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Rupert Grint Knows Exactly How He Would Haze Eddie Redmayne in the Wizarding World


Rupert Grint stars in the upcoming film Moonwalkers as Jonny, a good-hearted yet blundering band manager, who — with the help of his drugged-up roommate Leon (Robert Sheehan) and an unbalanced CIA agent (Ron Perlman) — attempts to pull off the coup of a lifetime: faking the 1969 moon landing. While the film is a complete 180-degree turn from Grint’s most famous role as the faithful and funny Harry Potter sidekick, Ron Weasley, his character does possess a few of Ron’s characteristics: he’s well-meaning, shows spontaneous moments of bravery, and sees things through until the end.

We spoke to Grint about what it was like to shoot the film, which is set in the ’60s and based in London, and how he felt about working with the “terrifying, intimidating” Perlman. Of course, we couldn’t not squeeze in a few Harry Potter-related questions: you’ll have to keep reading to see what Grint had to say about his iconic role as Ron and the weird Harry Potter-related pickup lines he’s heard. He also opened up about all the new, exciting happenings in the wizarding world, from the upcoming stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to how he would initiate Eddie Redmayne into the family ahead of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Be sure to catch Moonwalkers when it hits theaters Jan. 15.


POPSUGAR: What was your favorite thing about making this movie?

Rupert Grint: It was such a fun film to work on. It was very spontaneous, and nobody really knew where it was going. I loved working with Ron Perlman and Robbie [Robert Sheehan]. Also, being on the moon and wearing an astronaut suit is kind of every kid’s dream. Overall, it was a very unique, special experience.

PS: You play a band manager in the film. If you could have been the manager for anyone back in the ’60s, who would it be?

RG: I’ll say The Velvet Underground. I’m a big fan of them.

PS: I loved how Stanley Kubrick was incorporated into the storyline. Do you have a favorite film of his?

RG: Oh, A Clockwork Orange really stayed with me. But I also love Dr. Strangelove, and The Shining is one of my favorites.


PS: The movie is set in London, but centers around the US Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Did you know a lot about America in the ‘60s before you made this film, or was it something you studied up on once you signed on?

RG: I went through a period of time when I was obsessed with the moon landing and especially the conspiracy theories [which speculated that it was fake]. Obviously I believe that we definitely did go to the moon, but it’s quite an interesting alternative. We had a full moon set, and I was surprised by how easy it was to re-create everything. If it was that easy to do in our film . . . it could have been very possible to do back then.

PS: You might be on to something. What was it like to work with Ron Perlman? He seems like he’d be so intimidating.

RG: It was terrifying. [Laughs] I was so intimidated and nervous to meet him — he’s Hellboy! But he was so sweet, so much fun, and so funny. You don’t equate him with comedy, but he’s hilarious. The scene of our characters tripping on acid took us hours to get through. We couldn’t hold it together.


PS: There are so many new things happening with the Harry Potter franchise.

RG: It’s really kicking off, isn’t it? With the play [Harry Potter and the Cursed Child]. It’s amazing and quite surreal . . . to not be a part of it feels weird. I’m definitely gonna see the play. It’ll be interesting: it’s a great story in its depth, and I know it will translate well on stage.

PS: How do you feel about Eddie Redmayne joining the wizarding world [in Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them]?

RG: I’m excited to see it!

PS: If there was some initiation ritual for the franchise, what would it be?

RG: A few hours on a broomstick, maybe, though I’m not sure if there’s any Quidditch [in the film].

PS: Maybe some sort of Butterbeer drinking challenge?

RG: Yeah, or eating slugs.

PS: How does it feel to have this whole new generation of kids discovering the series for the first time?

RG: It’s a trip. It makes me feel quite old! It’s surreal, but amazing. I feel proud to be a part of it, because the books and films are so important to people. It’s great that it lives on. and people are still excited, and it’s still so relevant.


PS: Just so you know, today is International Kiss a Ginger Day.

RG: Is it? Oh my gosh.

PS: Yes! So, congratulations! And good luck.

RG: [Laughs] Thank you.

PS: On that note, have you gotten any really amazing or really bad Harry Potter-related pickup lines?

RG: Not so much chat lines, but more innuendo. Things about broomsticks and wands and “going deep.” You know, “chamber of secrets.” All that. Have you heard any?

PS: Oh man. I can’t think of any off the top of my head. I . . . I need more time.

Original article found at January 13th, 2016

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Rupert Grint Is Ready To Bust Out Of Hogwarts And Back Into Hollywood

The “Moonwalkers” star also reveals his thoughts on Ronbledore.

