A new image of Rupert Grint in Adolf the Artist (previously The Artist) has emerged, also featuring Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon (below).
Rupert Grint will be portraying August (Gustl) Kubizek, whilst Rheon will be playing Hitler.
Ice Cream Man gives us a synopsis of the upcoming drama:
“Adolf Hitler has been portrayed on screen many times – but never like this! Adolf the Artist is a satirical drama starring Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), telling the little-known tale of a young Adolf, before politics and before war, when all he could dream about was becoming a famous painter. Historically accurate, this imagining of the young pre-tyrant is comedic in its approach and sees him ata crossroads in his life, when “his struggle” was purely about not being a good enough artist. In 1907, an 18-year-old Hitler applied to the prestigious Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, certain that his genious would be recognized. It wasn’t. He resolved to re-apply the following year and moved to Vienna, hopeful that living amongst artists would rub off on him. Not one to let himself go, Hitler found the opium-taking, schnapps-swilling, sexual experimentation of his fellow artists somewhat irritating and as he’d not yet developed into a demagogic ranter, no-one listened. They didn’t have to. Yet. This story follows Adolf in the run-up to retaking the entrance exam, burdened by temper tantrums and an oddball dress sense, and desperately trying to improve as an artist and gain recognition.”
Read/see more at Ice Cream Man here!
Last Friday, Dan Radcliffe posted an adorable photo to Google+ of the day David Heyman took him, Matthew Lewis and Rupert Grint to a WWF match, two days before Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone started filming.
The photo only included Matt and Dan, but Dan left a lovely message supporting his fellow actor’s role in Happy Valley in the caption:
“Judging by the sign behind us I think William Regal was making his entrance! And judging by our faces we weren’t quite brave enough to boo him. It was very good night! Go watch the brilliant Mr. Lewis in season 2 of Happy Valley on Netflix! Happy Friday everyone! – Dan”
We think you can just about see David Heyman behind Dan – we’re loving their totally enthralled expressions!
Find the original post by Dan here, and catch him in the Now You See Me 2 trailer here.
In an interview with The Huffington Post Australia, Rupert Grint revealed some quite “Ron-ish” qualities about himself when he was asked about a rumor that originated from the set of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. As the story goes, director Alfonso Cuarón had asked Daniel, Emma, and Rupert to write essays about their respective characters–Harry, Hermione, and Ron– in preparation for the film. The actors delivered in a way that was in keeping with each of their characters: Emma turned in a 16-page report, Daniel fulfilled the task with a one-page effort, and Rupert dodged the essay all together. He confirmed these happy similarities in the interview.
“Yeah. That is true, yeah,” Grint said, laughing.
Grint had a pretty good reason to shirk the assignment. As the oldest of the three — then 15 — he’d been preparing to take his General Certificate of Secondary Education exams, a series of standardized tests taken by British students at high school age. (Radcliffe and Watson were a year or two from the tests themselves.) Grint explained that he was too bogged down with his studies to give the assignment much thought.
“It’s quite Ron-ish not to do it,” he added. “I think [Cuarón] kind of appreciated that.”
The interview revealed a selection of other amusing oddities. Grint also confirmed that he does indeed own an ice cream truck and that he will “never get rid of it.” He added, “[Pedestrians] think, rightly, that you are a legitimate ice cream salesman. And they queue up and expect ice cream, which I don’t have.”
At the time of the interview, Grint had also recently heard about the “Ronbledore” fan theory, which posits that Ron is a time-travelling Dumbledore. J.K. Rowling denied this; however, Grint reported that he hasn’t yet formed a theory of his own.
He also spoke about his upcoming film Moonwalkers:
Although he’s stepped out of the “Potter” world, Grint continued to pursue acting, currently starring in a psychedelic space-race flick “Moonwalkers” alongside “Hellboy” star Ron Pearlman. An offbeat story peppered with cartoonish violence, the film indulges conspiracy theorists’ ideas about NASA’s 1969 moon landing. Grint’s Johnny is an ungifted band manager looking to make some cash by conning his way into a CIA plot led by Agent Kidman (Pearlman) to produce fake video footage of men on the moon with Stanley Kubrick.
Something of an armchair conspiracist himself, Grint was naturally attracted to the script, he explained. He considers the famous photo of a flag waving on the moon — a windless surface — particularly suspicious.
