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‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ actors face challenge of keeping careers magical

By Ethan Sacks
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Friday, July 17th 2009, 1:02 PM


This was one time Tom Felton, one of the stars of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” could have really used a spell of protection.

Chauffeured to a recent appearance at a store opening, the 21-year-old actor found a throng of jubilant admirers waiting for him.

“We felt like the Beatles because there were people cheering,” says Felton, who is still sporting his dyed blond locks from his turn as the dastardly Draco Malfoy. “We thought we would put the window down and be like, ‘Hi, it’s nice to see you.’

“We put the window down, this woman reached right in and grabbed my hair,” he says, reenacting his squirming under the fan’s grasp. “‘Pull the window up, pull the window up!'”

Welcome to life for a student of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the young actors are learning the pressures of a franchise that has earned almost $4.5 billion at the box office worldwide.

But with the sixth installment of the franchise hitting theaters and the last two movies currently being filmed simultaneously, a major crossroads is looming for the franchise’s young actors. Will there be enough magic left in their careers after Harry Potter?

“The success that they’ve had in the eight years would make an entire career for most people, but they’ve turned into really good actors over the course of the last few years and hopefully that ability will help them transcend these roles,” says Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com.

But the movie industry is littered with the wreckage of the careers of former child actors that couldn’t make the transition into adult roles. For every Jodie Foster, there are a dozen Lindsay Lohans and Macaulay Culkins.

“They’re waiting for you to become the stereotypical child actor and go off the wheels a bit,” says “Potter” veteran Rupert Grint, 20. “But I’m not planning on it. We’re too busy to go too crazy, anyway, because we’re filming most of the year.”

The films’ young stars also have one major advantage over child actors past: They’re working with a cast heavy on award-winning British veterans like Alan Rickman and Dame Maggie Smith. Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe, said he agreed to take on his gutsy role in “Equus” on castmate Kenneth Branagh’s recommendation.

“Can you imagine how intimidating that must have been for them when they were starting out,” says director David Yates. “By osmosis, they’ve probably been picking up so much, because the only actors they’ve ever worked with are these incredible veterans who are the best at what they do.”


Original article found here: NewYorkDailyNews | July 17, 2009

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‘Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince’ Stars Name Their Favorite Potions

‘Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince’ Stars Name Their Favorite Potions

In the wizarding world of “Harry Potter,” you can accomplish almost anything with the flick of a wand, a correctly spoken incantation and the rightly brewed potion: grant good luck, make people fall in love, clean up a messy room. Of course, you’ve got to be a talented witch or wizard to pull off one of these spells. No Muggle has a chance with such feats.

That hasn’t stopped the cast of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from wishing they could, like their characters, sometimes make the impossible possible.

As Emma Watson made her way down the red carpet at the New York premiere of the film on Thursday, she confessed that she wouldn’t mind taking a nip of Felix Felicis —, a good-luck potion that figures prominently in the film’s plot. “I kind of wish I could take it before I did this sort of thing,” she told MTV News.

Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley, declared that she’d trade a little luck for a lot of love. “I think there are so many love potions actually in this film, so they are quite exciting,” she said. “They are almost quite drug-like in the sense that kids get into them —: obsessed.”

When told that some of his castmates were opting for the love potion, Daniel Radcliffe joked that he doesn’t need help in that department. “Really?” he said with a laugh. “Well, I don’t have any trouble!”

For the record, Radcliffe favors Felix Felicis, as do Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy). “If I ever did any sort of endeavor —: if I was going for an audition —: a little bit of liquid luck and I’m sorted,” Felton said.

Like Wright, director David Yates counts the love potion as his most beloved. In fact, he said that a funny love potion scene in “Half-Blood Prince” is his favorite of the entire film. “Rupert Grint playing Ron Weasley turns up, finds a box of chocolates, thinks, ‘I’ll eat those,’ and they’re stuffed full of love potion,” Yates explained. “And he becomes the most tactical human being in the world. He falls in love with everything and everybody, if it’s moving or not moving. And there’s a lovely moment where he sort of hugs Jim Broadbent [Horace Slughorn] in a really romantic way, which was really charming.”


