At the tender age of 11, Rupert Grint got his big break in the industry. Millennials across the globe had a rare chance to grow with Grint as he portrayed Ronald Weasely in Harry Potter. The wizard showcased his skills for the better part of a decade and helped establish himself in the movie world. But for some, that’s all they know about Grint. As you may know, there is always more to the story. Find out more and learn why Hollywood won’t cast him anymore.
The Life Of Rupert Grint
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After the world of Harry Potter concluded, many assumed Grint was ready to hop off his broomstick and into more roles in Hollywood. That may be true for his pal that played Harry, but it wasn’t the case for him.
Grint’s life now consists of working odd jobs in between more significant opportunities. So many things have happened in his life after Harry Potter that many are unaware of. Learn the truth about Grint as you go along…
Taking A Load Off Between Potters
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When working in the entertainment industry, you have windows when the spotlight is all on you. When Harry Potter was the talk of the town, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson both showed their acting skills in other roles. Meanwhile, Grint kept his workload a little light.
He didn’t capitalize on the moment, and as a result, it hurt him. In 2010, he played in the remake of comedy Wild Target. Rotten Tomatoes said it was, “ineptly staged farce that dishonors the original film and squanders the comedic potential of its fine actors.” Is that why he considered quitting?
He Had Thoughts Of Quitting
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When you put forth so much time and energy into a project that spans more than a decade, it can be physically, spiritually, and mentally draining. After all the hours spent working on Harry Potter, it’s understandable how someone might be in a different space. Ten years of your life is gone and now is accessible via memories and film.
“We had such an intimate and intense few years in this bubble,” Grint told Entertainment Weekly. “When I started, [acting] was never something that I aspired to do … I fell in love with it while I was doing it. But I definitely did think, ‘Is this really what I want to do?'”
Odd Jobs Galore
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Like we mentioned earlier, Grint didn’t keep his foot on the gas like his other co-stars. But he did experiment with odd jobs here and there. When we say odd, we mean jobs that regular people partake in on an everyday basis.
Did you know Grint’s first car was an ice cream truck? “My first ambition was to become an ice-cream man,” he said in 2014. “I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free.” He also was a hotelier in 2011.
No One Noticed His Return To Acting
Getting back into the groove of things isn’t always easy. Especially in this era when everyone moves on to the next trending topic so rapidly. When Grint attempted to get back in the swing of things, he started by doing a few guest appearances.
He lent his talents to both sides of the globe during this process. He did voiceovers for America’s American Dad and appeared in the U.K.’s Urban Myths. However, things weren’t clicking all that well for Grint…
More Appearances But No Results
Grint did try and take advantage of his fame. In 2010, right before the last installment of the Potter series, he appeared in the wildly popular show Top Gear. He played alongside Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond.
Following those efforts, in 2016 he also starred as himself on Tracey Ullman’s Show. However, nothing stuck, and he remained in the shadow of Harry Potter. Some actors only do well in particular roles, and Ron Weasley was the perfect part for him. Still to come, how critics felt about his post-Potter movies…
Rupert Or Ed?
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Hindsight is 20/20, so we understand how Grint couldn’t see the resemblance between him and Ed Sheeran. Back in 2011, he starred as Sheeran in his “Lego House” music video. Back in 2011, he didn’t realize how much him looking like the singer would follow him throughout his life.
“It’s kind of 50/50 now,” the actor told James Corden on The Late Late Show in 2017. “It’s like [when] someone stops me, it could go either way. I could be Ed or I could be me.”
The Critics Were Hard On His Other Films
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There was no magic in Grint’s return to the big screen. Out of the first three endeavors he embarked on, all three were duds. CBGB was a punk rock drama that critics panned. Into the White was a slow-paced and predictable WWII movie. Perhaps the worst of them all was Charlie Countryman, a dramedy where Grint plays an adult film star.
Variety said the film was “a profoundly unnecessary movie,” adding, “strained attempts at magic realism will leave viewers more irritated than enchanted.” Ouch, sorry about that Grint. His string of bad luck didn’t end there…
No More Super Clyde
Grint almost had a shot at becoming a TV star in America back in 2013. He signed on to a project called Super Clyde. In the pilot, the lead actor becomes a superhero after inheriting a ton of money from a dead relative. It was a comedy about a nerdy and neurotic food service worker.
While many liked the pilot, CBS chose not to pick up the series. To make things more humiliating for Grint, CBS later elected to go on without him and shoot a new pilot with an original cast.
