. What was it like filming that scene?

“That scene is quite an important scene for both the characters, it’s something that has kind of been built up throughout the films. It’s quite an anticipated moment for a lot of people, and we did feel a bit of pressure to get it right and make sure it looked like we wanted to do it, which in reality we didn’t really, obviously because I’ve known Emma since she was nine years old and over the years just watched each other grow up. It really is like a brother-sister thing, and the thought of kissing her just seemed really weird. It took a while for us to focus on that and concentrate on blocking out Emma and Rupert and just get really into the characters.”

Did you see the new film in 3D? How did you feel about it?

“3D, ha, especially with that kiss scene in 3D. 3D really adds something, I think. I’m quite new to the whole 3D thing, but yeah I think it really works, it really gives that kind of extra depth and it really quite immerses you in there and it works particularly well for this film because it’s such a huge kind of epic explosion.”

Can you tell us about spending your entire childhood on a Harry Potter set? Do you ever wonder what you might have missed out on?

“It’s hard to think what I might have missed because this is all I’ve ever really known. I guess aspects of school life you kind of miss out on. Whenever I did go back, for like exams and stuff, it was always quite a struggle to fit back in. So I guess on a social side it’s kind of a sacrifice, but I’ve never regretted it or resented it at all. It’s just been a very different childhood, and one full of opportunity and excitement, really. I’ve loved it.”

Dan said recently that he had some problems with alcohol. What was your reaction when you read that and have you had any problems yourself because of the pressure? Obviously you also became a big star at a very young age.

“It’s never really affected me to be honest. If you really think about it then, yeah, there is a lot of pressure, especially when you’re part of something that’s such a big commitment at such a young age. It can be quite restrictive of your freedom. It’s not like most kids, who can just do anything and make mistakes and just move on, because you’re in the public eye and that makes things a little trickier. For me, I’ve always kind of felt I can do what I want, really. You have to experience these things and make mistakes just to grow; it’s apart of life. It’s quite liberating now actually, finishing, and to have a bit of freedom and not always be thinking about these films. It’s nice.”

During the films, you didn’t feel as free as you feel now?

“No, because we couldn’t do stuff like go skiing or do anything dangerous and hair, as well, we didn’t have complete control of our hair, which sounds ridiculous but it’s just little things like that. Now that we’ve finished, not that I’ve done anything really different at all, it’s just a good feeling, I’m enjoying it and trying to embrace it.”

What’s the next step for Rupert as person, actor…?

“I don’t really know to be honest. Obviously I do want to keep on acting, I definitely want to make more films. After I finished filming there was this empty feeling and I felt a bit lost without it and didn’t know quite what to do with myself. I did do another film recently, a WWII film and that was really fun. It was really nice to be on a different set. I think I needed to do that and be a different character for a change.”

What’s the single best memory you would have of the entire series? I know it’s hard to pick one as it’s been a long time. Don’t think too hard, just pick the first one that comes to your mind.

“The first one that comes to my mind is the first scene where everyone comes together. It was an amazing set in the great hall, it had the floating candles and the feast was on and literally every cast member was in this room. It was just amazing, it was just so much fun, and quite overwhelming to be suddenly in this huge world. Whenever I see that scene, it just brings me straight back to that moment.”


Original article found here: thevine.com.au | July 11th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: ‘It’s Going to Be Hard to Shake Ron Weasley Out of Me’


Rupert Grint has played Harry Potter’s faithful sidekick, Ron Weasley, for more than half his life. And with each film, he’s come into his own — both on and off screen.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, the young star transforms into a romantic hero, as Ron and Hermione Granger [Emma Watson] finally share their first kiss.

Grint, 22, talked to Parade.com about saying farewell to his beloved character as the series reaches its end.

