Rupert Grint "CGBG" Interview
October 12, 2013, 06:12 PM
Rupert Grint sat down with The Daily Beast to talk about his new film CBGB. Grint discussed his character, Cheetah Chrome, and what it was like to work with Alan Rickman outside the Potter set. He also talked about why he chose the post-Potter roles he has been seen in, especially his choice of playing a rock star. The Daily Beast reports:
When you put on the dog collar and you were wearing all the leather, did you feel any “punk” spirit take over you?
Yeah! The clothes are such a big part of everything. When you put them on, you do feel like—I didn’t smash anything up or anything like that, but you do get this attitude a little bit. I loved the clothing. It was really helpful in getting deep into that world.
Now I’m sure you’re aware, but of all things, the clip of you dropping your trousers to prove that “the carpet matches the drapes,” that was one of the first clips released here to drum up publicity for the movie.
Wow. I’m sorry. No, you’d think, because I’m quite—I’ve always been a bit weird about nudity. It’s not something I’d had an interest in kind of exploring. But this just happened and it felt right, somehow. Punk and everything. It was just quite a simple thing. On set, it’s easier than you think. Yeah. It’s good.
Between the clip from this movie and then the obsession over Daniel Radcliffe’s nudity and sex scenes in Kill Your Darlings, there’s a strange obsession with the idea of you Harry Potter stars taking off your clothes.
It’s so weird. This is not really on the same scale as that. It’s just a flash of ass. [Laughs] It’s something that’s quite shocking for people who have grown up with us since they were 10-year-olds to suddenly see…a lot more of us. It must be weird for them.
Does it frustrate you that these are things that get focused on when you’re releasing these films?
I don’t really think about it too much, really. It’s just one of those things. Part of the challenge there is to kind of separate from that, those roles. I think it’s going to take a long time to completely detach ourselves from that, because it was such a huge, massive thing. It’s just part of what we’ve got, I guess. It doesn’t bother me.
Are you choosing roles and signing on to films like this with the hope that they’ll distance you from the Potter memories?
I’ve never kind of consciously gone out and tried to detach myself. Some of it is just that I pick things that I like the script for and the people around it. I think that sort of thing—now that we’re all getting older, drugs, nudity, and those things are going to come hand-in-hand with that growing up, as far as the parts we choose.
So Cheetah Chrome actually has a cameo in the movie. Was he on set a lot when you were filming?
Yeah, he was. He was on set for the whole time I was there. When he was on set, it put a lot of pressure on you. You want to kind of do him justice, especially since I can’t play the guitar. He was an amazing guitarist. So I felt self-conscious when he was there, but he’s actually a really nice guy. But it was nice just talking to him, listening to his stories.
Did he tell you all the crazy stories from his days at the club? What’s the craziest?
I suppose the whole whipped-cream incident. So weird. His daughter, who was on set as well, she had actual photographs of the actual day, so we could see what was going on. It was, um…amazing to see that.
Could you even imagine a rock star pulling something like that off these days, with iPhones and Instagram?
What’s it like working with Alan Rickman (who played Professor Snape in theHarry Potter franchise) in this totally different capacity?
It was weird! I really love Alan. He’s always been one of my favorites. It was just kind of strange to see him in this whole new character and in such a completely different environment. I haven’t seen him much outside of the Potter set after we wrapped, so just seeing him in another environment is odd. It’s kind of like Snape is suddenly a different person. It was weird. But he’s great, and it was nice to have someone who knew your face on set. He made the whole thing a great experience.
The rest of the interview can be read here.