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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Set Visit: Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint was more than generous with his time when he talked to and he chatted about everything from how much his character grows in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to his favorite band and games he likes to play:

Q: That’s an amazing costume. Tell us about it.
Rupert Grint:
Yeah, this is only a little bit of it as well. This is only part of the costume because I’m a keeper I’ve got this massive leather body pad and I’ve got this hat sort of Keeper hat like a padded helmet. I’ve been enjoying Quidditch this year. It’s been alright. It is a bit of an anticlimax because it is actually really painful and really uncomfortable.

Q: How so?
‘Cause you’re sitting on a broom and that is quite uncomfortable. And we’ve got harnesses and rigs where the broom moves like that and it does hurt a bit but it is good fun and I am enjoying it.

Q: Daniel said now you understand why he’s not crazy for it.
I do yeah. This is the first time I’ve got to play Quidditch. I’ve always as I’ve always been quite keen to try it out. Yeah, he’s always said it’s quite painful and he’s definitely right it’s not too comfortable.

Q: So what happens on the field? We are told it is a little more comic than we’re use to.
It is. This one is a lot more light-hearted than the last one. The last one was really quite dark but this one’s got a few more lighter sort of moments. The Quidditch is quite fun ’cause for Ron there is two sides to it. There’s a side when he thinks he’s really good ’cause he thinks he’s taken the potion and there’s the other side at the try-outs where he’s actually not very good. I have to do a bit of both of this one.

Q: You also get some romance in this movie. Can you talk about that?
Yeah sure. Ron gets a girlfriend in this one. Jessie Cave who plays Lavender is really cool. She’s really funny. We’ve already filmed the kissing scene a few weeks ago. It was actually quite embarrassing. I wasn’t feeling too uncomfortable about it until the actual day came. The actual scene we did it in the common room full of people cheering and I was standing on this little plinth, this stage and it was actually um, I felt quite self-conscious really ’cause everyone’s there looking at us. We were both quite nervous about it but it was alright.

Q: Was that your first on screen love scene or kissing scene?
No, I did a little one in “Driving Lessons,” there was a little kiss in that. But that was alright ’cause I was just on my own. But on this one it was a lot different. Once we did the first few it was good.

Q: How many takes did you have to do? I think Daniel said for his he had to do something like 30.
30 yeah. No mine was nothing like that. I think it was around eight because he knew we were quite uncomfortable about it and it was quite nerve wracking scene so he kept it to I think about eight so it wasn’t too bad.

Q: Did you pop a lot of gum or mints before?
Yeah, I did yeah, definitely.

Q: It is really a different relationship between Ron and Lavender than we’re use to seeing in the books. It’s the only one scene that is kind of teenage hormonal, purely physical. Was that hard for you at all?
No, we’ve only done a few sort of excerpts from it, but it is quite funny really. He’s pretty one sided ’cause right from the beginning Ron is never really sort of comfortable with the whole thing and this is sort of his first proper relationship. She gets a little bit too crazy and possessive and that and sort of scares him a little bit and he becomes kind of one sided. It was quite fun. She’s really funny as well as Lavender.

Q: In the last film Ron had some issues with Harry and it was kind of dark. Tell me about Ron’s character’s journey in this film and how it’s different.
He’s a bit more cocky in this one ’cause he’s on the Quidditch team and he’s got a girlfriend and sort of thinks he’s quite special. It was quite a new thing to do because before he was a little bit of a nerd and not really fitting in. But now it is quite fun to do all that sort of stuff.

Q: What does Hermione think of him having a girlfriend in this movie?
I think she’s a bit jealous and you can see probably see that in the film ’cause there are a few scenes that suggest she does sort of like Ron and it sort of leads up to the seventh film.

Q: What’s your feelings about seven coming up no matter what shape it takes, is the feeling changing around here since you’ve been around here so long as things are starting to get to the end now?
Yeah, I suppose. I loved the seventh book. I thought it was really good and I really liked the ending myself. So yeah I’m really looking forward to doing it. I’m not really consciously thinking about it ’cause I’m doing this but it’s the first time we’ve really known where it’s going to go. Before there has always been a book that hasn’t been out yet so yeah it’s going to be quite cool.

