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Rupert Grint Admits ‘It Will Be Weird Not Playing Ron Weasley’

Actor finding it hard to move on from ‘Harry Potter’

Rupert Grint has confessed he is worried about moving on from ‘Harry Potter’ after playing Ron Weasley for 10 years.

The 23 year-old actor is about to start his first post-Potter project and admitted that it is going to be very different from Hogwarts.

“I’m really looking forward to it and it’s very different, it’s weird moving on from Harry Potter because it’s been ten years playing the same character.” The ginger star told the Press Association.

“But it’s exciting to move on and do new things.” He added.

The movie, a music biopic ‘The Drummer’ will certainly be a different direction than what Rupert is used to, with no magic wands or flying brooms in sight.

He explained: “It’s about Dennis Wilson and his life after the Beach Boys went solo. I play a guy who works for an agency and I befriend him. It’s a really great script.”

The movie, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Chloe Moretz will give fans a chance to see a more grown up Rupert as he tries to shed his potter past.

The actor has taken his time to pick his first project. Fellow Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have already started life after the wizarding saga, Daniel starred in ‘The Woman In Black’ while Emma had a supporting role in ‘My Week With Marilyn.’

Rupert really doesn’t seem to be able to let go of ‘Harry Potter’ and recently revealed he even stole a few props from the set.


Original article found here: entertainmentwise.com | April 3, 2012

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Grint: Strange to not play Ron

Rupert Grint has admitted he feels strange playing a character who is not Ron Weasley any more.

The 23-year-old Harry Potter star has played the boy wizard’s best friend in the hit films for the last ten years, but he is about to start work on new music biopic The Drummer.

Rupert said: “I’m really looking forward to it and it’s very different, it’s weird moving on from Harry Potter because it’s been ten years playing the same character.

“But it’s exciting to move on and do new things.”

The red-headed star will play agent Stan Shapiro in the film about Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, which will also star Aaron Eckhart, Vera Farmiga and Chloe Moretz.

Rupert said: “It’s about Dennis Wilson and his life after the Beach Boys went solo.

“I play a guy who works for an agency and I befriend him. It’s a really great script.”


Original article found here: independent.ie | April 3, 2012

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‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint Wins BBC Teen Awards

Rupert Grint always pleases fans with his hilarious portrayal of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. Now, Grint is finally getting a little recognition from another source: the BBC. He came away from the 2011 BBC Teen Awards with the title of Best British Actor.

As usual, Rupert Grint was modest and down to earth. His first reaction to winning the award was, “I’m just the ginger one in the background, this shouldn’t be happening!” Really, though, it should have happened a long time ago. Grint has long been a favorite among Harry Potter fans, some of whom are much less enthusiastic about Grint’s costar, Daniel Radcliffe.

Now that Harry Potter is all wrapped up, Grint is on to new projects. He’ll be in an upcoming movie version of the animated TV series Postman Pat. Rumor also has it that Grint will be showing up in an Ed Sheeran music video. No matter what he pursues next, Rupert Grint’s career is not likely to end with the Harry Potter movies.


Original article found here: celebs.gather.com | October 11, 2011

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Page and Screen – In Praise of Rupert Grint

Page and Screen – In Praise of Rupert Grint
Liam Trim with the latest edition of ‘Page and Screen’…

With the all conquering Harry Potter franchise drawing to a close after a decade of record breaking box office figures and immeasurable sales of merchandise and DVDs, reams are being written attempting to sum up the reasons for the worldwide phenomenon. Recipes for success are being compiled and suggested as Warner Brothers and other studios look for the “next Potter” to lure audiences consistently to cinemas on a huge scale. Children’s authors are being assessed and targeted as execs wonder where to find the next J.K. Rowling. Meanwhile the super rich writer has launched a new website to continue the Potter brand, “Pottermore”, and has revealed that she has waited, perhaps wisely, until after the last film to publish several projects she’s been working on for some time since finishing The Deathly Hallows.

Some say that Rowling’s immense imagination and wonderful writing accounts for the success of the films. The sheer detail of the books helped create a wizarding universe that went beyond the plots. However up and down the country it’s easy to find English teachers, experts and ordinary readers that will think little of Rowling’s talent. Of course she clearly has an ability to create worlds and engaging plots but she is also reliant on influences and is far from a genius writer. Whilst I was sucked in by the books after reading them, unlike my school friends I only embraced The Philosopher’s Stone after seeing the film version, which convinced me Harry Potter wasn’t as childish as it sounded.

