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Sick Note’s Rupert Grint: After Harry Potter, I want the chance to show that I can do different things

The actor returns to the spotlight in black comedy ‘Sick Note’, in a role that could hardly be more different from his character Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films

Even now, some 17 years after it happened, Rupert Grint can still sometimes scarcely believe that he landed the magical part of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

“That role was my dream!” the actor exclaims. “Even before the films started, I was a huge fan of the books, and the character of Ron in particular. I always had an affinity with him, so suddenly to be playing him in the Great Hall of Hogwarts was mind-blowing for an 11-year-old boy.”

But his gratitude does not end there. Grint is modest and realistic enough to acknowledge that playing Ron has been an enormous boost for his subsequent career. “I’ve always felt very lucky to be part of those films. Harry Potter did wonderful things for me. It was a huge part of my life. And I’m grateful that thanks to Harry Potter I’m now able to do fantastic projects like Sick Note.”

Sick Note, a black comedy in which Grint plays the duplicitous character of Daniel, could scarcely be further removed from the Harry Potter films.

At the start of Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz’s six-part comedy, on Sky 1, Daniel is one of life’s losers. Ditched by his girlfriend Becca (Pippa Bennett-Warner, Harlots) and on the verge of losing his job as a tele-salesman at an insurance company run by the rapacious Kenny (a gloriously over-the-top Don Johnson from Miami Vice), he is an inveterate malingerer and insatiable liar.

He even lies about the death of Becca’s beloved cat, Peanut, in order to avoid the blame for inadvertently killing him in an unfortunate door slamming accident. Daniel is going nowhere – extremely fast.

Until his fortunes change quite dramatically one day. At a routine medical consultation about his (perfectly healthy) elbow, Daniel is solemnly informed by Dr Iain Glennis (played by Nick Frost, Shaun of the Dead) that he is actually suffering from oesophageal cancer.

As he mournfully tells people at work the bad news, Daniel retains his job and receives endless sympathy from his formerly hostile colleagues. Becca even takes him back.

But it soon emerges that the incompetent Iain has misread the X-rays and that Daniel is in fact fine. However, he is enjoying the upturn in his fortunes so much, that Daniel can’t bring himself to tell anyone that he is actually not dying of cancer.

He confides to a close friend that, “It sounds awful, but having cancer all week has been so great. I feel like I’ve won the lottery.” So Daniel and Iain, whose job is also under threat, conspire to keep the doctor’s mistake secret. Once a liar, always a liar…

Of course, the more Daniel keeps digging a hole for himself, the funnier it becomes. Saunders explains that, “The second Daniel tells a lie about still having cancer, it’s the worst mistake of his life, and it only gets worse. You can’t retract a lie of that magnitude, especially when you’re using it for your own ends.”

Sick Note cleverly fuses light and shade. Serafinowicz describes it as, “Dark, but silly as well. It’s Breaking Bad meets Fawlty Towers.”

There is also a rich vein of farce running through Sick Note. Iain, for instance, is a ludicrously inept doctor. Frost laughs that, “Iain is so bad at his job that he can’t even pronounce the word ‘oesophagus’. We did a scene the other day where he tells Daniel, ‘You have cancer of the osnophagis’.

“I mean, how on earth has this guy not been struck off? It’s actually quite scary. There are a few places where he alludes to the fact that he may or may not have killed lots of people: ‘Listen, they were all patients – at least most of them were patients!’ I like that farcical aspect of the show. British TV likes farce. This is a great chance to play a nice, dark idiot.”

We are at Wimbledon Studios watching a scene involving all sorts of beeping medical machinery. In a break from filming, Grint comes over to meet me by the Centre Court Restaurant – well, it is in Wimbledon.

The actor was clearly well cast as Ron. In person, the 29-year-old is as charming and easy-going as his most famous alter ego. Grint, who made a very well-regarded stage debut in a West End revival of Jez Butterworth’s Mojo four years ago, says that as soon as he read the script of Sick Note, he could identify with Daniel. “I had a similar experience when I had swine flu a few years ago. When you’re ill, you get a lot of attention, and people bring you cups of tea. It was actually quite an attractive thing.

“So I get Daniel’s predicament. Obviously, what he does is a lot more serious, but I admit I was tempted to pretend I was ill for longer than I was, and I remember being a bit sad when I actually got better. So I can relate to that.”

Daniel is light years away from Ron; where Ron was faithful and fearless, Daniel is false and fake. But Grint says he did not take the lead in Sick Note just to demonstrate his range. “It’s not a conscious decision to show my versatility,” he muses.

“Of course, you do feel a pressure after something like the Harry Potter. You want the chance to show that you can do different things. And it’s refreshing to work without CGI and on a smaller budget. I love the fast pace of filming TV. But Harry Potter was never something I was desperate to shake off. I just enjoy doing different things.”

Grint certainly makes his alter ego in Sick Note very credible; like all of us, Daniel is deeply flawed. Matt Lipsey, the comedy’s director, outlines why he was convinced from the outset that Grint was the man for the job. “Over the years in Harry Potter, I’d seen Rupert really grow as an actor,” reflects Lipsey, who has also directed Little Britain, Big School, Gangsta Granny and Psychoville.

“I saw him in the re-staging of Mojo. He was playing a speed-fuelled thug opposite Daniel Mays. They were that show’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Rupert was utterly astonishing. So I knew he had what it takes to play this man who gets tangled up in a web of his own making as his trail of lies gets worse and worse. Rupert instantly made the part his own.”

All the same, is there a danger that viewers might find that Sick Note strikes a, er, sick note? Saunders stresses that, “We are not in any way condoning lying about having a serious disease. We were very careful about that. We’re not having fun at the expense of anyone who is ill. Daniel’s lie is very bad, but in this series everybody is lying and being hypocritical.”

For his part, Grint thinks the show is not tasteless as “Daniel genuinely thought he had cancer – that was completely real. Things just spiralled out of control.