Q: What do you think has been the most challenging thing that you’ve had to do so far?
Quidditch is quite hard. I was surprised at how physical it is ’cause we had to do quite a bit of training on a trampoline which was actually quite scary ’cause we were going quite high. They rigged us up to this wire rig and we had to do flips and stuff and I didn’t really feel very comfortable doing that.

Q: Once J.K. Rowling made the revelation that Dumbledore was gay that Michael Gambon off camera would kind of swishy things. Is that true?
I dunno. I haven’t actually done a scene with Michael Gambon yet. But I was quite shocked at it and it was quite funny. When you sort of think about it is does make sense really in some ways. I think it’s cool.

Q: When we see you guys on the red carpets or on the junkets we always ask what you thought about the end and what would actually happen. What did happen when you all finally read the book? Did you all call each other or what was the reaction?
I was quite surprised really ’cause there was so much hype about it that I was expecting one of us to not make it. So I was really surprised ’cause I thought one of us would go. I was happy ’cause it is a really nice ending and we all live happily ever after so it was nice. It was good.

Q: Are you prepared to let this go?
I dunno. You can definitely feel it coming to an end now and I think it’s going to be quite sad and I will miss it. It’s been quite a long time now, it’s been like 9 years and I’ve really enjoyed it so I dunno. It’s going to be really weird yeah.

Q: We’ve basically seen you all grow up on screen. How odd is that for you?
It is especially when I’m coming up on 20 this year so it is really weird. Especially ’cause they’ve been playing the old films on TV recently and I’ve caught a few bits on them and it is really strange looking at them ’cause we were so different then.

Q: Daniel said he teased you about having to do the kissing scene but did he give you any kind of advise or tips before it or did he just laugh at you?
Yeah basically he did yeah. No he really didn’t give me any advise. It all happened quite quickly really. It was over quite quickly and it was quite embarrassing and I wasn’t really looking forward to it. But it was alright.

Q: Was Jessie a good kisser?
No, yeah, it was good. It is quite a quick kiss and yeah, it was good yeah.

Q: When you were reading book seven was there anything that you really look forward to filming while reading it?
Yeah, I’m really interested in the end ’cause in the end it sort of skips to 19 years later and how they are going to do that. Sort of make-up or something.

Q: Did you read the end of the book when you got it in your hands? Did you flip immediately to the end?
Yeah, I did. I couldn’t handle it I had to find out.

Q: Were you afraid at all that Ron was going to die, would you have cared?
It would have been quite fun I suppose it would have been quite a cool scene and it was the last book so I wouldn’t have been missing out on anything so it would have been quite fun. But I think the ending as it happened was the right way to go.

Q: So are you ready to do the Harry Potter reunion special in 10 years?
Oh God. Not yet but maybe in the future but probably not for a while.

Q: Ron’s got to deal with the death of SPOILER in seven so that’s got to be quite intense too?
Yeah it is. That’s going to be quite tricky. That was quite sad actually when reading that. I’m looking forward to seven it’s going to be really cool.

Q: Tell us about the scene where you take a love potion.
Yeah that was quite a cool and fun thing to do. Ron takes these chocolates that are poisoned with this love poison and Ron goes into this sort of strange drunk like state. Yeah that was quite a fun thing to do. It was one of the first things we did. It was cool.

Q: When we spoke at the last set visit everyone was saying that you have the best trailer. Is that still the case?
Yeah definitely. I’ve got a really cool trailer.

Q: You’ve got a ping-pong table…
Ping-pong table, table football, yeah it’s just really cool. It’s sort of that everyone goes there and tries to beat me at table tennis.

Q: Are you a gamer?
Yeah I’ve got a Wii, yeah. It’s good.

Q: You an air guitar fan?
Yeah, I’ve played that. I’ve actually got one here and I do like it.

Q: Are you good at it?
I’m not bad, yeah. Depends what song it is.

Q: What’s your game of choice?
My game of choice? At the moment I’m playing Tiger Woods on the Wii. I’m a bit of a golf fan so it’s really good. I’m enjoying that.

