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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: digitalspy.co.uk| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint comes to terms with fame – and that kiss

If Rupert Grint hadn’t won a Ron Weasley look-alike contest sponsored by a London newspaper 10 years ago, he might be driving an ice cream truck for a living.

That, after all, was his ambition.

Instead, he is starring in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which adds to his bank account of several million dollars. He used some of it to buy himself an ice cream truck.

Grint, 22, plays a sidekick who not only gets the girl but emerges as a hero. Yet as I sit with Grint for this interview, I again get the impression that he doesn’t care a hoot about the whole thing.

“I’m glad it’s over,” he said of the “Potter” decade in which he appeared in eight feature films. “And yet, I’m sad, too. There will always be a part of Ron in me.”

He calls himself a “ginger head.” “Some girls don’t like red-headed guys,” he said. “It’s not the coolest thing. Can be a hassle.”

Then he became a movie star. “I was always a shy kid,” he said. “It took me a long time to adjust. The thing is that, suddenly, I could never be invisible. I couldn’t go to shopping centers. Then I just opened it up. I didn’t hide from it. That’s when I realized that you can’t get away from it. You can’t turn it off and on.”

This last “Potter” movie is his favorite. “It’s just a bigger feeling,” he said. “Everything is faster and bigger. It’s quite a different feeling from any of the other movies.”

He loved scenes with goblins. He identified his least favorite scene quickly: “the kissing scene.”

Although much of the world was waiting to see Ron make out with Hermione, played by Emma Watson, he admitted that “both Emma and I were dreading that scene.”

“I’ve known Emma for a long time. Kissing her is not on the agenda. I mean, she’s gorgeous and all that, but you know what I mean. She’s like my sister. As actors, we thought it should be enough if we could just persuade everyone to think they were in love and wanted to kiss.”

It took four takes to get the serious smooching right.

Now, Grint is shooting a World War II drama in Norway called “Comrade,” scheduled for release next year. It’s about British and German soldiers who are stranded in the Norwegian wilderness and must form a friendship to survive.

He also stars in the independent thriller “Cross Country.” In the 2010 independent action comedy “Wild Target” with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, he plays a young man who believes he’s working for a private detective but is actually working for a hit man.

In New York for the American premiere of “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” he seemed surprised to be a bit torn up about saying goodbye to the franchise.

“It’s been an emotional week,” he said. “I didn’t think it would be, but goodbye is goodbye, no matter how you cut it.”


Original article found here: hamptonroads.com| July 17th, 2011

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Rupert Grint needed kiss advice

Rupert Grint needed David Yate’s directorial help after conceding kissing Emma Watson “felt wrong”.

Rupert and Emma’s characters, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, finally share an onscreen kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. While fans can’t wait to see the scene, Rupert admits that it felt “weird” locking lips with his friend of ten years.

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

“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 the best thing about the smooch was it was over so quickly, so he didn’t have to think about it too much.

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


Original article found here: musicrooms.net| July 17th, 2011

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What the ‘Harry Potter’ Cast Said When They Started Out Ten Years Ago

The release of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2‘ has prompted many weepy farewells, not just from fans, but from the three actors who are bidding both their childhoods and the franchise goodbye. The tumultuous emotional journey that they (and we viewers) have taken over the course of eight movies and ten years is something they couldn’t have imagined when the movie series launched a decade ago.

I know because I interviewed Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in 2001, when they were on their first press tour to promote the first movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.’ At the time, they were bright-eyed, enthusiastic pre-teens, kids who felt like the luckiest ‘Harry Potter’ fans in the world for being granted the privilege of acting out their favorite stories. They knew they were going to spend their teen years filming the next six books (three of which J.K. Rowling hadn’t even written yet). There was only a hint of the serious, poised adults that the actors (and their characters) would become.