Original article found here: MTVBlogs | July 13, 2009

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Half-Blood Prince New York Press Conference

As dark as the Harry Potter series has gotten over the years, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” promises a whole new dramatic — and sometimes comedic — look at the goings-on around Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At a panel for the film this weekend, stars Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) spoke a little about the challenges posed by the film, the continued growth of their characters, and how their lives outside of the films are taking shape.

Our own Kellvin Chavez attended the panel and said, “Press Conference was actually fun and Daniel was hilarious”.

You can check out our transcript below for the full details.

What did you learn most about your characters this time around and how you felt coming into this film?

Felton: Sure, yeah. This was a great opportunity for myself to dive a little bit deeper into Draco’s head and discover that he really is a coward through and through really. So it was really fun to explore a bit deeper and make him more fundamentally three dimensionally.

Wright: Yeah, the same for me. I think you got to more sort of look out with your character that comes. It’s not just kind of one section at the beginning and then at the end of the film. It’s going to continue with development and so I was able to take the character and sort of had more to do.

Watson: I think in the film you see quite a strong Hermione, quite a girl power Hermione. She’s the brains behind the operation, kind of driving the guys around with her. But in this one I think that you see a very different Hermione. She’s much more fragile and vulnerable and emotional and she’s experiencing her first heartache really. I think she’s very confused about how she feels about Ron and how upset she is when he kisses someone else. So it was a challenge for me to play this much more emotional and vulnerable person. It was also fun to do a lot more comedy with Rupert [Grint]. That was great. I had a lot of fun doing this one and I learned a lot.

Grint: Yeah. I like to think this is Ron’s best year at Hogwarts, I think. He gets a girlfriend. He joins the quidditch team for the first time. It was nice to have someone to really get stuck into. I really enjoyed it.

Radcliffe: For me, the difference in Harry this year is that in the past whereas he’s been…the big change for Harry this year is his relationship with Dumbledore. Previously it’s always been very much teacher and student. This year it kind of changes it to being his General, a favorite Lieutenant. I mean, Harry’s become a foot soldier in this movie and is happy to be so. Also, in all the other ones you sort of see Harry as being, like, ‘Yeah, we’re going to get Voldermort. We’re going to kill’em.’ But no one really does anything towards him, whereas this year he’s actually being proactive and planning and actually trying to do something towards the ultimate destruction of Voldemort. That’s the difference in Harry this year.

You all seem so grown up now. Ron has a stalker girlfriend in the movie who’s impressed with is celebrity. For the three of you, has it gotten that strange, perhaps dating people who are more interested in you being Hermione or Ron or Harry rather than yourselves?

Radcliffe: Well, fortunately I don’t think that’s the case for any of us.

Watson: I’m dating my stalker.

Laughs

Radcliffe: That’s often the best way to deal with it. You just confront them with it then they often go off…

Watson: He’s always there when I need him. I can be very. He’s so into me.

Laughs

Radcliffe: I’m not but it’s still good.

Rupert?

Grint: It sounds quite good really. Get a lot of attention, I suppose. Yeah.

Has it really set in for you guys that this is all truly ending?

Radcliffe: For me it hadn’t until this week when everyone seems to be telling me that it’s almost over. I was actually getting along quite nicely until people started saying, ‘So, well, you’re dream is coming to an end.’ To be honest, I think speak for most of us when I say that we’ve got a year left on seven. It’s a long way to go. Then we have to do a lot of publicity and meet up with all of you lovely people twice more. That sounded sarcastic. It wasn’t. So there’s a long way to go, certainly for us, and so I’m not concentrating on that too much too son.

Watson: And aside from that I think we all feel as if Harry Potter is ever really going to die. I think it’s so big and so loved. We have a theme park coming out in 2010 and I think that kids are going to keep reading the books and new generations of the kids are going to keep watching the films and I don’t really ever feel like it’s going to really go away. I think it’s got longevity.

Felton: Yeah. I don’t think when they finish filming that that’ll be the end of us portraying the characters. I think there will always be a little bit of that inside of us that will remain, at least, and so to speak. But yeah, I’m certainly enjoying it rather than looking ahead and getting a bit sad about it. I’m going to make the most out of it and certainly cry my eyes out when it’s finished.