Q: Have you taken your ice-cream truck out yet?
I was going to bring it out quite recently but it’s broken down. It needs a new engine and it needs a load of new parts and I’m going to give it a new paint job. It’s going to look really cool.

Q: Are you going to do it yourself?
No, I don’t know anything about it.

Q: Do you have a name for it?
It’s a Mr. Whippy.

Q: Any dream roles after Harry Potter?
I’m not sure. There’s nothing in particular really. I think I’d like to play someone who’s a little bit mean. I think that would be quite cool or evil that would be different I suppose.

Q: If you found the perfect role how far would you go to get it? Would you shave your head, would you gain weight, would you dye your hair?
Yeah, I’d definitely go with the hair. I guess I’d probably do anything ’cause in the film “Thunder Pants” I had to have a perm for that one so that was quite an extreme thing.

Q: They actually permed your hair?
Yeah they actually permed my hair.

Q: So did you have to grow it out longer to have them perm it?
It was quite long anyway so they just permed it and it was a proper permanent. For a while I wore a cap everywhere. It was quite embarrassing.

Q: Are you able to go about and about in London?
Yeah, I am getting recognized a bit more now since the last film but it’s still fine. It never happens too much. It’s good.

Q: What kind of things do you usually like to go out and do?
I see quite a few bands.

Q: Like who?
I went to the V festival last year that was quite cool. It’s all these different bands. The Killers played there it was cool.

Q: Do you have any crazy stalker fan stories? When you are approached on the street has anyone ever done something or said something inappropriate?
No stalkers or anything strange like that. Nothing really strange. We get sent some unique things. I get sent pajamas all the time.

Q: Pajamas?
Pajamas yeah. SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas was a funny thing to get.

Q: If there was one thing you could change about Ron what would it be?
I’ve always liked Ron. He was always sort of my favorite character in the book. I dunno, nothing probably. I’ve always got on with him.

Q: He’s perfect?

Q: Is there an element in this film that when Harry and Ginny start to get together does Ron have a reaction to that?
Yeah definitely, Ron is very protective of Ginny in this one. There are a few scenes, ’cause she also goes out with Dean Thomas as well and she gets a bit flirty with him and Ron doesn’t really like that and disapproves a little bit. So that was quite a fun thing to do.

Q: Now that you’re 20, is it easier for you to relate to your character now that they are getting older and dating?
: Yeah I suppose it is ’cause I’ve always been a few years ahead of Ron and that sort of helps you know what goes on. Especially with the whole sister protective thing ’cause I’ve got little sisters as well and I sort of take it from that a little bit. It is good.

Original article found here: ComingSoon | July 8th, 2009

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Rupert Grint: Teenage Ice Cream Man

(CBS) “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint isn’t a little kid anymore, but now that he has some money of his own, he’s making his childhood dreams come true.


Grint, who plays Ron, just got his driver’s license so he decided to buy an ice cream truck.

“When I was younger I had sort of — always seemed like a really cool job to be an ice cream man,” he said. “And I thought, why not? It was really cool as well. Like a freezer and some sinks. It’s got a musical tune and all that. We drive it all the time. It’s good.”

But he doesn’t sell ice cream or even give it away. Grint said there are some complicated rules about that sort of thing. So he just drives it around and plays the music.

At 19 years old, Grint is the oldest of the three “Harry Potter” stars and with the last “Potter” book about to hit shelves, he’s beginning to see that an end is near.

But with “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” being only the fifth movie, leaving two left to be made, there is still fun to be had for Grint and his character, Ron.

“I’ve so enjoyed every moment of it,” Grint told The Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith. “It’s been — the days are quite long and it can get a little boring doing the same take over and over again. It’s just a really good experience. I just really enjoyed it.”

Recently he and his cast-mates put their handprints, footprint and wandprint outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The experience and the history overwhelmed him.

“We were really surprised we actually got to do that,” he said. “I was really nervous about doing that. Before we went on, I was shaking pretty badly … It was amazing, yeah. I’m 19 years old and I’ve been in ‘Harry Potter’ movies and now I’m on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

If that made him nervous, Grint would never be able to do the nude scene his co-star Daniel Radcliffe did in a London play. For the meantime, Grint will stick to driving his ice cream truck.

