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Rupert Grint and Nick Frost to star in Sick Note sitcom

Rupert Grint and Nick Frost will star in new sitcom Sick Note
It’s about a man who is mis-diagnosed with cancer, but continues to say he’s got it as people are nicer to him
The six-part series is being filmed now, to be shown on Sky Atlantic in early 2017

Rupert Grint and Nick Frost are to star in Sick Note, a new sitcom for Sky Atlantic.

The six-part series will focus on how “desperate a person’s actions can become when a lie starts to spiral out of control”.

Sick Note is the story of Daniel Glass, a compulsive liar. Just when things couldn’t get any worse for him, he’s diagnosed with esophageal cancer. But owing to the diagnosis, Daniel finds those around him begin treating him better.

However, Daniel then finds out he was misdiagnosed, leaving him with a big decision. He can come clean and go back to his old rubbish life, or keep this new information a secret and pretend to be ill.

Daniel decides to go for the latter option and lie, but very quickly the mis-truths spiral out of control and both Daniel and Dr Glennis who diagnosed him have to spend all of their waking lives trying to prevent the truth from getting out.

Rupert Grint, best known for playing Ron in the Harry Potter films, takes on the lead role of Daniel, with Nick Frost playing Dr Ian Glennis, “the most incompetent oncologist on Earth”.

Sick Note will also feature American TV star Don Johnson (Miami Vice) as Kenny West, Daniel’s irrepressible boss.
Filming is now under way on the series, which has been written by Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz. BAFTA winning director Matt Lipsey is overseeing the shoot. Footage of Grint filming a scene in South London was recently posted on YouTube

Sick Note is being produced by King Bert, the production company founded by David Walliams, Miranda Hart and producer Jo Sargent.

Jo Sargent says: “We are thrilled that we are making Sick Note for Sky Atlantic. Nat and James have done a brilliant job creating an enticing and funny hook and I look forward to our stellar cast bringing their hilarious scripts to life”.

Sky Atlantic’s Zai Bennett comments: “We’re delighted to welcome the stellar cast of Rupert Grint, Nick Frost and Don Johnson to Sky Atlantic in this smart new original comedy. They join a high end stable of US hits like Veep and Silicon Valley alongside great original comedy from the likes of Julia Davis and Steve Coogan.”

Sick Note will be shown on Sky Atlantic in early 2017, with the entire series being made available as an on-demand Sky Box Set.

Original article found at May 31st, 2016

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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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Fan Expo Saturday Stars – Harry Potter, Gotham, Mads Mikkelsen

Fan Expo had its busiest day on Saturday, with panel after panel packed with adoring fans. They were not disappointed, as each star came on stage to loud applause and entertained everyone by answering questions about their respective films and shows.

Highlights of the day included a trio of stars from Star Trek Voyager, Ming Na Wen of Agents of SHIELD, Robin Lord Taylor from Gotham and Jason Momoa, Mike Tyson, Danny Trejo and Mads Mikkelsen. The last event of the night was a Harry Potter reunion with Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and Oliver and James Phelps.

The cast of Star Trek: Voyager that beamed in for this event were Robert Picardo, who most may know as the holographic doctor, Jeri Ryan who played the former Borg drone – Seven of Nine – and Ethan Phillips, who, with lots of make-up would be recognized as Neelix. This cheerful group got along great on set, and are still friends – so much so that they felt like they were entertaining themselves as much as the audience.

The deepest, most serious question for the group was their opinion on pockets in the future, and how they got around not having them in their futuristic uniforms.

Jeri Ryan’s costume was obviously very form fitting, and didn’t leave much room to carry anything. Robert Picardo had a few stories of instances before takes, where he would have to hide a piece of paper in his sleeve, and one time, a pencil had to be quickly hidden, which then flew across the room with an arm gesture. There were lots of pranks on set, even within the confines of a serious Star Trek show, and most of them seemed to be directed at Tim Russ, who played Tuvok the Vulcan. Ethan Phillips recounted the times he would hide under Tim’s bridge control panel and attempt to make him laugh during filming. Jeri Ryan’s favorite moments of the show were the chances to explore her humanity. Many of those lessons and themes, along with the show itself, hold up to this day.

