Life af­ter Harry Pot­ter

The young stars see the dawn of a new stage in their ca­reers.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By SU­SAN KING

WITH the long-run­ning Harry Pot­ter fran­chise be­gin­ning to draw to a close, the three young ac­tors who star in the epic fan­tasy films are find­ing them­selves at the dawn of a new stage of their ca­reers.

Harry Pot­ter him­self, Daniel Rad­cliffe, is pre­par­ing to star in Fe­bru­ary in a Broad­way re­vival of the Frank Loesser mu­si­cal clas­sic How To Suc­ceed In Busi­ness With­out Re­ally Try­ing, in ad­di­tion to lin­ing up new movie roles.

Emma Wat­son, who plays the stu­dious Hermione Granger, is at­tend­ing Brown Uni­ver­sity in Rhode Is­land, in the United States, and will ap­pear in the movie My Week With Mar­i­lyn, set for re­lease next year.

And Ru­pert Grint, who por­trays Harry’s best wizard buddy, Ron Weasley? Well, he’s bliss­fully un­em­ployed.

“I am quite en­joy­ing not do­ing any­thing,” said the laid-back 22year-old, call­ing from his home out­side London for a re­cent in­ter- view. “It’s been nice.”

It’s a big change of pace for Grint, who wrapped shoot­ing the twopart Harry Pot­ter fi­nale, Harry Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows, in June; the first part will open in the­atres Nov 19, the fi­nal in­stal­ment will fol­low next sum­mer.

The films, which see the trio of friends leave the safety of Hog­warts School of Witch­craft and Wizardry and set out on a quest to fi­nally de­feat the evil Lord Volde­mort, were made si­mul­ta­ne­ously and were rather daunt­ing for the ac­tors, Grint said.

“The last films have been quite ex­haust­ing. It was over a year in pro­duc­tion,” he said. “It was re­ally full on.”

Be­fore he re­ported to work on the fi­nal Pot­ter movies, Grint made the en­sem­ble Bri­tish com­edy Wild Tar­get. Di­rected by Jonathan Lynn, the farce, based on the 1993 French film Ci­ble Emou­vante, re­volves around a mid­dle-aged hit man (Bill Nighy), the beau­ti­ful con artist (Emily Blunt) he has been com­mis­sioned to kill and a petty thief (Grint) who dis­cov­ers he’s pretty good with a gun and be­comes the as­sas­sin’s ap­pren­tice.

Grint’s Tony also hap­pens not to be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he plays the black com­edy for all it’s worth – his shocked, anx­ious re­ac­tion to his first kill is par­tic­u­larly mem­o­rable.

“It was quite re­fresh­ing to do the Ru­pert Grint, Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt in a scene

Grint was busy mak­ing the film af­ter film­ing the sixth movie. film,” Grint said of Wild Tar­get. “I liked the script, and I thought it would be quite good fun. It came at a good time, as I had just fin­ished film­ing the sixth Harry Pot­ter. I quite liked work­ing with dif­fer­ent peo­ple.”

Al­though as Ron Weasley he has had mo­ments of hu­mor­ous screen time be­fore, Grint ad­mit­ted that com­edy didn’t come nat­u­rally to him as an ac­tor. “I find it quite dif­fi­cult, I think, (com­pared) to other kinds of types of act­ing,” he con­fessed.

But Lynn said that Grint’s abil­i­ties served him well on set, work­ing with the rest of the cast.

“I think he has a real knack for com­edy, but I do think he finds it dif­fi­cult,” Lynn said.

“He think he finds the ab­so­lute pre­ci­sion of it dif­fi­cult. The rea­son he does seem to have a knack for it is that he’s a nat­u­ral, and he has this won­der­ful per­sonae that works so well on the screen.

“He was the eas­i­est and nicest per­son to have around, and he was de­ter­mined to do what­ever I asked.”

Grint doesn’t know what the fu­ture holds for him. “I don’t have a plan,” he said, adding that he hasn’t ruled out fol­low­ing Rad­cliffe and do­ing the­atre. “It’s def­i­nitely an op­tion. I think it would be quite fun. I’ll see what comes up.”

He might even leave his par­ents’ house at some point in the near fu­ture. “I have a place in London to where I go quite a bit. Even­tu­ally, I’ll move out.”

The red­headed ac­tor had never ap­peared on film un­til he made his de­but as Ron Weasley in 2001’s Harry Pot­ter And The Sor­cerer’s Stone.

Since be­ing cast in the world’s biggest fran­chise, he’s made smaller movies in Bri­tain, in­clud­ing the 2006 dram­edy Driv­ing Lessons, star­ring as an awk­ward teenager op­po­site Julie Wal­ters, the ac­tress who plays Ron’s mother, Molly, in the Pot­ter se­ries.

He also played a re­bel­lious Ir­ish teen in the 2009 drama Cher­ry­bomb, which played on the fes­ti­val cir­cuit. – Los An­ge­les Times/McClatchyTri­bune In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices

Comedic turn: from WildTar­get. Har­ryPot­ter

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