Exclusive Interview with Rupert Grint about Into the White

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During the Press Call for Into the White, we had the opportunity to not only attend the Press Conference and Photocall, but also to sit down with the charming Rupert Grint for a one-on-one for several minutes.

After a bit of small talk (Rupert: “I’m good, but I’m REALLY tired after last night!”), we spent several minutes talking about Into the White, Rupert’s singing and his haircut for the film.
After this, Rupert agreed to do a quick photo interview with us – a question, and a picture as an answer. No words, no second try.

You can read our interview below, and check out our photo-interview here. Enjoy!

I.C.M.: So, you saw the film yesterday, is it the way you wanted it to be?
Rupert: Yeah, it was. I always find it quite weird watching myself, especially when it’s the first time you’re watching it with everybody. I’m used to seeing it on my own. But yeah, it was good, I really enjoyed it. It brought back a lot of memories, and yeah – I’m really pleased.
I.C.M.: What was your favourite scene, now that you’ve seen the entire film?
Rupert: There are so many. I like the moments we have with the relationship between my character and Stig. Those are the moments that were quite cool. And I like the scene where we chop…
I.C.M.: Where you’re drunk?
Rupert: (laughing) Yeah. After we chop his arm off.
I.C.M.: That was quite funny because we didn’t know how it would look like. But let’s talk about the accent. How much time did you spend working on it?
Rupert: Quite a lot. I mean it was a quite a last minute decision, to go with the Liverpool accent. I was kind of worried, because it is a hard accent to do. It’s very difficult from the sound, because it is such a quick accent. It’s like twenty words per second. But I thought it would kind of fit the character, because he is a really argumentative and feisty kind of guy. And Liverpool is – I don’t know if you’ve ever been there – the people there are quite tough , so I thought it would work well. But it was quite a challenge, because obviously there weren’t many local, or British, people there who are familiar with the accent. So I couldn’t really guess if I was doing it right or not, because everyone was either German or Norwegian in the crew or cast.
I.C.M.: Did you get any feedback?
Rupert: No, I couldn’t, because I was kind of just on my own really. I just had to really pray that it was coming out alright. But yeah, I thought it went alright.
I.C.M.: Do you have any other accents that you can do aside from that and Belfast? I mean, and your own?
Rupert: I love, really love doing accents. It gives another layer to the character, especially with something like Liverpool, which is so “in your face”.
I.C.M.: Whose idea was it to do the Liverpool accent?
Rupert: In the script, he was actually Liverpudlian, but Petter was quite open to anything and didn’t mind if it was more English. But I kind of wanted to keep that because it seemed to just fit Smithy. But yeah, I’m glad that I got away with it. Yeah, I do like doing accents.
I.C.M.: We heard, because there was the scene with the reindeers coming in, and two of our staffers have been to Grotli and the hotel. And they told us that you had a moment in your hotel room where you had reindeers coming up. Do you remember that?
Rupert: Yeah, I mean we had heard about these kind of reindeers, where there are hundreds and hundreds of them in this big herd, and they can be quite aggressive. I was always looking out for them, but I never actually saw one. I saw a moose on the first day.
I.C.M.: The film is about the German and English relationship. Did you feel that David and Florian are typical Germans? What you might imagine a German to be like.
Rupert: Off camera? No, I mean, I’ve never really spent much time with any kind of German people. But yeah, they were great, and we had such a good time. It was all very close, because it was only the five of us, together all the time really, it was in this cabin. We got on really well. We always used to go out in the evenings, and we all ate together every night. It was really good.
I.C.M.: About the scenes which you shot outside in Grotli. How cold was it? Because we were told by Steffy who did the costumes, that you didn’t have any warm feet or anything.
Rupert: Yeah, in Sweden it was… you’re talking about Sweden, right?
I.C.M.: Well, in Sweden the place was apparently quite warm, wasn’t it?
Rupert: Yeah, it was, outside! But we filmed it in a place, they use it for freezing food, so it was kind of like a freezer where they build the cabin in so we could still act cold, and see our breath. So that was quite cold. But we were quite layered up. There were a lot of layers…
I.C.M.: So that was ok? Because they were worried you would freeze your feet of.
Rupert: Yeah, I mean it was an original costume, real goggles, and boots, socks and jumpers – it was all genuine stuff. But yeah, you were definitely pleased when they wrapped up.
I.C.M.: What was your first thought, when you saw your haircut?
Rupert: (laughing) It was quite a shock!
I.C.M.: It was quite a change…
Rupert: It was quite a dramatic change. I didn’t know until the first day of filming that I was going to be curly. It just kind of happened. I had a little shaved off in the back, and that was scary, because I am quite funny about my hair. I always like having a fringe, but I mean, it kind of suited the character.
I.C.M.: About the singing. Did you kind of train for that? Because that was just amazing, it was such a complete surprise.
Rupert: I didn’t train for it, no. I kind of wanted it to be a shock for everyone, for them as well (motions to his co-stars) when they come out and hear me. It was kind of a genuine surprise.
I.C.M.: So it was spontaneous singing.
Rupert: No, it was in the script, but I kind of kept it to myself until right before filming it. It’s quite a hard song to sing actually. It’s quite nice to see a softer side of the character, because he is quite though.
I.C.M.: So when is the album coming out?
Rupert: (laughing) Actually, when we were filming, me and Lachlan and Stig and some of the others – we formed a band.
I.C.M.: Did you?
Rupert: Yeah.
I.C.M.: And you did what? The singing?
Rupert: I was guitar and vocals, yeah.
I.C.M.: You had your guitar with you?
Rupert: I had a guitar. Don’t know where it came from. We were in this restaurant, there were musicians and they let us get on stage and do a few songs. We had a good laugh.

