“Harry Potter” without Ron Weasley? It seems unthinkable, but star Rupert Grint reveals that he contemplated exiting the mega-hit film franchise because it was so “all consuming” and felt like a “massive sacrifice.”
Speaking with The Guardian, the 30-year-old actor says that he gave some serious consideration to leaving “Potter” behind.
“There were definitely times when I thought about leaving,” he tells The Guardian. “Filming ‘Harry Potter’ was a massive sacrifice; working from such a young age for such long periods and I definitely remember thinking during one extended break, ‘This whole thing is so all consuming, do I really want to go back? Maybe it’s just not for me.’ I guess I was probably just being a teenager.”
Recalling himself as “a shy kid,” Grint admits that the excitement he felt during the first films eventually wore off when the celebrity factor kicked in.
“For the first few ‘Harry Potter’ films I was living the dream,” he says. “The reason I auditioned was because I loved the books. When I got to film three or four, I started to feel an overwhelming weight of responsibility because they were so phenomenally popular. The whole press and red carpet thing was an attack on the senses. I don’t excel in that kind of environment.”
Finishing the final chapter in the “Harry Potter” saga, he says, “was surreal. It was a very strange feeling but it came at the right time as we were all ready to move on but after the final shot it was quite weird to think that was it. It was disarming and at that point I didn’t really know what was happening. I felt a bit lost.”
He also explains that he felt like he was under intense scrutiny during that period. “As I got older, I could feel this growing narrative willing me to get engulfed in some big scandal offscreen,” he adds. “It felt like people were waiting for me to go off the rails, but it was never going to happen. We filmed the whole thing in this very intense bubble in Watford not Hollywood, so we didn’t have the chance to discover drugs, or anything like that.”
Looking back at his career, Grint admits he “peaked pretty early,” but insists “I’m fine with that. It would be ridiculous to think that you can replicate that level of success. It’s always going to be a challenge, but I’m kind of enjoying that. It’s quite fun to surprise people.”
You can read the entire interview in The Guardian; meanwhile, Grint can currently be seen starring in new Netflix sitcom “Sick Note”, which originally aired last year on Britain’s Sky One. Watch: