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‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint Wins BBC Teen Awards

Rupert Grint always pleases fans with his hilarious portrayal of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. Now, Grint is finally getting a little recognition from another source: the BBC. He came away from the 2011 BBC Teen Awards with the title of Best British Actor.

As usual, Rupert Grint was modest and down to earth. His first reaction to winning the award was, “I’m just the ginger one in the background, this shouldn’t be happening!” Really, though, it should have happened a long time ago. Grint has long been a favorite among Harry Potter fans, some of whom are much less enthusiastic about Grint’s costar, Daniel Radcliffe.

Now that Harry Potter is all wrapped up, Grint is on to new projects. He’ll be in an upcoming movie version of the animated TV series Postman Pat. Rumor also has it that Grint will be showing up in an Ed Sheeran music video. No matter what he pursues next, Rupert Grint’s career is not likely to end with the Harry Potter movies.

Original article found here: | October 11, 2011

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Rupert Grint answers fans’ questions at the Teen Awards

We know that Rupert Grint is an omg! fave so when we heard we’d be meeting the chap, we decide to hand over the interviewing reigns to our Twitter followers. We had a matter of minutes with the Harry Potter star at the Radio One Teen Awards so he had time to answer just a handful…and here are the full answers.

Are you working on any new movies or projects? @KaylaDz
Yeah. I’m doing the Postman Pat movie. It should be fun. It’s kind of a musical story so different to stuff I’ve done so far.

Have you ever thought about getting a Twitter account to communicate with your fans? @supportsHP
Yeah I have thought about it. I think it’s a good way to communicate with fans. There have been a lot of fake ones of me. They post really embarrassing things like ‘I’ve just taken a massive dump.’ So I should probably do it.

Is it scary to move on from Harry Potter, a project you’ve worked on for over 10 years? @ deeyagurung
It is quite daunting because we’ve all been in a bubble — it’s been the same crew and cast the whole time. It feels like an incredibly big step because I grew up on those sets so to be going out in the real world is quite scary. I’ve done a few films in between Harry Potter and the first day on set of those was always quite nerve-wracking, to try and find that same family feeling as Harry Potter. It’s exciting though.

What’s the funniest/scariest/weirdest fan experience you’ve ever had? @KatherineGV
It depends where you are. American fans are quite crazy. We had a premiere in New York and after we were finished we drove off in the car. This guy in a wheel chair grabbed on to the back of the bumper. We were trailing him along for about a mile! I’m not sure if he was a fan or just wanted a lift.

Original article found here: | October 10, 2011

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Page and Screen – In Praise of Rupert Grint

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Original article found here: Page and Screen | July 21, 2011

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‘Harry Potter’ director: ‘Rupert Grint is coolest guy I’ve met’

David Yates has said that Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is the coolest person that he has ever met.

Yates, who directed the final four entries in the long-running fantasy saga, made the comments at a special premiere event for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

“Rupert Grint, ever since I’ve known him, has probably been the coolest person I’ve ever met in my life,” Yates told the Los Angeles Times.

“He has a hovercraft [and] an ice cream van. He’s really laid back, but quietly quite smart.”

Yates also had positive things to say about Grint’s fellow Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

“Daniel is a bit of a workaholic, he loves work, but he’s [also] a very decent, curious, funny, lovely young man,” he added. “Emma is a little like Hermione. SHe’s very tough on herself. She’s incredibly bright.”

The director also revealed that he saw Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone director Chris Columbus at an event recently, and thanked him for selecting such good actors to play the three lead roles.

The final Harry Potter film was released this weekend and has already broken first-day domestic box office records.

Original article found here: | July 17th, 2011

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Actors tell all

From egos to evil, ‘Potter’ cast answer pop quiz from fans

“Harry Potter” fans Ally Martin and Mackenzie Fitch got to spring a pop quiz on the star pupils at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The 11-year-olds from Olcott, N.Y., near Buffalo, brainstormed questions for the Associated Press to ask during interviews with Daniel Radcliffe and other stars of the “Harry Potter” films.