Daniel, one of the best parts of the movie is you dating with a magical twist. How do you manage dating in real life without the benefit of spells?

Watson: He doesn’t need them.

Radcliffe: Well, that’s very kind of you, Emma. I don’t know. I’m not really doing the dating thing. I don’t feel like I’m in the world of dating. I don’t feel like a young twenty something. I don’t have that sort of life. I’m working. I’m happy to be working. In some cases I don’t have time to have a girlfriend. I do. I’m like everyone else, I suppose, though. It’s weird. People ask if being Harry Potter helps you get girls. I don’t know. I was eight or nine when I started doing Harry Potter. So I don’t know what it’s like to get girls without having the aid of it. So I don’t know. How have you all found it?

Laughs

How much time did you spend working on the balance of the drama and the comedy?

Watson: I think it was a nice break. I think if Hermione kept going at the rate she was going in terms of the amounts of worrying she was doing she might’ve developed a hemorrhage. So it’s nice that she had just a bit of light relief for all of us. The kids books are pretty dark. They can be pretty heavy and pretty serious. Having some more of that I think actually heightened the pathos at the end where Dumbledore died. By having some of the lighter stuff it was really shocking. It was like, ‘Whoa. A really big figure in the series just died.’

Grint: I think it’s one of the funniest ones for me. Jim Broadbent who I think is hilarious in it. Jessie Cave as well, who’s my girlfriend [laughs]. I really enjoyed it.

Radcliffe: I have to say that this in terms of the comedy is Rupert’s finest hour. He’s absolutely brilliant in the movie and kind of reveals himself to be a fantastic application of physical comedy. You balance the dramatic stuff as well, obviously, but the scene on the broomstick in quidditch is something like out of Buster Keaton or something. It’s absolutely brilliant. It was wonderful.

Emma and Rupert, there was apparently a kissing scene filmed that didn’t make it to the movie. How disappointed were you guys about that? And Rupert, can you talk about your snogging scene, if you had any preparation for that beforehand?

Watson: I think there might’ve been a small understanding. The kissing scene that they have is in the seventh film. So it wasn’t that we did it and it was shit and didn’t make it. [laughs] Well, we’ll see. We may have to edit for the last one yet, but we did that scene about two weeks ago.

Grint: Yeah. It really wasn’t something that we were looking forward to. It was quite a strange thing to kind of have to think about doing that. I think it was alright at the end though.

Watson: Yeah. David [Yates] didn’t really let us watch playback. Rupert and I were concerned that it might look ingenuous as we were desperate to get it out of the way. But, no, I think that Rupert and I felt the pressure of this kiss. There’s so much media interest and also the fans, this is like ten years worth of tension and hormones and chemistry and everything in like one moment and we had to ace it. It was like, ‘Oh, God.’ Hopefully we did it. I’m sure you’ll critique it. Please, be nice.

Radcliffe: I think, to be honest with you, we’re going to come out very well because poor Bonnie [Wright] who’s sitting at the other end of this table who obviously has the kiss to me, and I saw the film again a couple of nights ago at the premiere and I really watched it. My, God. My lips are like the lips of a horse. They’re like distending independently away from my face and trying to encompass hers, so I apologize Bonnie.

Outburst of laughs

Wright: I didn’t notice. Don’t worry.

Radcliffe: Just disagree, thank you.

Daniel, since you mentioned horses already, you just finished ‘Equus’ on Broadway and in London. Do you have another stage project lined up?

Radcliffe: Nothing specific, no. Nice segue by the way though by using the horse. (Laughs) Nothing specific at all. I would love to be back on the stage sometime in the next two or three years, but there’s nothing planned at all. I would love to in England and if Broadway would have me back then that would be incredible cause I had an amazing time here.

Can you talk about that great scene when you all raise your wands and what it means to lose Dumbledore?

Radcliffe: I think it’s actually a really, really moving moment, the moment when the wands are raised in salutes. I think the dark mark in the sky is slowly kind of eroded by this white light. It’s a wonderful moment. But I mean it was a hard scene for me because I at the time of the filming had never lost anyone close to me. You can never hope to imagine what that feels like, what that must feel like. So I was trying to kind of imagine the feelings and I hope that if came even a third of the way close to being a real then I’m happy with that, to be honest. In terms of losing Dumbledore in the series it’s very sad for me because I won’t get to work so much with Michael [Gambon] in the seventh film. I’ll miss him because we have a great time together.