Original article found here: CBS News | July 2007

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Rupert Grint: I’ve got my own ice-cream van

Harry Potter’s Ron Weasley, 18, has an estimated £10 million fortune

Rupert, who left school at 16, recently bought himself an ice-cream van, which he drives around the grounds of his Hertfordshire home.

‘I don’t know why I bought it,’ he says. ‘I’ve always had an interest in the ice-cream industry. It’s really cool. It has a freezer in the back and a big kitchen – and a bell that plays a tune, obviously.’

Aside from the Harry Potter films, Rupert has appeared in two other movies – Thunderpants and Driving Lessons – and he sees a long acting career ahead of him once his role as Ron Weasley comes to an end.

‘I’ve got other things to do after Harry Potter, so I’ll just see what happens,’ he says. ‘I’ll still have my ice-cream van, so I’ll be alright.’

Original article found here: Now Magazine | July 19, 2007

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Rupert Grint Makes Ice-Cold Indulgence

Jamie Portman, CanWest News Service

LONDON — Rupert Grint has bought himself an ice-cream van — and he couldn’t be happier.

He may be in the money thanks to the role of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, but so far that van is his one big indulgence.

Costar Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, is green with envy.

“When you say ‘ice cream van’ it’s not just the shell of an ice-cream van,” she says. “It’s got like real ice cream and sweets and toppings. I can’t believe I haven’t seen it yet. I really want to see it.”

Grint assures her that she will. He used to follow ice-cream trucks as a kid, and now that he’s 19, he figures owning one is a good investment in case this acting gig doesn’t work out over the long haul.

“I haven’t given it much thought, to be honest, but I think I definitely want to continue acting,” Grint said. “But I don’t know, so I’ll just see where it goes from there, really — and if it doesn’t work out, I’ve still got the ice cream van!”

After he passed his driving test five months ago, he didn’t buy a car — he went out and found an ice-cream van which would meet every child’s expectations.

In many ways, this teenager with the engaging grin and unruly red hair is the most down-to-earth of the the three Harry Potter stars. He’s candid about his lack of acting experience when he joined forces with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. That movie marked his professional acting debut, and at the time, Grint was unsure whether he wanted to continue playing Ron to the end of the seven-film cycle. Now it’s certain that all three will remain — in fact they start work this autumn on the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Meanwhile he had a ball working on the current instalment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, opening July 11.

“I really liked doing my scenes — they were really cool,” he remembers. “It was a really good sort of atmosphere on the set and you got to do loads of stunts which is pretty cool.”

He reveals that in one sequence Ron and Hermione fight a duel. “Yeah, and who wins?” interrupts Watson who’s sitting next to him at the press conference.

Grint thinks that it’s been good for the cast to work with a succession of different directors — Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and now David Yates. “It’s always been quite exciting to meet a new one.”

He tends to be recognized often on the street because of his trademark hair, but that’s never been a problem for him. “When I get recognized they always say good things about the film and I’ve always had good feedback.”

But he also finds it weird to watch the earlier films these days.

“Looking back at all the films, it just seems like one big long film,” he said. “It’s weird to look back at the early ones because of how young we were and how much we’ve changed now — but we’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a really good part of my life.”

Original article found here: The StarPhoenix | July 9, 2007

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Rupert Grint Drives… an ice cream van

LONDON—Rupert Grint is earning millions playing Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movie series but guess what he loves to drive around in?

An ice cream van.

Explaining that he’s always had “an interest in the ice cream industry,” Rupert said in a press con at the Claridge’s Hotel that driving a van with a kitchen and freezer at the back is “really cool.”

The shyest of the three principals in the hit film franchise, Rupert surprised us with long replies. In our previous interviews, he would mumble only one or two-sentence answers that led to occasional awkward pauses.

Goofy appeal

Still, the red-haired actor remains basically shy. This bashfulness—and the fact that he’s not as serious and driven as his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson—is what’s most endearing about Rupert. He’s also very unpretentious so his answers, though short, are sincere and charming. His revelation that he tools around in an ice cream van adds to his goofy appeal. The girls love him.