“There was a period when I was quite obsessed with it. I’m quite decided that it definitely happened,” he said. “We did land on the moon.”
The interview ended on a bittersweet note, with Grint recalling the days he spent with Emma and Dan: “I loved working with them,” he said, “all those 10 years.”
You can read the full article here.
Huffington Post and Hollywood Life have recently published two cast interviews with Matt Lewis, Rupert Grint, Evanna Lynch and Katie Leung following A Celebration of Harry Potter.
Rupert Grint thinks Hermione and Ron would be separated (if not divorced), none of them would overlook a role in Star Wars, and Rupert thinks Cursed Child made a huge mistake.
First up is Huff Post, and their representative really got the cast talking, giving a great introduction about the importance of breaking out of viewing these great actors as their characters:
“What I enjoy as I sit down to speak with the group is how much these adults are unlike their characters (except for maybe Lynch, who is still delightfully Luna Lovegood-esque). It seems obvious, but we’ve such a tendency to want to lock actors into their iconic roles. It is challenge breaking out of that, especially when you’re remembered as being a cute, or awkward, or weird, or chubby kid on screen. Yet each has grown up, and gone on to other acting gigs and new pursuits.”
This interview gave a broad sweep of the actor’s opinions on Fantastic Beasts, their characters, further roles in big franchises and more!
On giving advice to Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child cast members:
Matt Lewis: I don’t know how much advice I could ever give anyone. The people who have been cast, as far as I’m aware of, are very, very experienced. They don’t need any advice from me. But I guess just enjoy it. It has been a hell of an experience for me, and everything associated with it: the people, the fans, the environment. It was a good gig to be on! Just enjoy it because there’s nothing else like it, literally in the world. It is unique.
Rupert Grint: I think it’s going to be a very different film, I think. I don’t know much about it, but as Matthew said, just enjoy it. Go with the flow.
Evanna Lynch: I’d say trust David Yates, as well. He always knows better on the film. Sometimes I would go, “Oh, I’m doing terrible, I’m messing up.” He would come along and suggest something tiny, and it would change everything. He is very clever. And he is the one who has transitioned from one to the other. He has the whole picture.
On involving themselves in any large-scale productions again:
Q: This was very much your childhood, and your job growing up. If you had the opportunity now to enter another franchise that would consume multiple years – like Lord of the Rings or Star Wars – would you be reluctant to join that production?
Lynch: No. I loved it. I love the family feel, and the idea you can get deeper into your character over a year. I have been on films that were just three or five weeks, and sometimes I’ve been like, damn, I’d only just started to get into it. It was nice to have something you could develop it, and learn and grow alongside your character. And I just loved the family thing. I got very comfortable there.
Lewis: Hey, if Star Wars come knocking on the door tomorrow, I’m not going to go, “Um no, guys, I’m sorry, I don’t want to do four films, it’s fine.” No, of course not. I’d think about it, and I love Star Wars, etc. But there would definitely be a bit of trepidation in joining a big franchise again for that amount of time. Just simply because I’m really enjoying the diversity of the roles I’ve been given recently. Playing a character is great, but I love the process of finding someone, finding a character, creating and drawing it up. And trying to figure out what makes that person tick. When you do something for however many years, it can start to become – I don’t want to say mundane because it was never boring on the films. But you kind of lose that spark a little bit you get in that first day of school, or on a new job. It is exciting. And I’ve gotten that so often in the last couple years, I’d be reluctant to give that up.
Leung: I kind of agree with Matt. If it goes on for any longer than a certain period of time, you do get really comfortable and feel very safe. Having done all the projects after Potter, it has been a few weeks, a few months for a project. You do really get to know a character, and it is wonderful knowing that, once you stop filming or being on stage and being that character, it essentially dies. So I quite like that. Of course, it depends who the character is you’re going to be playing. But yeah, if it’s Star Wars …
Lewis: Star Wars is welcomed.
Grint: I don’t know. I don’t think it’s put me off. There’s pros and cons. Harry Potter could be at times quite suffocating. It did take up our whole lives. So yeah, I suppose there would be tiny bit of reluctance. Now that I’m out of it, I can see beyond it and it’s nice to have a real life, and do things you want. There’s a lot of freedom in that. But yeah, I think it all depends on the material.
Who knows – maybe a role as another Resistance pilot, or as a key character to unveiling Rey’s mysterious past will come up. Make it happen, Disney!