Still, re-reading their remarks a decade later, it’s easy to see traits of Hermione in the young Watson (intellectually curious), of Ron in Grint (fun-loving, a little goofy), and Harry in Radcliffe (thoughtful, modest, well aware of the heavy responsibility placed on his slender shoulders). Looking back, it’s touching to see the naive enthusiasm with which they approached what turned out to be a massive undertaking that would occupy half their lifetimes, as well as to marvel at how much of that childlike wonder seems to have survived in them after a decade of working hard, enduring unending scrutiny and bearing the weight of the hopes and dreams of hundreds of millions of fans.

Were you a fan of the ‘Harry Potter’ books before you auditioned?
Daniel Radcliffe: I really enjoyed them but I wasn’t really obsessed. But then I reread them when I got the part, and now I am completely obsessed.

Rupert Grint: I was, like, the biggest Harry Potter fan before I even knew it was going to be a film.

Emma Watson: I was already in the middle of the third one when I started auditioning, and I finished the fourth by the time I got the role. So I’m a major Harry Potter fan.

How did you land your role?
RG: I was a fish in Noah’s ark in the school play, and now I’m in ‘Harry Potter.’ It’s a big step. I first found out about the auditions in Newsround. They said to send in some information about yourself and a photograph. So I sent one in and waited weeks and weeks and weeks, and nothing happened. I really wanted this part because I was the biggest Harry Potter fan at the time. I went on the website of Newsround, and some of the kids had been sending in videotapes of themselves reading from the book. So I made a videotape. First, I dressed up as my drama teacher, who’s a girl, so that was kind of scary. Then I made this rap song of how much I wanted to be in the film.

How did you learn you had been cast?
DR: I was sitting in the bath, and I heard the phone ring, and I heard my dad go downstairs, pick it up, and say, ‘Hello, David.’ David Heyman, the producer, was the only David we knew at the time. So I knew it was him, but I thought it was going to be a let-down phone call to tell me I hadn’t got the part. But my dad then came up and told me. I just sat there for a while, and then I started to cry. Then I woke up at 2 a.m. and thought it was a dream.

How are you like your character?
RG: I felt like I could relate to Ron because we’ve both got red hair, we both like sweets, we both are scared of spiders, and we both have got lots of brothers and sisters. I have one brother and three sisters.

EW: I enjoy school but I’m not obsessed with school. I really enjoy sports. But I’m not obsessed. I’m not obsessed. Hockey, rounders, tennis. I play for my school.

Having become famous before anyone really knows anything about you, do you feel more akin to Harry now?
DR: I can relate to Harry in other ways, but not that way. I’m loyal. I enjoy being with lots of people, but I also enjoy being on my own. I’m curious. I can stand up for myself.

Is it true that you were a practical joker on the set?
DR: There was this one time when it was getting on to Halloween. I’d gone out and bought these blood capsules, vampire things. You put them in your mouth and chew them, and you let the blood dribble down your chin. I went to the makeup bus, and they have these steel steps outside. I whacked them really hard with my hand to make it sound like I’d fallen. Then I rushed in and spit blood all over the floor. If David Heyman had been there at the time, I think he may have died.

And I changed the language on Robbie Coltrane’s phone to Turkish. [Of this prank, Coltrane, who plays Hogwarts gameskeeper Hagrid in the series, recalled: “I have a Motorola, and it has 17 languages in it, and the wee bugger went into it and found Turkish and changed it. So you’d think [to fix it] you could just go into ‘language change,’ but of course to go into ‘language change,’ you have to know the Turkish for ‘language change.’ So we had to phone-up one of the makeup guys had married a Turkish girl. It was like an episode of ‘Fawlty Towers.’ At the time, it was very funny.”]

What did you think of the completed film?
DR: Again I was speechless. And again I cried. But I’m not a wimp. Don’t let that mislead you.

The red carpet at the London premiere was mobbed. What was that like?
RG: It was scary.

EW: I really enjoyed myself. At the beginning, the red carpet was pretty freaky. But once we got inside, I really enjoyed the film.

DR: It was terrifying. It was really great fun, but it was very scary. It was great meeting all the famous people. That was cool.

