n 13 February 2012, it was announced that Rupert Grint was filming a promotional spot Come to Britain for “an advertising campaign to boost tourism in Britain in the run-up to the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.” He was joined by Stephen Fry, Julie Walters and Michelle Dockery in the clip, which aired first on 8 March.
‘As much as anything, I like the fact that I can attend my brother’s rally meetings. Now that we’re all grown up and no longer racing against each other, few things give me greater pleasure than seeing him win.’ (James Grint, The Daily Mail, March 2012)
In March, The Daily Mail published an interview and a photo of Rupert Grint and his brother James Grint, in which they talked about their different career choices and each other. Rupert also talks about his ice cream van and how he keeps it stocked and goes to neighborhoods giving out free ice cream.
“I’ve always been interested in the war and I think this was a very different kind of war film. In addition, I wanted to do something completely new, like filming in Norway under such extreme conditions. I expected it to be cold, but it was impossible to prepare yourself for weather which meant you couldn’t see or hear your costars.” (Rupert Grint to dagsavisen.no, March 2012)
Rupert Grint joined Florian Lukas, David Kross, Lachlan Nieboer and Stig Henrik Hoff on the Red Carpet at the World Premiere of their film Into the White at the Folketeateret in Oslo on 4 March, as well as a Press Junket the day after. The next day, Rupert and Stig Henrik presented the film at Colosseum cinema, one of Europe’s largest cinemas, to a group of fans, before Rupert travelled to Bergen to continue his promotion.
“It’s about Dennis Wilson and his life after the Beach Boys went solo. I play a guy who works for an agency and I befriend him. It’s a really great script.” (Rupert Grint on independent.ie, April 2012)
On 14 March, it was announced that Rupert Grint would star in The Drummer, a biopic about Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, starring alongside Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Eckhart in the role of Stan Shapiro, who befriended Wilson during the last few years of the musician’s life.
With his aunt as a volunteer for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Rupert signed t-shirts for an auction on behalf of their Great Daffodil Appeal in March.
“It was quite moving, because it is such a special place. I grew up here, went to school. It is Great that people will get the same excitment as we had.” (Rupert Grint at the Press Conference at Warner Bros Studio Tour London)
On 29 March, Rupert was joined by various cast and crew members at the Press Conference, and the next day for a photocall and the Red Carpet on behalf of the Grand Opening of the Warner Bros Studio Tour London, a final official return to the place where he spent so many years.
I play a character he meets in a youth hostel. I can’t give away what he does but it was quite a transition for me. (Rupert Grint, Metro.co.uk, June 2012)
On 21 May, Rupert began filming The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman alongside Shia LaBoef, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen in Bucharest, Romania for two weeks. The film is currently set for a release in 2013.
Being a huge fan of motorsports, Rupert attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 30 June, and was joined by his brother and rally driver James at the Annual F1 Party on behalf of GOSH on 4 July 2012.
It’s the first time I’ve played a real person and there’s a pressure to get it right. […] Cheetah had some advice about my performance and I had to get his voice right – he had quite a distinctive drug-affected mumbling voice and I had to do an American accent. We’re both ginger so look similar. Hopefully people will buy it. (Rupert Grint, Metro.co.uk, June 2012)
Only three days later, Rupert had travelled to Savannah, GA for the producion of CBGB, a biopic about the New York music club, with his former Harry-Potter co-star Alan Rickman playing the club’s owner Hilly Kristal. With Rupert playing Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, he was given a new hairstyle for the film and was required to put on an American accent.
It’s a really historical kind of event, and I don’t think in my lifetime there’ll be another Olympics in London, so yeah, I feel really honored to be part of it. (Rupert Grint, MTV, July 2012)
Back in London, Rupert was honoured to be a bearer of the Olympic torch on 25 July in Barnet, London, having been nominated for his extensive charity work.
On 31 July, Rupert joined Harry Potter producer David Heyman and Warner Bros President and Managing Director Josh Berger at a panel entitled Harry Potter: The Magic behind a British-made global phenomenon at the Creative Content Summit, which took place during the British Business Embassy.
Enjoying the Olympic Games 2012 in London, Rupert not only attended the Opening Ceremony, but also the Stone Roses concert at the Adidas Underground party. “Rup-Dog” also appeared on BeatTV, a “music-based entertainment show highlighting the social side of the Olympic Games and revealing what’s happening out and about in London town” along with US swimmers Alison Schmitt and Elisabeth Beisel.
On 7 October 2012, TV channel FOX aired American Dad‘s episode Killer Vacation. In this episode, Rupert voiced the character Liam, an upper-class boy who meets Stevie during the Smiths’ holiday and takes him upon an adventurous trip across the island.
Rupert also recorded the narrating part for We are Aliens, a 3D fulldome experience produced by NSC Creative, which launched at National Space Center on 20 October, followed by screenings all over Britain.
“Four years. It’s gone really quickly, hasn’t it? That was with Cherrybomb. Lots of things really, it’s a very new chapter in my life since finishing Harry Potter. Things have changed a lot. I’m suddenly in the real world. It’s a little bit scary, I have to say. But I’m enjoying the new challenges, and going on new adventures. It’s fun and that’s what kind of appealed to me about this. And I’ve probably said this a lot, but being on a different set, in a different country – I just really love it.” (Rupert, RG.us Interview, Feburary 2013)
On 21 January 2013, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman celebrated its World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival, closely followed by the annoncement that the film was selected to compete at the Berlinale Film Festival in February 2013. Rupert once again came to Berlin for the International Premiere and Press Call.
Only a few days later, it was confirmed that Rupert was to film Super Clyde, a pilot about a fast-food worker, who would use an inheritage to become a super hero, with Rupert playing the title character. Filming took place in March 2013 in Los Angeles, but sadly, the pilot was not picked up by CBS for a full series, but was released online on the CBS website in October 2013.
On 11 April, Rupert attended the first British Animal Honours, an event honouring animals for amazing activities.
It’s basically MacBeth, which is one of my favourite of the Shakespeare stories and I think it’s going to really cool. It’s going to be a kind of gory, a quite true take on the story. A lot of horse riding and a Scottish accent *laughs* Just trying Shakespeare, I think it’s going to be quite a challenge, and I’m quite looking forward to that. (Rupert, RG.us Interview, September 2012)
In May 2013, Rupert filmed Instruments of Darkness, a chapter for the film Enemy of Man directed by Vincent Regan. In August 2013, Rupert had been confirmed to start filming the feature film Enemy of Man after a successful Kickstarter Campaign, however final filming dates have yet to be announced.
During the summer, Rupert attended several Charity events, such as the Door Youth Project Charity Concert and Truck Pull. In June, he once again followed Samuel L. Jackson’s invitation to his Shooting Stars Golf Tournament. He also participated in a photoshoot with Charlie Gray for Tatler UK’s Movember.
On 8 October 2013, CBGB premiered at the CBGB Festival in New York City. Although not present at the premiere, several interviews with him were published, among them FHM and Hunger Magazine along with a photoshoot.
On 19 October 2013, the film Foosball (original title “Metegol”) premiered at the London Film Festival in its English version, with Rupert lending his voice to the lead character Amadeo. Only a week later, Rupert would open a new chapter of his acting career…