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Rupert Grint & Ed Westwick talk ‘Snatch’s’ strong female characters & Pitbull

If you’re a big fan of ’90s remakes, then you’re going to need to put a note on your calendar to bingewatch “Snatch” when it premieres on Crackle.

While nothing could ever truly match up to the original film, this new series puts a great spin on the heist-gone-wrong story we all know and love. It also has the added bonus of starring two of our favorite actors, Ed Westwick and Rupert Grint. Who doesn’t want to see Chuck Bass and Ron Weasley fight to the death over a stolen fortune?

Screener sat down with Westwick and Grint at the TCA Winter Press Tour to get a few teasers about this upcoming series.

Can you each introduce your characters a little and tell us what to expect?

Grint: Charlie is a strange creature. He comes from an aristocratic family with no money. He has these very strange parents, who have very interesting behavior. All of these characters are kind of running away from something. They’ve had a very difficult home life, and they kind of come together and form their own strong family unit. It’s been fun, because he’s very posh and eccentric — and he’s very proud of his family’s name.

Westwick: I play Santiago Castillo, who is a Cuban born, Miami-raised gangster, who is in London running the night club scene and overseeing the Miami mob’s interests in London. On top of that, he’s a drug-crazed, machine gun-toting maniac as well. When the story starts, he’s in cahoots — sort of in a relationship — with the Lotti character, who’s played by Phoebe [Dynevor], and they’re both kind of using each other to get what they want. Perhaps she’s introduced him to a world, or a city, that he doesn’t really know, and so on and so forth. He kind of gets caught up with [Albie and Charlie] after they pull a little heist on him — and he doesn’t like that, so bad things happen…

How close will this keep to the original ‘Snatch’ movie?

Grint: It’s going to very much have that “Snatch” feel, it’s important that it has that kind of authentic feel to it. But yeah, this is a completely new beast. Alex [De Rakoff] kept loyal to the film, but it’s new characters. It’s a completely different generation.

Rupert, what made you want to take on a producer role in this project?

Grint: It sounded like such a great opportunity, especially with this long format — you can kind of really explore the characters over the ten episodes. It’s really exciting.

And Ed, you’ve said you based Santiago’s accent on Pitbull, right? What made you choose that?

Westwick: Well, I was thinking, “What can I pull off? How can I do this?” And I thought probably the thing that would work was to do someone from Miami… Miami Cuban American, rather than the proper Cuban. I looked around for who I could listen to and reference, and I felt Pitbull was an accent I could hear properly and listen … take the sounds, and create something of my own. So thank you Pitbull, if you’re watching.

I’m sure he’s watching — he’d love ‘Snatch.’

Westwick: He’s probably going to get pissed off that an English kid is playing a Cuban [Laughs]. Hopefully people like it.

Since these 10 episodes are all getting released at once, what are your takes on the whole binge-watching culture?

Westwick: I think it’s awesome, definitely. I’ve binge-watched “Narcos” most recently. I think more and more people are enjoying that style of watching stuff.

Grint: I think it’s a really exciting time for TV.

Westwick: And with a show like ours, it’s so fast-paced and everything like that, it’s ideal for that kind of stuff. But also, if you want to press pause and go do something else — put it down and pick it back up — you can. It’s all there.

Did you guys find that being on Crackle allowed you to do more as opposed to network TV?

Grint: I think Crackle is really interesting with their original content. They’re kind of edgy. They’re not afraid of being out there, which has been fun. I’ve really enjoyed it.

Westwick: We push it, definitely.

It’s impossible not to fall in love with the character of Lotti in that first episode — what can you guys say about her?

Grint: I think that’s one of the great things about this reimagining of “Snatch.” You get a chance to have a bit more of really strong female characters, which was something that was fairly absent from the original. So yeah, it’s really cool to have that.

Westwick: Yeah, you need that. And what’s interesting is you have these two kind of fiery characters [Sunny and Lotti] together! She’s in the middle, and it’s a wonderful thing to have that strong female presence, who is kind of playing between them both…. Every character is really unique, but ties together in a really interesting way.

If you were going to commit a crime like this and totally get away with it, what would it be?

Westwick: Murder. Yeah, there’s a couple people on my list.

Grint: I don’t know. I don’t think I could do murder.

Westwick: I’m completely joking! A bank robbery sounds good. Something where I didn’t have to hurt anyone — a white collar crime would be all right.

Original article found at March 9th, 2017

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Snatch: The Cast Discusses the Craziest Days on Set

If Crackle’s upcoming series Snatch is anything like the Guy Ritchie film it’s based on, it’s going to be plenty crazy.

So does that crazy carry over to filming on set? asked Snatch cast members Rupert Grint, Luke Pasqualino and Ed Westwick — who were in Pasadena, Calif. at the Television Critics Association winter previews to promote the show — to share stories of the craziest days on set while filming the crime caper, and it didn’t take long for talk to get to strip clubs and guns.

“There’s a strip scene in Episode 2,” Pasqualino told us. “The characters made that really quite odd. Realism isn’t one of the key points we felt we needed to hit when we were making the set.” And by characters, we’re guessing he meant some of the Hasidic Jews seen in the clip who were doing shots out of strippers’ butts.

