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‘Harry Potter’ Star Rupert Grint: What’s Next?

‘I’m not sure I’m going to miss it,’ actor tells MTV News of ‘Potter.’

Rupert Grint has always been the comic relief when it comes to the Big Three actors in “Harry Potter,” but with the final film opening in theaters Friday (July 15), he is ready to spread his wings and try out some new projects.

“Anything really different, really,” Grint replied when MTV News asked him what his plans are next. “Playing the same character for 10 years really does give you this thirst for new things. I’m not sure I’m going to miss it. I am looking forward to this kind of newfound freedom. Just see where it takes me.”

He certainly seems to be trying to get away from “Potter” as much as possible. Grint’s next project is his anti-war film “Comrade,” which began filming March 28 in Norway. Directed by Petter Næss and costarring David Kross, Florian Lukas and Stig Henrik Hoff, the movie tells the story of English and German pilots who are forced to work together to survive the brutal Norwegian winter; it is a very far cry from anything Grint has done in “Potter.”

After that, his next project is looking more and more likely to be “Eddie the Eagle,” a biopic about British skier Eddie Edwards, the first competitor to represent the U.K. in Olympic ski jumping. Though it still doesn’t have a writer or director attached, Grint is optimistic that production will get under way soon.

“It’s a story that I really like and it’s still in the working yet. I still have faith that it will happen,” he told MTV News. “It’s been in kind of development for a while, but yeah, hopefully it will come up.”

Of all the “Potter” stars, Grint has been the one to have the most big-screen experience. In 2002 he starred in the children’s comedy “Thunderpants,” then followed it up with 2006’s dramedy “Driving Lessons.” Somehow he managed to find time over the past few years during his busy “Potter” shooting schedule to squeeze out two 2010 releases as well: “Cherrybomb” and “Wild Target.”

And the fans respect him for it. When MTV’s Next Movie site ran a recent poll asking readers who they thought would be the most successful “Potter” star, Grint won by a whopping 43 percent. If that doesn’t work out, though, he always has a side career as an ice cream man.

Original article found here:| July 18th, 2011

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Rupert Grint comes to terms with fame – and that kiss

If Rupert Grint hadn’t won a Ron Weasley look-alike contest sponsored by a London newspaper 10 years ago, he might be driving an ice cream truck for a living.

That, after all, was his ambition.

Instead, he is starring in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which adds to his bank account of several million dollars. He used some of it to buy himself an ice cream truck.

Grint, 22, plays a sidekick who not only gets the girl but emerges as a hero. Yet as I sit with Grint for this interview, I again get the impression that he doesn’t care a hoot about the whole thing.

“I’m glad it’s over,” he said of the “Potter” decade in which he appeared in eight feature films. “And yet, I’m sad, too. There will always be a part of Ron in me.”

He calls himself a “ginger head.” “Some girls don’t like red-headed guys,” he said. “It’s not the coolest thing. Can be a hassle.”

Then he became a movie star. “I was always a shy kid,” he said. “It took me a long time to adjust. The thing is that, suddenly, I could never be invisible. I couldn’t go to shopping centers. Then I just opened it up. I didn’t hide from it. That’s when I realized that you can’t get away from it. You can’t turn it off and on.”

This last “Potter” movie is his favorite. “It’s just a bigger feeling,” he said. “Everything is faster and bigger. It’s quite a different feeling from any of the other movies.”

He loved scenes with goblins. He identified his least favorite scene quickly: “the kissing scene.”

Although much of the world was waiting to see Ron make out with Hermione, played by Emma Watson, he admitted that “both Emma and I were dreading that scene.”

“I’ve known Emma for a long time. Kissing her is not on the agenda. I mean, she’s gorgeous and all that, but you know what I mean. She’s like my sister. As actors, we thought it should be enough if we could just persuade everyone to think they were in love and wanted to kiss.”

It took four takes to get the serious smooching right.

Now, Grint is shooting a World War II drama in Norway called “Comrade,” scheduled for release next year. It’s about British and German soldiers who are stranded in the Norwegian wilderness and must form a friendship to survive.

He also stars in the independent thriller “Cross Country.” In the 2010 independent action comedy “Wild Target” with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, he plays a young man who believes he’s working for a private detective but is actually working for a hit man.