Perhaps the fact that Warner Brothers conceded artistic control to British based Heyman Productions ensured the appealing flavour of the series? There are no doubt many different reasons for the spellbinding effect Hogwarts has had on box offices internationally, but as someone who has grown up in the eye of a decade long magical storm, the Harry Potter films transcend the usual critical criteria. As rankings of the films appear all over the web, I have found myself reflecting on the franchise as a whole.

If I had to pick out one key reason for its success it would be the way the films have matured with their audience. Those behind the films deserve some credit for this but if anything they haven’t lived up to the darker depths of the books, until the final film if you believe the early reports from critics. It was Rowling’s masterstroke to pen seven stories that evolved in tone as well as plot. However watching the films has delivered the genuinely unique experience of seeing three child actors grow into young and talented adults, which mirrors the maturing mood of the stories.

Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson tend to hog the headlines. He has become a leading man and she has gone from prissy bookworm to stunning, sexy and intelligent model, capable of juggling a demanding degree from a top university with filming and an increasingly diverse career. Recently though, as Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premiered in Trafalgar Square, the newspapers reserved special mention for the huge cheer that greeted Rupert Grint.

Grint has always been more than the long suffering ginger one. In the early films, when Radcliffe was excruciatingly awful at times in the lead role, Grint provided much needed comic relief and more, with a skill beyond his years. Respected film veteran John Hurt dubbed him a “born actor” and allegedly directors beyond Potter, such as Martin Scorsese, have predicted a bright future for him. In this early screen test, Grint is the clearly the most expressive of the famous trio, inhabiting his role even when he doesn’t have lines to read, unlike the blank faced Radcliffe and two dimensional Watson:

But then a combination of the stresses of the lifestyle change and scripts that let his character down reduced Grint to a predictable and subdued comic presence during the films in the middle of the series. Radcliffe and Watson both grew in confidence to take on more integral and convincing roles in the drama. The final film ought to have plenty of opportunities for Grint to go out with a bang big enough to showcase his true talent though, with the will-they-won’t-they romantic chemistry between Ron and Hermione finally coming to a head and several dramatic moments to sink his acting chops into. Grint has certainly demonstrated his promise elsewhere with performances in Driving Lessons alongside Julie Walters and wild teen drama Cherrybomb.

We’ve been through a lot with Harry, Hermione and Ron and got to know not only them, but a little of the actors that portray them, on the way to their final showdown with Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter will always be a great deal more than just a shadow hanging over the careers of Radcliffe, Watson and Grint. They will all try to shake it off and it will be remarkable if any of them completely succeed. I for one though have a feeling that out of all of them it is Rupert Grint we are still yet to see the best of. He was a lovable Ron but as someone else we haven’t heard of yet he is going to blow us away.


Original article found here: Page and Screen | July 21, 2011

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Harry Potter star eyes up Eddie the Eagle

Rupert Grint is set to play the hapless ski jumper in a new film about the unlikely Olympic hero. It comes as the latest Harry Potter film smashes box office records.

The 22-year old British actor plays Ron Weasley and the current film Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows; Part Two is the final film in the movie franchise of the books.

Eddie Edwards was the first person to represent Great Britian in ski jumping and became famous around the world for coming last in the Calgary Games.

Grint is pencilled in to play the ski jumper but so far the film doesn’t have a confirmed writer or director.

“It’s a story that I really like and it’s still in the working yet. I still have faith that it will happen,” the actor told MTV News. “It’s been in kind of development for a while, but yeah, hopefully it will come up.”

We have reported on the proposed film in the past here on PlanetSKI.

A good friend of ours at PlanetSKI, the ski instructor Neal Wardman who works in Verbier, spent a day with Edddie Edwards a decade or so ago and he talked of the film being made then.

“I guided him down Tortin in half a meter of powder followed by a nice lunch at The Olympic restaurant . His skiing could be said to be “old style” but that was 10 years ago,” says Wardman.


Original article found here: planetski.eu| July 19th, 2011

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‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint: What’s Next?

‘I’m not sure I’m going to miss it,’ actor tells MTV News of ‘Potter.’

Rupert Grint has always been the comic relief when it comes to the Big Three actors in “Harry Potter,” but with the final film opening in theaters Friday (July 15), he is ready to spread his wings and try out some new projects.

“Anything really different, really,” Grint replied when MTV News asked him what his plans are next. “Playing the same character for 10 years really does give you this thirst for new things. I’m not sure I’m going to miss it. I am looking forward to this kind of newfound freedom. Just see where it takes me.”

He certainly seems to be trying to get away from “Potter” as much as possible. Grint’s next project is his anti-war film “Comrade,” which began filming March 28 in Norway. Directed by Petter Næss and costarring David Kross, Florian Lukas and Stig Henrik Hoff, the movie tells the story of English and German pilots who are forced to work together to survive the brutal Norwegian winter; it is a very far cry from anything Grint has done in “Potter.”

