GRINT’S NEW GANG

RU­PERT GRINT is a long way from Hog­warts as hit heist movie snatch gets a TV re­boot

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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.

NEW CHAR­AC­TERS

‘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

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