In New York for the American premiere of “Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” he seemed surprised to be a bit torn up about saying goodbye to the franchise.

“It’s been an emotional week,” he said. “I didn’t think it would be, but goodbye is goodbye, no matter how you cut it.”

Original article found here:| July 17th, 2011

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I celebrated end of Potter filming by buying £60 Vauxhall Carlton

Says Rupert Grint ( Who’s worth £24m )

WITH around £24million in the bank, Rupert Grint is one of Britain’s richest young men.

But the 22-year-old Harry Potter star doesn’t splash his galleons about like Premier League players his age.

The actor, who has enchanted audiences as wizard Ron Weasley for more than a decade, astonishingly confessed to The Sun that he still lives at home with mum and dad – even though he has his own pad in London for occasional stays.

There aren’t even any fancy cars for the homely Hertfordshire lad.

When filming wrapped on the final JK Rowling movie, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, he treated himself to a £60 Vauxhall Carlton and headed off around Europe with mates in a “Wacky Rally”.

He said: “We did about nine countries, all the way to Barcelona. I went with James and Oliver Phelps, who play the twins, and we brought a mechanic along as well. It was a really good adventure. I do love cars but nothing too flash.”

In an exclusive interview with The Sun ahead of the final Potter film’s release on Friday, Rupert gave us a window into his unassuming life, where he is still close to sisters Georgina, 18, Samantha, 15 and Charlotte, 12, brother James, 21, and parents Nigel and Joanne.

Although he rarely splurges on himself, he says he can splash the cash on his family – sometimes on bizarre presents.

He said: “I have kind of got a miniature zoo. We have miniature pigs, donkeys, miniature hedgehogs. They are just smaller than the average hedgehog.

“I have quite a big family, I’m one of five and I have sisters who love animals.”

He has met the Queen and the family of President Obama so I ask Rupert which celebrity he has been most thrilled to meet.

The reply floors me.

“Alan Titchmarsh. Shakin’ Stevens came on to the set too. I only get star struck with really random people like Alan Titchmarsh and EastEnders actors,” he says.

“I met Alan at the Queen’s 80th when she had this big party in the Palace.

“I bumped into him. It’s not like I really watch Ground Force or anything like that.”

Never mind that the Queen and Prince Philip had been sitting right behind him or that Michelle Obama had visited the set with her daughters as a birthday surprise for one of them.

But if meeting heads of state doesn’t excite Rupert, surely there must have been magic in the air when he finally got to kiss co-star Emma Watson in the new film?

Ron Weasley and Emma’s character Hermione Granger finally spell out their feelings for each other in the series’ gripping finale by locking lips.

But Rupert says: “Neither of us were looking forward to it. It was a tricky one. That scene has been an anticipated moment, the relationship has built up from the early films.

“There was a pressure to get it right. I knew Emma when she was nine and we have closely watched each other grow up.

“So kissing this girl just seemed a strange thing to be doing, not right.”

Down-to-earth Rupert seems immune to the weaknesses of many young stars.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, recently had to give up booze because his drinking had got out of control.

Rupert insists that he felt no such need to release the pressure with alcohol.

He said: “No, no, no, there has always been this anticipation for us to fall into that stereotype and it has never really been an issue for me.

“It’s because we film in Watford, which isn’t the most glamorous of spots. If we had filmed in America or something it could have been disastrous. I never felt any pressure. It was just fun really.” The constant and intense attention of fans makes this level-headed approach even more remarkable.

Rupert isn’t even offended by strangers heckling him.

He smiled and said: “People do call me Ron in the street. I have grown up with it, it has become my second name almost.

“I do answer to it. Or they call me Weasley or Ginger.”

Although he doesn’t enjoy people taking sneaky photographs while he’s in a restaurant.

He said: “There are moments when you don’t really want to do it, if you are having a meal and people are taking their camera phones out and taking pictures of you.

“You can spot them. They pretend to take pictures of their friend and they slightly offset the camera so they can get you.”

But he is grateful for some aspects of fame – all the fan mail and presents. For some reason he gets sent lots of pyjamas.