Which celebrities were you most thrilled to meet?
DR: Ben Stiller. I met Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, which was very cool.

Is the attention from press and fans a downside?
DR: No, this is actually one of the coolest bits. If I had to pick one, it’s writing the autographs. My name is too long. I’m going to try to work on it to get a quicker signature. I do enjoy [being recognized]. My teacher always said I was an attention seeker.

How many reporters have you talked to recently?
EW: Oh my God.

RG: I’ve lost count. About three million.

Do they all ask the same questions?
RG: Yeah, but it’s cool.

EW: They come up with exactly the same questions, and you can say exactly the same answers. So you don’t have to think. You can just stand there like a broken record.

What has been the biggest perk?
RG: What does perk mean?

EW: I’d say going to different places. We went to loads of different locations, which was really fun. We met interesting people. And we had really good co-stars, i.e., Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Zoe Wanamaker, Julie Walters. It was just a great cast.

RG: For me, probably the sweets.

EW: I make this long, sobby speech, and he says, ‘Sweets.’

If you could have a magical power in real life, what would it be?
DR: Probably invisibility. Then I could sneak into rock concerts and films.

EW: I think I’d make myself invisible so I could go into movies for over-15s.

RG: Yeah, I’d be invisible so I could sneak out of detention.

You’re about to start filming the next movie, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.’ What can you reveal about it?

RG: It’s going to be fun. I can’t wait to cough up slugs.


Original article found here: moviefone.com | July 17th, 2011

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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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I celebrated end of Potter filming by buying £60 Vauxhall Carlton

Says Rupert Grint ( Who’s worth £24m )

WITH around £24million in the bank, Rupert Grint is one of Britain’s richest young men.

But the 22-year-old Harry Potter star doesn’t splash his galleons about like Premier League players his age.

The actor, who has enchanted audiences as wizard Ron Weasley for more than a decade, astonishingly confessed to The Sun that he still lives at home with mum and dad – even though he has his own pad in London for occasional stays.

There aren’t even any fancy cars for the homely Hertfordshire lad.

When filming wrapped on the final JK Rowling movie, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, he treated himself to a £60 Vauxhall Carlton and headed off around Europe with mates in a “Wacky Rally”.

He said: “We did about nine countries, all the way to Barcelona. I went with James and Oliver Phelps, who play the twins, and we brought a mechanic along as well. It was a really good adventure. I do love cars but nothing too flash.”

In an exclusive interview with The Sun ahead of the final Potter film’s release on Friday, Rupert gave us a window into his unassuming life, where he is still close to sisters Georgina, 18, Samantha, 15 and Charlotte, 12, brother James, 21, and parents Nigel and Joanne.

Although he rarely splurges on himself, he says he can splash the cash on his family – sometimes on bizarre presents.

He said: “I have kind of got a miniature zoo. We have miniature pigs, donkeys, miniature hedgehogs. They are just smaller than the average hedgehog.

“I have quite a big family, I’m one of five and I have sisters who love animals.”

He has met the Queen and the family of President Obama so I ask Rupert which celebrity he has been most thrilled to meet.

The reply floors me.

“Alan Titchmarsh. Shakin’ Stevens came on to the set too. I only get star struck with really random people like Alan Titchmarsh and EastEnders actors,” he says.

“I met Alan at the Queen’s 80th when she had this big party in the Palace.

“I bumped into him. It’s not like I really watch Ground Force or anything like that.”

Never mind that the Queen and Prince Philip had been sitting right behind him or that Michelle Obama had visited the set with her daughters as a birthday surprise for one of them.

But if meeting heads of state doesn’t excite Rupert, surely there must have been magic in the air when he finally got to kiss co-star Emma Watson in the new film?

Ron Weasley and Emma’s character Hermione Granger finally spell out their feelings for each other in the series’ gripping finale by locking lips.

But Rupert says: “Neither of us were looking forward to it. It was a tricky one. That scene has been an anticipated moment, the relationship has built up from the early films.

