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Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint: Playing a rock star in CBGB was refreshing

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint talks to Metro about the Olympics, faking playing the guitar for CBGB and having his own ice-cream van.

How did you end up being an Olympic torch-bearer?
It was through Lloyds. They nominated me. I’ve always loved the Olympics and it’s exciting it’s in London. It was a complete surprise but a great honour. I’ve kept the torch. I might put it on display. I’ll find a use for it. I’m not the most athletic person so it’s probably the only time I’m going to run this year. I’ve got tickets for the swimming and some athletics – I can’t remember what the events are.

Some people say spending £15billion on it is a waste of money – have you got any thoughts?
It’s a lot of money, isn’t it? But I’m a big supporter. It’s worth it.

What do you get up to in your forthcoming film CBGB?
It’s about the New York club CBGB and the punk scene of the time. I play a guitarist called Cheetah Chrome who was in a band called The Dead Boys. I had to be a rock star. It was refreshing.
He’s a snotty-nosed punk rebelling against everything and quite morose – he’s the complete opposite of Ron. I’m still finding it strange breaking out of the whole Harry Potter thing because it was such a huge part of my life.

You’ve also recently worked with Shia LaBeouf – what was that like?
That was the film before CBGB – The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. That’s quite a strange one. Shia LaBeouf plays a character who travels around the world. It’s quite a drug-fuelled journey and he meets various crazy characters along the way.
I play a character he meets in a youth hostel. I can’t give away what he does but it was quite a transition for me.

Have you been actively looking for stuff that’s dissimilar to Ron?
The roles have just come up but it’s always quite an attractive thing to move away from things connected to the wizard world.
They’re quite low-budget films, which I enjoy. It’s a very different process to the huge machines of the Potter films. They’re more rough and ready and I feel part of the team. They don’t have the same weird hierarchy, which I found uncomfortable.

What sort of hierarchy?
Just getting a chair with your name on and having a trailer. Stuff like that. On smaller films, you’re all in it together. It’s weird how actors are put on a pedestal – we’re part of the crew like anyone else and everyone has their job to do on a film set.

What was playing a real person like for CBGB?
Cheetah Chrome was actually on set. It’s the first time I’ve played a real person and there’s a pressure to get it right. I also have to play the guitar, which I can’t do – I was faking it. I learned the chords and rough shapes but you won’t see my hands too much in the film. It’s amazing he’s still alive, given the amount of drugs he did. He’s got a young son who was a big Harry Potter fan, so it was nice to meet him.
Cheetah had some advice about my performance and I had to get his voice right – he had quite a distinctive drug-affected mumbling voice and I had to do an American accent. We’re both ginger so look similar. Hopefully people will buy it.

Do you miss Harry Potter or is it a relief its over?
I go through different feelings. It was ten years of my life and it could get a bit suffocating – everything was Harry Potter. It’s nice to step away but part of me will always miss it because it was great fun and I miss working with the same crew.

Do you watch your own performances?
Yes but not out of choice. I’ll watch things once. I only ever watched the Potter films at the premieres. I’ll watch short bits if they’re on TV. When I see clips from the first one I think I look ridiculously small. It doesn’t feel that long ago in some ways. I’m proud to be part of it but watching it is a different story.

Who have you learnt the most from working with?
Harry Potter was like going to film school. We worked with a different director for each film so got to learn their different approaches. The cast was amazing, too – Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Julie Walters – they’re all great people. You learn just from watching them work.

Did they give you any specific advice?
I had a problem with laughing during serious scenes. For some reason, I found Dumbledore’s death absolutely hilarious. Alan taught me if you completely relax your face, it’s difficult to laugh so that was good tip.

You’ve got some unusual pets – which are your favourites?
The miniature donkeys are quite cool – Shakespeare and Pandora. You can’t ride them, they’re too small but they make a cool noise.

What’s been your most extravagant purchase?
An ice cream van. I’ve had it for a while now. It’s pretty special. It’s a 1970s one and I did it up – a new paint job and it’s got all the ice cream stuff in it.
I can’t park it anywhere because people start queuing up so I keep it at home in the garage.

Original article found here: | July 29, 2012

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Rupert Grint: I am not a sporty guy

Rupert Grint has confessed he is not really very sporty.

The Harry Potter star – who is attached to play British Olympic skier Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards in a biopic of his life and who carried the Olympic Torch through north-west London this week – admitted he’d rather watch than take part.

Rupert said: “I’m not really much of a sporty kind of person – I like watching it.

“I think I’ve got some swimming tickets, it’s going to be a great thing to see.”

The 23-year-old actor enjoyed his leg of the Olympic Torch Relay.

He joked: “Running is kind of a new thing for me. I don’t usually run for anything, but it was all downhill so I was okay.”

And he is looking forward to the games.

Rupert said: “I’m really excited, I remember when we first got the bid and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for years, it’s going to be fun.”

Original article found here: | July 25, 2012

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Rupert Grint takes part in the 2012 Olympics torch relay

On July 25, Rupert Grint enjoyed his own run in the Olympics 2012 torch relay, now in its 68th day and closing in on the end when the games start on Friday.

That said, the Harry Potter star started his leg wearing all white. The torch was passed to him in northwest London at prestigious Middlesex University.

At that point, his was a downhill jog through Barnet that eventually ended in happy chao when friendly fans mobbed the guy who played Ron Weasley in the very popular film franchise adaptations of JK Rowling’s famous books.

