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Five Minutes With: Rupert Grint

MiNDFOOD catches up with Rupert Grint, 28, whom we know best as Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter franchise to find out what he’s been up to, why he’s still driving an ice cream van, of all things, and his new TV show Snatch. Refreshingly, the offbeat actor has retained his sense of humour.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen you. Can you bring me up to date since your Harry Potter days?

Life’s been really good. Finishing Potter was a big moment for me. It was such a huge, significant part of my life, 12 years and to have that suddenly stop, took some adjusting. That kind of blew me away but I think we ended it at completely the right time. I was ready to move on. So, I’ve been catching up on stuff I missed out. From being in a very adult working environment in such a young age it was quite refreshing to be doing nothing. I really enjoyed that. I traveled a bit, I did a few independent movies, explored theatre. I did a play in London and a play on Broadway and I learnt a lot from that. I’ve always been quite laid back and just kind of philosophical about everything and just kind of gone with the flow.

What’s one thing you do now which you weren’t able to while filming Harry Potter?

I actually cut my hair! I never had any control of my hair during those years (laughs). It always had to be what was right for Ron so it was really fun to just live a little bit.

In the movie version of Snatch a lot of people couldn’t understand what the characters were saying. Is it the same way for the TV show?

Yeah (laughs) as the series goes you’ll need subtitles definitely.

Is there a lot of pressure to keep in line with the movie?

There’s quite a lot of pressure I think when you’re doing something like this. When a film is so loved, especially in England, it was a huge thing and it’s such a quotable film and everyone is just such a huge fan of it so there’s quite a pressure to get it right.

Harry Potter made you very wealthy but was there a downside?

I’ve thought about this a lot. No, I don’t think there was. I don’t regret anything. Obviously it was a huge sacrifice I think but I didn’t really think about it. I was 11 years old when I kind of agreed to do it and you don’t really think about what it really means and we didn’t really know where it was going. You kind of sign on for 2 films and the books were popular but we didn’t realise what it would mean for our lives I think. I think there’s a sacrifice in not ever being invisible which is something you do take for granted. That was kind of a struggle. Just going out is a constant thing which I’ve never really hidden from. Everyone’s always really sweet and nice but it’s, yeah, sometimes it’d nice to be a little bit anonymous.

Snatch is about stealing. What have you stolen in real life?

When I was younger, I stole the weirdest thing. I stole a hairbrush (laughs). I do remember feeling that it was kind of quite a thrill. I can understand the attraction to it.

Why a hair brush?

I don’t know (laughs) because I never brush my hair. It was an impulse snatch. It was from Woolworth’s, yeah.

Did you take anything from the set of Harry Potter?

I did. I did. It was shameful, but yeah, on the last day I took the house number on Privet Drive, Harry’s house. Yeah, it was a bit of a move. I had to unscrew it with this little rock (laughs). It was quite a low point.

What do you like to watch on TV?

I like Stranger Things. I loved The OA. I really enjoyed that. Binge watching is very exciting.

I was reading you’re a big music fan. Are you in a band?

I wish I was in a band (laughs). My sister’s in a band and I kind of jam with her. I play a little bit of guitar but I’m not good at all. I’ve tried so many different instruments. I’ve tried the accordion, the sax but I’ve never been able to master any of them. It’s quite a unique talent.

I know you bought an ice cream van when you finished Harry Potter. Do you still have it?

I do. Yeah, I learnt to drive in that car. It’s not the most practical vehicle for everyday driving but, yeah, I still have it and I actually took it on the last day of filming “Potter” I took it to set and served ice cream to the crew. I did, yeah. It’s quite a technique to get the perfect whip so yeah, I’m so proud of that (laughs)

What prompted you to buy the icecream van?

The ice cream van was always a dream of mine. I don’t think I ever really wanted to be an actor. I didn’t really ever. That never really came to my mind. It was always to be an ice cream man (laughs). I just thought it was just a perfect job (laughter). So, yeah, so I got the van and then I learnt to drive in it. I’ve still got it and it’s brilliant.

Is that how you met your current girlfriend?

No. I didn’t meet my girlfriend serving ice cream (laughs)

What is your relationship to money?

I have a very strange relationship with money because I was like 12, 13 when I kind of first started making it. So I never really kind of knew the value of it and I bought llamas and a hovercraft. And just went a bit mad

A llama?

I’ve had a few llamas, yeah (laughs). I don’t have them anymore. They were great. Yeah, I had a kind of small menagerie of different creatures, giant tortoises for a while, pigs.

What’s your most recent extravagance?

Now I’ve got a bit older it’s kind of quite boring stuff. It’s kind of like the vacuum cleaners. And I’ve got a really good toilet (laughter). It’s one of those Japanese ones. It’s really cool.

You didn’t graduate from ice cream van to fire truck?

(laughs). I looked at the fire trucks actually but they’re very big. I think you need a special license. I’ve looked into it though. I’ve got a car now. A normal Range Rover Sport.

Original article found at April 5th, 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 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.

Rupert Grint, Anne Spencer, Julian Firth

“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, 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 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 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 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 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 March 13th, 2017

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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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