“There was a pressure to get it right. I knew Emma when she was nine and we have closely watched each other grow up.

“So kissing this girl just seemed a strange thing to be doing, not right.”

Down-to-earth Rupert seems immune to the weaknesses of many young stars.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, recently had to give up booze because his drinking had got out of control.

Rupert insists that he felt no such need to release the pressure with alcohol.

He said: “No, no, no, there has always been this anticipation for us to fall into that stereotype and it has never really been an issue for me.

“It’s because we film in Watford, which isn’t the most glamorous of spots. If we had filmed in America or something it could have been disastrous. I never felt any pressure. It was just fun really.” The constant and intense attention of fans makes this level-headed approach even more remarkable.

Rupert isn’t even offended by strangers heckling him.

He smiled and said: “People do call me Ron in the street. I have grown up with it, it has become my second name almost.

“I do answer to it. Or they call me Weasley or Ginger.”

Although he doesn’t enjoy people taking sneaky photographs while he’s in a restaurant.

He said: “There are moments when you don’t really want to do it, if you are having a meal and people are taking their camera phones out and taking pictures of you.

“You can spot them. They pretend to take pictures of their friend and they slightly offset the camera so they can get you.”

But he is grateful for some aspects of fame – all the fan mail and presents. For some reason he gets sent lots of pyjamas.

Odd encounters with obsessed fans also raise a smile.

He said with a laugh: “There was a time when I was in LA, I think, I met this guy who had a tattoo of me, Dan and Emma on his arm.

“He hadn’t quite got the resemblance. I looked like Anne Robinson.”

But how does he feel now this immense experience is over?

Rupert said: “It is weird to think it was the last one. There is a scene right at the end, after the battle, with the three of us on the bridge.

“I found that scene emotional, I still haven’t got used to it.”

But surely the post-Potter future is bright for Rupert, offering the chance to make different kinds of films?

In between the magical movies he has already appeared in low-budget projects including Wild Target, Cherrybomb, Driving Lessons and Thunderpants.

Coming up is Comrade, in which he plays a British airman shot down over Norway in the Second World War.

And Rupert has been lined up to play Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a biopic of the Winter Olympics sensation.

He says: “I want to keep on acting, definitely.”

We can only hope his career fares better than the dreams of Brit ski jumper Eddie – who came dead last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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

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Oscars’ Five Best Moments

This year’s Academy Awards are already just a memory, but Hollywood’s annual glamour fest provided some poignant and funny moments along the way.

Here are some of our favorites from the show:

1. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis’s Crackling Delivery
The Friends with Benefits costars were together again, their onscreen chemistry translating to the stage, too. The witty Timberlake cracked Kunis up with his deadpan delivery of several jokes, literally causing her to double over with laughter at one point as they presented awards for animated films.

2. Harry Potter and Twilight Get the Auto-Tune Treatment
Add some clever technological maneuvers, and presto – a serious confrontation between Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 becomes a hilarious musical created with Auto-Tuned voices. Edward, Bella and a shirtless Jacob – Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner – also got the same treatment during a scene from Twilight: Eclipse, jokingly titled “He Doesn’t Own a Shirt.”

3. Christian Bale Chokes Up Paying Tribute to His Wife
Bale has played a gruff, gravelly voiced Batman, a grizzled boxer in his Oscar-winning performance in The Fighter, and myriad of other tough-guy roles. So when he choked up when it came to thanking his wife, Sandra “Sibi,” it was a departure for the towering Brit. “Of course mostly my wonderful wife (pause) ah – I didn’t think I was like this – my wonderful wife who is my mast through the storms of life, I hope I’m likewise to you, darling,” he said from the stage. Judging by her beaming face, it seems he is.

