Rupert Grint on Ron's Changes in Half-Blood Prince
May 01, 2009, 08:11 PM
A new interview with actor Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is online from WizardUniverse.com which features the actor discussing a number of subjects related to the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. Speaking in regards to the evolution of his character over the past six films, Mr. Grint relates how "It just sort of happens." He continues by saying:
"The first three films really do feel like a different person. I think Ron is more grown up throughout the films. The next one we see him grow up a lot more because the wizard world is becoming quite a scary place. And we see him protect his sister, and we see brotherly stuff that he does in the sixth one."
The actor goes on to relate that the maturity level of the books seems to change when "...Dumbledore's army starts to form and we have to stand up to Voldemort. That's when things turned a bit nasty. This sixth one is quite intense and they definitely get darker." Mr. Grint also speaks to the new found attention his character gets in the films from love interest Lavender Brown (played by actress Jessie Cave) in the film. Noting that those intimate scenes are "worse" to watch on screen, Rupert says:
"This one was actually okay because my relationship with Jessie [Cave, who plays Ron's love interest] was quite fun and she was really over the top and quite intense. But it was an awkward scene to do because we'd only met each other two days before. One of the first scenes we did was the kissing one."
The interview continues on with Rupert relating the experience of creating the chair for his broomstick for his Quidditch scenes and his relation to the destruction of the Burrow: "That was an exciting part. We were standing quite close to it, a burning building, and it was quite scary and I think it got a bit out of control. That was a lot of fun."
The full interview can be read via this link
I think Ron would actually be a really difficult role to play. He’s really quite complex. Rupert does an amazing job though.
yay rupert!!! :D
I couldnt agree more Jenbabe705! Ron is a complex character and Rupert does an excellent job!
Yay, I will be joining my sister Victoria (who took the shell cottage pictures) next tuesday for the filming of Harry Potter. Being a photographer, can not wait to get some pic’s myself. Its all sooooo exciting. These pic’s are fantastic hunny and you’re so lucky to live near the site xxxxx
Rupert is so reserved, it will be nice to really see him open up in Half Blood Prince. I cannot help it. I have high expectations, but I think that he will have no problem at all living up to them.
I cant wait to see him and lavender
Cute. I love Rupert.
i feel like in the first few films ron wasn’t taken seriously at all.. i’m glad he’s turning out to be just as good a character in the movies as the books.
I love Rupert!!!
Good to see that they pay close attention to the character!
Well, I’m always disappointed in the movies, but I do hope that they develop Ron’s character somewhat. He’s far & away the most shallow & immature of the 3 principals. I think that between them, Luna & Hermione pretty much nailed him as being “a bit unkind” & having “the emotional range of a teaspoon.” For me, possibly the least believable moment in the whole book series was when he suddenly, out of the blue, got all concerned about how the house elves would fare in the Battle of Hogwarts. It just seemed like an artificial setup to the Big R&H Snog Scene – totally out of character & with little explanation, for my money, for his transformation into a caring guy. I hope the movies can make me believe it more, but generally I walk out of them muttering about all that got left out.
Shallow and immature? I can see that comment being made about Movie!Ron because that’s all they’re shown us. But Book!Ron? When he was willing to sacrifice himself in the giant chess match at age 11 so Harry could continue to get the Stone? When he stood on a broken leg at age 13 to stand between Harry and who he then thought was Murderer Sirius Black, and told Black he’d have to go through him first to get to Harry? Hmmm. Must be different books I read.
I think Rupert’s understood Ron all along because he’s done all he can to bring us the Ron a ahem number of us know and love from the books. Just that he’s been seriously hampered by screen time, cuts, stereotyping, scripts, and screenwriters, not necessarily in that order – and in my opinion, of course. Good that it sounds like Rupert may be finally able to show us some of the Ron that’s been in the books all along.
It’s great to read Rupert’s perspective.
I have to agree with Night Zephyr, and I haven’t even read all the books yet (just started reading OOTP). Both book-Ron and movie-Ron do go through some comic relief moments, movie-Ron more so than book-Ron, but from early on both have also shown tremendous courage, loyalty and willingness to sacrifice themselves on behalf of others (mostly Harry).
It’s very interesting to read these little interview tidbits with the trio and to see what they think about their characters and the characters’ development. I truly wish I had the time to go through similar interviews from the first film on, it would be fascinating to see how the actors’ thoughts have developed over the years.
I also agree to Night Zephyr. MovieRon has been mainly used for comic relief.. BookRon is very well developed and all the brave stuff he did in DH – he totally grew up to them!
I want to marry Ron!