“And he’s not just flippantly doing this because he can. He’s always very much aware that it’s a terrible, terrible thing to be doing. Sick Note is not taking the Mickey out of people with cancer. It’s taking the Mickey out of people who lie.”

Before we part, Grint returns once more to the subject of Harry Potter. “I look back on it very fondly. We had so much fun. Occasionally I miss that because it was such a great place to be every day.

“It was certainly better than school!”


Original article found at independent.co.uk November 6th, 2017

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Harry Potter star Rupert Grint on why it’s magic to play lead in new show Sick Note

You know him best as Harry Potter’s closest friend Ron Weasley, now Rupert Grint is back with his first ever TV series, Sick Note.

He plays lazy loser Daniel Glass, whose life is transformed when his doctor tells him he’s terminally ill.

Suddenly Daniel’s parents love him, his girlfriend puts her plans to dump him on hold, and instead of being fired by his boss (played by 1980s Miami Vice star Don Johnson), he’s given his old job back.

The problem is, Daniel isn’t dying — he just has a very incompetent doctor, played by Shaun of the Dead’s Nick Frost.

And now the bungling twosome have to keep the fact that Daniel isn’t actually on his death bed a very big secret.

We met Rupert (29) to talk tall tales, TV roles and life after Hogwarts.

What drew you to Sick Note?

The scripts are really clever and funny, and it’s a very fresh idea. I hadn’t read anything in a long time that had made me laugh out loud like this. Dark things have always appealed to me. I don’t know why — perhaps I have a bit of a sick sense of humour!

Was the offbeat plot a big attraction?

The idea of lives spiralling further and further out of control is a great basis for a show. All the characters are covering something up. That gradually becomes clearer. It makes for an interesting dynamic where everyone is concealing the truth.

What have you enjoyed about Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz’s scripts?

Sick Note is brilliantly written because it has so many twists and turns. You never know where it will go next. I love the spontaneity of it. Also, the director Matt Lipsey is great. He lets us go off script, and it feels very free. Nat and James are rewriting on the hoof. It is a very collaborative process.

Tell us a bit about Daniel…

He has become completely immune to lying. He’s lied all the way though his life. He’s always faking some sort injury to get off work, and his relationship is hanging by a string of white lies. He’s lost his passion for everything — his job and his relationship. He is really hitting the wall. He’s jaded, and he’s happier watching Game of Thrones and playing PlayStation than going to work. Life is slowly passing him by.

What happens next?

Daniel suddenly gets the worst news possible when he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. But he doesn’t come clean when he realises he’s been misdiagnosed because everything is so much easier for him when people think he is ill. Suddenly he is not completely invisible anymore – people are noticing him. He also manages to save his relationship. All of a sudden, he gets a burst of life that he’s never had before.

Why doesn’t he reveal that, in fact, he’s not ill?

When Daniel finds out that he’s not terminally ill, he has a big decision to make. It’s not easy for him. He is aware that it’s a terrible, terrible thing to do, but he feels he has no choice because everything is going so much better. Now he’s got everything he wants. He thinks his hand has been forced.

Are there any similarities between your own life and Daniel’s?

The main thing I could relate to was that I’ve always been quite philosophical and laid back.

What’s the relationship between Daniel and Dr Iain Glennis?

Sick Note is a classic farce, and Daniel and Iain are almost a Laurel and Hardy kind of double act. The doctor is completely incapable of anything. He makes it so much more difficult to keep the lie secret because he is constantly cocking it up. Daniel is continually frustrated by Iain because the doctor has no concept of the consequences and the gravity of the situation they’re in.

What has it been like to work with Nick Frost?

It’s been brilliant. But it’s also been very challenging trying to keep a straight face. He’s absolutely hilarious. He keeps trying to make me ‘corpse’. He’s always coming out with things during filming. They stay with you all day, and you can’t forget them. He makes it very difficult, but it’s been great working with him.

Are there any big differences between making film and TV?

No. I don’t see huge difference. We’re in a golden age of television. It’s great to have the opportunity to develop a character like Daniel over several hours — that’s hard to carve out in a single film.

Daniel is very different from the role for which you are best known, Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films. Did you deliberately choose a character so far removed from your most celebrated part?

No. It’s not a conscious decision to show my versatility. You do feel a pressure after something like Harry Potter. You want the chance to show that you can do different things. It’s refreshing to work without CGI and on a smaller budget. I love the fast pace of this filming. But Harry Potter was never something I was desperate to shake off. I just enjoy doing different things.

Finally, how would you sum up your experience of making Sick Note?

It’s been amazing. This is the first TV that I’ve ever done, and I’ve loved every minute of it!


Original article found at buzz.ie November 6th, 2017

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Rupert Grint: ‘I appreciate Harry Potter more now’

From wizards to whoppers! Harry Potter star Rupert Grint heads new Sky One sitcom Sick Note, about a born liar…

Rupert Grint makes the leap from Harry Potter’s “the boy who lived” to Sky One’s “the man who fibbed” in new comedy series, Sick Note.

It’s a big change for the actor who began his career playing Ron Weasley in the successful Harry Potter series at 13 years old. Rupert, now 29, ditches wizardry for telling great big whoppers in this six-part comedy, with Spaced star Nick Frost as incompetent doctor Iain Glennis and Miami Vice’s Don Johnson playing Daniel’s egotistical boss, Kenny West, at We Cover Insurance.
We caught up with Rupert Grint on the set of Sick Note where he revealed what brings his character to lie about having cancer. He also talks about the long-lasting legacy of playing Ron Weasley…

Tell us about Sick Note and your character Daniel Glass…

“Daniel’s life is kept together by many little white lies. He always wears a cast and keeps up the pretence of a mysterious, dodgy arm, as an excuse to get out of work or doing things around the house for his girlfriend Becca (Harlots’ Pippa Bennett-Warner). Daniel’s someone who’s lost all passion for his life. He’s happy watching Game of Thrones and playing his PlayStation!”