4. Luke Matheny: Big Winner, Big Hair
When he won the Oscar for his Live Action Short Film God of Love – a comedy about a lounge-singing darts champion – Matheny, sporting a huge mass of curly locks, immediately admitted, “I should’ve gotten a hair cut!” His enthusiastic acceptance speech and his shout-out to his mom for helping out on craft services brought some more charm to the proceedings – and loud applause from the audience.

5. Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr.’s Banter
It got physical, with Law putting a hand on Downey’s chest before telling him to “shut up.” His reason? As Law earnestly introduced the nominees for the Visual Effects Oscar, Downey interrupted him to criticize the category – more than once. “If it wasn’t for them, your closest association with a superhero would have been in 2001 when you got busted in a cheap hotel with a woman dressed as Bat Girl,” Law ribbed the Iron Man star. After a brief, stunned pause, Downey Jr. clarified, “First, that cheap hotel room cost $1,250 a night, with a corporate discount. Secondly, it was 2000 and not 2001. And most importantly, she was dressed as Wonder Woman.” Later, Downey Jr. added, “Jude Law no longer has a ride to the after parties if anyone’s interested.” The stone-faced actors, who starred in Sherlock Holmes together, were clearly joking about any disagreement, making the faux rivalry all the more fun.


Original article found here: People.com | February 28th, 2011

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Harry Potter secrets! Why are Rupert Grint and Emma Watson sopping wet?

The first of the final two Harry Potter movies — Deathly Hallows — Part 1 — is scheduled to be released on November 19, but the stars finished shooting both films earlier this summer. Daniel Radcliffe, 21, Emma Watson, 20, and Rupert Grint, 21, have been playing Harry, Hermione, and Ron for more than decade, literally for half of their lives. When EW sat down with each of them last year at Leavesden Studios outside London as they entered the final stretch of filming, it was clear that they each were struggling with mixed emotions: happy that they had made the journey and ambitious to make these final films they best they could be, but eager, also, to start the rest of their lives.

“I’m ready to kind of move on now, I think,” Grint said between takes. “This film is a great way to finish the whole era, and it’s going to be sad, because obviously all my friends are here, but 10 years is enough.” The three of them were shooting a scene in the Room of Requirement in which Harry, Ron, and Hermione are searching for a horcrux — in this case, the tiara-like Ravenclaw diadem. Watson and Grint were both sopping wet. (In the film, Ron and Hermione have recently destroyed another horcrux in water and were pursued by a Voldemort-shaped tsunami.) Grint and Watson were kept soaked by crew members, who sprayed the pair down every few minutes. It was not making Watson happy. “It’s been this way for weeks,” she said, shivering next to a space heater. “I hate to sound whiny, but it’s horrible. It’s miserable being wet all the time.” She shrugged and added flatly: “But, you know, I was told it will look very dramatic when you see the films, so it will be worth it.”

Radcliffe, meanwhile, seemed to be in a tug-of-war with himself about finishing his run as Harry Potter. “This film has been hard to make, and I’ve had some of the most trying moments, both physically and mentally, than ever before,” he said. “I wasn’t entirely thrilled with my performance in Half-Blood [Prince] — I found it quite same-y, and didn’t think there was enough variation in it — so I’ve worked hard to make sure that if the seventh film comes out and I’m still unhappy with it, I’ll know it won’t be from lack of trying.”


Original article found here: Entertainment Weekly | August 12, 2010

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Emma Watson ‘Thrilled’ With “Deathly Hallows’ Ending, Looking Forward To Filming Favorite Scene

By Elisabeth Rappe

Shortly after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” hit store shelves last summer, media outlets fell over themselves trying to find out what the young cast members thought of the final book. Though they have the good fortune of getting to play at Hogwarts, they didn’t have any insider knowledge as to the fates of their characters, and found out who lived and who died at the same time as the rest of us.

So, when MTV News caught up with the lovely Emma Watson, we couldn’t resist asking her impression of the final novel. Watson’s future in the films was the focus of some intense scrutiny as rumors flew that she was no longer interested in playing Hermione Granger – rumors she quickly put to rest by signing for the rest of the series. So what did she think of the book’s ending and her budding relationship with Ron? (Warning, spoilers regarding the final book after the jump).

