Rupert Grint

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Rupert Alexander Loyd Grint (born 24 August 1988) is an English actor, who rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series. Grint was cast as Ron at the age of 11, having previously acted only in school plays and at his local theatre group. From 2001 through 2011, he starred in eight Harry Potter movies alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

Beginning in 2002, Grint began to work outside of the Harry Potter franchise, taking on a co-leading role in Thunderpants. He has had starring roles in Driving Lessons, a dramedy released in 2006, and Cherrybomb, a small budgeted drama released in 2010. Grint co-starred with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt in Wild Target, a comedy. His first project following the end of the Harry Potter series will be Comrade, a 2012 anti-war release in which he stars as the main role.

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[edit] Early life

Rupert Alexander Grint[1] was born and raised in Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.[2] His mother, Joanna Grint (née Parsons), is a housewife, and his father, Nigel Grint, is a memorabilia dealer.[2] Grint is the eldest of five siblings.[3] He attended St Josephs Primary School in Hertford, a Roman Catholic primary school. While there, Grint took an avid interest in theater. He started performing in school productions and joined the Top Hat Stage and Screen School, a local theater group that cast him as a fish in Noah's Ark and a donkey in another nativity play.[2] However, Grint had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series.[4] At the age of 16, he left school[5] to focus on his acting career. "I didn't really like school that much," the actor later commented.[3]

[edit] Career

[edit] Harry Potter (2001–2011)

Starting in 1999, casting began for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the best-selling novel written by British author J.K. Rowling. Rowling personally insisted that the cast be British and assisted Susie Figgis and director Chris Columbus in casting the roles.[6] Grint chose to try-out for the part of protagonist Ron Weasley, one of Harry Potter's best friends at Hogwarts, because he had ginger-colored hair, and was a fan of the book series. Having seen a Newsround report about the open casting, he sent in a video of himself rapping about how he wished to receive the part. His attempt was successful as the casting team asked for a meeting with him.[7] On 8 August 2000 Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and an 11-year old Grint were selected to play the roles of Harry, Hermione Granger and Ron, respectively.[8] Grint is the oldest member of the trio.[9] In the film series, Ron often provides the comic relief but is insensitive and immature. The release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 was Grint's debut screen performance. Breaking records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings, it was the highest-grossing film of that year.[10] With a total of US$974 million in its theatrical run, Philosopher's Stone stands as the most commercially successful entry in the series.[11] It was also critically well-received, scoring mainly positives reviews from reviewers. However, a number or critics found the adaption staying faithful to the book to be both its best and worst quality.[12] Grint won a Satellite Award in the category of "Outstanding New Talent", and a Young Artist Award for "Most Promising Young Newcomer".[13][14] Rupert Grint's performance in the Harry Potter films showcases the young actor's flair for comedy, first shown during his audition tape, where he dressed as one of his (female) teachers and submitted a rap song. For the first film, Rupert won acclaim and several awards, including as "Best New Talent" and best "Young Artist".

A year later, Grint again starred as Ron in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), the second installment of the series. Although the movie got mixed reviews, critics were positive about the lead actors' performances. Both Los Angeles Times and New York Magazine observed that Grint and his peers had matured between films,[15] with the latter pointing out that Grint had become "more proficient" and said they missed "the amateurish ardor" the actor and Watson carried in Philosopher's Stone.[16] Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) was released on 31 May in the UK. This movie sees all three of its lead characters hover on the brink of adolescence, "and while they look braver and more capable than before, the dangers they face seem far more grave and their own vulnerability more intense."[17] Academy Award-nominee Alfonso Cuarón took over direction for Prisoner of Azkaban.[18] Despite being the most well-reviewed movie in the seriesTemplate:Endashwith an approval rating of 90% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes[12]Template:Endash Prisoner of Azkaban remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film with US$795 million in revenue.[11] Nonetheless it was the second highest-grossing movie of 2004 behind Shrek 2.[19]