It hasn’t sunk in that it’s over.
“Not entirely, no. It’s still quite a strange thing to come to terms with, just the fact that we won’t be coming back next year. It really is the end. I’m not usually sentimental with stuff like that, but it has been a huge part of our lives, and it just feels really sudden that it’s all coming to an end. This feeling of freedom is quite overwhelming.”

On letting go of Ron Weasley.
“It’s been a decade of playing the same person and a character I already felt quite close to anyway because of the books. We really have become the same person. I think it’s going to be hard to shake him out of me.”

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On the most emotional scene he filmed.
“The scene after the battle, with the three of us on the bridge. It’s the moment that kind of chokes me up the most. It is just that power between me, Dan, and Emma. Every day, every week, every month, every year, we’ve come together and made these films quite intensely. It is a really intimate process, making a film. You do form this tight bond, especially this being such a unique way of growing up, we’ve all shared that. We’ll always stay in touch.”

Support for his friend and co-star, Daniel Radcliffe.
“I saw Dan’s play last night. It was awesome, really great. He looks so happy. He’s just alive. It’s really great to see.”

On his highly-anticipated kiss with Emma Watson.
“We felt the pressure a little bit, because this is a moment that’s been built up for so long now, and it had to come down to this one moment. It’s a scene that wasn’t in the book, it was written for the film. And it’s not just a kiss—it’s this big, romantic moment, and it had to be believable, which I hope it is. It was a challenge. We had a laugh about it.”

On seeing the lip-lock on the big screen.
“I didn’t enjoy watching it, especially in 3-D! It’s harder watching it than doing it.”

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Rupert Grint, the action star?
“I’m not the most physical person; I don’t go to the gym or anything like that. And running is something I rarely ever do. But the stunts are good fun, and this film was just full of that, just being chased by things, chasing things, running in between rubble. It was really cool.”

On getting a glimpse into the future while filming the epilogue.
“It was quite satisfying at the end of the day, ripping all the makeup and stuff off and instantly becoming younger. I suppose in 20 years time I’m not going to be able to do that! It was good fun, but it’s a weird thing to get your head around.”

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On his struggle with fame.
“I don’t think you ever really get used to it. I do miss just being able to go to the shops or have a meal without people taking pictures and stuff. It’s not the best, but it’s just part of it. It’s never really been something I’ve hid from, either.”

His family has kept him grounded, especially his four younger siblings.
“It’s a big adjustment for them as well, I guess. It’s a sudden change of life, really. It’s been vital for me to have them around me, and the support has been key.”

On his favorite Potter memory.
“My first-ever scene on the set was really cool. It was actually the last scene on the first film, when we were leaving Hogwarts on the train. It was just such a change. One week I was literally at school and reading the Potter books, and suddenly I was on the set. It was just a really overwhelming, exciting thing. I felt quite out of my depth, because I did feel like the most inexperienced person there. But it was just great to be there.”

On what he’ll miss the most.
“The people, the friendships, the memories, and the place—just going to the same place everyday. It became a second home. I remember packing everything up in the last few weeks and finding toys and birthday cards from when I was 13 and 14. I never imagined I’d be here 10 years later talking about the eighth film. It just seems so surreal. It’s been so much fun. I really am truly going to miss it.”


Original article found here: Parade | July 11th, 2011

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Rupert Grint bids farewell to Ron


NEW YORK – Nobody seems to enjoy the Harry Potter experience more than Rupert Grint, these days.

Previously, the reluctant conversationalist would endure interviews, but the 22-year-old seems genuinely at ease as he enters a fancy Manhattan hotel suite.

He flashes his sheepish grin while looking positively pleased with life as he knows it, even though the end is near.

Opening worldwide on Friday, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 completes the record-setting run of eight movies based on the seven bestselling J. K. Rowling fantasy novels.

In the final David Yates-directed chapter, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Grint) continue their quest to destroy the magical Horcrux objects, which will stop the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) from becoming immortal.

When the trio’s mission leads them back to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, a showdown looms between Harry and Voldemort.

