Playing Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise for ten years is enough to make any actor typecast for life. While Rupert Grint, just like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, will forever be known for their Hogwarts days Grint has managed to find roles for himself outside of the franchise. He starred in British teen thriller Cherrybomb last year and will be seen in Wild Target alongside Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy in October in the US (it was released this month in the UK).
Playing non-awkward wizards will likely be a priority for the actor from now on, and luckily for him Shutter Island director Martin Scorsese may help him out.
From The Guardian:
“I thought he was great in the Harry Potter movies – in a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show,” opined the director. “He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it’s important he doesn’t become typecast. He has to do something really out of his comfort zone in the next few years – play a gangster, play a dirty cop, play a kid with learning difficulties.”
Then Marty said the magic words. “I would be very interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster. He is a very talented young man.” He went on to compare him to Leonardo DiCaprio. “When he was in Romeo and Juliet, nobody saw him becoming a badass in movies like The Departed. But he has become one of the greatest actors of all time. The very same could be true for Rupert.”
Getting such praise from a respected director like Scorsese should give Grint a confidence boost. He may not be needing any liquid luck after all.
Scorsese began filming his first 3D outing Hugo Cabret in the UK this week with Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Christopher Lee, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Sacha Baron Cohen and Richard Griffiths. It’s unlikely there will be a role for Grint at this stage, but maybe in Scorsese’s next film we will see Rupert Grint playing a former cop who is now a gangster with learning difficulties…in 3D!