What changes when he sees doctor Iain Glennis (Nick Frost) instead of his usual doctor?

“He gets the worst possible news and it completely changes his life. When Dr Glennis diagnoses him with cancer Daniel’s terrified but suddenly everyone treats him better and his relationship comes back to life.”

After Iain reveals it’s a misdiagnosis, why doesn’t Daniel come clean?

“Everyone’s so nice to him it makes the decision to lie a lot easier for Daniel. But he doesn’t go into it lightly. It’s huge decision. He gets backed into a corner and he wants to back out quite a lot! The lie completely spirals out of control and goes in different directions, each worse and worse and more disturbing! There are many strange arcs and twists.”

Did you have any reservations about the show?

“Yes, I was worried because cancer is not funny. It’s not an easy thing to be funny with. However, the script and characters made it kind of an easy decision. What’s really important is, Sick Note isn’t taking the mickey out of cancer. It’s more about the lies Daniel and Iain tell, and how they spiral. Cancer becomes a secondary thing. Sick Note’s dark, and I’ve a dark side to my sense of humour, but it’s also hilarious and clever. Possibly it’s an acquired taste but I hope it comes out funny. It’s quite broad, farcical humour too.”

How was it working with Don Johnson and Nick Frost?

“I loved it! The most challenging thing about the whole shoot was working with Nick because he’s hilarious and I struggle with corpsing. Don is great – he’s a complete earthquake, a force that changed the energy on set. You’d never put us three together in anything!”

You’ve worked with amazing actors in your time, who stands out?

“I’ve been so lucky. Alan Rickman quickly comes to mind. He had an amazing presence when he walked on set. There are so many incredible people I could list – Julie Walters and Ralph Fiennes, and I’ve early memories of Richard Harris. Back then I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. When I first started they were just nice people, now I’m older and have watched more films, I realise it was amazing.”

Has Harry Potter made walking down the street difficult?

“Selfies have become an everyday thing now, it’s happened since I was a young boy so you weirdly get used to it and forget it’s actually quite a strange thing. For me it’s like being asked for directions, it just happens. I never feel famous, so I’m always uncomfortable if someone gets star struck. But I’ve no regrets. It’s an unusual existence but not ridiculously crazy. Sometimes I can get over it by wearing a hat!”


Original article found at whatsontv.co.uk October 31st, 2017

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How Actor Rupert Grint Invests His Harry Potter Fortune

Barron’s Next talked money with Grint and Luke Pasqualino, who are both starring in Snatch, a new show on Sony’s Crackle network.

He is a wealthy, successful actor and one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. Like many 20-somethings, though, Rupert Grint never received formal lessons on finance or investing. He relies on a few, select people to help him manage his money.

Grint, 28, who now stars in the show Snatch on the Sony-owned TV network Crackle, amassed a fortune from playing Ron Weasley in Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter film franchise, starting at age 11. But he says the money makes him feel a little uncomfortable.

Just having it? “Yeah, a little bit,” Grint says. “Just not quite ever feeling like I’ve really earned it, do you know what I mean?”

“You have,” counters his Snatch co-star, Luke Pasqualino, 27. “How many 11-year-olds start working?”
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“It was a sacrifice,” Grint jokes. The money was initially locked in a trust, but the actor has since empowered his accountants and his father to invest in property. “I think it seems to be a safe place. I’ve always been low-risk with those kinds of things.”

Don’t expect to see a similar prudence in Grint’s latest role in “Snatch,” which is adapted from the Guy Ritchie film of the same name, about London’s criminal underworld. Grint plays Charlie, a young man who wears colorful suits, socks, and bow-ties and rebels against his posh upbringing with small-time hustling and gambling. Pasqualino, who gained fame on the British show “Skins,” plays Albert, the son of an imprisoned thief who struggles to make ends meet, and to forge his own identity despite being drawn to the same unlawful world that took away his father.

The two London-based actors sat with Barron’s Next at Suspenders pub in Manhattan’s financial district, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. They drank pints of Guinness and reflected on having wealth at a young age. Both hired accountants early, and both invested in property.

Rupert, you won the lottery ticket for child actors and earned enormous wealth at a young age — did coming upon that much money early on shape or influence your identity?

Grint: I’ve got quite a weird relationship with money, I think, because I was earning at quite a young age, and I didn’t really understand it. So I’ve always kept quite a distant relationship to it. I don’t really deal with it. I’m not hands-on with it. It’s strange to know really what to do with it, especially at that age. It always seemed like too much, in a way. It was quite overwhelming.

‘It always seemed like too much, in a way. It was quite overwhelming.’
—Rupert Grint on his relationship with money.

Was the money tied up in a trust?

Grint: Yes. It was. It’s kind of locked away, really. My parents are kind of like the keepers. I went through a phase where I was just buying ridiculous things. Because it came really suddenly — I was 11. I bought an ice cream van — it was always a dream of mine — a menagerie of strange animals. It was kind of a bit like Neverland at one point.

Was that in reaction to having so much money?

Grint: I don’t know. It’s weird. It doesn’t really motivate me anymore. It’s not something I really think about. I don’t even know the entire figure, really.

Did you hire a financial advisor?

Grint: I got really good accountants. My dad has been very hands on with that. Property — I’ve got a big portfolio now. I think it seems to be a safe place. I’ve always been low-risk with those kinds of things.

Luke, was there an adult lesson you learned in terms of dealing with money?

Pasqualino: I was 18 and “Skins” was my first job. I was careful with my money at the start, and then when I started to earn more, I started to just blow it on everything. It was a turning point in my life, when I was about 21, where I realized I had been working for three years, good money, and I didn’t have anything to show for it. I’d spend most of it in nightclubs, four times a week, and buying tables to impress girls. When you get a bit older, you realize it’s actually just absolutely pointless. I realized I needed to start doing something properly with it. I bought a couple properties and just tried to make sure that I had something in bricks and mortar, or some sort of stability somewhere. I thought if it did all go down the pan that I’d have something as a backup.