Are you able to go back and watch the earlier films, seeing yourself at that age with cringing or critiquing? How do you deal with that?

Grint: I haven’t watched one all the way through for a long time. They’re on TV occasionally. It is quite surreal, kind of seeing that because it just doesn’t really feel like me. I feel quite detached from it. It’s quite weird. It always brings back good memories because it was quite an exciting time in life. It was nice.

Watson: Really I find it easier to watch the earlier films which might surprise you where I had the whole bushy hair and chipmunk face thing going on. It wasn’t a great look for me. But actually I find that easier to watch because I can completely disconnect myself from it. It feels like such a long time ago and I don’t really identify myself with that girl whereas if it’s one from one or two years ago, it’s a little bit close but I’m a couple of years younger. I find that much, much harder to watch. It’s not a very nice experience. I think a lot of actors and actresses don’t watch their work.

Radcliffe: I haven’t watched any of the films after they’ve been done. No. I think it would be an entirely destructive experience for me if I was to actually watch. I would be far too critical. I remember we had a conversation on the fourth film and I said to them, something like, ‘God, I can’t believe it. I saw a clip from the first film. I can’t believe how bad I was –’ or whatever. I think I said something to the effect of, ‘Why on earth did they cast me?’ The only reason that I remember it was the fourth one where we had this conversation is because Mike Newell’s massively booming voice came from the other side of the set and I had to lean to back and heard, ‘Because you were absolutely bloody charming!’ (Laughs) But to your original question, no. I don’t watch the older movies.

I want to go back to the sexual tension. These kids are expert wizards that can control their magic, but can’t control their feelings. How do you intend to reconcile those things going forward?

Radcliffe: I think it’s kind of a wonderful thing in the film, the fact that these guys are all…I find it particularly endearing with Harry that he’s this kind of very, very acclaimed wizard and he’s crap with women. I think it’s a wonderfully endearing quality that he has. In terms of this film, I think there are basically two types of teenage relationships. One (mine and Bonnies) which is that kind of teenage thing where you’re in love and it’s pure and it’s innocent and it’s all that matters in your life, when you’re fourteen or fifteen and you fall in love with somebody. That’s all there is. Then there’s the other kind which is kind of much more carnal and energetic which is the one that Rupert was lucky enough to have. So those are my thoughts on the relationships in this Harry Potter film. You kind of slightly lost me, to be perfectly honest, with the reconciling. I’m not sure I quite got what you meant on that.

It’s that you guys can control magic, but not yourselves.

Radcliffe: Yes, and I believe that’s probably quite true of most teenagers, that complete inability to control hormones or desire.

Watson: I think that particularly with Hermione she’s such a control freak. She wants to control everything about her life. Her destiny, her work, everything. Suddenly she just falls apart in this one. She’s just a wreck because she can’t control the way that she feels. I think in her head, if she could’ve chosen who to fall in love with it certainly wouldn’t have been Ron, in the nicest possible way. She would’ve chased someone much more serious and much smarter and much more suited to her. You can’t help who you fall in love with.

How did you get into character for when you had to take Professor Slughorn’s portion and go into this altered state of mind?

Radcliffe: To be honest I just let the more manic side of myself that I suppress for twenty three hours of everyday loose for a while on set and just became a kind of uncontrollable, vaguely irritating but sort of vaguely amusing person that I keep hidden. I just let him out and went mad for a few days. It was great fun to do. Actually, it is a kind of side to the character that hasn’t really been seen before and David Heyman leaned over to me, he was sitting next to me at the premiere, and said, ‘That’s my favorite piece of acting that you do in this film.’ So maybe I should’ve been playing slightly more maniacal all along.

Watson: I know that Dan won’t mind me saying, but I think that drugged Harry is closer to Dan’s real personality [laughs].

Radcliffe: I do think people probably…if you spent like a proper amount of time with me you would probably wonder if I was on drugs. I’m not. I’m just incredibly hyperactive. Manic. I can be quiet and serious at the same time, but like at the premiere in England the other night, my God, I was just this kind of beast that had been unleashed onto the red carpet.