Danny Trejo has been acting since 1985, and has played many tough guys. He began by telling of his early life troubles with drugs and crime, but he has been clean for a long time now and works as a drug counselor to this day. He recounted how he got into acting, mostly by accident, in the film Runaway Train, which starred Jon Voight and Eric Roberts. He was paid $50 to be an extra on the film and was told to act like a convict, something he jokes he didn’t have to try hard to do. Then he was offered $350 to train Eric Roberts to box, although he admits he would have done that for another $50. Then the director saw the tattoo on his chest, which he had done in prison, and decided to give him a larger role in the movie.

During his first few years in the film industry, he often played characters such as “Inmate #1″ and that suited him just fine. Trejo’s roles in Heat and Con Air were some of the most memorable he’s had. Working with Robert DeNiro in Heat was a great experience, and the set of Con Air was akin to a tough guy competition, where each star was trying to out-do each other by showing off their ability to do push-ups and lift weights.

Danny’s roles are usually violent, and in many cases, he ends up dying, but he made up for this in the first 12 minutes of Machete where he kills about a dozen people, and then had to shoot love scenes with Jessica Alba and Amber Heard. His next projects include possible expansion of the Machete franchise, possibly in a TV show, or another feature film.

Agents of SHIELD star Ming Na Wen delighted the audience with her smile and personality – a stark contrast from her stone-faced character Melinda May on the show. Ming Na is talkative and emotional, while Melinda is quiet and reserved. Her career has spanned decades, starring as a doctor on ER, voicing the Disney character Mulan, and of course, her current role on the Marvel series Agents of SHIELD.

What else would Ming Na like to do? Appear in the Star Wars franchise of course! She claims to be a huge nerd, and appreciates the fans because of this, and works hard to please the fans. She has wanted to be an actor since third grade, when she played a bunny rabbit in a school play. Now, on her current show, she is known as “The Cavalry,” and the reason for this has been a mystery until late in the second season. The reveal, she thinks, was done very well, and lived up to the hype and uncovered the trauma and PTSD that Melinda May had after the events in Bahrain. You can catch Melinda May and the rest of Coulson’s team when Agents of SHIELD returns on September 29th.

Mads Mikkelson’s career in television and films is extensive. Fans know him from playing the main antagonist in the James Bond film, Casino Royale, and more recently, as Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal. He knew that when he first started the show, they would be doing a different version of Hannibal and Mikkelson plays him in a way that has fans rooting for him.

Mads mentioned that the empathy for Hannibal comes from the writing which makes him into a charismatic character. He joked that he “plays him sexy” and that Canada is an extremely cold place to film a TV series. Mads will also be seen in the Star Wars film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which he will begin filming next week. Ironically, he admitted he has never seen Star Wars.

Jason Momoa is not just an actor, but a director, writer and producer as well. He is best known for playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones and Ronon Dex in Stargate: Atlantis. He spoke of the uncomfortable scenes in Game of Thrones that he had to do with Emilia Clarke, and to get through them, he loved to make her laugh. The beard he sported for the part of Drogo in Game of Thrones is fake since he could not grow a beard that long. Replying to a fan’s question on who should sit on the Iron Throne, he replied “Daenerys, with the Imp by her side and her dragons surrounding her.”

Recently it was announced that Jason would be playing Aquaman, making his first appearance in the Superman vs Batman movie and then a solo movie in 2018. He said Batman was his favorite superhero and joked that he was playing Aquaman to put food on the table.

Mike Tyson came in from China where he was filming a movie with Steven Seagal. He didn’t give many details about the film, but said they will definitely be fighting each other in it. He now considers himself an entertainer, rather than a fighter. He is still in good shape, but the exact shape he is in depends on who he’s fighting.