Odd encounters with obsessed fans also raise a smile.

He said with a laugh: “There was a time when I was in LA, I think, I met this guy who had a tattoo of me, Dan and Emma on his arm.

“He hadn’t quite got the resemblance. I looked like Anne Robinson.”

But how does he feel now this immense experience is over?

Rupert said: “It is weird to think it was the last one. There is a scene right at the end, after the battle, with the three of us on the bridge.

“I found that scene emotional, I still haven’t got used to it.”

But surely the post-Potter future is bright for Rupert, offering the chance to make different kinds of films?

In between the magical movies he has already appeared in low-budget projects including Wild Target, Cherrybomb, Driving Lessons and Thunderpants.

Coming up is Comrade, in which he plays a British airman shot down over Norway in the Second World War.

And Rupert has been lined up to play Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in a biopic of the Winter Olympics sensation.

He says: “I want to keep on acting, definitely.”

We can only hope his career fares better than the dreams of Brit ski jumper Eddie – who came dead last in two events at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


Original article found here: The Sun| July 8th, 2011

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Rupert Grint: Young Performer

Q: Tell us about your character Tony.

He has a sheltered city life. He’s a mystery and doesn’t know about the countryside, but I relate to him because we’re both laid-back. You don’t know where he’s coming from and he’s in a world of his own.

Q: Did you have firearms training?

A: Yeah. I mean, I was only firing blanks on screen, but I went to a shooting range where I fired real live ammunition, which was scary and intimidating because it’s so loud and powerful. But it was fun.

Q: Did you get injured doing those pratfalls?

A: No, but the cat in Wild Target ripped me apart! It was spiteful and we didn’t get on at all. It mellowed throughout the shoot, but I don’t want to meet it again.

Q: Tell us about your sabre fight scene.

A: I had a stunt guy teach me genuine Samurai moves, but I had to practise with a giant wrapping-paper roll. I wasn’t allowed a proper sword of sabre.

Q: What’s your top Wild Target scene?

A: The most enjoyable was shooting gangster Gregory Fisher’s ear off. He had a fake ear, so that was pretty graphic. Basically, I’m soaking in the bath and he tries to drown me, so I jump up and shoot him.

Q: Was it cool working with Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy?

A: Bill’s so funny. One day he wrote this rap song all about Emily and sang it to her-it was hilarious. He’s into his music and is a big Prince fan.

Q: Are there activities you’re forbidden to do while contracted to Harry Potter?

A: I haven’t been allowed to ski or do extreme sports-unless I was filming in a gap between the Harry Potter films.

Q: You’ve acted professionally since you were 11. How do you cope with the limelight?

A: I wasn’t prepared because it came out of the blue. I’d no ideas how films were even made, so it took a while to get use to. I’m still not used to it, so I guess fame is the most difficult bit.

Q: What’s your strangest encounter with a Harry Potter fan?

A: Fans aren’t that weird here, but in America and Japan they’re more extreme and in your face, and occasionally they grab at you.

Q: How do you keep grounded?

A: I get on with it and I don’t think about stuff too much. I just love the acting and I come from a big, supportive family, which as always helped.

Q: Will you be gutted when you’ve shot your final Harry Potter?

A: It’s a weird feeling that’s creeping up on us all now and I don’t know I’ll deal with it because I’m really proud of Harry Potter. It’s been a massive part of my daily routine since I was 11. It’s going to take a while to adjust.

Q: Have you got your eye on any Harry Potter memorabilia?

A: I’ve tried to take a few little souvenirs in the past and I’ve got a tie, but I’d really like to keep my wand.

Q: Next up you’re playing a skier Eddie The Eagle. Are there other things you’d like to do?

A: I’ve never skied in my life, so that’ll be a challenge. I’d like to do theatre at some point, not sure what type of role, but I always got a real buzz from it when I was at school because it’s so different from film. So I’m up for anything on stage.

Q: Why do you drive an ice-cream van rather than a car?

A: I love ice cream and it was always a dream of mine. It’s fully functional and is like a kitchen on wheels, so it’s not practical to drive because it’s huge.

Q: You’re not the red-carpet type, so any hobbies?