Grint: I just got a new house, and I grew up in apartments until recently. So, the furniture, and a new dog, as well. I’m definitely getting more independent in terms of money.

Who advised you to invest in properties?

Pasqualino: I’ve got a good accountant, and my dad’s got quite a big property portfolio, as well. My dad’s very savvy with his money. All he’s ever known is to work hard — he left school at 14 because he had to support his family. He would point me in the right direction. With his help and my accountant’s help, we invested in the right things. As long as you’ve got someone you trust. I never once felt that my dad was trying to rip me off or anything.

Grint: I think it’s important that you can have someone that’s completely on your side. It’s why I put so much faith in my dad. Let him deal with it, and I just spend it occasionally. [laughs]

What’s something you splurge on now?

Pasqualino: My nephew. My sister’s got a 20-month-old little boy. My bank account dwindles because of him. Toys, clothes. Last time I was out, I saw a pair of Roberto Cavalli trainers. This was when he was only about nine months, I bought these Roberto Cavalli trainers, and he probably wore them for about a month and he had grown out of them.

Rupert, if you and Daniel Radcliffe had lunch, who would pick up the check?

Grint: I don’t know. It’s always a tricky one. It’s quite a British thing, I think. You always want to pay, don’t you? I think we’d split it. We’d go dutch. The last time we had dinner, I can’t remember who paid!


Original article found at barrons.com March 18th, 2017

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This multi-millionaire “Harry Potter” actor is a Costco-obsessed, coupon addict

There’s nothing magical about saving a pile of dough.

‘Harry Potter’ actor Rupert Grint may be a multimillionaire with a mansion in London, but he’s just like us: He loves coupons and Costco.

In fact, his eyes will light up the moment you mention the big-box retailer and its signature brand, Kirkland. Kirkland toilet paper rolls? “They last forever,” Grint told Moneyish. Kirkland clothing? “I’m actually wearing Kirkland socks now.”

Grint is the star of the upcoming series “Snatch,” which airs on Sony’s TV network, Crackle. Grint, 28, landed the role of a lifetime at the age of 11. Playing Ron Weasley — Harry Potter’s goofy, red-haired, chocolate-frog eating friend — in the “Harry Potter” franchise’s eight films earned him a fortune. But he tends not to think about the money too much. “I don’t even know the entire figure, really,” he says.

And he still likes a good deal.

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“I got quite into couponing,” he says, “there’s so many deals you can get.” He says he has watched the TV show “Extreme Couponing,” and cuts his coupons out of magazines to use in person at the supermarket checkout. He plans ahead and collects coupons to use at the right time on items such as talcum powder and car shampoo, which he says he stockpiles in his basement.

“I have hay fever, so tissues are a big, big deal,” he says. “I get a lot of good tissue deals, but it’s a very specific type that relates to the coupon. It has to be an Olbas Oil one, it’s got an Olbas Oil infusion.”

The actor says he goes to Costco weekly in London — at one point, he went daily. He upgraded his Costco membership from Business to Executive, and he always carries his black Costco card everywhere in his phone case. The other cards he carries are his bank card and his driver’s license, but “the Costco card is the main card. It’s in the window.”

He has bought furniture at Costco. He gets nearly ecstatic when he talks about the store’s baked goods, or the food court. “Oh my god, the pizza is amazing. It’s the best pizza. The hot dogs as well,” he says.

Though he doesn’t have to worry about money, Grint says the draw of couponing and Costco savings is the feeling that he’s “winning in some way, kind of like beating the system.”

Despite this, he allows himself the impulsive splurges. His latest: A new pet dog, Audrey. And all of Audrey’s swanky accoutrements.

Audrey is on an organic diet of meals such as venison and sausages of minced meat, that get delivered to the home. “Her food is more expensive than what I pay for food,” he says. (For example, he says a meal for Audrey costs about 14 pounds, whereas a hot dog at the Costco food court is 1.50 pounds — and comes with a drink.)

He also bought Audrey a DNA test from ancestry.com, to find out his dog’s genetic origins. “It’s so expensive. We haven’t done it yet. You have to swab her mouth and I haven’t seen her in ages,” he says.


Original article found at moneyish.com March 17th, 2017

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Rupert Grint on What Sold Him on ‘Snatch’ and Embracing His ‘Harry Potter’ Fame

The 10-episode Crackle series Snatch, based loosely on the cult classic of the same name and inspired by a real-life heist in London, centers on a group of young hustlers who stumble across a truck full of stolen gold and suddenly find themselves in the middle of the high-stakes world of organized crime. Going from small-time cons to the top of London’s underworld is no easy feat, and this group of friends must quickly learn to navigate unfamiliar criminal territory, if they’re going to survive. The series stars Rupert Grint, Luke Pasqualino, Lucien Laviscount, Phoebe Dynevor, Stephanie Leonidas, Dougray Scott and Ed Westwick.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actor Rupert Grint (who plays the not entirely street wise Charlie Cavendish-Scott) talked about the main attraction of a project like Snatch, what he did to get into the head of his character, how the stolen gold becomes its own character, adjusting to a TV schedule, the challenge of working in a rubber mask, how the possibilities for future seasons is endless, and why Crackle is an exciting place to be. He also talked about how cool he is with the fact that he will always be identified with the Harry Potter franchise, and what he looks for in a project.

snatch-rupert-grint-interviewCollider: When a TV series inspired by the movie Snatch, which so many people love, was first brought to your attention, were you immediately intrigued or were you hesitant about why this TV series should exist?

RUPERT GRINT: Yeah, there was definitely hesitation, but that was the main attraction. I loved the original film. I was way too young to have seen it when it came out, but I loved it. When I met with (showrunner) Alex [De Rakoff], very early on, it was very important to find what our show is really going to do differently. I think it had to be a reimagining and start again, with new characters and a new environment, a bit like a show like Fargo, where it’s a new world, but still has that feel of the original that people love. There’s always a bit of pressure and it’s challenging, but it’s been fun.

