GRINT’S NEW GANG
RUPERT GRINT is a long way from Hogwarts as hit heist movie snatch gets a TV reboot
Tuesday, AMC HD, 10.05pm
AFTER EARNING AN estimated £25million from playing budding wizard Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, Rupert Grint could be forgiven for taking life easy.
Instead, the 29-year-old actor hasn’t been idle. Next week, he can be seen in the Sky One comedy Sick Note, while this week he stars in AMC’S crime caper Snatch, which begins with a double bill.
Loosely based on Guy Ritchie’s 2000 gangster movie of the same name, the 10-part series stars Grint as Charlie, part of a group of young London hustlers that includes his best friends Albert (Our Girl’s Luke Pasqualino) and Billy (Scream Queens’ Lucien Laviscount).
ALL THAT GLITTERS
‘All the friends come from dysfunctional families,’ says Grint. ‘Charlie’s from an aristocratic background, but his parents have spent all their money. His dad grows marijuana, while his mum has rendezvous with various men. Charlie wants to escape.’
In desperate need of money to pay off a menacing loan shark, the boys carry out a heist on a truck-load of cash – only to discover they have stolen a hoard of gold bullion by mistake.
They are soon living the high life thanks to their ill-gotten gains, but it’s not long before they attract the attention of some big-time gangsters.
‘They are completely out of their depth. The gold attracts lots of different criminal fraternities,’ says Grint.
Like the movie, the show features plenty of punch-ups and car chases – not that Grint got involved.
‘There are lots of set pieces with fights and guns, but Charlie doesn’t really get involved in any of that. He mainly just runs away – that is a stunt for me,’ he laughs.
For Grint, this is the first project in which he’s executive produced and he enjoyed the challenge of putting a new spin on the original movie.
‘Snatch is one of those films that is so loved, but though the TV series is set in the same world, all our characters are new,’ he says.
‘I have always wondered what it would be like to become part of that world. I’ve never even come close. The dodgiest thing I’ve ever done was to sell counterfeit Pokémon cards in the school playground.’
LUKE PASQUALINO, PHOEBE DYNEVOR AND RUPERT GRINT