But Part 2 isn’t all about battles and special effects; the film also features the long-awaited smooch between Hermione (Watson) and Ron (Grint), as their relationship heats up.

Grint seems just as bewildered by the interest in the kiss and the romance between Ron and Hermione as his character is.

“It was a tricky one to do,” he said of the lip-lock with Watson, who had become like a sister to Grint. “We were both mutually dreading the scene.”
Four takes later, they nailed it, and Grint hopes the kiss will be believable to Potter fans.

“It’s been built up for so many years,” said the actor. “But I’m trying to erase it from my mind.”

He would rather recall the Gringotts Wizarding Bank heist, in which Harry, Ron and Hermione get trapped inside the Lestrange vault. “We’re drowning in all this gold,” he said. “It’s a great scene to be a part of.”

Then there was the emotion associated with the harrowing moments of loss during the Battle of Hogwarts and the parallel feelings of sadness about the franchise concluding.

It made acting sullen easier.

“The Hogwarts Great Hall looked like the hospital wing in a Second World War movie,” said Grint of the confrontation’s aftermath. “And hearing Maggie Smith (as Professor Minerva McGonagall) sobbing brought everything down.”

On another front, he’s more relieved than pleased with the fact that director Yates did re-shoots of the epilogue depicting Harry, Ron and Hermione as parents 19 years later. Originally, Yates decided to age the actors with heavy makeup and hair pieces, but the adornments turned out to be too much, especially Ron’s.

“In the first attempt, my character was particularly terrifying,” he recalled. “The image still haunts me. I looked like a monster, really, a sort of Donald Trump mixture.”

Eventually, Yates and crew “really did find the right balance” of makeup and computer effects to age all three seamlessly.

Meanwhile, Grint said he’s become more Ron-like over the past 10 years.

“I’ve always felt this close connection to Ron,” said Grint, who won a Ron look-alike contest before auditioning for the film part.

“And after a decade of playing the same person, you do naturally morph into this guy. A bit of Ron will be in me for the rest of my life.”

A bit of red-headed activism will be a part of his life, too

“I get a lot of people from the ginger community shaking my hand,” he said. “In England, not so much in America, it’s not the coolest thing (being red-headed), really, and they get hassled.

“It’s nice I can get some respect for the gingers,” he said, adding with a smile, “and Prince Harry is really cool, too.”

Radcliffe might be the intense one, and Watson, the self-assured over-achiever, but Grint is the most casually glib of the three headliners.

Certainly, he has enjoyed his Potter rewards more conspicuously. He owns two country mansions in Hertfordshire, England, including an 18th-century quasi-castle with six bedrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and two cottages in 22-acre grounds.

He also has a fancy farmhouse with a lake, lots of farm animals and a staff to take care of the hobbyist spread.

Besides Grint’s much-discussed Mr. Whippy ice-cream truck, he’s often photographed driving a beat-up pickup truck. He also owns a Range Rover, a VW camper van, and – because he wanted one – a hovercraft.

The ice-cream truck seems to get the most press, however. “It’s something I’ve always wanted, a childhood dream. As soon as I passed my driver’s test, I got one.”

He’ll have a lot more time to entertain friends and family with the vehicle, as he considers the next steps after his obligations to promote Part 2 soon come to an end.

“We finished filming a year ago, and I was left with an empty feeling,” Grint said. “It’s been weird accepting that it’s done. It’s going to take a while to let go, but I am slowly getting used to it.”


Original article found here: The Vancouver Sun | July 11th, 2011

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Interview: Harry Potter Cast and Crew Say Goodbye at Final Red Carpet

It all ends here. And here, this week, was New York City, where Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 walked their last red carpet for the final Potter premiere … ever. FilmCritic.com was lucky enough to be on the carpet where we tossed questions at the Potter creative team as they posed for pictures, signed autographs for fans, and prepared to say farewell to this beloved film franchise after 10 magical years.

