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Rupert Grint took to the red carpet at Berlin’s film festival this week. However, for the first time, he was not promoting a Harry Potter film.
The Associated Press reported that the former Ron Weasley was promoting his new film The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman with Shia LaBeouf. The film is a main contender for Berlin’s Golden Bear Award, the top prize at the festival.
Grint plays a drug addict whose friend, played by LaBeouf, has a romance with a musician played by Evan Rachel Wood.
Grint’s character is very different from Ron, and this challenged and excited him.
He told AP, “After playing the same character for 11 years, it's nice to do something completely different." He added: "The character was someone who's completely the opposite of Ron."
Grint emerged onto the movie scene in 2001 when he starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in the wildly successful Harry Potter film franchise. Eight films and 11 years made the trifecta some of the highest-paid young movie stars in the world.
We reported in January that Grint was taking on this role. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and currently has a limited release.