Things You Probably Didn't Know About Rupert Grint

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The Harry Potter film franchise unleashed a plethora of talent upon the world with tons of talented actors and actresses. Still, the best surprise to come out of the franchise was definitely the incredibly talented child actors. Just about every one of the children in the main cast of the franchise was new to acting when they first appeared, and each one has gone on to prove they weren't cast from obscurity only to fade into the background once the franchise concluded.

One such child actor, Rupert Grint, has proven his worth time and time again since the series came to an end. If you're a fan of the actor (and Ron Weasley), you probably know a few things about him, but there's a good chance there are several things you probably don't know about Rupert Grint. This list highlights the most interesting facts about the young actor, so take a look down below, and don't forget to vote up your favorites! 

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    He Wasn't Allowed Within Five Meters Of Alan Rickman's Car

    Ron Weasley and Professor Severus Snape didn't exactly get along while the young man attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry. The actors' on-screen chemistry, or rather, lack of chemistry, may lead some to assume there was no love lost between the actors. It's easy to come to that conclusion because Alan Rickman and Rupert Grint are such good actors, and they got along splendidly when the cameras weren't rolling.

    That said, one incident came during the filming of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire that drove a wedge between the two actors. More specifically, it drove a wedge between Grint and Rickman's car. During filming, Grint and fellow actor Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) were in one of Rickman's older cars.

    A milkshake was spilled, and Rickman was displeased. During the filming of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Rickman got a brand new BMW, which he forbade Grint and Lewis from entering. In fact, they weren't allowed to get within five meters (about 16.5 feet) of the car! 

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    He Sent In An Audition Tape Of Himself Rapping And Won The Part Of Ron Weasley

    When casting began for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, children from all over the United Kingdom came, looking to find a role in the film. Much of the casting was done through open auditions, as the production was interested in finding unknowns for the principal roles. Ron Weasley was one such role, and when the casting call went out, Rupert Grint answered. 

    Grint loved the book and the character, and he thought he was a shoo-in "because [he has] ginger hair." He hadn't done any professional acting at this point, but he had appeared in several school plays. For whatever reason, he thought it best to rap in his video. He composed a rap explaining why he was the best person to play Ronald Weasley, and not only did it work, but he proved he was right!

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    He Channeled Ron Perfectly And Didn't Do His Homework

    When Alfonso Cuarón joined the franchise to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he wanted to ensure his young stars properly understood their roles, so he gave Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint an assignment to write an essay on their characters. The young actors ended up channeling their characters into how they completed their assignments.

    Radcliffe turned in a single page about his character while Watson turned in a 16-page paper on Hermione Granger, and that's exactly what you'd expect from Harry and Hermione. Grint channeled Ron by completely blowing off the assignment. It wasn't just to play off being Ron, as he actually did have a couple of good reasons. 

    Grint was studying for his General Certificate of Secondary Education exams, and that took precedence over his "Ron" homework. Also, as the actor noted, "It’s quite Ron-ish not to do it. I think [Cuarón] kind of appreciated that.”

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    He Earned A Guinness World Record In 2020

    If you look around the internet for Rupert Grint's social media presence, you'll find very little out there. This is because he hasn't really exposed himself to many social media platforms over the years, but that changed in 2020. When he joined Instagram in November 2020, he managed to score a million followers in no time at all.

    His fans were clearly interested in seeing what Grint wanted to share with the world, resulting in his winning a Guinness World Record. He managed to reach one million followers faster than anyone else before him. It took only four hours and one minute for him to score that number.

    When he joined, he posted the picture above with the comment, "Hey Instagram... only 10 years late, but here I am. Grint on the Gram! Here to introduce you all to Wednesday G. Grint. Stay safe, Rupert." As of July 2021, he's amassed 4.4 million followers.

    The previous record-holder was Sir David Attenborough. In September 2020, he managed to get one million followers in four hours and 44 minutes. With Grint taking the lead with 241 minutes, it's going to be difficult for another celebrity to knock him off the top of that mountain.