A: I’m really into golf. It’s an old man’s game and I never thought I’d get into it, but it’s fun. And I love drawing, water colours, painting. I don’t keep much of it but I’m always doodling.

Q: What do you think of the Ron Weasley action figures?

A: They’re strange, because some of them are really bad. There are lots of different official ones and some are realistic, but then they’re weird too!

Q: Can you tell us a secret about the final Harry Potter?

A: Well, I wear a wig, even though I’ve always had long hair. I wear hairpieces to make my hair look wilder because we’re kind o living rough. I had four pieces glued in and was constantly picking bits of glue out of my hair.

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Rupert Grint interview exclusive: The last scenes of Harry Potter will be overwhelming

Harry Potter star Rupert Grint talks about his new film Cherrybomb and how he feels about the end of Harry Potter

IF there’s anything Rupert Grint’s latest film has shown us, it’s that Ron Weasley isn’t as innocent as he seems.
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint gets hot and heavy in Cherrybomb with co-star Kimberley Nixon, breaking away from his goofy Potter character with a slightly awkward sex scene and a brand new ‘bad boy’ image.

Having shot to global stardom at age 11, Rupert hasn’t lived a particularly normal teenage life, but just half-an-hour into Cherrybomb it’s obvious his Potter days haven’t kept him sheltered from Skins-style teenage mayhem.’s NIKKI BARR sat down for a quick chat with Rupert about sex scenes, Potter parties and strange fan mail….

How did you feel after watching Cherrybomb for the first time?
It was two years ago that we filmed it so it’s weird. It was a great experience, it was a really different kind of filming experience, mainly because of the budget, I guess, but I was in a different country and it was a very quick pace and a very different kind of film [to Harry Potter].

What were the main differences on set?
The dressing rooms and stuff…they were a bit less comfortable! But the main thing was the pace. We were doing 10 scenes a day, it was a real pressure to finish everything, we couldn’t do like 50 takes on one job, we had to get it right the first few times. It had a real fast energy about it. Which I liked, it kind of puts you right in the moment. Harry Potter is a very unique thing and it’s a bit like a machine really, there’s a lot of waiting about where as there was none of that with Cherrybomb. It was all kind of full on. It was a real experience, I know how ‘real’ films are put together now.

Did you find it difficult breaking out of your role as Ron Weasley?
I didn’t think about it, Cherrybomb came up quickly, in the space of a week actually, I met the directors and read the script and then was on a flight to Belfast. But yeah, it’s kind of what attracted me to it. It’s a real different kind of character, he’s a bit more complicated and I suppose it was a more ‘adult’ role. I don’t think I was ever nervous about that because as I get older I’ll be doing more grown-up things.

You said the sex scene was awkward…
It’s this weird kind of thing. It’s got this bizarre atmosphere, you have crew watching you and different cameras everywhere and you feel really kind of self-conscious. Actually reading it on paper is a lot worse than filming it. When you see it come together it’s more abstract and it’s nothing too graphic. It’s worse for Kim [Kimberley Nixon], you see a lot more of her. Once we did it, it was fine. It was quick, we did it in not many takes at all.

Have your family seen it yet?
Yeah, that’s probably the worst part [laughs], we just don’t talk about it!

Harry Potter changed your life, do you ever wonder where you would be without it?
I don’t know, it’s a scary thought. I was very fortunate. I saw something on Newsround, actually [which remembers seeing as well!] it’s weird. I really enjoy acting and if I can keep going I definitely will.

Do you get offered a lot of scripts off the back of Harry Potter?
There wasn’t really a lot of time to do other stuff because we were filming Harry Potter every day of the year, so it’s quite hard to find the gaps to do other things. Without Harry Potter I wouldn’t really be… it’s quite a tough industry to get into so I’ve been quite lucky. Harry Potter was a bit of a fluke anyway.

Would you ever quit acting and go to university like Emma Watson?
It’s always going to be an option but I’ll avoid it if I can. I want to keep on acting.

How has filming the last few scenes been?

It’s a comfortable atmosphere, but the end is quite daunting, we’ve known all the crew for half of our lives and we know the characters so, well, it’s just easy. But I’m excited as well, I’m looking forward to moving on and seeing what else is there for me.