I.C.M.: I am going to do something else, I am going to ask five questions, because we heard from David and Florian that you are always, as soon as the camera is on, you are in character. I was going to ask five questions and you get to answer them with just one facial expression and I am going to take one picture.
Rupert: Just facial expressions?
I.C.M.: Yeah.

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Thanks a million to Rupert for taking the time to talk to us!

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Exclusive Photo Interview with Rupert Grint

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During the Press Call for Into the White, we had the opportunity to not only attend the Press Conference and Photocall, but also to sit down with the charming Rupert Grint for a one-on-one for several minutes.

After a bit of small talk (Rupert: “I’m good, but I’m REALLY tired after last night!”), we spent several minutes talking about Into the White, Rupert’s singing and his haircut for the film, which you can read here.

After this, Rupert agreed to do a quick photo interview with us – a question, and a picture as an answer. No words, no second try. It was incredibly impressive how quickly Rupert gave the expression, and even though we said no words are allowed, we decided to include the exchange during the second question…

I.C.M.: I am going to do something else, I am going to ask five questions, because we heard from David and Florian that you are always, as soon as the camera is on, you are in character. I was going to ask five questions and you get to answer them with just one facial expression and I am going to take one picture.
Rupert: Just facial expressions?
I.C.M.: Yeah.
Rupert: Okay…

I.C.M.: How did you feel the first time you had to ski?

I.C.M.: What was your favourite scene in Into the White?

ICM: What was your favourite scene?
Rupert: Oh, wait, that’s a hard one… *makes expression* *starts to smile*
ICM: *takes picture* “Errr. What scene was that?”
Rupert: Er. That scene was… *laughs* I dunno actually! I don’t know. I just panicked.”
*both laugh*

I.C.M.: How did you feel at the premiere last night?

I.C.M.: What kind of role would you like to play next?

I.C.M.: How are you going to react when you win an Oscar?

Thanks a million to Rupert for taking the time to talk to us!

Copyright of this interview lies with www.rupert-grint.us. If you wish to publish, please make sure to link back to us, or email us via staff@rupert-grint.us


Into the White World Premiere Press Call

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ICM Exclusive: Into the White World Premiere

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ICM’s Review: Into the White

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Somewhere over the …
snowy Norwegian mountains two airplanes crash-landed on April 27th 1940. Nearly 72 years later, a film about the events celebrated its premiere at the Folketeateret in Oslo on March 4th, 2012.

Just like the German pilots in the film, the audience is immediately thrown into the Norwegian wilderness and has no better idea what to do than them. When Horst Schopis (Florian Lukas) falls into a snow cave, you already get an idea that you are in for a few laughs. While you are struggling with the Germans through the endless snow you are introduced to Josef Schwartz‘ (David Kross) obsession with Hitler and his ideas, when he reads from “Mein Kampf” and proudly shows Hitler’s autograph to his companions: “I was waiting in line for six hours to get this autograph!”