Mike enjoys doing comedy roles nowadays, and has a cartoon being released soon that he says is going to be awesome. He’s best known in recent years for his role in the Hangover franchise, and thinks that this new persona suits him and his new life following his retirement as a boxer. In the midst of his fighting career, he says he never dreamed of being the kind of character he is now. These days, Mike Tyson is still not someone you want to mess with, but he says spending time with his children and watching movies like Home and Frozen is what makes him happy. His personal favourite film is The Other Side of Midnight.

On the subject of MMA fights, Tyson said he didn’t think he would do very well in this type of fight. He lamented that he had bad feet, and that the second someone stepped on his foot, he would likely tap out. So don’t expect to see Tyson in the ring any time soon, but you will be able to see him in all kinds of film and television roles in the future.

Robin Lord Taylor has brought to life one of the creepiest and tormented versions of the notorious Batman villain The Penguin on the hit series Gotham. He is so happy to be able to put a new spin on this classic character. His main inspiration for his character was the comics, and he read many of them to bring his character to life. He is having a lot of fun on the set of Gotham and considers it a dream come true. He even demonstrated how to walk like the Penguin with a limp, by turning his right foot outwards and acting that there was a constant pain in his leg. His costume, makeup and hair all help him get into character.

When asked if there were plans to either fatten him up or give him a monocle to be more like the classic portrayal of the character, Robin said he did not know of any such plans, but that they may need to make a fat suit because he is such a skinny guy. He said to look forward to great tension between his character and that of Gordon in the next season coming this fall.

Rupert-Grint-600x900The main ticketed event of the night was the Harry Potter reunion with Oliver and James Phelps (George and Fred), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Tom Felton (Draco). All four actors were surprised at how big the fandom is and how it seems to be continuing to grow.

The four of them joked around and said they missed working together and would love to work on a film together again. Oliver and James said they didn’t pretend to be each other’s characters except once, when they switched places in one of the shots. When the switch was discovered, they had to reshoot the scene.

A fan asked what they would do if they had the Time Turner from the third film. Rupert replied that he would go back to the fourth film and rethink his hairstyle. James Phelps joked that his least favorite character was the Whomping Willow, saying it was a nasty thing for no reason.

This was Rupert’s first convention and he said that if he was to Cosplay, he would be “My Little Pony” and added he would like to play James Bond – he feels the world is ready for a ginger James Bond. It was clear with the joking and teasing around that these four actors truly enjoyed being in each other’s company.

Original article found at September 6, 2015

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Tom Felton pranks Rupert Grint by posing as fan at stage door

Tom Felton tried to fool his Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint this week – by disguising himself as a fan of the actor.

Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Potter films, arrived at the stage door of the Broadway theatre where Grint is currently acting in It’s Only a Play opposite Matthew Broderick.

He proceeded to disguise himself in a hat, wig and glasses and wait at the stage door with fans for the Ron Weasley actor to emerge.

Felton posed as a fan called Bob and asked Grint for a photograph, before Grint realised the man’s true identity.

Felton’s disguise was captured by Instagram user eajobson, who uploaded the photo to their profile.

Grint previously attended the premiere of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, in which Felton starred, wearing an ‘I Heart Tom Felton’ T-shirt.

Felton responded by wearing an ‘I Heart Ron Weasley’ shirt while promoting the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

Original article found | November, 16th 2014

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Famous Freshmen: Rupert Grint, Keke Palmer and Ben Platt Open Up About Stardom in Their Twenties

It’s Only a Play Gerald Schoenfeld TheatreOn Aug. 24, Rupert Grint turned 26 — he celebrated at the Bathtub Gin, a Victorian-inspired speakeasy in Chelsea. Two days later, Keke Palmer turned 21 — her mother threw her a surprise birthday party at a beach house. The next month, on Sept. 24, Ben Platt also turned 21 — he rang in the milestone with friends at a “big party” in downtown NYC.

Their birthday celebrations are standard for twentysomethings in the Big Apple. However, unlike most young adults their age, the three also celebrate film success, superstardom and their first time on Broadway.

“I’m getting very spoiled,” admitted Platt, who rose to fame as nerdy illusionist Benji Applebaum in the 2012 musical film “Pitch Perfect,” and who currently stars as Elder Cunningham in the megahit musical The Book of Mormon. “A quiet audience for us is like a great audience for every other show. It’s a blessing to be a part of something that’s so strong.”