Will you have a huge end-of-filming party?
I hope so, we haven’t had a party since the second one. That was a great wrap party but we’ll have some kind of a bash.

Has it been emotional on set?
Not yet, I’m guessing once we get to the last few weeks… I don’t know how I’m going to react it’s going to be quite overwhelming. It’s like ten years of your life is down to one shot, really, and then it’s all over. It’s going to be strange. I’ll probably get over it [laughs].

What has been your favourite Harry Potter moment?
It has all been really good. But the first scene, the first day, was pretty cool. Because, obviously, I had no idea what to expect or how many people were involved. It was exciting.

Will you remain friends with the cast?
Definitely, it’s an intimate process and you do kind of warm to people quite a lot. We’re good mates. There’s a big list of people involved but we’ll definitely stay in touch.

What’s happening next in your life?
A few things, I’ve got a film called Wild Target [Rupert plays an assassin’s apprentice] coming out next month. It was good fun playing with the guns and stuff.

And you’re going to play Eddie the Eagle [British ski-jumping record holder]…can you even ski?
I’ve never skied in my life so it’s going to be interesting. That will be quite fun I think, it’ll be cool.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been sent by a fan?
I get a lot of pyjamas, all different kinds but mainly oriental style.

Have you ever had a crush on a co-star?
Yeah, maybe when I was 11, it’s kind of natural, it was like a school yard [on the Harry Potter set]. Probably some of the extras!

We hear you have an ice cream van, if you were going to impress a girl with an ice cream from your van, what would the topping be?

Hmm, I don’t really have anything in the van at the moment, but probably flake, the classic flake.

Which topping would you say represents you best?
Hundreds and thousands, rainbow.

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IT’S A SIGN: ‘Potter’ Star Rupert Grint Signs With Gersh

This week’s agency maneuverings.

In agency maneuverings this week:

Gersh has signed Harry Potter regular Rupert Grint, who just co-starred in the action comedy Wild Target with Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy. Grint has the two-part Harry Potter finale coming this month and then in July. He’s still repped by Hamilton Hodell in the U.K. and managed by Untitled Entertainment in the States.

UTA has signed actor Jonathan Tucker, who next appears in the Lionsgate thriller The Next Three Days, which hits theaters in the next 10 days. Tucker also had a role in Days director Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah, as well as The Ruins, The Virgin Suicides and the Texas Chainsaw Masscare remake. He is still managed by Booh Schut, and his attorney is Steve Warren of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman.

WME has signed Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs co-writer Yoni Brenner.

ICM has signed Kumail Nunjiani, an actor, writer and comedian who most recently appeared in Life As We Know It. He is also managed by Mosaic.

Original article found here: The Hollywood Reporter | November 9th, 2010

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Rupert Grint – Can I Have My Life Back Now?

Rupert Grint On Life After 10 Years Of Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter star on growing up in the spotlight, girlfriends (he’d like one) and ten years playing Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter set, somewhere near Watford, England. After ten years, seven books and eight films, the Death Eaters are circling the biggest movie franchise in history. The end is nigh. Here at Leavesden Studios, the great hall of Hogwarts lies empty, its long tables and candelabra stretching silently into the distance. The remains are here of Dumbledore’s study, the Gryffindor dormitory with its child-sized beds, the Dark Arts classroom and the special-effects green screen before which Ford Anglias flew, golden snitches were snatched and willows whomped. Here is where hippogriffs and shrunken heads were moulded, where Bertie Bott’s Beans were bottled, and where the fully motorised three-storey purple Knight Bus once parked.

This is where words such as muggle and dementor entered screen language; this is where Generation Potter was formed – and abandoned. The cast and crew are thronging around the barbecue in their hundreds at this, the wrap party for the final film. A home video is being shown of outtakes and emotional moments from the past 450 days of back-to-back filming for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2. There’s a whiff of melancholy in the air. Suddenly people hear the tinkle of an ice-cream van. It’s an early Mr Whippy model, restored from its heyday in the Seventies, bought on eBay for a song. The van driver and owner is Rupert Grint, Ron Weasley’s alter ego. He rolls in, opens his serving hatch and cheers everyone up by offering free 99 cones with Flakes – “and chocolate oysters”, he adds, grinning.