Before we run our Q and A with Rupert, let us share some quotes from Emma, whom we also interviewed. Among the three “Harry Potter” leads, Emma is the one who has changed the most, physically. While Daniel and Rupert still look boyish, Emma definitely looks like a young woman now. Her face is leaner—she looks so different, even though we saw her only less than a year ago on a set visit at the Leavesden Studios as they were filming “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

This afternoon, Emma was in a mood to talk as well. “I think every time you guys see me, I probably look different,” she said. She was on target on that one. “I’m still growing up,” she added.

When the reporters heard a toddler’s voice in the room, Emma explained, “My little sister Nina is at the back.”

Who’s going to die?
The big talk these days is on which two characters will die in the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which will be released on July 21, just over a week after “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” hits the theaters on July 11.

The topic was also on Emma’s mind. “Today, a couple of journalists told me that there’s this guy who claims to have been able to hack into J.K. Rowling’s computer,” she shared. Putting her hands on her chest, she continued, “He’s saying that Hermione is going to die. I was like, ‘Oh God, that’s awful.’ I actually found myself feeling sad. I have not really contemplated on her dying. I always had the sense that she’d make it.”

Of course, no one, except J.K. Rowling and her book printer, really know who survive in the seventh novel.

Emma does not bring up the books when she sees the author: “Whenever I see Jo (J.K.’s nickname, short for Joanne), I always try not to speak to her about the novels. I know that sounds strange but I see her as a separate person, a friend. Because I know what it feels like for people to always speak to you about ‘Harry Potter.’ Sometimes you want to be considered as a person who has a life outside of ‘Harry Potter.’ I would feel too embarrassed to ask her to sign anything for me. I don’t have anything written from her.”

Very similar

The actress is emotionally attached to her character not only because she has been playing her all these years. “Hermione and I are very similar in quite a lot of ways,” she explained. “We’re both very stubborn, determined, loyal, bossy, academic and a bit of a feminist.”

Unlike Rupert, Emma went to see Daniel and Richard Griffiths (who plays Harry’s Muggle uncle) in their play, “Equus,” which drew lots of media attention because Daniel stripped naked onstage. “Dan was brilliant,” she gushed. “I thought Richard Griffiths was also brilliant.”

Asked if she was ever infatuated with Daniel, Emma quickly answered, “I’ve never really had a crush on Dan. There are defiant elements of his personality which are very desirable. I can talk to him for hours. He’s very witty, quick, intelligent, eccentric and different.”

Catching up

Confessing to trying to catch up with Daniel’s knowledge of cinema and actors, the 17-year-old who plans to attend college revealed, “I remember Dan’s face when he learned that I didn’t know who Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) was. He looked at me like I had three heads. But I’m getting there.”

“I will take some time off after I finish the seventh movie,” she replied when queried about her plans. “I’d really like to travel.” The actress, who has French heritage, added, “I’d like to spend some time in France and pick up my French again. I’d love to do a film in France. That would be really cool.”

So far, this millionairess has not splurged on anything big. “Clothes are pretty much my biggest expenditure,” she stated. “I bought myself an Apple laptop which has my music, work and stuff. It’s my pride and joy. I guess a car will be my next thing. But my dad, who loves cars, will be bitterly disappointed that I’ll probably get a small, un-intimidating, safe car. I don’t want anything fancy.”

“No ice cream van,” she clarified with a laugh. “I’ve got Rupert for that.”

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The following are excerpts of our press con with Rupert:

I read the other day that you bought an ice cream van. Why?
I’ve always had an interest in the ice cream industry (laughter). And the ice cream van is really cool. I’ve just passed my driving test as well. The van has a freezer at the back.

Do you need a special license to drive the van?
No because it’s really small. The van has a big kitchen at the back with sinks. I’ve been driving it for about five months now. I just drive it around. It has a little bell. It plays a little tune as well.

It must be a chick magnet.
Oh yeah, definitely (laughter).

Do you still have the pickup?
I still have the 1950 Chevy pickup. I was really into classic American cars. But I can’t get insured on that. It’s too fast. So I’m just driving the ice cream van at the moment.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’ve got the ice cream van that’s keeping me busy. I play a lot of golf as well.

