Rupert Grint between Ron and a hard place
By CINDY PEARLMAN For Sun-Times Media November 12, 2013 9:11PM
Rupert Grint. | GERARD JULIEN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Updated: December 14, 2013 6:28AM
Done playing an aspiring wizard, Rupert Grint has moved on.
In “Charlie Countryman,” the former Ron Weasley plays an aspiring porn star.
“My goal is to do something completely different than ‘Harry Potter,’ ” he says. “I’ve been looking for things that are completely opposite of Ron, which means that I want to play much more than that great best friend who would lay down his life for you.”
This new film, opening Friday in theaters and on video on demand, obviously fit the bill.
Shia LaBeouf stars as a young man who goes to Eastern Europe and finds himself entrenched in a love triangle with a woman from Romania named Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood). The only problem is her mob boss husband (Mads Mikkelson).
Grint plays Karl, who meets LaBeouf’s character in a hostel and spikes his drink with ecstasy.
“My goal isn’t shocking my fans,” says Grint. “But I do want them to see me as much more than just one role.”
Leaving behind the franchise that defined his childhood wasn’t easy for the actor, who also played a punk rocker in this year’s “CBGB.”
“The strangest thing was not having another Harry Potter film to do in the next six months,” he says. “You look at your calendar and this huge part of your life isn’t there. You know you won’t be seeing your friends. That’s sad.”
The upside of the job, though, “is that you do have a loyal audience that really wants to see how you’re developing. They will check out your next part because they’re curious.”
Grint does have one edge in movie casting, as one of the big screen’s few redheaded stars.
“There are plenty of blond- and dark-haired actors,” he says with a laugh. “Gingers stand out, so they should be hired.”
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