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Rupert Grint is a British actor best known for his role as Harry Potter's best friend Ronald "Ron" Weasley in the film series based on J.K. Rowling's bestselling books.
They were virtually unknown when they were cast in the first Harry Potter movie, but Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have since become worldwide stars. Today, all the Potter kids are grown, and enjoying successful careers.
Director Christopher Columbus and Producer David Heyman faced a daunting challenge with the first Harry Potter film but it was one they both were eager to take on.
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The film currently stands as the eighth highest grossing film in history,
having sold over $974 million in tickets worldwide.
The remarkable success of the first Harry Potter movie instantaneously transformed Grint—along with costars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)—into an international celebrity. Grint says he was initially uncomfortable with his newfound fame. He recalls, "The strangest moment was when I went back to school to finish my exams after filming the first movie. All the kids cheered and clapped when I walked in." Nevertheless, Grint says, "I never took myself too seriously. I come from a very normal background and I'd like to think I've never stopped being normal."
Since then, Grint has continued to star as Ron Weasley in all of the Harry Potter sequels: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). Grint will also star in the upcoming two-part film adaptation of the seventh and final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Part I will be released in 2010 with Part II following in 2011.
In addition to his work in the Harry Potter films, Grint has also appeared in several other film roles. He starred in the 2002 kid comedy Thunderpants, and appeared in the well-reviewed 2006 coming-of-age tale Driving Lessons, which Grint called "the first grown-up thing I'd ever really done." Grint then struck out into decidedly new territory with the 2009 film Cherrybomb, a less-than-wholesome story in which Grint plays a teenager experimenting with drugs, sex and violence. The film also includes Grint's first intimate bedroom scene. "It was very nerve-racking and not remotely sexy because the set-up is so mechanical," Grint said. "It's a very adult role, just the kind of thing I want to do more of."
While Grint is no longer a stranger to onscreen romance—in addition to the intimate scenes in Cherrybomb, he shared a much-anticipated onscreen kiss with Emma Watson in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince—he has yet to embark on any serious real-life romances. Grint says, "I've never been seriously involved with anyone. I've certainly never been in love. I've always preferred to keep things casual. I'm not seeing anyone now and I don't feel the need to have a girlfriend." He adds about his taste in women, "I tend not to go for the very pretty ones. I prefer the quirkier types, the ones who are a little weird. But when it comes to girls, I'm quite insecure."
With filming finally wrapped on the entire Harry Potter series, the future is once again uncertain for Rupert Grint. And despite his quickly diversifying acting resume, Grint says, "It's always at the back of my mind that acting might come to an end for me when Harry Potter finishes. I don't know if I'm good enough to have a long career. I've got a bit of an inferiority complex about my acting. My self-esteem is quite low in that sense." What will he do if not acting? Grint recently purchased an ice cream van and says that he is considering fulfilling his early childhood dream. He says, "These days I keep it well stocked. I probably spend more time driving around in that van than anything else, and if the acting suddenly comes to a halt, I can't imagine a better job than being an ice cream man."
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In true Albus Dumbledore fashion, Biography.com examines and provides insight on the cast of the illustrious Harry Potter film series, based on the popular books by author J.K. Rowling. Debuting with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and ending with the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the eight-part film series continues to wow fans with its tales of witchcraft and wizardry. It also includes a gamut of stars, from Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the famous Harry; to Emma Watson, who plays Harry's best friend, Hermione; to Alan Rickman, known for his villainous role as Severus Snape; to Robert Pattinson, who plays the attractive Cedric Diggory, Harry's Triwizard Tournament rival; and more.
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