Can you talk about the process of reading these books and knowing what these characters will be doing in books six and seven?

Watson: To be honest, I’m such a geeky ‘Harry Potter’ fan, genuinely, I know the books inside and out and have read each of them at least three times and could probably answer any question you come up with and any plot detail you might care to ask, and so when I read the books I just read from the perspective of someone who’s dying to know what happens generally before I even think about Hermione. I’m just not thinking of it like that. I’m just desperate to get to the end of it and am very excited to read it. That kind of comes second for me.

Felton: I’m quite the opposite. I read it and I revel at the page whenever I see Draco’s name I think, ‘Oh, my God, this is it! This is cool. This is what I get to do.’ When the second one came out I think that I read it within probably twelve hours of it coming out. I didn’t actually cue up outside, but I had a friend who was doing it for me. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Wright: I think that also the relationship from my perspective with Ginny is also knowing that, reading the epilogue in the final section, in order to make the relationship work in the sixth film, you have to block that section out if you’re playing the character. I think that you have to forget what happens in the final one, assuming that you’ve all read it and know what happens.

Radcliffe: My reading of the books was always like, ‘God. Another one of us is dead. Another death scene. Oh, God.’ I always would be very much able to enjoy them when they came out, but I would also get nervous when I read them about whether I would be able to do justice to certain aspects of them which is probably not the healthiest mindset to be in when you read them. I couldn’t help it.

So, Emma, you have college in the fall. Have you thought about the idea of living with a complete stranger?

Watson: I’m a little bit nervous. I figure if I’m going to do this experience I’m going to do it properly and I’m going to do it like everyone else. If I want to be treated like everyone else I have to do it like everyone else.

Radcliffe: Haven’t you been listening, she’s dating a stalker.

Watson: What kind of roommate will I be?

Radcliffe: Clean?

Watson: Yeah, clean. Cleanliness is good. Gosh. I don’t know. Hopefully I’ll be reasonably okay to live with. You should really ask this question to my family.

Radcliffe: I really hope there are massive Harry Potter fan’s. (Laughs) I hope when you walk in and the first thing you see is your face on a doorway. (Laughs)

Watson: I will be fine. I will be happy. We’ll see.

Have you ever been to a premiere, Emma, seen somebody in a great sweater and I said, ‘I wish that was my date to the premiere tonight’?

Radcliffe: I’m having that moment now. (Laughs)

Have there been any childhood experiences you’ve put off, ones that you’re looking forward to getting to do now that you’re almost done with the seventh film?

Radcliffe: Childhood experiences that we’ve been putting off?

Felton: School trips.

Radcliffe: Yeah.

Felton: I don’t think you missed out on much there. We gained more than we lost. It’s a little late to go to Lego Land now. We missed out on that.

Have you thought about whether you want to carry on acting or try something else?

Grint: I definitely want to continue acting. I really enjoy it. I don’t know what else I’d really be doing if this didn’t really come up. Hopefully after this there will be some stuff to do.

Radcliffe: I think certainly from my point of view I definitely want to go on acting for as long as I can for employment. To be honest, I’m never happier than when I’m on a film set. That’s a long way to tell you that I want to keep working.

Watson: I’m going to university, but that doesn’t mean that I’m giving up acting or anything dramatic like that. I feel like I do want to continue, definitely. I just want a normal experience for a bit. Just a little bit of normalcy for a while.

Radcliffe: It was very much exaggerated in the press recently, wasn’t it.

Watson: I think the media found it confusing that I wanted to go to university and sort of don’t really understand why I’m doing it. So I think they sort of jumped to that conclusion. I don’t know. I’m very excited. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve managed to juggle and balance studying and working well enough up to this point. So I don’t see why I can’t keep doing it. At university you get five months off on Holiday. The gaps are enormous. It’s more than enough time to make one small ‘Harry Potter’ film but a couple of other films. So I think everything is possible. I’m being a bit selfish really. I’m trying to do everything.

Felton: I was always a little bit uncertain whether this was the path I was going to chose, but in the last year I’ve really got a passion for filmmaking. Not just acting, but everything that goes into it, the lighting, the sound recording and all the rest of it. So I’d certainly love to continue it for as long as I can.