“I had them, but no sprinkles,” says Grint later, lolling on a sofa in Claridge’s. “You get a bucket of ice-cream mix, put it in the machine, press a button and pull a lever, but it’s actually quite hard getting the technique to do a perfect swirl on the cone. I used to go everywhere in the Mr Whippy van, but it’s only got one seat and it’s quite tricky to drive.”

There’s a pleasant down-to-earthness about Grint. He played the straightforward, geeky guy in the Potter saga, and while he likes to be the life and soul of the cast party, in the outside world he shows no signs of grandeur or swanking around London with fast cars and women. Yet he’s worth an estimated £20 million and made it on to The Sunday Times Rich List.

“I’ve never fancied that footballer lifestyle,” says Grint. His vehicle collection includes a Range Rover, but also the Mr Whippy van and a restored green VW Camper – not exactly Ferrari territory. “I suppose I could live that kind of flash life. People stereotype child actors and kind of expect you to go off the rails a bit, be a bit crazy, but that’s not really happened yet. I’ve got a big family so that helps, and they live really close to the studios so it’s just so much easier.

The ice-cream van was a nostalgic distraction as the work on Deathly Hallows Part 1, out this month, and Part 2, out next July, drew to a close. For the three actors who have given their teenage years to the mammoth film project, there’s also a curious sense of relief. Harry, Hermione and Ron – and their other halves Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Grint – are free at last.

“It felt like the last day at school,” says Grint. “Packing up all the stuff in my dressing room, all the old toys still there from when I was 11… I’d underestimated how emotional it would be. We all cried.”

His hair is dishevelled and he wears a Kennedy-Nixon T-shirt with the word “LOVE” printed on it in pink, a hoody and tracksuit bottoms. Now 22, he has spent nearly half his life as Ron, more than a decade inhabiting someone else’s skin and appalling home-knitted jumpers. Ron’s suffering, joys and stupid jokes all helped to form connections between Grint’s synapses as he grew up. When you talk to him, the crossover with Ron is abundantly clear. Indeed, the Harry Potter films could be seen as a weird scientific experiment on the child stars. How much have their fictional characters influenced them, rather than the other way around? What part of their internal world has been built by J. K. Rowling and the studio system on the way to adulthood? What will they take with them now they have graduated from Hogwarts, the only high school they know?

Long ago Grint watched an item about the Harry Potter auditions on Newsround, sent in a video of himself rapping about how he deserved the part, and was invited for a trial. “I suppose when they selected us as kids, they weren’t expecting us to act that much. They didn’t really want kids from drama school. I always felt quite a strong connection to Ron. I don’t know if it was just a ginger thing though,” he says, laughing. His hair is actually less carroty in real life: “Yes, the sun calms it down a little bit.” As for the Rupert-Ron intermingling, he says: “Possibly I’ve taken on some of his characteristics and we have merged into the same kind of person.”

“When he first started he was really cute and really shy,” recalls Julie Walters, who has played Grint’s screen mum Molly Weasley from the start. “My abiding memory of him is at the first premiere and Grant, my husband, and I looked at Rupert and there was a beautiful little moon face, and he looked like a rabbit caught in the flashbulbs. He was such a sweetheart you wanted to cuddle him.”

Grint would probably cringe at this, but Watson and Radcliffe are disturbingly like their characters, too – what could a casting director do but typecast when faced with 10 and 11-year-olds? Watson is a bookworm with fashion sense; polite, studious and with much the same work ethic that we see on screen, having taken four A levels and landed at Brown University in America. Radcliffe is the straight guy with a touch of rebellion – hence his attempt to break out when he took to the London stage nude in Equus. His next film, The Woman in Black, is from the revitalised Hammer horror studio, and his recent paint-spattered photoshoot in Dazed & Confused magazine threw fans into fervid debate.

Meanwhile Grint is a man of the people, the ordinary, cheerful guy whose pleasures include watching daytime telly, playing golf and going to the pub with his mates. Like Ron, he has a large family – he is the eldest of five, “but the only ginger one” – and still lives at home in a Hertfordshire village with his mum and his dad, who deals in Formula One ephemera. Grint’s acting career began in plays at his local primary school.