Q: Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy scored a Best Picture Oscar on its final try. Would it matter to you if the Harry Potter franchise managed to do the same?
Rupert Grint: It’s never been something that really mattered to us. This [gesturing at the screaming fans] is a good enough kind of award, just seeing the enthusiasm from our fans. It’s just as pleasing to us as it is to them.

Harry Potter producer David Heyman: Yes, this is our Academy. We are making films for an audience, and this is as rewarding as it gets. Academy recognition would be wonderful, but that’s not what it’s about for us. It’s about these people out here, some of who have been camping out for 6 days. At the London premiere, people traveled from as far away as Brazil and Japan, camping out in the rain to show their support. They are amazing.

Q: Rupert, do you remember the very first scene you filmed as Ron Weasley?

RG: Oh yeah, I remember it clearly. It actually was the very last scene of the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. And I remember it being so sudden. One week, I was in school reading the Harry Potter books, and the next week, I’m on a film set. It was just crazy, and such a high for me.

Q: David, you had such a key role in the casting of these iconic roles.

DH: Well, Emma Watson was always much more beautiful than the way Hermione was described in the books. [Laughs] But you know, [Deathly Hallows director] David Yates said something beautiful the other day, and it’s true. He said that in some ways, we are all standing on the shoulders of [original director] Chris Columbus, because it was he who cast Dan, Rupert and Emma. He cast Alan Rickman and Maggie Smith. I helped and I supported, but it was mostly Chris at the time.

Q: For parents introducing their kids to the Harry Potter franchise for the first time, should they use the movies or J.K. Rowling’s books?

Harry Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves: Start with the books. Well, OK, it depends on how old your kids are. But I would sit every night and read one or two chapters with your kids. That was a great joy that I had with my daughter. And then one of the little deaths of my life occurred when my daughter could read on her own, and she started reading the books without me. But I loved that time, reading Jo’s books with her.

Q: Can you recommend a similar literary series Potter fans can use to fill the void now that the franchise is ending?
SK: Well, actually, the thing that’s different about Potter is that in a way it wasn’t a franchise. We had one long tale written by Jo Rowling. We didn’t end up with Harry fighting Nazis on the moon. [Laughs] I think there will be other decent series out there, but there’s not going to be another Potter because there’ll never be another Jo Rowling.

Q: Any parting words to Harry Potter fans?

Tom Felton: Just a thank you. Every year, they have surprised us with their support and passion, so thank you so much.
DH: Yes, thank you, thank you, thank you. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be here. Thank you very much, Potter fans.


Original article found here: filmcritics.com | July 11th, 2011

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Emma Watson’s double trouble

Emma Watson needed a “lot of doubles” on ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ because of her education commitments.

The British actress – who has played Hermione in all of the seven films based on the books by J.K. Rowling – was doing college work at Brown University in the US while shooting was ongoing, and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, reveals special techniques had to be employed because she wasn’t always available.

He said: “She wasn’t here a lot, really. We had to shoot around her, really, because she had commitments for her university. She had a lot of doubles. They made a mask of Emma’s face, a prosthetic for wide shots.

“She was there for big days and really important scenes and stuff. But I don’t know how she did it, really. It’d be so weird to be in that school environment and then be on set. I couldn’t do it.”

In the final part of the last movie, the cast – including Daniel Radcliffe, who has played the titular boy wizard for 10 years – are aged to put themselves in their mid-30s, and Rupert admits it was strange watching himself “deteriorate” while getting made up.

He told the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Blog: “It was really quite terrifying, sitting in the makeup chair and gradually watching your face kind of deteriorate. Initially, we had to reshoot the end. I had a massive fat suit. We had to learn how to move like an older person. We had kids as well. I had this weird Donald Trump kind of hairstyle.”


Original article found here: | July 11th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: I decided against getting a tattoo when Harry Potter finished

Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and the rest of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows cast reveal what it’s like saying goodbye to a magical life at Hogwarts and what’s next for the gang.

