Rupert Grint reveals the heartbreaking reason why he can't watch past the third 'Harry Potter' film
For many people around the world, the Harry Potter movies are still the pinnacle of cinematic franchises. Sorry Star Wars fans, apologies to Lord of the Rings supporters, and forget about the MCU: the Harry Potter movies are where it's at. Furthermore, we've got more movie prequels still to come in the future, which is welcome news to Potterphiles. However, since the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Crimes of Grindlewald, ended up with a mixed critical reception, many people have elected to rewatch the initial eight movies, to revisit what made them so special in the first place.
However, one person who hasn't been marathoning the series all over again is actor Rupert Grint, who portrayed the character of Ron Weasley. Despite the fame, friends and success that the movies brought him, Grint has always had something of an ambivalent relationship to the Potterverse since filming wrapped on Deathly Hallows, and indeed, he has mentioned in interviews since that he even considered leaving the franchise as a teenager, which would have necessitated a significant recast.
However, in a recent interview with The Radio Times, the now-30-year-old actor has revealed that he's unable to watch the movies beyond The Prisoner of Azkaban, due to his disassociation from the character at that point.
Commenting on the movies, Grint stated: "I think those early ones are OK. More time has passed. I can detach myself a bit more from that kid. I did see Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone not long ago, for the first time since the premiere, and I actually enjoyed looking back. But the more recent ones I definitely couldn't do. I could probably go up to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."
He added: "What would have happened if I hadn’t got that part? I was always into art, I guess I would have gone to university… I’m not sure, but I do think about that a lot I struggle to remember life before it. I think I lost myself a little bit along the way. With the fame, you're almost being the character even when you're not in character. From the moment I got the part, my life completely changed. It was a weird time and it has taken me a long while to process. Just being invisible can still be difficult. Sometimes you just want to go to B&Q."
"I've never really been super-ambitious. I think there’s always been something in me, particularly when I finished Potter, that wants to prove myself, but I’m also naturally quite an insecure person anyway."
But has Grint been resting on his laurels? Absolutely not! In fact, he's been very busy playing the part of Inspector Crome alongside John Malkovich's Hercule Poirot in the BBC series The ABC Murders. Ah well, here's hoping that he'll be able to stick on Goblet of Fire one of these days.