After that, his next project is looking more and more likely to be “Eddie the Eagle,” a biopic about British skier Eddie Edwards, the first competitor to represent the U.K. in Olympic ski jumping. Though it still doesn’t have a writer or director attached, Grint is optimistic that production will get under way soon.

“It’s a story that I really like and it’s still in the working yet. I still have faith that it will happen,” he told MTV News. “It’s been in kind of development for a while, but yeah, hopefully it will come up.”

Of all the “Potter” stars, Grint has been the one to have the most big-screen experience. In 2002 he starred in the children’s comedy “Thunderpants,” then followed it up with 2006’s dramedy “Driving Lessons.” Somehow he managed to find time over the past few years during his busy “Potter” shooting schedule to squeeze out two 2010 releases as well: “Cherrybomb” and “Wild Target.”

And the fans respect him for it. When MTV’s Next Movie site ran a recent poll asking readers who they thought would be the most successful “Potter” star, Grint won by a whopping 43 percent. If that doesn’t work out, though, he always has a side career as an ice cream man.


Original article found here: mtv.com| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint is NOT retiring at 22. Phew

If you’ve slumped into a deep, Harry Potter-shaped depression now that the films are finally over, then at least Rupert Grint has given us a little glimmer of hope to cling on to, as he’s announced that just because his 10-year stint as ginger hottie Ron Weasley is over, he still has no plans to give up acting. Phew.

“I don’t think I’ll ever retire,” he announced. “I still have ambitions. I love being on set, and I want to do more movies. I’m very lucky to have that cushion, but I’d like to keep going. I like testing my capabilities.”
Rupe also opened up about money and, despite being worth more than £19million, says he isn’t planning on sticking with acting just because of the mega-bucks.

“I have quite a strange relationship with money, really,” he said. “At age 11, money isn’t really a big thing at all. I never thought about being rich. Then suddenly you have all this money, and it doesn’t seem like it’s real. I’ve never seen it. I don’t know where it is. It’s weird, kind of like a fantasy.”

But this is the man, after all, who has splashed out on an ice cream van, a quad bike, a go-kart, a hovercraft, an orange Land Rover, a selection of arcade games, and a Hummer-style golf cart.

Talking about the end of Harry Potter, Rupert admitted that although he was sad that it was all over, he was looking forward to moving on and trying something new.

So, what do you think he should do next?


Original article found here: heatworld.com| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: ‘Harry Potter Hermione kiss felt wrong’

Rupert Grint has revealed that he felt so nervous about kissing his Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson that he asked David Yates for directorial help

The actor – who plays Ron Weasley in the wizarding franchise – explained that it felt “weird” having to kiss his friend of ten years.

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

“But once we were on set it was fine, because David was really good about giving us a long chat before we did it. It ended up being fine; kind of a fuss over nothing.”

Rupert added that the best thing about his embrace with Watson’s alter ego Hermione Granger was that it was over so quickly.

Watson also recently said that she felt “awkward and weird” kissing her Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.

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


Original article found here: digitalspy.co.uk| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint’s gruelling film role

Rupert Grint has revealed that he was kept on his toes during a film shoot in severe weather.

In his first role since Harry Potter, the British star headed to Norway and Sweden to film Second World War movie Comrade, which is directed by Norwegian filmmaker Petter Naess.

“It was filmed in April, in winter, it was freezing, and we were just on a mountain in this really remote part of Norway. It was quite extreme,” he recalled.

Despite the tough conditions, Rupert – better known for playing Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley in the wizarding saga – found it exhilarating.

“It was good fun as well, it was something completely different, but I really enjoyed it,” he continued.

“I play a British, Scouse RAF gunner. It’s a great story, because it’s a true story. David Cross from The Reader plays one of the Nazi pilots who have to live together to survive in this harsh climate.”

The 22-year-old was drawn to the war element in Comrade

“It’s a part of history I’m really interested. It’s not really a story so much about the violence of war, it’s just a story of survival really and these two groups of enemies coming together and forming this friendship,” he said.

And he plans to keep switching between bigger Hollywood films and smaller indie movies, such as Cherrybomb and Wild Target. “My future is a bit blurry at the moment. I definitely want to keep acting and finding different roles,” he added.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is out now.


Original article found here: belfasttelegraph.co.uk| July 17th, 2011

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Rupert Grint comes to terms with fame – and that kiss

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

That, after all, was his ambition.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It took four takes to get the serious smooching right.

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

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

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

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


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

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