In 2005, Grint reprised his role again for the fourth movie in the seriesTemplate:Endash Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The adaption, unlike previous projects, explored romantic elements and included more humour.[20] In a 2005 interview with IGN, all three lead actors singled out the humour as being a reason for the movie's success.[20] This project was helmed by Mike Newell. According to the actor, the director was "really loud and not afraid to swear at you, but he was really cool."[21] Goblet of Fire stands as one of the best reviewed instalments within the series, and is noted for the maturity and sophistication of its characters, darker and more complex plotline, writing, and performances of the lead actors.[22] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, was released to theaters in 2007. A huge financial success, Order of the Phoenix set a record worldwide opening-weekend gross of US$394 million, superseding Spider-Man 3 as the title holder.[23] This entry was directed by a new filmmaker, David Yates,[24] who would continue to direct all of the following movies. Grint said the laid back director was "really good" and helped keep the material fresh.[21] As the fame of the actor and the series continued, Grint and fellow Harry Potter cast members left imprints of their hands, feet, and wands in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.[25]

On 15 July 2009, the series's sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released. This adaption centered around more being learned about Lord Voldemort's dark past. It did considerably better financially than the previous movie, again setting new box office records.[26][27] In its total theatrical run, Half-Blood Prince totaled in US$933 million ticket sales.[11] Also, Half-Blood Prince remains one of the most positively reviewed entries within the series among film critics, who praised the movie's "emotionally satisfying" story, direction, cinematography, visuals and music.[28][29] Grint observed a change in Ron in this entry, pointing out that his once insecure, often overshadowed character started to become more secure and even began to show a dark side of himself. The actor found it fun to personify a more emotional Ron.[4] Between 2009-2010, his work received three nominations, including one winTemplate:Endash an Otto Award from the German magazine Bravo.[30]

Despite the success of the past movies, the future of the franchise was supposedly put into question for a time as the media was reporting that all three lead actors had yet to sign on to continue their roles for the final two episodes.[31] However, by March 2007, Grint agreed to return for the last installments.[32] For financial and scripting reasons, the last book has been divided into two films which were shot back to back,[33] with filming concluding in June 2010.[34] Of completing the final movie he said: "I mean it literally has been my childhood and suddenly it all came down to really just one random scene, with us jumping through a fireplace, and then it was over. [...] But because you shoot out of sequence, it’s often just 'Turn left, cross the room, okay, that’s a wrap.' And you’re done. [...] Yeah, it’s very odd. Because suddenly it was all over, just like that. It was really emotional for all of us, realizing that we’re never going to be doing this again.[4]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) was released in November and made over US$950 million.[11] It set several box office records[35] and opened to mostly favorable reviews in the media.[12] His portrayal of Ron again earned him critical praise. Reviewing the adaption in Slate, Dana Stevens called all three of the leads "terrific."[36] Despite giving Deathly Hallows: Part 1 a negative rating, Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal publication stated "Grint has grown up to be a skillful actor who knows the value of a slow burn".[37] New York Post writer Lou Lumenick, however, observed that both Grint and Radcliffe had grown weary of playing the same characters and expressed it in their performances.[38] Grint's performance scored him nominations from the MTV Movie Awards and National Movie Awards for Best Fight and Performance of the Year in 2011.[39][40] Grint will reprise his role for the eighth time in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, the last Harry Potter installment. This movie will pick-up from where the previous project left-off and include a lot of action, whereas the first part had focused more on character development.[41]

[edit] Other work (2002–present)

In his spare time, Rupert enjoys music, playing golf and driving around in his newly purchased ice cream truck. He has one brother and three sisters; James, Georgina, Samantha and Charlotte. He currently resides in England. He has lent his vocal talents to the Video Games of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, voicing his film character. He has also voiced Nigel Molesworth in BBC Radio 4 Baggy Trousers series.[42] Rupert Grint has also appeared on the highly popular BBC motoring show, Top Gear, where he was that week's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. Lately he also appeared alongside Tom Felton in a sketch for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day 2011.