In terms of a theatrical education, Grint has seen more leading men and women close up than most young actors. The Potter franchise has always prided itself on hiring Britain’s finest thesps for all the adult parts. In Deathly Hallows, the list includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Imelda Staunton and Julie Walters.

“Alan Rickman [who plays the menacing Severus Snape] fascinates me,” says Grint. “He always seems to be in character. He’s really quite intimidating with that air about him. Actually, he’s nice to talk to, but he’s got this presence that makes you feel like he’s unapproachable.” Julie Walters is one of his favourites. “I’m quite close to her. She’s warm. She really is like my mum, and she’s seen us grow up.” And in her fictional guise, she supposedly knits Ron all those embarrassing, itchy, Brillo-pad jumpers he’s forced to wear.

It turns out those awful brown cardies were among the most expensive of any of the costumes. Some were handknitted, some were even Dolce & Gabbana.“But it all looks terrible, and it’s really uncomfortable to wear,” says Grint. Despite these trials, he never wanted to give up Potter. “I was always keen to keep going,” he says. “I didn’t know what else to do and I was grateful for it. It was better than school, and I get a real buzz out of acting.”

So far, Grint’s productions away from the Potter franchise include Thunderpants (enough said) in 2002, and more recently Driving Lessons with Julie Walters in 2006. This year saw him in so-so films Wild Target with Bill Nighy and the indie Cherrybomb.

Perhaps the perfect part – goofy, geeky, funny and determined – awaits Grint. There are plans for a British biopic of Eddie the Eagle, the self-taught ski jumper who entered the 1988 Olympics. The film is still at an early stage, and there are problems to overcome – the fact that he can’t ski, for a start. “But I don’t think I’ll be doing the jumping. Eddie’s a typical British eccentric. I’m fond of that kind of underdog thing. It’s amazing what he did. Really amazing courage – and insanity. Plus he had trouble with his glasses. I’m much more comfortable with those sorts of characters than the leading man stuff.”

He does have to have a crack at that stuff in the new Potter, though. In The Deathly Hallows, Ron is a changed creature, no longer jovial and clowning, but serious, angst-ridden and moody. The latest publicity photos show pale, edgy characters who have clearly seen the dark night of the soul. Perhaps it’s just opportunistic marketing, but Ron, Harry and Hermione look more like sickly Twilight teenagers.

“My part really improves,” says Grint. “It’s more complicated. Ron has a total freak-out, and gets jealous and angry. There’s a lot of paranoia and grief, and he falls in love. It’s quite a big moment for him.”

Readers of the final book will know that the search is on in Part 1 for the Horcruxes, objects and creatures that the evil Voldemort needs to secure his power. The three friends have left the safety of Hogwarts to find the Horcruxes, and are being pursued across England by the Death Eaters, who must bring Harry to Voldemort alive. J. K. Rowling described the first half of the book as “a bizarre road movie” (possibly indicating that she was writing with more of an eye on the screen), while the second half is a pitched battle in Hogwarts. These are dark and bloody times. Long-treasured characters die at the hands of Voldemort and his Death Eaters; schoolchildren are scarred; an ear is lost; torture in the form of the gruesome Cruciatus Curse becomes worryingly commonplace.

The final book and this film also include the first kiss between Ron and Hermione, a relief for frustrated viewers. Rowling hinted at an attraction between the two for a long time, and there were petty jealousies and near misses. “The kiss happened quite naturally, and in the second part of Deathly Hallows they’re really quite couply, holding hands a lot. It wasn’t like it came from nowhere. It was quite a tricky kiss, a bit strange, but quite sweet really. It was just one shot, but we had about six takes. It was all right, yeah. Easy after the first take,” says Grint, then adds, “I’ve almost no memory of it at all.”

While Radcliffe, now single and heading for the New York stage, has always had girlfriends since he was 14, Grint says he found it “quite difficult to sustain a relationship, because I was so busy. I went out with people, but never anything too serious. It wasn’t that easy. Now it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

There should be no shortage of applicants, given the number of Grint fan clubs on the web, although girls show their appreciation in strange ways – by constantly sending him pyjamas, for example. “And the American fan club makes me a birthday gift every year. They made this big montage poster thing with photos of a cardboard cutout of me in different countries,” he says, rolling his eyes.

