The two best friends at Hogwarts are coming of age.
After Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe’s turn on Broadway in 200y in the London revival of Peter Shaffer’s Tony award-winning play Equus, Rupert Grint is trying to step out of his Ron Weasley role. Related story: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park
The 21-year-old British actor, best known for his cheeky and comic portrayal of the red-headed wizard, stars in Cherrybomb, a gritty Irish drama in which he plays a troubled teenager who shoplifts, steals cars and tries drugs during a wild weekend. The film, directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn, is set for an April 23 release in the United Kingdom.
Filming his grown-up role wasn’t very easy for Rupert Grint, who admits that his filming his first sex scene with Kimberley Nixon was agonizing and that he did not know where to put his hands.
The worst bit, Rupert Grint says, was watching the X-rated scene with his parents. He says film bosses gave him a preview DVD of Cherrybomb, which Nigel and Joanne Grint were quite keen to watch.
How did they react to the nude scene? Rupert’s mum and dad simply didn’t talk about it.
Speaking about the scene, Rupert Grint says he did not want his “bum up there on the screen” but agreed as the scene was not very graphic. For those who want to see him in the buff, we are sorry to disappoint you but no clips of the nude scene have been released yet.
Harry Potter fans who have followed Rupert Grint through six movies may be surprised by Cherrybomb. The film, also starring James Nesbitt, Robert Sheehan and Kimberley Nixon – Rupert’s love interest, is far removed from the magical world created by J.K.Rowling.
Rupert Grint says he chose to do the film because of Malachy, the character he plays. Malachy is a complicated boy with a glut of teenage emotions and rebellion.
Rupert, like pal Daniel Radcliffe before him, knows he may come in from criticism from the public for his role in the wild teen weekend that goes wrong in Cherrybomb.
But, he says, doing adult roles as he gets older is the order of progression. With filming on the last-ever Harry Potter film on, Rupert Grint needs to experiment to ensure that he’s not remembered as only Harry Potter and Hermione Granger’s best friend.
Rupert Grint’s first non-Potter film was 2006’s Driving Lessons, another coming of age story about a shy teenager trying to escape the influence of his domineering mother.
Harry Potter cast members and – surprise – Twilight heartthrob Jamie Campbell Bower turned up at the UK premiere of Cherrybomb.
No competition between the Harry Potter and the Twilight guys? Not at all, says Rupert Grint.
Meanwhile, bud Daniel Radcliffe is scheduled to return to Broadway in 2011, with a revival of a 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical.
The 20-year-old Daniel Radcliffe’s nude scene in Equus had sparked controversy. He will play J. Pierrepont Finch in a revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The play will be directed by Tony winner Rob Ashford (Promises, Promises).
Based on Sheperd Mead’s 1952 book How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the play tells the story of J. Pierrepont Finch, a young window washer who rises through the ranks at a New York company until his attempts at coming up with a brilliant idea threaten his growth.
Daniel Radcliffe will go to Broadway after completing work on the final movie in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are currently working on the Deathly Hallows, which is to be released in two parts. The first instalment will be released on November 19, 2010.