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Known best for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, Rupert Grint has been consistently singled out by people as one of the funniest, if not the most talented, actors in the series’ young cast.  He’s seemingly been involved in more outside-of-Potter gigs than Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.  He starred in Driving Lessons, with Laura Linney and Julie Walters (a.k.a. Molly Weasley, his Harry Potter mom).  Recently he starred in Wild Target, with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt, and he played against type in the drama Cherrybomb. Now that filming has wrapped for both of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films, he is set to portray iconic British Olympic ski jumper, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards in Eddie the Eagle.

Why He’s More Than Just Eye Candy: I’ll be honest, I love the red hair.  However, I’ve always liked Rupert’s personality.  Like most kids of my generation, we grew up alongside the Potter cast.  One of the characteristics that came to define him was his easy-going attitude.  He may not be as loquacious as Emma in interviews, or as hyperactive as Daniel, but his quiet goofiness has always stood out.  I’ve heard adults who work on the Potter franchise describe him as one of the most unique people you could ever meet.  Dude owns an ice cream truck, for example.  He performed a rap for his audition video for Harry Potter.  He plays the didgeridoo.  He can ride a unicycle.  He still lives with his family, and bought them a new house.  He also has what appears to be good taste in music (in my opinion), and we could totally bond over our mutual love of Arctic Monkeys, SpongeBob Squarepants, and the fact that neither of us passed our driving exams the first time.  More objectively, he really does seem to have an innate talent for acting and a natural comedic timing.  I think he’ll have a fairly good career in the future.

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Looks amazing.  It was one of my favorite books in the series, and it looks like it might be the best movie since “Prisoner of Azkaban.”

The new “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” trailer is out.

I’ve heard it’s going to be PG, and this distresses me. I hope that they don’t have to sacrifice some content for that rating, as I think the book is more adult than a PG rating would allow the adaptation to be. The visuals look stunning, and even the color palette suggests that this is a darker film, although I’ve actually heard they’ve put more influence on the romantic comedy side of the story this time out. I’m thinking that the movie the trailers have made us think we’re going to be seeing is not the movie we will get.

All I really know is that I can’t wait to see it.


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