The Huff Post representative also asked where they’d like to think their Potter characters will be in the future.
As we know, Ron and Hermione were married with two children (Rose and Hugo) at Nineteen Years Later, all of whom attended the 427th Quidditch World Cup in 2014. Ron and Hermione’s relationship seems to be going well – that is, unless you take Rupert Grint’s word for it:
Grint: [laughs] I would expect Ron has probably divorced Hermione already. I don’t think that relationship would have done very well.
Like living in his own, low-rent bachelor pad?
Grint: Yeah. Exactly. He’s living on his own, in a little one-bedroom apartment. He hasn’t got a job.
Lynch: Don’t say divorced. Say they’ve split up. They can reconcile.
Grint: Yeah, they’re briefly separated.
Ron is on Tinder doing horribly…
Lewis: Living in a one-bedroom studio apartment all alone, doing nothing. He lives in Kings Cross, right in that area.
Evanna took a more career-related view for Luna, and we can definitely see this happening:
Lynch: I think Luna would have an adventure documentary series. She becomes a naturalist, and I think she’d travel the world and have a show. I could be a wildlife narrator.
Like a David Attenborough of the wizard world?
Lynch: Yeah, and she would prove all her creatures exist. Everyone is so dubious of her, and I’d like her to show they’re real.
Anybody else want this to become a mini-series?!
Katie Leung had aspirations for her character – we love her no-nonsense view of Cho:
Katie Leung: I reckon Cho would probably have become a really successful entrepreneur, and really cold and ruthless.
Lynch: Oh my god! [laughs]
[Interviewer] I like this.
Leung: Yeah, she’s cried all the tears she could cry, and now she’s become real cold and heartless.
Lewis: This is dark! I love this!
[Interviewer] What kind of entrepreneur? She runs a tech company? Or a developer who tears down bachelor pads like Ron’s?
Leung: Yeah, yeah, that! Exactly.
Matthew Lewis bases his on information he received from J.K. Rowling herself, and even works Rupert’s view of Ron into his vision:
Lewis: Oh god. Neville works at the school, right? So he’s a professor, just enjoying that. Maybe he’s trying to get Ron a job, man. And he keeps throwing it back in his face, like, “I don’t need your help, Neville; Jesus, just leave it.” And I’m like, “Come on, it’s fine, we’ll sort it out, just trying to get you back into the fold.” Yeah, him and Hermione don’t see eye to eye because I’ve taken Ron’s side in the relationship, obviously. They’ve got everyone split off, friends wise. I don’t know who you guys chose? Did you choose Hermione?
Leung: No, Ron.
Lewis: Are you Ron as well? Jeez, Hermione is thin on the ground with friends!
Leung: Well, I’ll go with Hermione, then.
Lynch: I think Ron would need more help. Hermione would handle herself better.
Grint: Yeah, he’s in a bad way.
[Interviewer] But Ron could have a job as a replacement for Mr. Filch
Lewis: Yeah, I’ll get you in as the caretaker of the school, man. We’ll sort it out. Don’t worry about it.
Grint: Just get me out there. Just get me out of the house.
Lynch: And we’ll get you back together.
Read the full interview here!
Hollywood Life‘s interview focussed on J.K. Rowling’s newest endeavour: Cursed Child. Rupert Grint thinks they’ve made a huge mistake!:
“Um yeah, I think they made a huge mistake in not casting me,”
He reportedly said, but of course he was joking – we’re all sure Paul Thornley is going to do an amazing job!
“No, no. I think it’s going to amazing, that it’s going on, and I can’t wait to see it.”
In a similar vein to his interview with MTV, Matthew Lewis spoke about feeling like his role as Neville was complete:
“I feel like the story arch that Jo wrote and that we tried our best to put on screen was a complete one,”
“I took that journey and finished it the way I wanted to. He will always hold a fun place in my heart, but I don’t feel like there is more that I can do with Neville. I’m happy to leave him.”
Evanna Lynch, however, has something to say about not being cast!:
“I don’t feel that way at all … As happy as I am that they are exploring the universe and that there are new stories in the universe, I’m so angry I’m not a part of it…100% I’d go back and do more.”
Read the full Hollywood Life interview here.