What was it that finally won you over on this show and made you want to play this character, in this world? Did talking to your showrunner and hearing his vision really help?

GRINT: Yeah, I really liked Alex. He’s so Snatch. He looks like a character from Snatch. He’s a sharply dressed guy with a really good beard. He has a real authenticity. He knows this world, and he knows how these characters talk. He explained to me how he loosely based the idea on a real gold heist in the ‘80s. It just sounded like so much fun. And I’ve never met anyone like Charlie before. It took me awhile to get in his head and work out who he is. I enjoyed the challenge of it. It was just a lot of fun.

What did you do to get into the head of this character? What helped you to get a grasp on who he is?

GRINT: It took me awhile, I must admit, to find him. I watched a lot of Prince Harry videos. Charlie lives in this world where he’s very proud of his family name and everything that means, but doesn’t have any money and lives in this decrepit, abandoned mansion with his parents, who are completely disillusioned. They grow marijuana in the basement and have these weird sex parties. That interested me, as well. All of these characters have a detached from their home, and they find their grounding within each other. The relationship between all of these characters, as the series widens out. That was great.

How much does ending up with this gold affect this group of friends?

GRINT: When we do accidentally steal the gold, the gold becomes a new character. It affects everyone in different ways and changes the dynamic. They have everything they’ve ever wanted, but it’s also the most dangerous thing they could have happen. It’s interesting how every character deals with it.

These guys have stumbled across a fortune in gold and they have no idea who it belongs to. How well do they navigate this underworld that they’ve found themselves in? Is it way more than any of them bargained for?

GRINT: Absolutely! They’re just kids, really, who do small-time scams, like boxing matches and stuff like that. Suddenly, they’re thrown into this very serious world of organized crime. Everyone is after this gold, and they’re completely out of their depth without any idea of where to even start. We find some very interesting ways to move the gold, trying to get as much as we can without alerting everyone.

What were the biggest challenges in shooting this season?

GRINT: The main thing is just working in the TV genre. I haven’t done much TV before. This is kind of my first foray. When you’re developing a character arc, because you’re shooting out of sequence, it’s hard to keep a full eye on where it’s going and where you are, at that time. That’s always challenging. And there’s quite a lot of big set pieces and action stuff, and I’ve never been a real natural stuntman. That stuff is challenging.

Did the action get more fun and feel more natural, by the end?

GRINT: Yeah, it does, a bit. Charlie is not the most sophisticated guy. He’s clumsy and he’s desperate to prove himself. He looks up to Albert a lot, and he wants to be Albert. It wasn’t too many hardcore stunts for Charlie, but as the show progressed, we got into some wild situations.

Was it particularly challenging to work while wearing a rubber mask?

GRINT: Oh, yeah! It was so weird ‘cause you can’t hear anything. It was so hot and very disorienting. There was so much going on, particularly in that scene where we get the gold. There were explosions going off. I had to throw a spike strip, which was quite a challenge. It was almost impossible. My mask was particular big, as well. I had to see through the nostrils.

Because you hadn’t done a TV project like this before, what was it like to collaborate with your showrunner?

GRINT: There’s always gotta be trust there, but it also felt very freeing. Everyone was free to collaborate, and he was very open. They were still writing episodes while we were filming them, so it was an ongoing experience, but he was great. He’d always make time for you and he was very present, so it was great to have that kind of relationship.

As a cast, you guys have such a great rapport together, which seems very easy and very natural. Did that happen very quickly, or did you get time to bond with each other?

GRINT: We actually didn’t have a lot of time. We had a read-through and we had some rehearsal time, and we had a few nights to socially be with each other. I think it’s quite important to bond, especially when it’s a relationship based dynamic. Everyone was great and really excited to be a part of it. We had a lot of fun!

Is this something that you’re hoping to get to do more seasons of? Is this a character you’d like to explore, for at least a bit longer?

GRINT: Absolutely, yeah! We had such a great time filming this, and it could go anywhere, which is exciting. The possibilities are endless. It’s an exciting prospect.

Crackle is really starting to build a name for itself with original programming. When did you realize that doing a streaming series was a viable option?

GRINT: It really is the future. It’s a really exciting time, with this whole concept of binge-watching. I find myself doing that myself, more and more. Crackle is an exciting place to be. They’re still new with original content, and they’re willing to take risks and make bold choices. They were great to work with and very freeing. They let us make what we wanted to make.

No matter what else you do in your life and career, you will always be identified with the Harry Potter franchise. How do you feel about that?

GRINT: It was such a huge part of my life. I’m hugely grateful to be a part of it because if it wasn’t for it, I probably definitely wouldn’t be making stuff like Snatch. I’m very grateful. I had such a great time. I was such a huge fan of the books. That’s how I got into it. I had never really thought about acting or a career. I just wanted to be Ron, really. It was a very unusual introduction into the industry, and we learned so much. It’s been a real education and an evolution. I really, really enjoy this. It doesn’t bother me, at all. It’s cool!

What do you look for in a project, these days?

GRINT: The script is really always the main attraction, and then there’s whether there is an interesting character and great people around you. Those are the key elements that I look for.


Original article found at collider.com March 16th, 2017

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Rupert Grint: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me (‘My Nickname Used to Be Poop!’)

Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint spells out some enchanting facts for Us by sharing 25 things you may not know about him in this week’s issue. Catch the British actor, 28, in his new role as a conman on Snatch, which streams on Crackle starting March 16.

1. I can carve almost anything into the end of a crayon: William Shakespeare, the Statue of Liberty, Gordon Ramsay wearing a fez. Anything!

2. I am definitely a nocturnal creature. I am not a morning person.

3. I currently wear a baseball cap with cross-eyes stitched on the front. It really creeps people out.
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4. I like hats. It was an early ambition of mine to be a hat designer.

5. I can’t tell time on analog clocks. The purpose of the big hand and the little hand has never come naturally to me.

6. I’ve never attempted any extreme sports, and I consider running short distances an extreme sport.

7. I am an ambassador for the children’s charity Starlight.

8. My guilty pleasures are Costco pizza and watching The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross.

9. I wanted to be an ice cream man when I was younger. So when I was finally old enough to get my driver’s license, I bought an ice cream truck. In hindsight, it wasn’t the most practical first vehicle.

10. I carried the torch for the London 2012 Olympic Games. And now I use it to store pens.

11. My phone screen saver is a painting of my dog.

12. My dog is named after Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.

13. I stole Harry Potter’s door number from his house on Privet Drive.

14. My nickname used to be “Poop” because it sounds like “Rupe.”

15. My favorite artist is David Shrigley.

16. My lucky charm is a fake Cher driver’s license.

17. When I was 5, my school asked me to write to media mogul Rupert Murdoch to ask for a donation to fix the pool, their logic being, as we shared a first name, he’d feel more personally invested. It was never repaired.

18. My favorite book is Rant by Chuck Palahniuk.

19. I like to watch Bollywood movies.

20. My karaoke song is anything by Oasis.

21. My favorite television shows are Brass Eye and The OA.

22. The best thing I own is a musical Alessi kettle.

23. While I was filming Snatch on a street in England, a guy gave me a five-pack of socks that he designed.

24. I want to visit Canada to see a narwhal. I’m not sure they exist until I see one.

25. I can’t dance. My body won’t allow me to.


Original article found at usmagazine.com March 16th, 2017

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Rupert Grint on Snatch, Identifying With Ron Weasley, and Why He’s Not Thrilled About Being a Hufflepuff

You know Rupert Grint as Ronald Weasley, the Harry Potter character he became synonymous with for more than a decade of his life. Currently, he’s playing a role that couldn’t be a better counterpoint to his Potter persona: Charlie Cavendish, a young hustler on Crackle’s Snatch, a (very) loose adaptation of the 2000 Guy Ritchie film. In advance of the show’s premiere tonight, Grint, 28, stopped by the Vulture TV Podcast to talk moving on from Harry Potter, why it’s hard to separate where Ron ends and he begins, and his disappointing Sorting Hat results. Read our conversation below, and hear the full version next Tuesday on the Vulture TV Podcast.

On Snatch, you play Charlie Cavendish, one member of a group of 20-something hustlers who fall into organized crime. How would you describe your character?
It took me a while to work out who he was. He comes from a very well-to-do aristocratic family, yet they’ve spent all their money and live in this kind of abandoned mansion. His parents have these strange parties and his dad grows weed in the basement. He feels very detached from his family, yet he still has this pride of the family name and keeps up that appearance. So it’s really about how these young group of hustlers form this family.

Something we’ve talked about on this podcast before is actors who are so defined by one role, but are then able to reinvent themselves in their future roles. It usually seems to require something extreme, maybe even physically transformative. In choosing roles post–Harry Potter, how consciously have you thought about distancing yourself from Ron Weasley?
Yeah, I think it’s always going to be a challenge. They’re so widely liked and watched and new generations are coming into it, so it’ll always be there. It’s never really been a conscious decision, I didn’t really go out to pick shocking, very adult roles. I’m driven by scripts and people around me. But yeah, you do want to try and step away from the comfort zone.

In a way, having played a role like that, it can make it easier for audiences to sympathize you when you play, say, a hustler, because they remember you as someone they love and trust.
Yeah, that’s interesting. I think it’ll always be with me. I had a weird relationship with that character because after that we kind of merged into the same person. I find it very hard to separate where I end and Ron begins.

Especially at such a young age I imagine you’re just figuring out who you are too, probably.
We went through quite an important time in our development, I think. And naturally we just merged into the same thing. It’s quite strange growing out of it. I saw the play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It was very strange.

Oh yeah, because you’re watching an older version of yourself.
Yeah, and it’s a character that I feel is part of me. It was almost like an out-of-body experience. But yeah, it was incredible seeing it move on, and seeing someone else’s interpretation of it as well was really interesting. I really enjoyed it.

Had you talked to that actor before he took on the role?
No, not at all. It was very much a separate thing. I met him after, we had a good chat. But yeah, it was mad [laughs].

It seems like you and Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have all made the transition from child star to adult actor well. And I’m curious if you’ve thought about why, as that can be a kind of fraught transition for a lot of people. Yet you all seem very well-adjusted and picked interesting projects post–Harry Potter.
It was a very unique, incredible part of my life. We lived in this bubble, so it was very hard to see out of it. Immediately finishing the last film, it was a strange time, it was an overwhelming feeling. It was like 12 years, consistently, and then it just ended after one take. It took a while for me to adjust and work out what I was going to do. But it was nice to do nothing. I did have a big break, caught up on some things. It was a big sacrifice, I think, as much fun as it was, naturally you do miss out on a lot growing up. So yeah, I just felt like I needed to do a bit of me time.

And then coming back to work, did you face any challenges in being typecast?
Right, yeah. It’s been quite open really, I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of different things. Theater was what I really wanted to do, and I found that very educational. I learned a lot from that.

Harry Potter was your first major experience with acting, and I’m curious if there’s anything you learned about acting working on it that’s really stuck with you, and if there’s anything you’d had to kind of unlearn in doing other types of acting?
Yeah, it really was an education being on set. You really learn the inner workings behind the camera — it was kind of like a long film school. It was very different because playing the same character for so long, it kind of becomes a part of you.

It’s almost like TV in a way because you were with it for so long.

Absolutely. And also you know where the story’s ending, so it’s quite a clear arc that you can follow. That’s why I love TV, actually. You don’t really get much opportunity in film to have a real journey as a character, through each episode, which is something I’ve enjoyed with Snatch.

Like you said, with Harry Potter, you knew how it was going to end, but with something like Snatch, how many scripts do you get ahead of time?