One of 8,000 torchbearers who will have made this special 2012 Olympics run once its finally over and that started and will end in London, the 23-year-old actor was eager to take part in the tradition. The thespian did, however, admit to the British press that he is new to running.

Still, as this big run nears its end, Rupert Grint was successful and among the last to carry the official Olympics torch as this seminal symbol of the games heads for Olympic Stadium. There, the last torchbearer will light the cauldron in a dramatic way during the much-anticipated opening ceremony that say with a lot of pomp and circumstance that the games, herewith, begin.

Original article found here: | July 25, 2012

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Rupert Grint runs in Olympic Torch Relay

HARRY Potter star Rupert Grint, who lives in Kimpton, added a touch of magic to the Olympic Torch Relay today (Wednesday), carrying the Flame near Middlesex University.

Torchbearer Rupert Grint holds the Olympic Flame as he poses for a photograph with London Mayor Boris Johnson at Middlesex University, London

The 23-year-old, who plays Ron Weasley in the hit film series, first posed for photographs with London Mayor Boris Johnson.

He then thrilled cheering fans when he carried the Flame out of the lunch shop at the university this afternoon.

His supporters immediately tweeted their support of the star, saying he looked amazing and labelling him “a winner”.

Rupert was successfully nominated to carry the Flame after inspiring others through his extensive work with children’s charities across the UK.

Rupert is actively involved with charities Starlight and the Make-A-Wish Foundation which grant once-in-a-lifetime and magical wishes to seriously and terminally ill children.

He also spends much of his free time working with the Teenage Cancer Trust and Great Ormond Street Hospital

He is one of 153 Torchbearers carrying the Flame today, Day 68 of the Olympic Torch Relay, which includes visits to Wembley Stadium and Alexandra Palace on its journey from Harrow to Haringey.

Rupert was not the only famous face, however, as chart-topping singer Eliza Doolittle is also a Torchbearer today.

Original article found here: | July 25, 2012

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Harry Potter’s Grint carries torch

Rupert Grint cast a spell on crowds of well-wishers as the Harry Potter star carried the Olympic Torch.
Rupert, who played Ron Weasley in the hit film franchise, was cheered on by hundreds of locals as he left Middlesex University in north-west London for his leg of the torch relay.
The actor was mobbed as he ended his run, with spectators desperate for a touch of the torch.
Day 68 of the relay was undertaken in glorious sunshine, and Rupert was happy that his workload was made easier by the route.
The 23-year-old said: “Running is kind of a new thing for me. I don’t usually run for anything, but it was all downhill so I was okay.
“I didn’t really know what to expect, it was all a bit of a blur. I’m just so proud to be a part of it.
“It’s amazing to see everyone so excited and really geared up for this – I think it’s going to be a great games.”
Rupert, 23, is currently filming punk movie CBGB, which also stars Ashley Greene and Malin Akerman.

Original article found here: | July 25, 2012

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Fans go wild as Harry Potter Rupert Grint carries Olympic torch in Hendon

Crowds screamed and cheered with joy as Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint carried the Olympic Torch through the streets of Hendon.

Hundreds of people lined The Burroughs to catch a glimpse of Rupert, who plays Ron Weasley in the Blockbuster movies.

The sun shone brightly as the star ran from Middlesex University and along the road waving to fans caught up in the Olympic fever.

Shireen Yousefi, 13, from Whetstone, waved a handmade banner for the star along with her friends and family.

She said: “It was really exciting. It was really cool to see Rupert Grint – I’m a big Harry Potter fan.

“It was really special to see the torch here – it makes me more excited about the Games. I feel like we’re a part of it now.”

Bonita Leung, 20, from Edgware said: “The atmosphere was really cheery. Everyone was really excited about the torch and Rupert – it’s a great celebration of the Games.

“I think especially after the Diamond Jubilee, everyone is in a 2012 spirit.”

Ten-year-old Annalida Jaeger was thrilled to see the torch being carried by Rupert.

New Zealander Annalida, who is visiting family in Golders Green, said: “It was extremely fun. I enjoyed it when balloons were released and seeing Rupert. It was really really cool.
“I a big big Harry Potter fan.”

Original article found here: | July 25, 2012

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Rupert Grint ‘Honored’ To Carry Olympic Torch

23-year-old ‘Harry Potter’ actor talks to MTV News about why he ‘always’ wanted to carry the torch.
Rupert Grint has traded in his wand for the Olympic Torch.

The “Harry Potter” star is scheduled to carry the flame from Middlesex University on Wednesday.

“It’s really exciting,” Grint told MTV News on the set of his new movie “CBGB” in Savannah, Georgia. “I’ve always been a big fan of the Olympics and [have] always [wanted] to get involved with it.”

The 70-day Torch Relay began on May 19 in Land’s End and will travel through 1,019 communities before ending its journey around the U.K. at the Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium. The flame will then remain lit until it is extinguished at the Closing Ceremony on August 12.

“It’s a really historical kind of event, and I don’t think in my lifetime there’ll be another Olympics in London, so yeah, I feel really honored to be part of it,” Grint said.

Grint will join 7,999 other Torchbearers including, Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm, “X-Men: First Class” star James McAvoy and “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Sir Patrick Stewart.

And even though the 23-year-old actor is getting to see the flame firsthand, he may be watching the Games from the couch: “I haven’t gotten any tickets yet, so we’ll see.”

Nonetheless, Grint is looking forward to the Games. His favorite event? “I like all the athletic and track kind of events,” he replied. “I like the hammer throw; all the weird ones [are] pretty cool.”

Original article found here: | July 24, 2012

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