Do you actually make ice cream?
Oh yeah, definitely.

Do you sell it?
Not yet. There are things I have to sort out.

What’s your favorite ice cream?
I’m quite simple. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the 99 [an ice cream cone made with soft ice cream], which is quite popular here. It’s just a whippy, really. It’s like a soft vanilla ice cream with a flake.

What music do you play in the van?
I’ve got some classics. It’s really hard to find them. All I’ve got is an MP3 player that I plug in. The van has a loudspeaker. I’ve been trying to search the Internet to find some traditional ice cream [truck] tunes. I just can’t find them.

Are you worried that your character might be one of the two that will die in the final book?
It would be quite cool to have a death scene, especially if it involves a really cool battle scene. It’s going to be really sad though when it all ends. We’ve got the last two films. It’s going to be weird because these movies have been a big part of my life. I’m going to miss it. I’m really grateful because these movies allowed me to do things I’d probably never get to do otherwise. I got out of school which is quite a bonus. I’ve gone to places which I would have never gone to had these films not come my way.

Do you guys get advance copies of the “Harry Potter” books?
No. On the day the book comes out, that’s when we get it.

Do you get a chance to talk to J.K. Rowling?
Yes, she comes to the set. We talk. But she’s quite good at not giving anything away. Dan and I asked her a few questions. We actually asked her if Harry dies but she didn’t give anything away at all.

Do you plan to go to a university?
I’ve never really been big on school. I didn’t do that well on my exams. I did well in art but that was it, really—which is why I packed it in at 16 [years old]. So about going to a university, I don’t know. Maybe in the future.

For the sake of the continuity of this movie series, are you under contract not to, for example, change your hairstyle or have tattoos?
There are things we’re not allowed to do. We’re not supposed to have tattoos. I’m not allowed to have a major haircut in between films. They have control over my hair at the moment. But Warner Bros. has been good to us. They don’t really make you feel like you’re imprisoned.

Daniel had his first kissing scene in this movie. Are you frustrated that you don’t get to kiss a girl?
I’m not too frustrated about it because I did “Driving Lessons” and there was a little kiss in that. It was probably the most embarrassing moment in my life. You’re in this little set and the crew is watching. It’s not the nicest atmosphere. In the next movie, Ron gets a girlfriend so I’ll get my chance then.

Do you have a girlfriend now?
No, I don’t have any at the moment. It’s cool. I get more attention now. But it’s good fun.

How similar or different are you to Ron Weasley?
I’d like to think that I’m a little bit braver than Ron because he can be a bit of a wimp sometimes. Although I am scared of spiders as well. But in this one, Ron has moved away from his wimpy side a little bit. He attacked a few of the Death Eaters. So he’s getting there.

Can you tell us how it was filming “Driving Lessons”?
It was all right. It was different—that’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed doing that movie. It was nice to do something smaller, something without any blue screen so I could react to real things. I really enjoyed it.

Will you start collecting cars?
I’m not sure yet. I’m big into cars. I don’t know if I’m going to start collecting cars. I’ve always been pretty sensible until I had the ice cream van.

Did you see Daniel in “Equus”?
No. I didn’t get the chance to see him. I really wanted to see it. I did try to get tickets. But it was hard to get them. I heard the play was really good. It got good reviews. It was quite a brave thing for him to do. I still can’t get over it, really.

Perhaps you did not watch Daniel in “Equus” because of the nudity?
I won’t use the word scared. But I suppose…

I suppose it could have been a little awkward. It’s quite a brave role to take on. I definitely respect him for doing it. I could never, never see myself doing that at the moment.

Will you continue acting and have the ice cream business as a backup?
I will always have that as a backup, yeah. I definitely want to continue acting if I can because I really do enjoy it.

Original article found here: | June 30th, 2007

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Harry Potter’s Phoenix flies at last

John Hiscock joins the launch of the latest film and talks with Rupert Grint about his cool new wheels

Written by John Hiscock


They have been pupils at Hogwarts for seven years and audiences have seen them grow from children to older teenagers, but the young stars of the Harry Potter series are happy to be wearing school uniforms for at least another two years.