So there you have it – Evanna will soon be portraying a Resistance Pilot, the Wizarding World’s very own David Attenborough, and a West End star (kidding, unfortunately).
You can read more about cast interviews from A Celebration of Harry Potter here and here!
Matthew Lewis appeared on U.K. show This Morning on Monday, to talk about his role as Sean Balmforth in ITV’s Happy Valley.
Balmforth has a ‘murky back story’, currently putting him as suspect of a nasty crime, and with only two episodes to go, Lewis teases at answers to come:
“We’ve got two episodes to go. We’re going to have quite a lot of revelations in the next episode in regards to Sean and what he’s been up to and why he’s there”
“The problem with him is he’s not quite an alcoholic but he’s well on his way to becoming one and because of that he simply can’t remember a lot of stuff and there are a lot of blackouts in his memory – that’s why we have to piece together this jigsaw.”
You may have noticed the impressive moustache Lewis is flaunting lately. Apparently there are mixed views about it!:
“Funnily enough, no one comes near me when I’ve got this and I don’t know whether they don’t recognise me or because they are terrified of me! I’m not sure which it is, but it’s quite the repellent!”
Finally, Matthew told a story from A Celebration of Harry Potter in January, during which Lewis and Rupert Grint took part in various panels together. Apparently, Rupert had a confession to make!
“I saw Rupert last month – and I’d not seen him for a few years – and we were in Orlando together for the new Harry Potter Wizarding World thing and he told me that he’d been going to this restaurant.
“And I said ‘oh that’s one of my favourite restaurants’ and he said, ‘I know… because I’ve been putting all my food on your tab for the past several months!’
“Apparently when he came in the manager was like ‘oh you’re Matthew’s friend’ and he was like ‘yeah’ and [the manager] said ‘is Matthew picking this up?’ and Rupert said ‘yeah, he told me to come down and said he was covering it’ and it’s been going on my bill ever since!”
Read Matt’s recent interview with The Mirror here, and watch a clip from his appearance on This Morning below!
Den of Geek reports that Rupert Grint is working on a pilot episode for an NBC TV show, where he is set to play a son of a comic book creator. According to Den of Geek,
The pilot has been written by Ugly Bettycreator Silvio Horta, based on an original idea from Secrets & Lies producer Aaron Kaplan. The as-yet-untitled drama has apparently been put together especially for Grint, a life-long comic book fan.
Grint it set to play a character named Rupert, who is described by Deadline as “a low-level New York office drone obsessed with Imperial City, a comic book series his father created before his death.” After owning the first nine issues of the comic book series for his whole life, Rupert finds out that there is a tenth issue and that the world of Imperial City is actually real and that he is the only one who can save it.
The studio behind the idea for the pilot is Warner Bros, with assistance from Silent H Productions and Kapital Entertainment. And as mentioned before, the show is developed by NBC.
As many readers may recall, Rupert was once apart of another TV show project for CBS, called Super Clyde. The show also had a heavy comic book presence, and Grint was to play a slightly neurotic wealthy young man who was a comic book fanatic and wanted to be a super hero, almost like Bruce Wayne. The pilot episode did not get picked up by the network (CBS).
Ice Cream Man recently highlighted the release of new Moonwalkers material on the film’s official Facebook page, including a new clip, stills and a promotional shoot.
The clip features Rupert Grint, Ron Perlman and Robert Sheehan – you can watch it here.
A brand new interview with Rupert Grint was also released on the Facebook page yesterday, which you can see at this link.
The plot of the film is as follows:
“What if Apollo 11 never actually made it? What if, in reality, Stanley Kubrick secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the US administration?
This is the premise of a totally plausible conspiracy theory that takes us to swinging sixties London, where a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman) will never find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with a lousy manager (Rupert Grint) of a seedy rock band to develop the biggest con of all time.”
They have also recently released a new still, again featuring Rupert, Ron, and Robbie:
You can view more stills in Ice Cream Man‘s gallery here.
Rupert also appears in a promotional shoot for the film (below):
The comedy is set to be released in Japan on November 14th. Watch the trailer here and some promotional clips here!
Universal Studios Orlando have released more details about their third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter, taking place at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando in 2016!
“Explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios®. Dine at the Leaky Cauldron™ and the Three Broomsticks™, see a wand choose a wizard at Ollivanders™, then ride Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ and other thrilling attractions. With your park-to-park admission, you can even ride between both lands of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ on the Hogwarts™ Express°”
A Celebration of Harry Potter™ is an unforgettable event where the magic of Harry Potter™ continues, and it’s only at Universal Orlando Resort.
Behind the Thrills reports the guest list, who will be taking part throughout the event, and in Q&A sessions:
- Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
- Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
- Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
- Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
- Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
- Pierre Brohanna (Head Prop Maker for the film franchise)
- Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina of MinaLima (established the visual graphic style of the films)
- Paul Harris (wand combat choreographer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix)
- The creators and talent that have made Harry Potter: The Exhibition a global touring phenomenon.
Guests will also be able to attend wand combat classes and take part in a huge Expo!
“Make your way through interactive displays in this one-of-a-kind collection of Harry Potter™ themed props, movie sets, artwork and more. This year we’re excited to welcome back Harry Potter™ The Exhibition, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, MinaLima, Pottermore and Scholastic as part of A Celebration of Harry Potter™ Expo.”
Universal have also announced details of various panels and demonstration events on their website.
The event will be held in Universal Studios Orlando from January 29th – 31st 2016. Read more and purchase tickets on the Universal Studios website here, and take a look back at last year’s event below!
WARNING: VIDEO FOR AN R-RATED MOVIE. CONTENT INADVISABLE FOR FANS UNDER THE AGE OF 17.
A new trailer has been released for Rupert Grint’s new movie, Moonwalkers. This trailer is different than the Japanese trailer, showing new scenes in addition to being in English. The film has been screened at film festivals in France, Japan, South Korea and the USA. According to IMDB, the will be hitting the theaters in January 2016 for France and the USA, as well as this Saturday, November 14th, in Japan.
Indiewire reported on the film, saying:
Hollywood really likes making movies about and or related to Stanley Kubrick. There’s “Color Me Kubrick” with John Malkovich, it feels like every year there’s some Kubrick-related script on the Black List, and this year we have “Moonwalkers” which is about that conspiracy theory that Apollo 11 never actually happened and in reality, Stanley Kubrick, secretly shot the famous images of the moon landing in a studio, working for the U.S. administration.
Set in swinging sixties London, it focuses on a stubborn CIA agent (Ron Perlman a.k.a. “Hellboy“) who can’t find Kubrick but instead is forced to team up with the lousy manager of a seedy rock band (Rupert Grint) to develop the biggest con of all time: staging the moon landing. The film made its world premiere earlier this year at the 2015 SXSW where is was described as a “riotous, high-tempo action-comedy.”
The two leading men, Rupert Grint and Ron Perlman (who will also be starring in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), can be seen in the trailer below.
Rupert Grint recently appeared in a comedy sketch with Tracey Ullman portraying Dame Judi Dench on The Tracey Ullman’s show.
The sketch features a ‘Dame Judi’ and Grint on set, where Ullman’s Dame Judi Dench wrecks havoc upon Rupert’s iPad. You can watch the sketch below:
Rupert also made a rare social media appearance yesterday, when Alchemy and IMDb announced that he would be answering questions from the public through IMDb’s Twitter Account:
The first questions related to his role as Jonny in Moonwalkers, out on Netflix on January 15th:
There had to be questions about his role as Ron Weasley, of course!
Then a fan had a question about his fan club, which Rupert answered with the good news:
Others asked about Rupert’s past roles, future aspirations and his thoughts on acting:
Other questions were about his t-shirts, superstitions and favourite book and pizza toppings:
Catch the full interview on IMDb’s Twitter here, and be sure to watch Moonwalkers on Netflix from January 15th!
Rupert Grint sat down with PopSugar for a lengthy interview. He talked of his new film, Moonwalkers, opening January 15, as well as his role as Ron in the Harry Potter series.
With all of the new projects happening in the Harry Potter universe, Rupert told PopSugar what he thought about Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts, and how he could initiate Eddie Redmayne into the Potter family. Rupert even joked about weird Harry Potter pickup lines he’s heard.
In Moonwalkers, Rupert works along side Ron Perlman (Hellboy) who will also be taking a role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Rupert talked of what it was like working with the comedic actor, his character and role within the film, and how much fun he had on set with the cast and crew.
PS: There are so many new things happening with the Harry Potter franchise.