On July 15, 2011, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” hit theaters, closing the book on not only a 10-year, 8-film story, but also a major chapter in the lives of the film’s stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. For Radcliffe and Watson, the years that immediately followed would be personally and professionally lucrative ones: from high profile Broadway roles and interesting horror fare (Radcliffe) to Brown University and critical studio hits (Watson), the duo remained permanently stuck in the spotlight.

Grint? Not so much. Outside of a few little-seen indies and a couple of stage roles — and a highly entertaining story about the purchase of an ice cream truck — Grint has largely remained out of the public eye since his “Harry Potter” days came to an end.

Until 2016, that is.

“That’s exactly what it was,” Grint, who was promoting his new film “Moonwalkers,” told MTV News over the phone when asked if the last four years have been a period of self-reflection.


Grint was cast as Ron Weasley when he was only 11-years-old, and “as much as I loved it… it was a big sacrifice,” he explained. “My whole childhood, really, was devoted to that. I always kind of felt like I was missing out on a little bit. Once I finished, I had this kind of epiphany where I just wanted to have a little bit of fun, and just live a little bit, and not worry about anything.”

However, even the least worrisome of “Hakuna Matata” phases typically come to an end, and it seems like 2016 might just be the year that Grint busts out of Hogwarts and lands in Hollywood.

“I want to get back into it, and do new things and new challenges,” he continued. “I love doing theater… that was really educational actually, being onstage. I fell in love with acting again. Now is the time.”

Grint’s first new challenge is “Moonwalkers,” a zany ’60s comedy that stars Grint as a down-on-his-luck band manager who teams up with a government thug (played by former “Sons of Anarchy” star Ron Perlman), to fake the moon landing for the C.I.A.

“I just thought it was so ridiculous,” Grint explained with a laugh. “It really at no moment takes itself seriously… I get to wear a space suit on the moon; my friend Robert Sheehan is in it. It just seemed like an easy yes.”


Next in line is a yet-untitled one-hour drama at NBC. The project — which already has a put pilot order — was developed for Grint, who will play a low-level New York office employee who gets caught up in the world of “Imperial City,” a supposedly fictional comic book series written by the character’s deceased father.

Grint is excited about the project, as he’s “always loved comics” and “used to dabble” in making his own, but he also admitted that he hasn’t “really thought about it in too much detail,” at least when it comes to potentially upending his life and moving to the states to film 22-episodes a year.

“Who knows, this might be terrible,” he said with a laugh. “We don’t know yet. I’m keeping an open mind.”

In the meantime, at least he knows he 100 percent wants to dedicate himself to acting again, with the specific goal of “playing a villain” and doing “more serious, dramatic stuff” in mind. (“A lot of people say I’m a little bit too nice, and being ginger doesn’t really give me a lot of edge.”)

This seemingly rules out a return to the world of Potter, though Grint did say that he’s excited for both “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” as both projects make him feel “proud to be a part” of “how those books have really inspired people.”

… Which, by the way, does not mean that Grint spends much time on the Internet, keeping up with what Potterheads are saying. In fact, when MTV News asked him to confirm or deny those Ronbledore theories, we had to actually explain to him what Ronbledore was. Which is that Professor Dumbledore might actually be a time-traveling Ron Weasley. FYI.

“I will read [the theories]… that’s amazing,” the actor said, seemingly incredulous. “That’s fascinating. I hadn’t heard about it. I guess [it’s possible]. There’s a theory he’s traveled back in time? That’s kind of blowing my mind a little bit.”

You and the “Harry Potter” fandom both, Grint.

Original article found at January 12th, 2016

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Rupert Grint talks Moonwalkers with Fans

Rupert Grint took over @ouralchemy ‘s Twitter and answered fan questions collected by Here are your Qs and Rupert’s As!

Original article found at January 12th, 2016

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How Rupert Grint Is Moving On From ‘Harry Potter’

How Rupert Grint Is Moving On From ‘Harry Potter’ (And What He Thinks of Ron and Hermione)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28:  Rupert Grint attends the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on September 28, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Rupert Grint may always be Ron Weasley to a generation of Muggles obsessed with the Harry Potter series, but it’s been over four years since the now-27-year-old actor last appeared on the big screen in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. And though the franchise is being revived with a prequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Grint has very much moved on from his wand-waving days, focusing on indie films, stage plays, and enjoying the rewards of a childhood spent in the spotlight.