‘I’m comparing it to leaving school,’ says Matthew Lewis, aka mild-mannered Neville Longbottom, the unlikely hero of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. ‘Only when we left school, we didn’t leave in front of 10,000 people in the middle of London. It’s an odd prospect.’ And an emotional one.

Tears were shed off – and on – the red carpet at Thursday’s British premiere of the final Harry Potter movie because it’s not just fans who are saying goodbye to Hogwarts. Metro went to meet its young cast, who are finally graduating from the cosy confines of the highest-grossing film franchise of all time and wondering: what next?

‘It’s been a real mixture of feelings since we finished,’ admits Rupert Grint, aka Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley, the only cast member to look younger (and no cooler) in real life. ‘I remember looking forward to it. It’s been such a huge commitment and the thought of some freedom seemed really needed.

‘But actually, the last day was really sad,’ Grint adds, his big, blue eyes and white eyelashes making him look like a downcast pet gerbil in need of a cuddle. ‘I kind of underestimated how important these ten years have really been. And since we’ve finished, I’ve kind of felt lost without it. I had all these plans, like getting tattoos and changing my hairstyle, stuff we weren’t allowed to do during production. Then, as soon as I had that freedom, I thought: “Nah, I don’t want to do that.”’

Other cast members were not so conservative. ‘Skiing, bungee jumping, sky-diving – I’ve ticked all those off,’ laughs Tom Felton, unrecognisable as Harry’s rival, Draco Malfoy, thanks to his low-cut Jude Law-style T-shirt and new tan, gained while shooting upcoming Hollywood blockbuster Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. ‘It is a bit like leaving school,’ he says. ‘At first I was terrified of being thrust into the big, bad world but it’s something that excites me now.’

And despite losing out to Daniel Radcliffe in the original auditions, Felton has nothing but praise for his on-screen nemesis. ‘People ask if I’m jealous I didn’t get to play Harry but God knows I could never have done what Dan’s done,’ says Felton. ‘He’s exceptionally polite, he’s always kind and I’ve never seen him lose his temper or raise his voice.’

‘I think it really goes to show that you can be an actor with that amount of fame and be followed everywhere, and you don’t have to be a knobhead,’ chimes in Lewis, who, with his Leeds lad stubble, Ray-Bans and styled quiff, is similarly unrecognisable as Neville.

Head boy Radcliffe is absent today ‘due to his Broadway schedule’ (he’s starring in a musical in New York despite never having sung or danced on stage before). Unofficial head girl Emma Watson, now studying at Brown University in between fashion shoots for the likes of Vogue, is here, though, and is similarly respected by cast and crew alike.

‘She’s not only a hugely talented actress, she is super bright,’ says David Heyman, who first happened upon an unpublished Harry Potter manuscript in 1997 and has since produced every movie. ‘Emma supposedly got the highest grade in her English A level in the entire country. She got into Oxbridge and she could have gone to Harvard.’

That’s an achievement Watson herself credits to her Potter character, super swot Hermione. ‘I think Hermione made me work harder just as a result of comparing myself to her every day,’ she enthuses.

‘In a way, I guess I’m headmaster,’ Heyman muses. Of course, he acknowledges, teenagers will be teenagers. ‘There was an article in GQ magazine recently about how Dan said he’d “stopped drinking” after he was drinking a lot on the film. But at 18 years old, what do you do? I was partying like a demon.

‘Yes, they party, they drink, they have a good time, they sleep with people, all the natural things you do at that age. But if you consider the pressure that’s been on them, I feel really proud that they have turned out as well as they have.’

And, Heyman admits, school really is out. ‘There won’t be another Harry Potter book,’ confirms this close confidante of JK Rowling. ‘I mean, what’s it going to be? Harry Goes To Business School?’

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is in cinemas this week and it will be reviewed in MetroLife on Friday.


Original article found here: metro.co.uk | July 11th, 2011

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