There’s that element of not knowing how your character will change and who he will become
Definitely, yeah. That was the case with Snatch, they were writing it as we went along. We really didn’t know. We were filming an episode and we didn’t know how the episode ended, so it was very in the moment. Actually, I think that helped with Snatch. A lot of it is high-stakes drama, so it’s good not knowing exactly what was going to happen. It made it feel very spontaneous. I think that kind of worked in my favor.

So, you’re not on social media.
No, I feel I’m the only person in the world [laughs].

Is that because you want to keep your life a bit separate?
I guess so, yeah. That is kind of the key. I don’t really feel comfortable in that world. I value privacy a lot. You take it for granted being anonymous, I miss that sometimes. Everyone’s really great, but sometimes you just want to be invisible.

I saw you on The Late Late Show With James Corden, and you were saying how you get mistaken for Ed Sheeran 50 percent of the time now. Does that allow you to stay anonymous in a way, or is it still the same thing —
It doesn’t really change anything, if anything, it makes it even worse. People who mistake me for Ed Sheeran, I do question their dedication as a fan. I can’t really see a huge resemblance, apart from the hair.

I saw on Pottermore that you got Hufflepuff for your Hogwarts house. Were you surprised by that?
Yeah, and a little bit disappointed to be honest. That’s just not the coolest one, is it? Yeah, it is a really clever algorithm.

It’s amazing. I was so impressed by the test because I’ve taken some in the past and this one was so much more poetic in a way, where you really couldn’t game the system.
No, yeah. I think I did it a few times as well, and it was always Hufflepuff. You want to be like Gryffindor or Slytherin.


Original article found at vulture.com March 16th, 2017

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Snatch Stars Rupert Grint and Luke Pasqualino on Reimagining the Film for TV

Inspired by the Guy Ritchie movie of the same name, the new Crackle series Snatch centers on a group of low level London criminals and hustlers who find they’ve accidentally escalated things into a much higher (and more dangerous) bracket when they find a truck of stolen gold bullion.

The trio at the center of the story are Albert (Luke Pasqualino), Billy (Lucien Laviscount) and Charlie (Rupert Grint) and I spoke to Pasqualino and Grint about the fun of working in a classic crime story of this sort.

IGN: What were your first thoughts when they approached you about this show and you learned they were doing this new version of Snatch?

Rupert Grint: First of all, I loved the movie. It was one of those films that always kind of stayed with me. I was probably way too young to see it when it came out. [Laughs] But I was really excited. It’s an opportunity with the long format – you can really flesh out the characters and have more character development. You can’t really do that with film. It’s too brief. That’s the great thing about this. You can carve out your arc throughout ten episodes.

Luke Pasqualino: Yeah, I’m such a huge fan of the movie and I think one of the big draws for me was that the movie is two hours long and we’re given the opportunity to play out in ten episodes and use the inspiration from the movie and bring it into our own world. I think it was twelve, fifteen years ago that the movie came out so to revive it and do our own thing with a more contemporary feel to it, that was a big thing.

IGN: Your characters are pals but there’s some tension there with the differences in their background. Is that something that’s always a little bit under the surface?

Grint: Family plays a lot for all the characters. They’re trying to escape their home.

Pasqualino: They’re each other’s chosen families, aren’t they? Every character comes from a dysfunctional family or some sort of broken home in some sense. They’ve been friends since they were kids and they don’t know anything else but to be with each other. In my own personal experience in my life, people that I argue with or have confrontations with are the people I love and care about the most. I wouldn’t think to argue with somebody I couldn’t give two s**ts about. There’s no point in arguing if you don’t care. So there’s those underlying tones of if they’re slightly more confrontational with each other, it comes from a place of love, it comes from the heart. That’s the one thing to try not to let the audience forget. It’s all meant with love.

IGN: Luke, your character’s father clearly steered him in a certain criminal direction, which we get a glimpse of in the pilot. But Rupert, do we begin to see more of why Charlie was drawn to this world?

Grint: Charlie is an interesting one because we assume he came from wealth and is very proud of his family name and yet is desperate to have nothing to attach himself to. He goes home occasionally and it affects him deeply. His parents are these weird bohemian hippies that make sex movies in their kitchen. He witnesses some horrible things when he goes home. That’s why [Albert, Billy and Charlie] are friends. They’ve formed their own foundation and that keeps them together.

IGN: The end of the pilot clearly establishes that they’re in deep and what they’ve stumbled upon is going to cause a lot of problems. How much do they have to debate or argue about what their next move is?

Pasqualino: It’s stated in one of the episodes – Billy says to me that Albert is the self-appointed leader of this organization, so to speak. Albert has taken it upon himself to call the shots and what not but you see everyone has their input, even in the opening of episode two when they talk about what they want to do. But the final call is Albert says, “No, this is what we’re going to do and that’s final.” Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Grint: They’re completely out of their depth. We do small time scams and suddenly we’ve got millions and millions of pounds of gold. It’s interesting how it affects the characters. It’s almost like the ring in Lord of the Rings. It has a real effect.

Pasqualino: It’s got a hold on everyone. It’s kind of like an addiction. They get a taste of this big time world they’re immersed in completely by chance. The gold becomes the backbone of the series, what they’re going to do with it, how they get rid of it, can they get rid of it. That becomes the crux of the show really. It’s got a real hold over them and they can’t quite seem to let it go.

IGN: Right from the get go you can sense the nods and feel of the movie but are there any direct connections or is it just it’s own thing, unrelated?

Pasqualino: I think It’s its own thing. We’ve got a huge inspiration from the movie but that’s the best way to put it. It’s inspired by the movie. Different characters, different storylines. It’s fifteen years later. But the essence of Snatch is still there, the way it’s shot, the edit, some of the scenes, the box scene in episode one. There’s still Snatchy elements to it and it still has that Snatchy tone but it’s very much its own thing.

Grint:I think that’s important. There’s a bit of pressure when you’re reimagining something so iconic and loved. But the only way you can really do it is completely reinvent it. It lives in that universe and that’s where it ends. It’s in the language and the tone of it but it’s really its own thing.