Daniel Radcliffe, 17, and Rupert Grint, 18, may be showing signs of five o’clock shadow and Emma Watson, 16, has grown into a confident and attractive young woman, but on screen they are still the young heroes and heroine of J K Rowling’s epic series of adventures.

The fifth of her seven-story oeuvre, the £200 million Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is due to be released on July 12 and, as always, Warner Brothers executives are keeping a tight lid on details about it. However, they have been unable to stop the internet from buzzing with rumours, reports and details leaking out from early screenings in Chicago, Los Angeles and London.

According to these reports, screenwriter Michael Goldenberg (Contact, Peter Pan) has cut large chunks from the 870-page book but retained the basic plot, which sees Harry Potter becoming a resistance fighter against the repressive Ministry of Magic, with the support of Dumbledore’s Army, a group of rebellious Hogwarts teens.

This time, as well as the evil Lord Voldemort, Death Eaters and the sinister Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs), the young wizard has new villains to battle, notably the demented witch Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter) and Dolores Umbridge (the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher), played by Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton.

Dressed in pink from head to toe and wearing a permanent smile, Umbridge reportedly features in one of the creepier scenes, as she makes a defiant Harry write out lines that appear scratched in blood on his hands.

It might seem tame after he has sworn, simulated sex and blinded make-believe horses on stage eight times a week in Equus, but Daniel Radcliffe gets his first screen kiss from actress Katie Leung, playing the Scottish student Cho Chang who has a crush on Harry, although she is still coping with the murder of her last boyfriend by Voldemort.

The director’s mantle has this time fallen on David Yates, after Mike Newell (who directed the last Potter film) and Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) opted to take other offers.

Yates, who directed the mini-series State of Play and the two-part Sex Traffic, was popular with the stars after the energetic direction of Newell.

“David was really relaxed and laid-back,” said Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, talking at Claridges yesterday during one of the first of a hectic round of promotional interviews lined up for the next two weeks.

“We had a good atmosphere on the set. Mike Newell wasn’t afraid to shout. David Yates was really cool and open to ideas.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix features flashbacks of the characters’ lives, which the actors found strange to see.

“I’m much taller now and my voice is deeper,” said Grint. “I’m 19 this year and I was 11 when I started, so it’s been a long time.”

Grint, who passed his driving test five months ago, has used some of his Harry Potter wealth to buy an ice-cream van.

“It’s really cool and it’s got a freezer in the back and I drive it around,” he said.

“So if things don’t work out I’ve still got the van. I’ve always got that back-up.”

He confessed that he had not been to see Daniel Radcliffe in Equus.

“I tried,” he said, “but it was really hard to get tickets.”

Original article found at The Telegraph I June 26, 2007

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The Harry Potter Interviews – Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint!

With fifth Potter movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix about to hit UK cinema screens, David Savage went to the press conference in London, then chatted to Daniel Radcliffe about art and theatre, and Rupert Grint about golf and ice cream! Here’s our report…

On the morning of Monday 25 June 2007, the day that Britain will have its worst storms in decades and Sheffield will be submerged underwater, a large group of international journalist types – and me – are sat in a big room in County Hall by the Thames in London. It looks like the House of Commons, but the witchy broomsticks scattered about make it clear that it’s not boring old politicians we’re waiting for. Nope, this is the press conference for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, hosted by That Ben Shepherd Off TV, and there’s a buzz in the air because all the major young cast members are about to arrive, along with the director, producer and writer.

When they do, it’s interesting to note the differences between Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint who sit together. Daniel’s smart with suit and tie, buzzes with nervous energy, talks lots and isn’t just make-you-smirk-from-time-to-time funny but actually spit-out-your-crisps laugh-out-loud funny, and could easily have a career as a stand-up comic. Whereas Rupert is casual, laid back, a teen of few words, and has a quieter sense of humour, a deep grin often creasing his face as he happily watches Daniel get tangled up in his rapid-fire monologues.


Next, it’s time to chat with Rupert Grint. He’s as chilled out as ever, friendly and fun to speak to.