After Wolfgang Strunk (Stig Henrik Hoff, whose German is near perfect) has ended up in a life-threatening situation, you even get a sense of relief when they reach the cabin and the feeling that this will not be a honeymoon.

With the arrival of the British pilots, the fun begins:

While Schopis and Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer) keep up a cock fight on an elevated level, which gets his high point when Davenport und Schopis flex their muscles by trying to prevent the whole cabin from falling down, Robert Smith (Rupert Grint) does his best to annoy the Germans at any given opportunity: “Maybe you’re too fucking stupid to feel the cold?” We have to admit that he is only acting under orders, but we get kind of a feeling that he is really enjoying it. At the same time he earns a “What did he say?” after almost every second line which is quite funny and sometimes eases the tention between the Germans and Britsh, even though it is not his intention.

We learn how to skin a rabbit, have fun watching them play “spin the pistol” and get an impression of Horst Schopis’ and Wolfgang Strunk’s dancing qualities. But, despite all the fun, we also see them struggling with the cold, hunger and the desperation of not knowing where they are and how to get out.

One of the greatest things in the film is the developement of Smith’s and Strunk’s relationship. In the beginning it is just Smith trying to provocate Strunk, who is a reserved and calm person, in every situation he can, but like Smith, we get a deeper insight into Strunk’s personality and they almost become friends, which both actors show in such a believable way: “I come with you.” “Good.”

The enmity between Smith and Schwartz is omnipresent, and Rupert and David both seem to have perfected the if-looks-could-kill expression, and continuously rile each other up. We’ve all seen a piece of the scene, where Smith comes back after taking a loo, saying: “Hey Josef, I must say chapter two was a little rough on my arse.” Let us just say: Smith is very creative in finding more and more ways of provocating Schwartz and that was just one of them.

All five actors are giving an amazing and believable performance. Despite each characters’ negative moments, you develop a sympathy for each one of them. There is no good guy or bad guy, no right or wrong; it’s just five blokes in a cabin struggling to survive. Nothing else matters anymore.

Credit to Florian Lukas and Lachlan Nieboer, who portray the vulnerability of their characters while they struggle to maintain the cold and perfect image of a soldier-in-control on such an impressiv way.

We get to see a completely new side of Rupert’s acting: He’s behaving like a nuisance, but you can’t help but like him. Maybe that’s because Smithy is a womanizer, having impressed the hard-to-get bartender Sheila at the airbase with his special abilities.
Rupert surprises with a great singing scene, and it is a very moving moment when the lost pilots are looking out over the endless scenery to the line:

“blue birds fly over the rainbow, why, then, oh why can’t I”.

It is great to see the five characters finding out that they will only survive if they work together, and a scene when Schopis destroys an object representing Hitler’s ideology even earned applause from the audience.

Beside the five comrades, there is one more main character who has to be mention and that is definitely the Norwegian countryside. We already saw so many amazing pictures when the movie was shot back in April, but seeing it now on the big screen was overwhelming. The title “Into The White” fits perfectly and there is not much more to say. Petter Næss shows us the beauty and inviolacy of the Norwegian snow desert, but we also see the other side. The wilderness, rawness and the danger that comes with the difficult weather conditions.
Nils Petter Molvaer did a great job with composing a soundtrack that perfectly underlined the story without being intrusively or disturbing. It puts you into the right mood, specially in the quiet scenes, and represent the Norwegian countryside in a perfect way.

If you got the impression, we loved the movie, your absolutly right! We’ve been enchained from the moment the first shadow with the silhouette of an airplane rises over the Norwegian snow desert, until the moment the five comrades have to say goodbye. Petter Næss took us on a rollercoaster of emotions that we can’t wait to climb again and we are sure that you will feel the same.


Unsentimental brotherhood

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Petter Næss has made a film about brotherhood between enemies during the Second World War, and he has managed it without falling into the traps of sentimentality.

Sentimentality and lack of credibility are the pitfalls when making a film about brotherhood between enemies during the Second World War. Director Petter Næss avoided both of those with the help from a solid and subtle style of storytelling.

I went to the screening with a certain sense of skepticism since early trailers revealed that we will be seeing British and German soldiers working together to survive the wild Norwegian winter mountains. Why should we believe this – why don’t the three German shoot the two Brits, or vice versa, as soon as the two parties collide in a desolate cabin?