RG: It’s really kicking off, isn’t it? With the play [Harry Potter and the Cursed Child]. It’s amazing and quite surreal . . . to not be a part of it feels weird. I’m definitely gonna see the play. It’ll be interesting: it’s a great story in its depth, and I know it will translate well on stage.
PS: How do you feel about Eddie Redmayne joining the wizarding world [in Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them]?
RG: I’m excited to see it!
PS: If there was some initiation ritual for the franchise, what would it be?
RG: A few hours on a broomstick, maybe, though I’m not sure if there’s any Quidditch [in the film].
PS: Maybe some sort of Butterbeer drinking challenge?
RG: Yeah, or eating slugs.
PS: How does it feel to have this whole new generation of kids discovering the series for the first time?
RG: It’s a trip. It makes me feel quite old! It’s surreal, but amazing. I feel proud to be a part of it, because the books and films are so important to people. It’s great that it lives on. and people are still excited, and it’s still so relevant.
PS: On that note, have you gotten any really amazing or really bad Harry Potter-related pickup lines?
RG: Not so much chat lines, but more innuendo. Things about broomsticks and wandsand “going deep.” You know, “chamber of secrets.” All that. Have you heard any?
PS: You might be on to something. What was it like to work with Ron Perlman? He seems like he’d be so intimidating.
RG: It was terrifying. [Laughs] I was so intimidated and nervous to meet him — he’s Hellboy! But he was so sweet, so much fun, and so funny. You don’t equate him with comedy, but he’s hilarious. The scene of our characters tripping on acid took us hours to get through. We couldn’t hold it together.
POPSUGAR: What was your favorite thing about making this movie?
Rupert Grint: It was such a fun film to work on. It was very spontaneous, and nobody really knew where it was going. I loved working with Ron Perlman and Robbie [Robert Sheehan]. Also, being on the moon and wearing an astronaut suit is kind of every kid’s dream. Overall, it was a very unique, special experience.
To read more of this interview, and view the pictures along with it, please read the original article by PopSugar.
Last Friday, IGN published an interview with Rupert Grint covering everything from his latest appearance in Moonwalkers to his attendance of A Celebration of Harry Potter next week. Entertainment Weekly published an interview on the same day, and extracts from both can be read below.
During the interviews, Grint spoke about working with Fantastic Beasts actor Ron Perlman – hopefully we can expect to hear more about Ron Perlman on the set of Rowling’s newest screenplay!:
IGN: You and Ron Perlman together is an interesting pairing. He seems like such an intense guy in his onscreen presence. What’s he like to work with?
Grint: I remember first meeting him. He’s such an imposing guy. He’s huge. He’s Hellboy! So I was kind of quite scared. He’s really sweet and hilarious and has so many stories. He’s hilarious and fascinating to be around and he’s really funny as well. You don’t really associate him with comedy but he was cracking us up, especially in that scene where he’s tripping acid. I remember it took us a few takes to get that right.
Much alike his recent interview with IMDb, Grint spoke about the differences of working on a huge budget film like Potter, to working on a smaller film like Moonwalkers:
IGN: Having worked on movies with big special effects sequences, was it fun to do a film where you’re purposefully trying to portray a goofy side to it, with these guys trying to pull this stuff off, bouncing around on wires, out of control?
Grint: Yeah, that was one of my favorite scenes, I think, was messing around with wires in an astronaut suit. We were surprised how easy it is to recreate the moon. It really did look very realistic. It was a very different experience from Harry Potter, but in a way I find it a lot more fun. it’s quite exciting. The story for this whole film is very spontaneous and had this crazy energy where you never knew what was going to happen next or what was around the corner so it was very exciting to work with.
He was also asked about his opinions on Fantastic Beasts and Cursed Child, and no longer being a part of the cinematic (and theatrical) process of building the Wizarding World:
IGN: The first teaser for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them was recently released. Is it interesting for you now, having been a part of Potter for so long, to sit back and observe and just be a spectator?
Grint: It wasn’t a thing I had thought a lot about until now, when things kind of started to move. It’s a weird feeling but also it’s great. It’s an amazing testament to J.K. Rowling that it’s kind of living on even more. It’s exciting. I’m really looking forward to seeing it and it’s going to be really different. It’s a different perspective and a different side to the magical world. I’m looking forward to it. It’s an amazing cast. Ron’s in it – Ron Perlman! It’s very surreal but I’m looking forward to it.