Rupert, how did you find making Driving Lessons compared to making the Potter films. Like Daniel’s December Boys it was quite low budget…
Yeah, it was really two extremes. Driving Lessons had such a low budget. We just filmed it round London. It was really simple and I enjoyed it. We didn’t do too many takes – usually just about two takes. About five scenes a day. It’s such a different way of working; quite cool. And it was nice to be in such an atmosphere – not full of magical creatures. Dragons and stuff like that!

Which of the two types of film would you prefer to make in future?
I don’t know, really. I did like it, yeah. But it’s a lot of fun doing all the visual effects stuff, too, ’cause it’s really cool to look back and watch the film at the end. There’s one scene in the new Potter that’s just out there really, where we’re flying through London. It’s really wicked, and I do love stuff like that. I do like that side of film.

Is it true you’ve bought an ice cream van?
(NODS) It’s quite strange really. I’ve always been into the ice cream industry, and I’ve just got an ice cream van, yeah. It’s got two freezers and lots of ice cream in the back. It’s lots of fun driving it about.

Which ice cream van jingle does it play?
It’s hard to find one, actually. I can plug it into my MP3 player and play what I want, but it’s hard to find a good ice cream jingle.

Do you park then drive off when the local kids come for ice creams?
Yeah! You get a lot of disappointed children following you round.

There’s a road movie in that. You setting off on an adventure in your ice cream van…
Yeah! And it’s also a back up plan in case the acting doesn’t work out.

What else are you into?
I’ve got quite a few interests. When I left school I limited my boundaries a bit, I suppose. But I’ve always been into art.

Did you leave before A Levels?
Yeah, I left at 16. I could always go back… but I don’t see it, really!

Is it true you’re into golf?
Yeah, I am into golf. I’ve just been getting into it recently.

What’s the best golfing tip you’ve ever been given?
The best tip?!

Aren’t golfers always swapping golfing tips?
Yeah. Well, the most important thing is to keep your head down when you’re going through the swings. I never thought I’d get into it, but I really enjoy it.

Do you buy any of the golfing magazines?
I have bought a few, yeah!

It’s that bad, then?
Yeah. But there’s so much equipment involved!

You’re into music, too, aren’t you?
Yeah, I like music. I play the didgeridoo. I got a little CD that taught me – but I don’t really know what to do with it. I haven’t mastered it yet. I can make a noise with it. I can sound like Rolf Harris.

Which bands do you like?
I’ve got wide tastes. I like the Arctic Monkeys and a lot of new bands. I go to a lot of gigs.

On your travels, which country has the most intense Harry Potter fans?
It varies. The British ones aren’t as forward or loud as the American ones. But the Japanese are really crazy. I went a couple of years ago – it was really great.

Have you seen any of the films dubbed into Japanese?
Yeah, they ran them on TV there. It was cool. You couldn’t tell it was dubbed. It really looked like I was speaking Japanese.

When a new cast member like Evanna Lynch (as Luna Lovegood) joins the set, how do you make them feel like one of the family – because you must all have bonded so much over the years.
We don’t really do anything in particular. But Evanna fitted in really well. She knows the books so well, everyone speaks to her to find out stuff! It’s good for us when there’s someone new ’cause it freshens things up for us.

When the last Potter film wraps, there’ll surely be quite a big vacuum in your life – will it be hard to deal with for a while with when it all ends?
Definitely, yes. It’s been such a massive part of my life. Every year I’ve had the same consistent routine.

And you spend much more time in the Harry Potter world than out of it…?
Definitely, yeah. It will be weird not to do it, really. Hopefully other stuff will come up. But I’m gonna miss it. It’s been really fun and I’ve met some really cool people and done some really cool stuff.

Another writer asks Rupert if it’s true that he’s scared of spiders and he shudders – “yeah – spiders. Really bad. I don’t like ’em at all” – so how did he cope with facing the whopping spider in Prisoner of Azkaban? He says he’s lucky he didn’t have to face any real ones, but adds “I’m not really scared of massive ones. Just the little ones that can crawl on you.”

So if you got into your ice cream van one pleasant morning and found a Black Widow perched on the Raspberry Ripple, how would you cope?
Oh, that’d ruin the whole thing. That would totally put me off it…

Original article found here: Popcorn | June 25th, 2007

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