Pasqualino: We want to do our own thing anyway. You don’t want to copy something else. We have to make it our own otherwise what’s the fun of doing it? There needs to be some form of originality as well which is hopefully what we’ve done and we’ll let the audience be the judge of that.

IGN: It feels like it would be a lot of fun to do this sort of crime/caper story. Were there a lot of days on set that were like “Oh, this is great, we’re getting to do this right now”?

Pasqualino: There was a lot of those. One of the things I’m going to take away from this job is just the laughter that we shared and as much as we all get along as a group of friends, just finding ourselves stood there on set just like we’re standing here with all these dozens and dozens of fake gold bars. One of the beauties about being an actor is that nothing really has to make sense. You just do it and live it and hope it comes out and try to find the truth in what’s in the text in your own way and hopefully you can find truth in the text and everything else just comes.

IGN: Were the producers and writers giving you hints at what’s to come or did you find out when you got the next script?

Grint: Yeah, it was kind of a lot like that because Alex [De Rakoff] was writing it in real time. We didn’t really know the end result. We learned it as we filmed, which was good. It gave it a real spontaneity and free form.

Pasqualino: It lends itself to the story as well and what we’re doing. The characters find themselves from one shit situation to the next. As characters, they don’t know what’s going to happen from one day to the next. For us as actors, to not know what’s going to happen from one episode to the next is sort of like it keeps it alive and keeps the spontaneity and it allows you to immerse yourself in the episode you’re shooting and not think too far ahead. You live in the now and shoot it and not worry about the next episode until it comes.

IGN: As you mentioned, the big advantage that TV has over film is that you can tell these long term narrative and follow the characters. It occurs to me that the Harry Potter series is one of the rarities in that it was serialized from the start, thanks to the books. Having done that series, Rupert, do you enjoy doing a TV show which — while very different — allows you to tell a continuing story of this sort?

Grint: Yeah, I love that. And it’s something I haven’t really gotten to do since I finished Potter, is having a character and carving out their journey. TV is the perfect medium for that.

IGN: In general, it just seems like the past few years, the perception of TV has changed quite a bit and “the new golden age of TV” is touted a lot. For both of you guys, as young actors, is that exciting for you because there are a lot of realms that they’re going into in television now?

Grint: Yeah, it’s true. There’s quality. I think there used to be a lot of difference between film and TV and that’s not so anymore. There are great scripts and so many different outlets as well. It’s really exciting to work with Crackle as well. There’s a real kind of buzz. It’s hungry. It’s a great platform, particularly for Snatch. It’s such a great fit.


Original article found at ign.com March 15th, 2017

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‘Harry Potter’s’ Rupert Grint taking on a more adult role in ‘Snatch’

PASADENA, Calif. – Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s best pal in the “Harry Potter” films, is all grown up. And he’s walking on the wild side as the hoodlum Charlie in Crackle’s new series, “Snatch.”

“It is a much more adult project,” says Grint, 28. “It’s just kind of a natural progression, I think, as I’ve gotten older and moved past, (it’s) more kind of grown-up and more kind of edgy. I would still say it’s got kind of family elements to the show.”

“Snatch” is an updated and rakish take on the movie of the same name. It’s based on a real-life gold bullion heist by a group of young hooligans who find themselves in deep water when they get involved with organized crime.

Though these characters are constantly on the con, deep down they’re just good lads gone bad, says Grint. “What it is with these characters, they’re all kind of with Charlie, they’re all trying to escape something, particularly from their home life. They come from quite complicated home foundations. With Charlie, he has these kind of bohemian, hippie parents that have these weird sex parties and grow weed. So he’s always trying to escape that …

“And, obviously, when we get the gold, it kind of changes things. We’re just small-time scoundrels and find ourselves in some really deep, deep trouble that could have some lethal consequences. And it’s interesting how the characters kind of deal with it in their different ways,” he says.

It sounds like gritty neo-realism, but executive producer Alex De Rakoff says that’s way off-target.

“You look at ‘Snatch,’ the original film, you have a lot of characters that are much larger-than-life and of all nationalities, and I want to take that and infuse our show with that,” he says.

“I think what is really interesting, is we take all these irreverent, interesting kind of diverse and dynamic characters, and there’s a lot of hustles and a lot of scams, a lot of action and a lot of energy, but you get to know them and you get to see them in relationships and with each other and what it’s like to be young and figure s_ out as you go.

“And I feel that’s something that separates the show from other stuff that’s on television right now … So realism certainly wasn’t the top of my agenda.”

The 10-part series premiering Thursday also features Ed Westwick (“Gossip Girl,” “Wicked City”) as a Miami-born Cuban. The 29-year-old who hails from Hertfordshire, England, says he had to scramble to manage the dialect.

“I spent a fair bit of time kind of looking for different people who I was based on. I settled on Pitbull, the rapper. I don’t know if I actually end up sounding like him, but it felt like a good fit …” he says.

Made in England with a mostly British cast and crew, the series sports a different vibe than the movie, says De Rakoff. If it had been made in America, he says the characters would be much more heavily armed.

“Our guys don’t really use guns at all. It’s part of the charm of the show. It has a very ‘English’ spirit. And the way they approach the hustles and the heist is pretty English, and the weapons of choice such as knuckle-dusters and mace I feel were quite East London. So it definitely has an English spirit to it.”

Dougray Scott plays Charlie’s incorrigible father who keeps dispensing terrible advice to his son from prison. Even playing a reprehensible punk like this can be inspiring, says Scott.

“However long you’re playing a character – of course one always has to come back to reality because we have stuff in life we have to deal with on a daily basis � but those moments, those hours on set, you can just escape into someone else’s world,” he says.

“Sometimes it’s not pretty. It’s not always pretty, the places you have to go to bring a character to life and get the truth out of a situation. That’s what you do. But that’s part of the appeal as well.”


Original article found at miamiherald.com March 13th, 2017

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