In 2002, Grint starred in his first non-Harry Potter movie: Thunderpants, which revolves around Patrick (played by Bruce Cook) whose remarkable capacity for flatulence scores him a job as an astronaut. In this film, Grint portrayed the co-lead, an anosmic male who is Patrick's only friend. It was generally ignored by critics and audiences alike. Most of the critics that did take notice of Thunderpants did not respond well to it, with one writing: "This movie should be shown in prisons so that inmates have a good reason to never return."[43] Another movie he appeared in was Driving Lessons, a comedy-drama released in 2006, where he starred opposite Julie Walters. The film was met with a mixed reception by critics, but his portrayal of an oppressed teenaged boy was generally praised. "Grint, on the other hand, is a revelation" and he "displays an innate naturalness mixed with personal charisma that turn a potentially pathetic" character into a more likable and comedic person, wrote ALT Film Guide's Andre Soares.[44]

In July 2008, it was announced that Grint would star in the independent gritty thriller Cherrybomb with Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon. Grint found shooting this to be much more different than the Harry Potter movies since he had to adjust to doing a dozen scenes per day.[45] Grint's characterTemplate:Endash Malacy, a worker at BelfastTemplate:Endash goes to high lengths to impress his boss's daughter whom he is infatuated with. This film, like his next project, would involve him playing violent roles.[45] Despite premiering at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, it was initially unable to find a distributor. An online campaign by Grint's fans was credited with helping to secure a deal for distribution in the UK in 2010.[46]

Jonathan Lynn directed Grint in Wild Target, a 2010 comedy thriller release, which he starred in alongside Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy. A remake of the 1993 French film Cible Emouvante, Wild Target was made on a relatively low production budget of US$8 million.[47] However, it was a commercial failure, only earning back US$3.4 million.[48] It also garnered mostly negative reviews in the media, who criticized it for dishonoring the original film and wasting the comedic potential of its cast.[49] In 2011, Grint was cast as the lead character in the small budgeted anti-war Norwegian film Comrade, which will be directed by Petter Næss. Principal photography started in April, and the project, which was shot on location,[50] is slated for a 2012 release. Comrade is based on a true story that took place on April 27, 1940, when German Luftwaffe pilot Horst Schopis’s bomber was shot down at Grotli by an RAF fighter, which then crash-landed. The several German and English crew members found shelter by chance during a strong winter there.[50]

[edit] Personal life

The actor enjoys a close friendship with his fellow Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson, adding that they have a sibling-like relationship, having known each other from an early age.[4] He has arachnophobia, a fear of spiders.[51] Grint is also involved with charity, having donated things such as clothes[52] to charity auctions, as well as participating in the Wacky Rally in 2010 with James and Oliver Phelps, which raised money for England’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution.[53] He was one of more than 40 participants to produce designs for Chrysalis Collection for Keech Hospice Care in London. His piece, a painted butterfly, was auctioned off on eBay.com in March 2010.[54]

In May 2011, along with other celebrities, Grint took part in the ad campaign for Make Mine Milk, which is about awareness for how important it is to have your daily dose of milk. His ads can be seen on thousands of bus sides and posters across England, Scotland and Wales.[55]

[edit] Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Ron Weasley Also released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US and India
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ron Weasley
2002 Thunderpants Alan A. Allen
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ron Weasley
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ron Weasley
2005 Happy Birthday, Peter Pan Peter Pan (voice-oveR) BBC docu-drama celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the first production of the stage-play.
2006 Driving Lessons Ben Marshall
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ron Weasley
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ron Weasley
2010 Cherrybomb Malachy McKinney
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Ron Weasley
2010 Wild Target Tony
2010 Come Fly with Me Himself BBC One mockumentary television comedy series; one episode
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Ron Weasley Post-production
2012 Comrade Private Robin “Smithy” Southey Smith Post-production

[edit] Awards

Year Award Category Film Result
2002 Satellite Award Outstanding New Talent Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Template:Won[13]
2002 Young Artist Award Most Promising Young Newcomer Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Template:Won[14]
2002 Young Artist Award Best Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with the cast) Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Template:Nom[14]
2006 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team (shared with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Template:Nom[56]
2007 National Movie Award Best Performance by a Male Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Template:Nom[57]
2009 Portrait Choice Award Best Male Movie Performance Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Template:Nom[58]
2009 Scream Award Best Supporting Actor Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Template:Nom[59]
2010 Otto Award Movie Star Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Template:Won[30]
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite On-Screen Team Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Template:Nom[60]
2011 National Movie Awards Performance of the Year Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 Template:Nom[40]
2011 MTV Movie Award Best Fight (shared with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Template:Nom[39]

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