Snatch is the only show with Ed Westwick firing a machine gun in a Virgin Mary-print bathrobe

For Grint and Westwick, the craziness came in one of the already well-known scenes from the trailer that was released. In it, Gossip Girl heartthrob Westwick carries an automatic weapon and shoots it at an escaping vehicle (and pretty much everything else in sight) all while wearing a kimono adorned with images of the Virgin Mary.

“It was quite strange firing an M-16 at a bunch of people that you really quite like,” Westwick says in his thick accent. When asked about the kimono, Westwick quips, “Well, how else are you going to do it, you know?”

Original article found at February 13th, 2017

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How Crackle’s SNATCH Compares to Guy Ritchie’s Iconic Film

There’s something sacred about cult classic movies—you don’t want to mess with the lightning in a bottle magic that a film captured decades prior. But in this era of reboots, remakes and film-to-TV adaptations, Hollywood has become emboldened to take fan-favorite, iconic films and retool them for the modern era. Sometimes, it actually works and a network makes a hit out of a beloved property, striking gold in the Peak TV age. But most of the time, the original should have been left well enough alone.

Crackle’s TV adaptation of the popular 2000 film Snatch is of the former party.

Now a high-stakes, high-octane 10-episode series on the streaming site, the action, gangster mentality, heists and rapid-fire dialogue that earned the original movie a global fame over the past 17 years has been updated with an all-new cast of characters but still captures the feeling and tone of the original movie. Inspired by a real life heist in London, the new original series centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. They must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.

“I’ve known [original Snatch film director] Guy [Ritchie] for a long time so when I was approached by Crackle to look at this I went to him and said, ‘How do you feel about it? Do I do it?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, if it’s f–king good,’” showrunner Alex De Rakoff said at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour panel. “And that was the end of it. I took that on and worked tirelessly ever since to try and do something that in some way holds up to the standard of the original film.”

The series is “loosely based on” the movie, and De Rakoff never wanted to simply redo the movie as a TV show. “You look at the original film and it’s irreverent, it’s ballsy, it’s stylistic and it is real iconic in the U.K.,” he said. “We wanted to take the spirit of the show and evoke that same stylistic feeling but obviously as long form television we get to deliver that in our own way. We created our own world of it. It has a very English spirit, the way they approach the hustles and the heist and the weapons that they use are very East London.”

The cast is comprised of a new generation of actors, ranging from Harry Potter star Rupert Grint to Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick, and they all knew how big the project’s history was when they signed on.

“Huge fan of the film. From scene to scene, it was iconic for me,” Westwick said. “There was such big talk in the playground, big talk in the office, amongst my friends, throughout life it’s always been iconic. I think that stretches not just for the UK but around the globe. It’s Snatch, you know? It’s a privilege to have had that, take it and create our own new Snatch, if you will.”

“It was this iconic cult classic,” Grint added.

Becoming these East London wannabe gangsters was something that excited Grint because of how different it was from the role that catapulted him to fame. But these young men aren’t bad guys.

“They’re all trying to escape something, particularly from their home life,” Grint said. “They all have quite complicated home foundations. Charlie has these bohemian hippie parents that have these weird sex parties and grow weed so he’s always trying to escape that. We’ll see where it goes. We get completely out of our depth. We’re just small time scammers and suddenly we find ourselves deep, deep trouble with lethal consequences. Its’ interesting how each of our characters deal with it in different ways.”

Grint not only stars but he also executive produces Snatch, and the television medium was something he looked forward to tackling. “It’s something I really relish and it’s something that I haven’t really had the opportunity to do, have a character and really develop it further and really carve out a journey,” Grint said. “I think that’s great of the long format of Snatch and not something the film could really touch on. I find it very exciting.”

And he isn’t afraid of alienating his younger fans who might only know him from Harry Potter. “The nature of [Snatch] is a much more adult project,” he said. “But I think that’s just a natural progression. As I’ve gotten older things get more dark, more grown up and a bit more edgy. But I would still say it’s got some family elements to it as well. There’s something for everyone in it. There’s a lot of comedy in it.”

As for Westwick, his character Sonny Castillo is a complete departure from what Gossip Girl fans are used to seeing from him. “I play a Cuban born Miami gangster,” he said with a laugh. “Obviously I’m not from that part of the world, surprise surprise. I spent a lot of time finding who to base it 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. And guess what, even if you don’t like it I do.”

While he starred on Gossip Girl for six seasons, Westwick doesn’t believe any of his previous roles influence his current or future ones.

“I don’t really approach work by looking backwards,” Westwick said. “What I’ve done is what I’ve done and what’s in front of me is what’s in front of me. So with this, I got a script and I was a big fan of the script instantly. Then of course when you take into consideration the title and the history that comes with that, as a big fan of the original piece, so then it was just a match made in heaven. I was like, ‘Sign me up. Let’s do it.’ I can’t wait to see where it all goes.”

Original article found at January 13th, 2017

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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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