Since “Pitch Perfect,” Platt’s career has skyrocketed. He was cast in the Chicago production of Mormon (before transferring to Broadway, making his debut), asked back for the “Perfect” sequel and tapped for “Ricki and the Flash,” a new film starring Meryl Streep. When he steps outside the Eugene O’Neill stage door, he confessed, “Sometimes I’m overwhelmed.”

Singer, actress and television host Palmer, a former Nickelodeon kid, was overcome with emotion as she bowed for the first time in the title role of Cinderella —making her the first African-American Ella to grace the Great White Way.

“I felt the true magic of Broadway,” she said from her dressing room at the Broadway Theatre. With only a half-hour to places, she talked into the mirror as her hair was pinned to become a princess — but her smile could be seen from anywhere within her royal quarters.

She explained, “When you’re in it, and when you’re living things, a lot of times it’s hard for you to realize what you’ve done. I’ve been in the industry for 11 or 12 years, and it’s just so crazy because I’m only 21. When I go out [of the stage door], people say, ‘I watched you grow up.’ It’s kind of unbelievable to me, but it’s a good feeling to have them out there because I feel like they’re all my family.”

Wunderkind “Harry Potter” star Grint, who happens to play a “wunderkind director” in It’s Only a Play, said the same.

“The fans have grown up with all of us,” he explained. “There’s a real loyalty with them, and they support us in whatever we do, and I see a lot of familiar faces at the stage door, which is really nice to know that they’re still on our side. It’s quite scary doing these things outside the ten years of ‘Potter.'”

He confessed that when “Harry Potter” had come to an end, “It was quite a life-changing moment. It dawned on me that this was all over, and it had been such a huge constant part of my life.” Suddenly, he said, it made him think, “What am I going to do now?”

Finding fame at such a young age put pressure on each.

“I feel a lot of pressure, but I feel a lot of my pressure is on myself — wanting to make sure that I do my best,” said Palmer.

Expectations are high. In Platt’s case, his father is a well-known producer — and a force behind Broadway’s long-running Wicked.

“There’s definitely pros and cons,” said Platt of his father Marc Platt (If/Then, “Into the Woods”). “It’s mostly a wonderful thing because my dad has a lot of experience and can be a great guy in terms of vision making. Because I grew up with him always working, I have been around the entertainment business, so I kind of know how it works… The tough part is a lot of people will assume things. That’s part of the reason that my dad and I have tried really hard to not work on the same things. We kept our careers very separate, and I’ve always earned everything that I’ve gotten. This is the first time that we’ll be on the same project.”

The new project for the Platts is “Ricki and Flash,” in which Ben will play a local bartender who worships Streep’s character. The elder Platt serves as a producer. Ben was cast after director Jonathan Demme saw him in Mormon. “I feel very confident going in, but of course I’m going to be shaking in my boots next to Meryl Streep,” he admitted.

Although they’ve conquered the worlds of film, fame and (now) Broadway, they each look ahead to their future. Grint is determined to step outside of his comfort zone; Palmer is focusing on her music and a book; and Platt has the option to attend Columbia University (he deferred enrollment when performing took off).

“We’re the generation that made all these things that once weren’t possible possible,” said Palmer. “There’s a revolution that’s going to happen. That’s who our generation is… We question everything, and that’s the beautiful thing about us — we question so much that we’re able to really figure out the answers to everything. I’m happy to be alive right now — to be my age.”

Original article found | November, 4th 2014

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Rupert Grint on Charlie Countryman: ‘It’s me running around with a strap-on’

The Harry Potter alumnus on playing a wannabe porn star called Boris Pecker, working with Shia LaBeouf and why he’d like to destroy Goblet of Fire


Hi, Rupert. How’s New York?

Yeah, it’s fun. I miss home sometimes because I’ve been here since July, rehearsing and previewing It’s Only a Play. It opened this month on Broadway and we don’t finish until January.