But the scriptwriters and the director indicate that guns aren’t always the easiest in the wilderness. At the same time, Næss understands that he has to use a lot of the screen time to challenge the project of brotherhood before there can even be talk of cooperation, and not just friction inside of the windy walls.

In the beginning, the atmosphere becomes really toxic when the German Lieutenant Horst Schopis (Florian Lukas) draws a dividing line over the cabin floor and keeps the two Brits as prisoners of war in one end of the room.

While the blizzard sends icy winds through the thin timber, the most hot-tempered guys try to hit the opposing party with scorn and mockery. Luckily, the director has picked talented actors to shape distinctive characters and lets them speak a believable mixture of German and English.

On the British side, the highly educated fighter pilot Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer) forms a striking contrast to the man from Liverpool’s working streets, Robert Smith (Rupert Grint), who spews his contempt towards Nazis in a popular manner. Great character portrayal.

On the German team, the spectrum is also well taken care of. Lieutenant Schopis emerges as a German man of honor, Sergeant Wolfgang Strunker (Stig Henrik Hoff) is a silent, persistent warrior while Corporal Josef Schwartz (David Kross) is the hard dedicated Nazi who we are taught to believe all German were like.

Now, it takes a lot of dramatic increase, both on the outer and the inner level, to keep a five man chamber play going without having the audience lose interest. But the script constantly offers new twists while the food and firewood decrease and the infection increases rapidly in old wounds.

When death threatens and the enemies finally decide to work together, the director has succeeded in his objective: We’ve become so familiar with strengths and weaknesses of the individuals that we want them to survive, all five of them.

Refining the image of the enemy can only be done decades after the end of the war. Nevertheless, you can say that “Into the White” has been made before. Næss humanizes the counterpart just like director Christian Carion did in “Joyeux Noël” (2005): In order to celebrate Christmas Eve during the First World War, Scottish, French and German soldiers put down their weapons and become friends in the trenches for a moment. But that film fell slightly into a ditch of sentimentality. Instead, Næss uses the northern lights to create an amazingly beautiful unifying image: Under the night sky we’re all equal, regardless which coat of arms adorns the uniform.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: aftenbladet.no | March 10, 2012

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Deeply human

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”Into the White” is a quiet war film without bombs and big battles. This is perhaps what makes it so beautiful?

There has been many expectations related to “Into the White” and it is not without reason. It’s a different, melancholic and nostalgic war film which is both traditional and innovating in its cinematography.

An acting film

To planes, a British and a German, shoot each other down over Norway. In the blizzard, all five seek shelter in the same mountain cabin, and there they have to survive, not to mention live with each other.

“Into the White” is a film that puts focus on the human aspect of war, and exactly that’s why this is a film for the actors. And they have to deliver with a ramshackle wooden cabin as almost the only backdrop.

And they have put together quite a team of characters! Sparks fly from every character portrayal, and the casting is so right, I can’t remember having seen anything better ever.

It’s incredibly refreshing to see Rupert Grint removed from the Potter-universe and put into this kind of film. It’s also nice that he has picked this particular role as pilot Smith after having swum in offers. And he made the right decision. He reveals both a depth and a great comedic talent in his inventory and brings forth both laughter and tears.

Florian Lukas must also be pulled forward for his interpretation of Lieutenant Horst Schopis. Out of the German, flat, almost caricatured stone face he brings forward a person little by little.

Stig Henrik Hoff also manages the stunning feat of making his arch-German soldier into a personality where he could have been a parody.


Great directing, beautiful images of the Norwegian landscape and warm humor spices up the experience and makes us forget the tiny flaws in script and setting. It is completely different things that sticks with us for a long time afterwards.

Thanks for this!

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: ranablad.no | March 10, 2012

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Working with a superstar

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During the filming of Petter Næss’ new film ”Into the White”, Terje Strømstad worked closely with the superstar Rupert Grint among others. The guy from the West is full of praise when he is describing the British actor.

Rupert Grint is world-renowned for his role as Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley. You might think that such a guy would be difficult to deal with when he comes to little Norway to shoot a film, but no.

– Rupert is a very calm and easygoing guy, completely free of diva-like-qualities. You don’t really understand how big he is when you’ve lived so close with him for two months, but one day I took him to Stryn to have dinner, and then I understood it. The girls flocked around him to take pictures and get autographs, and he took his time with all of them, says Strømsand who had help from the Norwegian nature when he got to know the Brit.