Along with Radcliffe, who stars as teen wizard Harry, the girls relayed questions to Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who play Harry’s pals Hermione and Ron, and Tom Felton, who plays his rival, bad boy Draco.

The final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” opened Friday.

Daniel Radcliffe

Q.Do you like the movies being pretty much all about you? Did you like all of the attention?

A. Well, yes, I am a massive egomaniac. … Do I like it all being about me? Well, I can’t really say ‘no’ … I suppose it’s a nice feeling to know that you’re an important person on the set. But to be honest with you, I think any actor that views actors as the most important people on the set are so deluded, because there are literally millions of actors all over the world. There are many more actors in the world than there are Steadicam (camera) operators, so we are, logically speaking, a lot more expendable. So no, I don’t say I like it all being about me. It’s just the way it was. I was just the one that looked the most like Harry when they were auditioning people.

Q.Are you like your character in a lot of ways?

A. It was funny, when my mum read the sixth book, she said, “It’s weird. It’s sort of like Jo (“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling) does sort of know you a bit now. … When Harry argues and he gets on the defensive, he becomes really irritating like you do.” So I think in that way, when we’re on the defensive, we both tend to get more belligerent. … Other than that, we’ve both got a lot of curiosity. We both put a lot of value in our friends. I think we’ve both got quite the sense of humor.

Q.Is it hard for you to end the series, because most of your acting career has been as Harry?

A. Having watched these amazing actors for 10 years, having learned so much, it’s now kind of time. My education is complete, and it’s now time for me sort of to be released in the wild and see how I function in the real world.

Emma Watson

Q.Does it get annoying when the main characters are boys and you are the only girl?

A. When I was younger, I did struggle. I wished for a girl on set a lot, actually. There are times when I did feel really left out.

Q.Because you bossed Daniel and Rupert around in the movies, did you ever do it accidentally in real life?

A. Oh, all the time, all the time! Definitely. They’ll tell you that I definitely bossed them around at times. Sometimes, I accidentally found myself directing, giving them direction on a scene that we’re doing together. I’d have to catch myself, because I’m like, that really isn’t my job. I really shouldn’t be telling them that.

Q.Since you had a cat in some of the movies, do you actually like cats in real life?

A. I love cats. I’m such a cat person. I actually miss my cats so much. I grew up around them. … Being around cats, it really calms me down.

Q.Do you wish you were your character? Do you wish you were magical and could get away from the real world?

A. These questions are brilliant. I don’t know, actually. Having watched this last movie, the magical world is pretty dark. It seems quite scary. I don’t know whether it would be fun. Do I wish I was my character? No. I’m pretty happy being Emma. I’m pretty content as Emma.

Rupert Grint

Q.Do you like the character you play? Is he like you?

A. I’ve always been quite fond of Ron. Always felt a strong kind of connection to him when I was reading the books. … When you’re playing a character like this for so long, you do kind of bring a bit of yourself into him. I think we’ve merged into the same person over the years. It’s quite hard for me to kind of separate us now.

Q. Would you change him if you could?

A. He’s always been quite cool. I suppose maybe if he was a bit braver, occasionally. A few more heroic moments would be quite cool.

Q. Do you think the movie Ron or the book Ron is more like you?

A. I suppose the movie Ron, really. It was – it is me, really.

Q. Is it hard for you to end the series, because most of your acting career has been as Ron?

A. Yeah. It’s going to take a while to kind of get used to that. I think there’ll always be a bit of Ron in me. It’s just not having that routine, I think, is going to be the weirdest thing. Just not seeing these people and going in every day is going to take me a while to come to terms with. But I’m ready to move on.

Tom Felton

Q. Is it hard for you to be nice in the real world when you’re so mean in the films?

A. I think it actually makes me slightly nicer. I think I get to vent my day-to-day frustrations and annoyances through this Hitler-like child, and by doing so, it seems to be quite therapeutic. And hopefully, I’m a slightly friendlier soul.

Q. Are you a bit like your character in a way (no offense)?

A. I’m glad they said no offense, because I get a lot of genuine journalists saying, “How similar are you to your character?” … God, I hope I’m not anything even remotely close, other than in the way we look. I think we’re polar opposites. I like to think of myself as a fairly un-Draco-esque character.

