Yesterday was the Premiere for Rupert Grint's new film Into the White, which was held at the Oslo Fest in Oslo, Norway. Rupert was in attendance and MuggleNet fan Amanda P. was in attendance at both the red carpet event and inside the theater with Rupert.
From Amanda's report:
I ended up going to the theatre about two hours early and met up with one of my roommates in my hostel: Lauren from rupertgrint.net! When I arrived, there was hardly anyone there and the red carpet was actually inside since the entrance to the theatre was within a larger building. When the red carpet started it was not as large of an event as I thought it would be. There was probably only eight or ten people in the press area and not as many fans as I thought there would be. Rupert was very gracious with his fans, taking pictures and signing autographs until he was rushed along by the people he was with. Since I had a ticket to the premiere I could actually walk into the theatre right behind him, which was very cool.
When everyone was seated Peter Naess, the director, came on stage to give a speech and recognize everyone who helped make the film. When the five main actors, including Rupert, got on stage they were told there was a gift for each of them and, in true Norwegian fashion, each actor was given a pair of skiis! All of the actors stayed to watch the film and Rupert was only seven rows in front of me so I could actually see him from where I was sitting! The movie was much better than I thought it would be, although it was a little hard to follow at times. The movie started out by following the Germans progression from their crash site to the little cabin where almost the entire film took place. They only spoke German to each other and the subtitles were Norwegian since we are, of course, at the Oslo film festival. Once they meet up with the British (with Rupert!) most of the film is in English except at some points when the Germans are speaking to one another. In a way, this gives you a better understanding of what Rupert`s character must have been experiencing since he could only speak English as well. The film could not have covered a time period of more than a week and is all about these British and German pilots surviving together and learning that their perceived enemy is more than that: they are people as well. You really become attached to all of the characters and get a better understanding of what it was like to be a soldier on both sides of the war. Rupert`s character was very cheeky, he also had a very strong accent that was hard for me to understand at times although it did get easier as the film progressed. Some of the funnier parts in the film included getting to listen to Rupert`s character drunkenly sing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' and watching him ski which seemed to not be a strong suit of his since he kept falling down! Overall, think that Rupert did an excellent job in this post-Potter role and his character was very believable. It was a very surreal experience to be watching him on screen and then being able to look down and see him actually sitting in the audience as well!
Thank you Amanda for the great write-up of the day's events.
Posted by Keith
03-05-2012 at 10:35 AM