On Friday, the British actor will be seen in Moonwalkers, a new comedy that sends him back in time to 1969. As a down-on-his-luck music manager, Grint gets caught up in a wild scheme to fake the moon landing, teaming with a CIA agent with Vietnam-induced PTSD played by Ron Perlman. It’s a big departure from his wizard days — the substance he’s ingesting isn’t Floo powder — and, whether consciously or not, lets him show another side of himself, as he transitions to life as a working actor beyond the franchise juggernaut.

Grint spoke with Yahoo about the film, post-Potter life, and some of the recent Harry Potter headlines.

The Kubrick theory — that NASA hired him to direct a fake moon-landing — was disproved, but what do you think are the chances that we faked the moon-landing?
I was aware of this conspiracy before I read the script and was always very fascinated because I’m a huge Kubrick fan, and always dismissed it. I wanted it to be true. But there’s a scene in our movie where we create the moon, and I was really surprised at how easy it was to create a convincing moon. Because our moon, comparing it to the pictures we all know, it was kind of bang-on. It really made you think. We watched the video to get a sense of how people moved in space. That was useful, too.

So I guess it’s possible.
Yeah, I wouldn’t really know. I really don’t know, but it’s a fascinating story.

Are there any conspiracy theories you subscribe to?
There are so many. One of my favorite ones is actually about the moon as well. There’s this theory that this moon is an egg, like a reptile egg, just waiting to hatch. I think it’s from a guy named David Icke. It’s a popular one. In the ‘50s, NASA sent a missile into the moon, and on impact, they got this reading back that was as if it was hollow, and they described it as ringing like a bell. And there’s a theory that it’s an egg. Which I don’t, obviously, believe, but it would be pretty cool.

Any you actually believe?
I’m quite skeptical generally, of everything. And it’s quite easy to get really sucked into them. Apart from aliens. I’m pretty sure there’s aliens. They’ve got to be out there. I’m quite set about that.

You’ve done this and CBGB since Harry Potter, is there a game plan to differentiate yourself, move away from it?
I guess it kind of appears that way, but it hasn’t been a conscious decision. There just haven’t been many wizard roles coming my way. But I do enjoy doing something slightly edgy, different, and fresh. It’s a different challenge. And I quite like doing independent film, there’s so much more freedom. I like being on set, because you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

You’ve definitely chosen very non-wizard roles.
Yeah, with lots of drugs. I basically judge them on the scripts, and how fun they’d be. I want to have fun, really.

Has it been difficult to move past Harry Potter, to change people’s visions of you and get different roles?
Yeah, I suppose in a way. It’s hard, but also, I would never be in this position without it. I’ve gotten so many opportunities and I owe everything to it, so it swings both ways. It was such an intense time, finishing that, I was 23 and it was nice to just breathe a little bit and not work.

Did you take a lot of time off?
I did, yeah. I traveled and spent money on ridiculous things.

Like what?
I was like a five-year-old. I bought a hovercraft, an ice cream van. In that way I was kind of like Michael Jackson, it was my Michael Jackson phase. The hovercraft was crazy. I bought a paddleboat in the shape of a swan. It got a little bit crazy.

Do you still have the ice cream van? Do you still drive it?
I do, but I don’t really drive it anymore. It’s not the most practical. And you can’t park it anywhere. As soon as you park it, people queue up. But you can’t really blame them.

It’s amazing how much staying power it has — everything J.K. Rowling says makes news.
It’s amazing that it’s living on. It’s really exciting that people haven’t got bored about it and forgotten about it. It’s a testament to the books of how powerful they are.

Rowling said she regretted not having Harry and Hermione together. People were quite angry. What’d you think about that?
I kind of agreed, in a way. I didn’t put a lot of thought into it. In a way it makes a lot of sense that [Ron and Hermione] did get together. I don’t think it’s wrong. I guess it doesn’t really matter now, does it. Though I love that people still get so passionate about it.


Did you go to the set of Fantastic Beasts?
I didn’t. I don’t really know anything about it. I think it’s great, though. Ron Perlman is in it, so that’s pretty cool. It’s got a surreal feeling, especially with the play they’re making.

The play made headlines, especially because they cast a black woman as Hermione.
I thought that was really smart. It was quite clever because they reinvent it in a way. It’s its own thing. I’m looking forward to it.

You’ve been acting since you were a kid. Do you want to write? Direct?

Both of those things sound pretty good at some point. I don’t really have a plan, things just happen. So I don’t know what I’ll be doing. I went to the theater, I’d love to do more of that kind of thing. I learned a ton from it. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a lot more of a craft. Really rewarding — terrifying, but rewarding.

Is there any dream role?
I’d say something psychotic, like Alex in The Clockwork Orange. I’d like to do something like that. Really shocking and gross and weird.

Original article found at January, 2016

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