Wizard role for Ru­pert

He has spent the best part of the last decade be­ing Harry Pot­ter’s side­kick, but now Ru­pert Grint is de­ter­mined to prove that there is life af­ter Hog­warts. He talks to Shereen Lowe.

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UN­LIKE his fa­mous screen al­ter-ego, Ron Weasley, Ru­pert Grint is the epit­ome of laid-back.

Dressed in a rum­pled T-shirt printed with Mozart’s face, Acne jeans and Con­verses, he grins as he shakes my hand, then ruf­fles his fin­gers through his tou­sled red hair.

“I do get recog­nised quite of­ten – it’s pretty much ev­ery day,” says the 21-year-old. “I think my hair colour stands out. Peo­ple kinda look at me any­way.

“It’s quite a strange thing, it’s built up grad­u­ally. I’m not com­pletely used to it yet, but peo­ple are al­ways re­ally nice, so it’s never a prob­lem.”

He is cur­rently pro­mot­ing his new film, Wild Tar­get, and ad­mits for once it’s nice not to be talk­ing about Harry Pot­ter.

That doesn’t mean he’s not will­ing to speak of his wizard­ing days, which have made him and co-stars Daniel Rad­cliffe and Emma Wat­son among Hollywood’s high­est earn­ers un­der the age of 25.

Grint – who plays Harry Pot­ter’s trusty side­kick, Ron – has re­cently fin­ished film­ing the fi­nal scenes for the two-part fi­nale, Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows.

The sched­ule has been pun­ish­ing, but he man­aged to film Wild Tar­get in a rare break af­ter com­plet­ing the sixth in­stal­ment.

He has also just fin­ished the Bri­tish drama Cher­ry­bomb, about three teenagers who go on a wild week­end of drink­ing, shop-lift­ing and joy-rid­ing.

The ac­tion com­edy ca­per, Wild Tar­get, which also stars Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt and Martin Free­man, sees Grint play ap­pren­tice hit­man Tony.

It’s a com­plete de­par­ture from the Pot­ter films and he ad­mits that was part of the at­trac­tion.

“The guns ap­pealed to me quite a bit – it was re­fresh­ing, and very un­like Ron. All the ac­tion stuff – the car chase too – was re­ally fun,” he says.

“There’s a scene where I also had to as­sem­ble a gun blind-folded, so I had to learn how the gun comes apart and put it to­gether again. That’s quite use­ful, I sup­pose – if I need to do it again, I could,” he adds, grin­ning.

Wild Tar­get and Cher­ry­bomb also rep­re­sented an­other first for Grint – tak­ing his clothes off.

The ac­tor, who is sin­gle, bares all in a love scene in Cher­ry­bomb, and re­veals him­self to Nighy in Wild Tar­get.

“In Harry Pot­ter, it was just a kiss, re­ally. It was sug­ges­tive more than any­thing. This was a lot more in­ti­mate,” he says of the Cher­ry­bomb episode.

“It was quite nervewrack­ing, and be­ing naked in front of Bill is quite em­bar­rass­ing.

“Thank­fully, there weren’t many peo­ple on set – just me and him. He didn’t re­ally say very much, but yes, it did feel just a bit un­com­fort­able for the both of us.”

With the end nigh for Pot­ter, Grint and the rest have been forced to think about life af­ter Hog­warts.

He has al­ready signed on to play ski jumper Ed­die “the

MAGIC MO­MENTS: Ru­pert Grint as Ron Weasley with co-stars Daniel Rad­cliff and Emma Wat­son in Har­ryPot­terandtheOrderofthePhoenix.

ALL GROWN UP: Ru­pert Grint, with co-stars Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy, as ap­pren­tice hit­man Tony in the com­edy crime ca­per WildTar­get.

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