Suffering The Same Fate In Imperial City
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Much like Super Clyde, another show Grint was tapped to star in didn’t make the cut. The show was titled Imperial City for NBC. It was about an NYC employee becoming obsessed with his dead father’s comic collection Imperial City. He later learns that the city is real.
Grint admitted that he was excited about the show because he once thought about making a comic book series. He loved comics, but his excitement for the show didn’t match the public’s thrill, so the show never took off.
His Voice Earned More Respect Than Himself
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As it turns out, Grint did have at least one successful post-Potter role. However, it wasn’t him we saw in 2014, fans only got to hear his voice. He voiced Josh, a pop star who was in love with video games in Postman Pat: The Movie.
MIxed reviews rained down on Grint. While people loved the voice acting, the plot didn’t stick well with fans. The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “Despite its voice cast comprised of a gallery of notable British performers…Postman Pat: The Movie is a mostly charmless and dark affair.”
Hard To Shake His Past
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When you’re apart of one of the biggest films in pop culture, it’s not easy to keep it in the past. Moving forward can be hard when everyone only associates you with a wizard who was afraid of spiders. Grint admits this.
“I think it’ll always be with me,” he revealed to Vulture back in 2017. “I had a weird relationship with that character because after that we kind of merged into the same person. I find it very hard to separate where I end, and Ron begins.”
Moonwalkers Went Nowhere
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In 2016, Grint tried his hand again at appearing on the big screen with the film Moonwalkers. His role was a band manager who finds himself involved with a shady CIA agent. The two attempt to stage the moon landing.
As exciting as that sounds, it didn’t sit well with fans either. RobertEbert.com wrote that it was a “fake comedy, one that mistakes an endless bloody splatter-fest of a finale for the height of hilarity and never quite gets off the ground after takeoff.”
Was There A Party Problem?
Perhaps a few misunderstandings are how rumors of Grint living a life of Riley surfaced. The Sun put all of his personal information on blast in 2016 when they published an article discussing his personal and professional woes. It stated that he was unhappy with where he was in his career and had a problem drinking and partying too much.
Grint hasn’t responded to those claims directly, but he shed some light on it a little. He said he had a problem with saying no. “I would do anything if someone asks me to do it,” Grint told The Mirror. “It’s got me in a few weird situations. I met this drag queen and went back to her little flat with all her drag queen friends because I couldn’t say no.”
The Stage Was Calling
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Grint attempted to remove himself from the Hollywood scene in 2013 by turning to stage acting. And thankfully, the results were much better than any film he did other than Harry Potter. He made his debut on stage in the comedy Mojo.
He earned a What’s On Stage award for Best Newcomer and The Times said that he made an “assured stage debut.” Grint outlines the experience as an educational one. “That was really educational actually, being onstage,” Grint told MTV News. “I fell in love with acting again.”
Sticking To His Roots
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At one point in time, Grint was willing to pack his bags and move to New York City for his stage acting career. However, he has no real plans of moving to America if it means leaving his home country. He says England is home and he likes it very much.
Staying in England may be an excellent move for him personally, but career-wise, it could end up hurting him in the acting world. Grint has also thrown his hat into real estate. He purchases his homes through his company Eevil Plan Properties.
Grint To Switch Careers?
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This might help you understand why Grint was so enthused about the comic book series that never panned out. Grint said he has always had a passion for drawing. It helps to alleviate some of his stress.
“I’d like to go into animation one day,” he told the Mirror. “I draw a lot, a lot of disturbing cartoons — it helps me unwind.” When you’re so close to bringing your two passions together (drawing and acting) it would make sense that Imperial City failing hurt a little.
Focusing On Charity
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Grint is a longtime supporter of worthy causes. However, the bulk of his energy goes towards bringing awareness to children health plans and helping increase access to health care for families. He even calls it a privilege to be a part of something like the Little Star Awards.
Grint said it’s “a fantastic way of recognizing the bravery and courage of all children and their families who have been affected by cancer.” Grint even became the ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation in 2014.
Hazy Personal Life?
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Unlike his past castmates like Emma Watson, Grint enjoys keeping his life on the private side. One thing that isn’t so private is his rumored on again, off again relationship with Georgia Groome. The association has cast a shadow over his career even though none have confirmed the couple being a thing.
In 2014, Grint happened to get asked about the rumored couple dating and responded very awkwardly. “Erm, no…well, not really, er, yeah,” he replied with a nervous laugh, before adding, “Yes, early days maybe.”
Turning Things Around
Through the vast majority of his post-Potter life, Grint has struggled in the entertainment business. Things started to look brighter in 2017, however. He landed two major lead roles, one for Crackle’s drama Snatch and the other for the comedy Sick Note.