Wright: It’s the same for me. As the experience has gone I’ve kind of realized luckily that this is the career that I want to continue in and I’m going to also go to film school in September. I’m kind of interested in the wider elements, like directing and cinematography. I think this film has definitely been a big inspiration for me.

What film school?

Wright: I’m staying in London and going to film school at University Arts London, the main sort of art school.

How would you characterize working with David Yates compared to the other directors you’ve worked with on these films?

Radcliffe: I have nothing but great things to say about David. We get closer every year. We get on very, very well off set. We have a very, very good relationship, not only professionally, but personally as well. I think as we go on in the films we become more in tune with each other to the point where he can say cut and I will immediately know without having to see or ear, I will know whether what I’ve just done is what he wanted simply because I know what he’s looking for in a performance. I think I do. I can’t always get there, but he’s always very good at being honest with me as well and just saying to me, ‘You can be better than that.’ That’s a wonderful thing to have, that kind of trust and a relationship with a director.

Watson: David is great in the sense that he won’t let you do anything other than the very best that you can produce. Sometimes that means being quite a hard task master. I think that David can tell whether I’m acting or not by looking at my back, genuinely. He’s that scary. He just knows when you’re really there and in the moment and trying and when you’re not. A year ago he would say things to me, like, ‘That was really great. A very good performance, but you’re acting.’ He won’t settle for anything less than a truthful, honest performance that comes from somewhere that’s really genuine for you. I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s very generous with his time. If you want to talk something over he’s more than willing to help you. He’s very patient.

Grint: He’s patient, yeah, which is quite a good thing to have really when you’re working with me and Dan because we laugh a lot. It must get annoying. But he’s great, such a lovely guy. He’s my favorite that we’ve had. Definitely, yeah.

Radcliffe: I think also the thing with David is that even if he was shouting it would be very hard to tell. David is a very, very softly spoken man. So his manner is rather wonderful on set. You would never pick him out as the director. Nothing about him screams, ‘I am the creative power house of this movie!’ He’s very, very quiet. What he has a director, as well which is brilliant, is the real ability to be able to see the entire storyline in his head in one frame almost and to be able to encapsulate it all in his mind at any given moment. So he can pick out moments from the end of the fifth film and find a relevance with them at the beginning of the seventh. He will find things, link moments constantly in the story. He’s just got a fantastic vision of the films and from day one. Also, the other thing I would say very quickly before I bore you all with this craze is that his enthusiasm for being on ‘Potter’ is the same now as it was on the day one of the first one that he did with us.

Watson: He’s like a kid in the candy store. He’s just super excited by everything and to be doing what he’s doing. Alfonso [Cuaron] and Mike [Newell] and Chris [Columbus] all look like they aged about ten years after one. But he just loves every second of it and there’s just no ego with David. There’s nothing.

Felton: He actually does that five year old thing where he gets a shot that he likes and does this. We know he’s happy then. He’s incredibly gentle natured and he certainly got me through this film.

How did you take Draco from cocky to vulnerable in this movie?

Felton: This links him with David, really. I was terrified before starting the film about approaching this in a whole new light. He was very two dimensional in previous years and I’ve yet to sort of take a new angle with it. David was very, very clear and concise with what he wanted, this sort of ghost like image would sort of glaze over his eyes constantly. He did some rehearsals with Michael and Alan and stuff which I was shitting myself massively before doing but he’s like a father almost. He sort of made sure that it was all okay. So, certainly any praise that I get is down to his direction.

Radcliffe: I think for Tom to come in on this film having, if we’re honest, not been asked to do a great deal in the last years, to come in and give the performance that you give in the sixth one is remarkable and fantastic.

Felton: You are too kind, sir, Thank You.

The underwater scene, Daniel, was that CGI or in a tank? Were those stunt people or animatronics holding onto you? Were you holding your breath or using a tank?