Grint often gets followed down the street or accosted in bars. When he goes with his mates to rock festivals, he has been known to wear a duck mask, just so he can walk around freely. “You develop an instinct for it. You can hear people saying your name, feel their stares. But it depends where you are. Here in Britain, people are a lot more reserved. In America it’s kind of crazy: louder, a few screams, and they want me to sign stuff – them. I once signed a tattoo of me, Dan and Emma on a guy’s arm. He was quite an old guy, 40, freaky, quite weird. It wasn’t a great tattoo either. I looked a bit like Anne Robinson.”

Hidden deep in Hertfordshire, among old friends who are teachers and even work in cafés, Grint avoids the insane fans. Yet with a flat in London that he uses occasionally and some other property investments, he could take off. “Leave home? It’s quite a scary thought. I’m not the most independent person and that’s the result. When you’re always surrounded by people it becomes quite normal.”

The baby-faced actors had no idea what they were letting themselves in for when they first did a screen test together in August 2000, and only four Potter books had been written at that point. They were about to grow up together on catering-trolley food in an utterly artificial environment. Radcliffe, Watson and Grint’s awkward teenage moments took place in public, rather than before a bedroom mirror. “When I think back, it is kind of hazy,” says Grint. “I was quite overwhelmed, to be honest. I didn’t know what was coming. We’ll always be friends, more like brothers and sisters, but it’s nice to take a break.”

The child actors were tutored on set, and Grint is the only one who did not go on to take A levels, bailing out of formal education at GCSE level. “I found it hard to work and study. After I finished school I just kind of watched daytime TV. I love the Antiques Roadshow, yeah, or any old antiques programme like Dickinson’s Real Deal. I miss daytime telly now it’s all over. The mornings were best. The Jeremy Kyle Show…”

There’s something slightly melancholy about a 22-year-old saying this, however ironically, and life on the Potter set has entailed a sort of arrested development for Grint, which he is trying to shake off. “I’m feeling a mixture of things now that it’s over,” he says. “It’s been a huge part of my life. But I’m ready to go.”

Original article found here: The Sunday Times | November 6, 2010

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Kristen Stewart, Rupert Grint Get Dumped by a Pile of Garbage

Saw 3D won the Halloween weekend, but the most intense box-office war was fought among low-budget indie flicks. At least where fans—and haters—of Twilight and Harry Potter were concerned.

In one corner: Kristen Stewart’s Welcome to the Rileys. In the other: Rupert Grint’s Wild Target.

And the winner was…?

A documentary about the world’s largest garbage dump.

Waste Land grossed more money per theater than any film in limited or wide release. (Saw 3D, included.) Granted, the film only played at one theater, where it made $11,562, per estimates, but what counts counts.

The Swedish-language version of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest, the concluding chapter in the Stieg Larsson thriller trilogy (until the Hollywood redos come along), also topped Stewart and Grint, grossing just under $1 million at 153 locations.

Although they didn’t rule among likely latte drinkers, both Stewart’s and Grint’s movies did OK, with bragging rights going to Team Weasley.

Theater for theater, the crime caper Wild Target ($24,316 at four theaters) outearned the drama Welcome to the Rileys ($45,000 at 10 theaters).

The performances were steps up for Stewart, last seen out of Bella’s hoodies in the disappointing The Runaways, and Grint, who hadn’t ventured out of Hogwarts in a theatrically released film since the 2006 indie, Driving Lessons.

In the Top 10, Saw 3D ($24.2 million) had no real competition as last weekend’s champ, Paranormal Activity 2 ($16.5 million; $65.7 million overall), took a dive.

Elsewhere, Jackass 3D ($8.4 million) added to its legend, and broke $100 million overall—a Jackass first.

Hilary Swank’s Conviction ($1.8 million; $2.4 million overall) cracked the Top 10, while Legend of the Guardians ($1.7 million; $52.6 million overall) and Easy A ($1.1 million; $56.3 million overall) dropped out.

Original article found here: E! Online | October 31st, 2010

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