Both shows ended up getting renewed for a second season, so that’s always a great sign. These might not be the greatest of shows, but it’s a start. Perhaps it will lead to better things in the future for Grint!
Very Original Audition For Harry Potter
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Grint played in various school plays growing up. He wasn’t on the big screen yet, but when 2001 came around that all changed thanks to Hary Potter. Each role was highly sought after when Grint heard about it through CBBC’s Newsround. So, he asked his drama teacher to help him with his audition.
Grint’s audition was a rap. He dressed up in a girl’s dress and rapped about how much he wanted the role. The producers were impressed by the uniqueness and gave him a call.
Small Fortune On His Hands
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The stars of Harry Potter probably knew the series would be successful, but never on this scale. They each made a small fortune playing their parts, but are aware of how much Grint took home?
From eight films, Grint made more than $50 million. He told reporters that due to this large amount of cash, it became difficult to differentiate between friends and leeches. “It was a tricky thing. You’d always worry whether it was a genuine thing – and I think that goes with any kind of relationship, even friendships. It took me a while to figure out whether someone was genuine or they had ulterior motives,” he said.
A Lot In Common With Ronald
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Not only does Grint look similar to Ronald Weasley, he also has a lot in common with the wizard. The main thing they have in common is something that affects many people, and not just wizards. The fear of spiders is real and shared between the fictional and real character.
“I hate them – even rubber ones I get scared of,” he said. “Luckily, some of them were CGI. But that car-sized one, that was actually there, unfortunately. So that wasn’t my favorite scene to film.”
Grint Has Music Running Through Him
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Not only can Grint act pretty well (that’s an understatement), but he also has another talent. Grint is also musically inclined. The list of instruments he can play goes guitar, banjo, and didgeridoo. Yes, the didgeridoo which might be the one he plays the best according to him.
“I can play the didgeridoo fairly well,” Grint said. “I’ve tried a variety of instruments in the past – accordion, sax, guitar – and never really clicked with any of them. But the didgeridoo, I can make pretty decent noise.”
Making Fun Of The Ginger
Bullying is an unfortunate part of childhood. It might not happen to everyone, but it for sure occurs, and some handle it differently than others. For Grint, bullying came to him all because of the color of his hair. Kids love making fun of the redheads.
He couldn’t avoid the ginger hair jokes growing up and children taunted him regularly. He revealed that he took it all with a pinch of salt. “Maybe that was bullying, Grint continued. I embraced it.”
2012 Olympic Appearance
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You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to take part in the Olympics. Just ask Grint, who was apart of the 2012 Olympics. No, he didn’t give fans a magic show, instead, he carried the infamous torch.
He carried the torch from Middlesex University through North-West London. Afterward, he made the joke that he now uses it to hold his pencils. He should probably stay away from telling jokes as a career and stick to acting.
A Letter To Rupert Murdoch
When Grint was five-years-old, he had to write a letter to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. He recalls his school made him do it because they were looking for funds to fix the school’s swimming pool.
Their logic was rooted in a name. They thought because the two shared the same name, Murdoch would be more sympathetic and help. That couldn’t have been further from the truth. Murdoch told US magazine about it and said: “It was never repaired!”
He Didn’t Want To Kiss Her
For some, having the chance to kiss Emma Watson is a dream come true. And why wouldn’t it be? She’s a young and beautiful thriving star. Grint wasn’t someone interested in planting a smooch on her. The two kissed in the final Potter film but he didn’t like it.
“I’ve known Emma so long, we were dreading this scene,” he revealed. “We wanted people to think that we actually wanted to kiss each other, because in reality we didn’t. It’s a nice moment, hopefully, people believe it.”
Not A One Hit Wonder
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Many believed that all of the stars from Harry Potter weren’t going to amount to much after the conclusion of the film series. And often times, that does happen. As you know already, Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint both have ventured out after Harry Potter.
Sure, one of them might be more successful than another one, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re still getting it done. Grint might not be where he wants to be but he probably is right where he needs to be.
Liking Unusual Vehicles
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We’ve covered the fact that Grint was an Ice Cream man, which happens to be an unusual vehicle. But that’s not the only obscure vehicle he’s fond of. When he turned 14, Grint received a unicycle as a gift.
To make things more interesting, his first big purchase after filming Harry Potter was a quad bike. On top of that, Grint also has a swan-shaped pedalo, a hovercraft, and a Range Rover. The Rover might be the most normal of them all.