IGN: I imagine it’s also pretty surreal for you that the Harry Potter play is happening. Again, it’s a testament to what Rowling has created, and there will probably be a lot of people that portray these characters down the line, but is it strange for you that someone else is playing Ron Weasley for the first time?
Grint: Yeah. It’s kind of weird. It will be very strange to watch. I’m looking forward to it. it’s very fresh and it feels like a new thing. It didn’t feel like that long ago we were filming the last film. it’s great that it’s living on. It’s all really exciting.
He also says he’s excited to be attending A Celebration of Harry Potter next week, and that he’s still astounded by the loyalty of Potterheads:
IGN: You’re appearing at and event at the Wizarding World in a couple of weeks in Orlando, and obviously see the fandom has not gone away. I’m guessing there were moments in the middle of it where it was a bit overwhelming. Now, in some ways, are you able to appreciate it a bit more?
Grint: Completely, yeah. When we were filming it, you don’t get a huge sense of that because you’re in that moment and it’s a laborious kind of routine. You get lost in that. Since we’ve finished, it’s really amazing to see how loyal [fans are] and people haven’t really forgotten about it, which is amazing. It makes you feel very proud to be a part of it. It’s great. I’m looking forward to Orlando. It’s great to see everyone still really excited and enthusiastic about it.
Rupert also spoke about the ‘unusual’ type of film Moonwalkers presented itself as, saying that he was surprised by the end result:
IGN: This is a fun, unusual concept. How did they first describe Moonwalkers to you and what was your reaction?
Rupert Grint: It kind of blew me away. It was just ridiculous. I had known about this conspiracy theory before because I’m into all manners of conspiracy and this just seemed like so much fun. I can really see it. I met the director [Antoine Bardou-Jacquet] and he’s crazy himself, very French, and he just had this vision. It was great fun. I was working with two amazing actors, Robert Sheehan, who I’d worked with before, and Ron Perlman, who was great. It was this crazy kind of two months in Belgium. It was good fun.
IGN: The film opens and it’s quirky comedy, but then it gets pretty intense on the action side. Is that appealing to you when a movie can take a quick veer like that?
Grint: I didn’t realize it was that violent until I saw the finished product. At no point was I concerned with how graphic some of the violence is, so it was quite a shock when I saw that. But yeah it just adds to the craziness and stupidity of it. it’s a lot of fun. It’s an hour and a half of mayhem.
During Entertainment Weekly’s interview, Rupert also discussed conspiracy theories, and how Moonwalkers make him feel differently about their plausibility:
“It felt really free and spontaneous,” Grint says. “We had the freedom to do what we wanted. You get that sense watching it that it was fun to make.”
Grint says he’s always been interested in conspiracy theories. Despite Moonwalkers’ obvious farcical aspect, he says it did make him think twice about the real life moon landing. The film, in fact, remains slightly vague about whether the actual moon landing was successful or not.
“The conspiracy was something I’ve always read a lot about, but I kind of dismissed it,” Grint says. “Filming this, it gave me a few second thoughts. Our fake moon was easy to make, and a lot of the film is pretty ambiguous either way. That’s quite a human instinct as well, coming to your own conclusions that not everything you’re told is real.”
Entertainment Weekly also discussed Rupert’s views on the extensions to the Wizarding World universe in their interview, and apparently it makes him ‘feel kind of old’ – we’re with him on that front – Deathly Hallows was finished by Rowling nine years ago last week, and this year marks the 15th anniversary of The Philosopher’s Stone!:
“It feels very strange not to be involved in that world anymore,” Grint says. “It’s nice to see it from a different angle. I think both projects are both kind of reinventing it. They kind of feel like their own things, which is really cool. It’s really amazing to see it move on and still be relevant to people.”
Grint, for one, is happy to see the franchise continue to stay relevant even after he has moved on.
“It makes you feel kind of old,” Grint says. “I never would’ve dreamed this. You thought people would just forget about it. I meet new people every day and see that new generations are discovering it. It makes you proud to have had a part in it. I’m really looking forward to the play, and the cast of Fantastic Beasts is amazing. It’s gonna be great.”
Read more from IGN’s interview here, and Entertainment Weekly’s article here. Make sure you see Moonwalkers – now out on Netflix, and watch out for more updates from A Celebration of Harry Potter!