Radcliffe: No. I was holding my breath, certainly. To be honest, it was quite easy going, this particular underwater scene in comparison to what we did on four where I was underwater for about forty one hours over the course of a month and twenty three minutes, but it doesn’t matter. I didn’t write it down on a log book or anything. That was very easy. I was only under maybe two days with the filming underwater. You guessed correctly. It was a stunt woman who was wrapping herself around me. It was actually one of the coolest moments of my career, bursting through the surface of the water being surrounded by this circle of fire.

Real fire?

Radcliffe: Real fire, yes. Real fire. Well, they have a little pipeline just underneath the surface of the water which shoots up bubbles of kerosene, or whatever, propane. Then they kind of ignite it just on the surface. So the surface of the water goes just black with soot and it’s kind of horrible but it’s also great fun. Then I get to climb up onto to the kind of central island where I look up and see Michael Gambon there looking like God or Moses, swirling fire high around his head. It was one of those moments where I will never, it does not matter how many more films I do, I will never have this scene or anything like ever again.

Are you guys happy with the way the next film is shaping up?

Radcliffe: I couldn’t be happier, personally. I’m so excited about the seventh film. I don’t know if anyone else has had the same experience as me over the last couple of days, but seeing the sixth film again we are doing something very, very different. We’re not Hogwarts. The difference that makes is extraordinary.

Watson: Yeah. It’s not very often that in the middle of filmmaking you stop and go, ‘This is going to be awesome.’ I’ve done that on a number of occasions. We’ve just done this amazing scene in the forest where I’m being chased by the snatchers. I’ve never done anything like it, nothing even close. I’ve never done any serious stunts or any real action. It’s so exciting and just really dynamic. I think because all of us are finished with school and we’re all just totally focused on this finale and it’s out of Hogwarts and just about the three of us, it’s just going to be…or well, I hope it’s going to be brilliant. It feels totally different. I feel like I’m on a different film. The other films have this structure and it’s like we come into the great hall and then we have this talk. There’s a kind of structure that everything goes through and that’s just kind of gone. It’s going to be great.

How do you feel when J.K. Rowling visits the set and how much have you guys talked to her about your characters?

Felton: I haven’t seen her for a while on set, but I had the pleasure of seeing her two nights ago at the London premiere. Obviously, as an actor, as a part of her project you want to hear what she’s got to say. She was very complimentary about the whole film which is obviously the ultimate sort of honor at the end of it really, for her to be happy with the performances. I think that’s truly great for us.

Radcliffe: Absolutely. She’s always been very, very good at kind of letting go of the films and realizing that they’re totally separate entities from the books. So she’s not been too precious about anything. She realizes that things have to be cut in order to make them viewable. So she’s always been very good and when she comes out to the set it’s a pleasure. It’s a rare treat because I don’t think she wants us to feel that she’s come kind of prying. She’s always been wonderful and is an incredibly gracious and lovely woman.

Wright: The sense of trust she’s given a lot of people, like all the people in the art department and costuming and just the whole idea of the visual aspects of the film, I think that shows that she really trusts the creative sort of affection that everyone seems to put into these films. There’s never any kind of description left out at all. I think a lot of it is probably not kind of seen unfortunately in films.

Radcliffe: Just for the record it might be interesting to note that the only thing thus far, in six films, that has been onscreen which is not in the books that she said, ‘I wish I thought of that –’ was an idea that Alfonso Cuaron had on the third ‘Potter’ film to make the temperature drop when the dementos came by so that you would see the water freeze over. That’s the only thing that she’s gone, ‘Oh, God. I wish I thought of that.’ Just a little bit of ‘Potter’ trivia for you.

Original article found here: Latino Review | July 10th, 2009

From Potter boys to men

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The Harry Potter boys sure have grown up.

Rupert Grint and Tom Felton are showing the world and tons of tween fans that Daniel Radcliffe isn’t the only hottie from the boy wizard series.

Earlier last week, both Grint and Felton went online to showcase different but equally sizzling pictures of themselves.

Grint, 20, has made the cover of British hip-hop lifestyle magazine to promote his latest flick Cherrybomb.

On the cover, which you can see at www.blagmagazine.com, Grint looks out smoulderingly, a far cry from the cherubic red-haired Ron Weasley we’ve got to know from the Harry Potter movies.

Cherrybomb is about three teens who embark on a debauched weekend of drink, drugs, shop-lifting and stealing cars.