– Happy to work together again

– It was me who picked him up at the trainstation when he arrived, and on the way up to Grotli it was a little quiet in the car. All of a sudden a moose came out onto the road and it refused to move. It became an exotic car ride for Rupert. The moose came as if ordered, he said with a laugh.

– Rupert was not just a nice guy, but also an incredibly talented actor. I hope I get to work with him again.

Fun to work with Næss

On a day to day basis, Terje Strømstad is a producer in the company Tappeluft Pictures, but it wasn’t difficult to accept with the phonecall came with the request to be production manager for Petter Næss in his film.

– Usually, I have enough to do with my own company, but this challenge seemed like so much fun that I couldn’t turn it down, he says.

The film “Into the White” is based on a true story from Second World War where British and German pilots fight out an air battle over the Norwegian mountains. When the planes crash, the pilots eventually end up at the same cabin and have to work together. Strømstad thinks that it’s a film that people should see.

– I absolutely think so. Imagine the tension that was between them when they were in that cabin. They couldn’t trust each other at all. At the same time, they are stuck there because of the weather and are dependent on each other to survive, he says, and takes the opportunity to brag a little of Petter Næss.

– He is a nice and determined director who knows exactly how he wants things. In addition to this, he is full of humor and creates a great atmosphere on set, he says.

Translated by Majbritt.

Original article found here: pd.no | March 7, 2012

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The other face of the war

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Living with your enemies.

With the Harry Potter star Rupert Grint in the lead, this war drama inspired by real events has been heavily promoted in the last couple of weeks.

Three German and two British soldiers have to share the same, simple, icy mountain cabin to survive after having shot each other down over the mountains in Norway in 1940.
Two young hotheads, Schwartz (David Kross) and Smith (Rupert Grint), a silent giant, well played in German by Stig Henrik Hoff, and the upper-class Brit Davenport (Lachlan Nieboer) against the slightly insecure German Officer Schopis (Florian Lukas). The young men find themselves in an icy white hell with little food and little firewood. In addition, one of them is seriously injured.

Petter Næss has succeeded in creating a believable dialogue in English, German and Norwegian. Nature works beautifully as a backdrop and the atmosphere inside the cabin is tense. The very first minutes are shamed by the fact that both the Brits and the Germans sound like parodies of themselves. The chamber play in the cabin works best when the guys start to get to know each other. But Næss never manages to pull out the great intensity. Unfortunately.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: h-avis.no | March 7, 2012

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Anti-war film from Norwegian war history

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“Into the White” tells a good story. Not to mention true. At least it’s inspired by hard facts. On April 27 1940, while the British and Germans fight along the Norwegian coast, a German and a British plane shoot each other down over Grotli in Oppland. Three German and two British soldiers survive in each of their own aircrafts.

There is a full blizzard on the mountain and the guys have to seek shelter. Incidentally, they arrive at the same cabin at approximately the same time. They agree to share it, but the Germans have weapons and thus the power. For as long as it lasts.

However, by the end, the struggle for survival becomes more important than politics and animosity.

Petter Næss has made a thought-provoking and powerful drama with the help from Danish production company Zentropa. It is not told with large gestures and loud bangs, here it is the interaction between people that is the driving force. There is also room for humor.

The cabin on the mountain is a microcosms, where the stupidity of the war is made visible. The similarities are greater than the differences when politics is peeled away in the struggle for survival.

This is a war film without the traditional hero and enemy images. Thus, it gives us more to think about.

An exciting team of actors has been assembled in the Norwegian mountains to make a feature film out of the war history. German Florian Lukas and British Lachlan Nieber are pilots Horst Schopis and Charles P. Davenport respectively, and do it with confidence and style.

Horst, which was also the pilots name in real life, was there to shape the character through talks with the actor and director. He didn’t get to see the film himself. Horst died last fall, 99 years old.

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint does a good job in an adult-film debut as the rebellious and big-mouthed Robert Smith, gunner in the British plane. Stig Henrik Hoff debuts as a German, something that he does okay.

The film is well made. The fact that the script is based on facts adds an extra dimension.

Translated by Malene.

Original article found here: oblad.no | March 7, 2012

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