Q. You played a major role in Dumbledore’s death but didn’t actually kill him. How do you feel about that?

A. It was never in Draco, really. The task was never going to be performed by him. … Granted that he set it up and that whole journey led him to where he is now, where he thinks, I don’t want to do this anymore. And as fixated as he was on becoming this chosen one of the dark side, it was that one event, actually, I think, seeing Dumbledore going before his eyes. I really enjoyed the shots of afterward, where you see the sort of evil team leaving Hogwarts, with Draco as sort of this lost child, looking at things around him, thinking, I don’t want to leave here. This is my home, this is my sanctuary, or at least somewhere I feel safe. And from that day onward, he’s banished. So it’s a real sad time for Draco. I feel deeply sorry for the poor boy.

Original article found here: journalgazette | July 19th, 2011

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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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Rupert Grint is NOT retiring at 22. Phew

If you’ve slumped into a deep, Harry Potter-shaped depression now that the films are finally over, then at least Rupert Grint has given us a little glimmer of hope to cling on to, as he’s announced that just because his 10-year stint as ginger hottie Ron Weasley is over, he still has no plans to give up acting. Phew.

“I don’t think I’ll ever retire,” he announced. “I still have ambitions. I love being on set, and I want to do more movies. I’m very lucky to have that cushion, but I’d like to keep going. I like testing my capabilities.”
Rupe also opened up about money and, despite being worth more than £19million, says he isn’t planning on sticking with acting just because of the mega-bucks.

“I have quite a strange relationship with money, really,” he said. “At age 11, money isn’t really a big thing at all. I never thought about being rich. Then suddenly you have all this money, and it doesn’t seem like it’s real. I’ve never seen it. I don’t know where it is. It’s weird, kind of like a fantasy.”

But this is the man, after all, who has splashed out on an ice cream van, a quad bike, a go-kart, a hovercraft, an orange Land Rover, a selection of arcade games, and a Hummer-style golf cart.

Talking about the end of Harry Potter, Rupert admitted that although he was sad that it was all over, he was looking forward to moving on and trying something new.

So, what do you think he should do next?

Original article found here:| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: ‘Harry Potter Hermione kiss felt wrong’

Rupert Grint has revealed that he felt so nervous about kissing his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson that he asked David Yates for directorial help

The actor – who plays Ron Weasley in the wizarding franchise – explained that it felt “weird” having to kiss his friend of ten years.

He told SciFi Now: “I was really worried about that, because in some ways the romance, and particularly the kiss, just felt like it was wrong.

“But once we were on set it was fine, because David was really good about giving us a long chat before we did it. It ended up being fine; kind of a fuss over nothing.”

Rupert added that the best thing about his embrace with Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger was that it was over so quickly.

Watson also recently said that she felt “awkward and weird” kissing her Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is out now.

Original article found here:| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint’s gruelling film role

Rupert Grint has revealed that he was kept on his toes during a film shoot in severe weather.

In his first role since Harry Potter, the British star headed to Norway and Sweden to film Second World War movie Comrade, which is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Petter Naess.

“It was filmed in April, in winter, it was freezing, and we were just on a mountain in this really remote part of Norway. It was quite extreme,” he recalled.

Despite the tough conditions, Rupert – better known for playing Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley in the wizarding saga – found it exhilarating.

“It was good fun as well, it was something completely different, but I really enjoyed it,” he continued.

“I play a British, Scouse RAF gunner. It’s a great story, because it’s a true story. David Cross from The Reader plays one of the Nazi pilots who have to live together to survive in this harsh climate.”

The 22-year-old was drawn to the war element in Comrade

“It’s a part of history I’m really interested. It’s not really a story so much about the violence of war, it’s just a story of survival really and these two groups of enemies coming together and forming this friendship,” he said.

And he plans to keep switching between bigger Hollywood films and smaller indie movies, such as Cherrybomb and Wild Target. “My future is a bit blurry at the moment. I definitely want to keep acting and finding different roles,” he added.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is out now.

Original article found here:| July 17th, 2011

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