As for Felton, he recently posted a picture of himself on micro-blogging site Twitter after filming for the latest Harry Potter instalment.

The 21-year-old looks a bit of a fright, covered in fake red blood.

His accompanying message reads: ‘Before I finally go to sleep I thought I’d show you the photo from my last day of filming 13 hours! Right now I’m still trying to get the blood out of my hair!’

In Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final adaptation of the Harry Potter series, Felton plays evil Draco Malfoy, who turns into a fully fledged servant to main villain Lord Voldermort.

What we say:

Even as a little kid in the first Harry Potter movie, we always knew Felton had it in him.

Those intense blue eyes and that shock blond hair – he was a cutie in the making.

And his latest photo clearly shows he’s fitting in nicely with the skinny rock star look that will make the tween MTV set go wild.

But the big surprise is Grint, who has gone from sotong-faced carrot-haired sidekick to quirkily handsome young man.

Daniel who? – Seto Nu-wen

What people say:

‘Dude has some seriously toned arms!’
Katee


Original article found at The Electric New Paper I March 15th, 2009

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THE PRIDE OF BRITAIN AWARDS: SPECIAL AWARD: LIZ CARNELL

SPECIAL AWARD: LIZ CARNELL

THE stars of Harry Potter presented this very special mum (center) with her award last night.

Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) recognised Liz for tackling bullying head on when her son became a victim at school – and then helped thousands of other victims. She set up the website Bullying Online to offer advice.

Liz said: “I regard the award not for me personally, but for all of the parents and children we help every year.”

The site was launched in 1999 and is visited by more than 300,000 people a year. Her son was so badly bullied she took legal action against North Yorkshire council and the settlement helped set up the site.

She said: “It doesn’t matter how much time and effort we dedicate to it, it’s worth it.”


Original article found here: The Mirror | October 11th, 2005

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All Stars 2005

About each other:
Tom: “I communicate with Ron (??) less than with Dan. But I can to say that he’s cheery guy!”
Dan: “Ron (???) and Tom are my good friends. To say the truth I meet them not often out of set. I need to study at school, you know. It’s a pity because they’re great guys!”

Rupert: “We all met while shooting the first film and deal well since then. Unfortunately we are living a great distance away from each other, or I’d get together with them even every day. It is good that there are e-mail and chats.”

About school: Rupert: “I don’t like to go to school and to do homework, really. It’s not surprise that teachers ain’t pleased with me. They don’t indulge me just because I’m acting in the films about Harry Potter. I remember, when I had returned at school after filming POA, I was kept after school because didn’t my homework.”

About career in the cinema:”I dreamed about playing Ron since I read the book, so I came for auditions. I can’t say that my life has changed after I became an actor. The only thing that has changed – I’m recognized constantly on the street, but in other respects I have the same life. So I enjoy being an actor and I’m not going to drop it!”.

About girls: “Well, I don’t know really+ I’d better refrain from comments. I’ll say only that I like girls with the sense of humor. And not importunate girls.”

About Emma Watson: “Emma is a great girl. But I don’t want to play with her in the love scene. I don’t think that Ron and Hermione are a good couple.”


Scans available here: RGus Gallery | 2005
Translations by Maru

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Fans says yes to Rupert’s new hair

It’s the issue that’s got all Potter fans talking, no, not whether the actors will carry on, but what’s going on with Rupert Grint’s hair?
He’s turned up both the premieres of the latest films looking more like a rock star than a wannabe wizard.


He looks more like one of The Strokes than an actor
He looks more like one of The Strokes than an actor


Thousands of you have voted on the new shaggy hairstyle on our website, and at the premiere Lizo told him the result.

“Oh yeah, that’s good,” Rupert said when told more than half the votes were in favour of it, before adding “cool”.

So far almost 20,000 people have had their say on the hair, with around 53% liking the new look.

Lizo also grabbed a few words with the other young stars of the film, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe.

Emma told him her favourite scene was when she got to punch Draco Malfoy although she admitted she was really worried about hurting actor Tom Felton.

Daniel told Lizo he was looking forward to making the next film, but especially
the scenes inside the maze and the graveyard towards the end of the film.


Original article found here: CBBC Newsround | May 31st, 2004

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