Are you staying somewhere swanky?

They’ve put me in a pretty nice apartment downtown. I’ve made myself quite at home here. I got a pet tortoise.

What’s its name?

He’s called Madeline. I named him before I found out his gender. The best thing is that you don’t really need to do anything with him. He doesn’t even need water that often. Doesn’t like to be touched either.

Your first play was Mojo with Ben Whishaw and Daniel Mays. Now you’re in a show with Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing. Didn’t you ever think about starting off small? Maybe a bit of am-dram?

Ha! I know, it’s pretty amazing working with all these geniuses. After Mojo ended, I didn’t want to do another play for a long time. It was fun but so exhausting. Then this came up and it was such an incredible cast, I had to do it. (1)

So you’re playing a theatre director?

Yeah, he’s a real nightmare, a completely ridiculous lord who is celebrated for his work but hates all the acclaim. He’s desperate for a bad review. On top of that, he’s a kleptomaniac and in therapy. An absolute mess.

Which aspects of that can you relate to?

Not too many, actually. I’m really the polar opposite. I can’t even relate to his look – the eye makeup and the mad hair. I dunno how ladies put up with makeup. I wear a lot of guyliner in the show. It’s really heavy duty and hard to get off.

Talking of mad hair, you once said that you weren’t allowed control of your own hair during the Harry Potter series. Did you make up for it afterwards?

Not really, no. Hang on – actually, yeah! One time. I let my mum cut my hair after the last Harry Potter film. She kind of dabbles in hairdressing. And it ended up being a total nightmare. She just kept trying to make it even and symmetrical but, in doing that, she kind of cut all my hair into a really weird shape. Ever since then, I’ve had a fear of scissors.

Does the Broadway audience have that strange habit of applauding when their favourite actor comes on stage?

Oh God, yeah! They do that all the time. It’s really weird.

Do you get applauded too?

[Sheepishly] Yeah. Though it’s more hesitant. It’s not instant like with Nathan or Stockard. There’s a bit of a delay. A ripple effect.

Oh well, better than nothing. How are the stage-door autograph hounds?

Oh, you know, they’re the usual suspects. It depends on how many Harry Potter fans come to the show that day. Usually, quite a lot.

Do you know what proportion of stuff you autograph ends up on eBay?

Um, I’m not sure. When I was doing Mojo, I signed some photos for this guy and then when I walked down the street a few minutes later, he was selling them on the street corner. He’d got them framed up really quickly first. I did think about going up to him and buying one but I chickened out.

If you were forced to destroy one of the Harry Potter movies for ever, which one would it be?

Actually, that’s quite easy: number four, Goblet of Fire. Nothing to do with the film, really. It’s a hair thing again – it’s just because of how my hair looks in it. It’s terrible. I’ve got no recollection of my hair ever looking like that.


Tell me about your new film, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman.

This is the craziest film I’ve ever seen or been a part of. It was just ridiculous. You’ll have to be patient with me ’cos it was two years ago and I’m still trying to erase it from my mind – no, I mean piece it all together. So James Buckley from The Inbetweeners is in it and we’re best friends living in Bucharest. Shia LaBeouf comes there after his mother … no, after the ghost of his mother appears to him and tells him to find himself in Bucharest. He gets in trouble with gangsters and someone dies on his flight over – literally on his lap! This isn’t making much sense, is it?

You’re making it up as you go along, aren’t you?

It does sounds like it, doesn’t it? So Shia meets me and James in this youth hostel. I’m a wannabe porn star called Boris Pecker. My main plot is I take too much Viagra and require medical assistance. So it’s me running around with a strap-on.

What research and preparation did that entail?

I didn’t really do that much. I thought, let’s just go for it.

Did Shia LaBeouf do lots of mad things on set?

Er, yeah. Yeah, he did. I guess you’d call him a method actor. He kind of lived that part. It was … interesting. I think he’s talked about it a bit himself. Things happened which I probably shouldn’t go into.

As long as no tortoises were harmed in the making of the film.

God, no. It was a tortoise-free incident.

Original article found | October, 23rd 2014

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