First and foremost, what does she think of Granger’s marriage to Ron Weasley? “I was thrilled really. Ron was the right person for her to be with. I think it was
amazing that they had kids. It was perfect.”

Has she discussed the romance (and eventual kiss!) with costar Rupert Grint? “God no! We haven’t discussed it. I think we’ll have to cross that bridge when we come to it.” (Warning: Spoiler Alert Below)

The relationship between Ron and Hermione is obviously something near and dear to Watson – the “Deathly Hallows” scene she is most eager to film is a volatile moment between the couple.

“The scene that really touched me is Ron’s betrayal of Hermione, him leaving her. There’s that wonderful scene where he comes back and Hermione just launches herself at him and starts hitting him and is uncontrollably angry at him and disappointed in him for abandoning her. I’m looking forward to that because it felt very real when I read it.”


Original article can be found here at MTV Movies Blog I December 12, 2008

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20 Questions with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

By Elizabeth Landers

A far-reaching red carpet, a gaggle of multilingual paparazzi screaming “Emma, Rupert, over here,” a safe haven inside a luxury train. This is the scene that unfolded in front of Parisian press members for the premiere of the fifth Harry Potter film, “The Order of the Phoenix.”

That morning, hundreds of movie critics, journalists and the well-connected crossed paths on the famous Champs-Elysees for the pre-screening of the newest installment in the film saga.

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An internship at the French children’s publisher Play Bac Presse allowed me to joined the ranks of the selected few who enjoyed the latest Harry Potter film.

Each time a new Harry Potter film is released, critics produce a resounding, “This is the best one yet.” Well, expect to hear that again. After a riveting two hours and 17 minutes, I was sad to see the microcosmic sets, cutting-edge computer graphics and emotional performances replaced with black-and-white credits.

Die-hard fans, the kind that expect an acceptance letter in the mail someday from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, will be quite satisfied, just as the audience members on the Champs-Elysees were.

After returning back to Play Bac headquarters, the editor, two other French kids and I discussed the film and our upcoming assignment: an interview with the actors Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. We spoke a mixture of French and English as we scribbled down about two dozen questions ranging from the specifics of filming to the teenagers’ personal lives.

Paris has recently had a cloud of notoriety surrounding its weather activity, and it lived up to expectations. After five minutes in a deluge, all four of us were soaked by the time we found a cab that would take us to the destination of our interview, the Gare de Bercy. We clutched our question sheets tightly and arrived soaking wet on a glamorous red carpet in an old-fashioned train station.

As soon as their limousine deposited them, Emma and Rupert posed to a rising cacophony of “Smile for me,” yelled by the paparazzi. Our interview commenced only 10 minutes later as Emma and Rupert walked into the interview train car impeccably yet age-appropriately dressed.

Rupert, the less chatty of the two, was actually the first to answer my question about how he prepares for the movies. “Yeah, I re-read the books to refresh my memory.” Emma also added, “For this film David (the director) wanted the fight scenes to be really amazing between Dumbledore’s Army and the Deatheaters, so he brought in a choreographer who taught us specific movements for each of the spells.”

She and Rupert were obviously very comfortable around each other, and they fed off of each others’ responses as they talked like best friends. When asked about what she would do when Harry Potter ends, Emma responded, “I guess it’s easier for you two (Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliff) because I am the only one who hasn’t really done anything besides Harry Potter.”

She added that she would like to sing, but she’s not sure if she is “talented enough.” One of our tougher questions came at the end: How will you feel if your character dies in the final book? “I wouldn’t really care. I mean, it is the last book,” said Rupert.

Emma said she could go either way, “As an actress, it would be cool to have my character die, so then I could have a death scene. But I also had high hopes for Hermione. I thought she was going to get married to Ron, have babies and have some career where she was using her intelligence to help the House Elves.”


Original article found here: Tallahassee.com | July 12, 2007

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