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Is Rupert Grint the next Leonardo DiCaprio? Martin Scorsese thinks so

06.30.2010

It's rather hard to argue the acting skills on Leonardo DiCaprio. The guy went from GROWING PAINS to INCEPTION.

But who could potentially give him a run for his money? Martin Scorsese seems to think that Rupert Grint could be that guy. Grint is known best for his role as the adorable, awkward ginger Ron Weasley in the HARRY POTTER franchise. The director thinks that if Grint could stray away from sugary sweet roles, then he could be serious leading man material.

DiCaprio could of easily been typecast as the romantic interest, but showed with previous roles in THE BASKETBALL DIARIES and THE QUICK AND THE DEAD that he was capable of more. This is what Scorese said about Grint, "I thought he (Grint) was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies. In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show. He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it's important he doesn't become typecast. He has to do something really out of his comfort zone in the next few years - play a gangster, play a dirty cop, play a kid with learning difficulties. I would be interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster, he is a very talented young man."

Grint has already tried to veer away from his wholesome image by starring in independent films like DRIVING LESSONS and CHERRYBOMB.

Scorsese says that as long as he picks the right projects, Grint could be a force to be reckoned with, "When Leo was in Titanic and Romeo And Juliet, nobody saw him becoming a bad a** in movies like The Departed. But he has become one of the greatest actors of all time. The very same could be true of Rupert."

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9:11PM on 07/01/2010
This may be just me but I think he might be the next Michael Caine. Grint was great in Driving Lessons. With right projects, he might actually be new Caine.
This may be just me but I think he might be the next Michael Caine. Grint was great in Driving Lessons. With right projects, he might actually be new Caine.
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10:05PM on 07/01/2010
Michael Caine was never a boy as an actor, though.
Michael Caine was never a boy as an actor, though.
4:32PM on 07/01/2010
I'm genuinely (and glad) that the reactions are more on the positive side.
I'm genuinely (and glad) that the reactions are more on the positive side.
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1:08PM on 07/01/2010

golden boy or whatever you want to call it

i just like the idea of Marty giving a young actor a shot.
at the very least it's giving the guy some recognition.
it seems to me like it's just Scorsese's opinion that the guy shows great potential and what he could do with it.

let's be a little more tolerant of opinions, guys.
i just like the idea of Marty giving a young actor a shot.
at the very least it's giving the guy some recognition.
it seems to me like it's just Scorsese's opinion that the guy shows great potential and what he could do with it.

let's be a little more tolerant of opinions, guys.
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12:59PM on 07/01/2010

i'm a fan of Grint's

if Marty's down to give the dude a shot at a serious film then i'm down with it.
i'd love to see the guy succeed.
if Marty's down to give the dude a shot at a serious film then i'm down with it.
i'd love to see the guy succeed.
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6:55AM on 07/01/2010

This is news?

I don't get it. First off, DiCaprio might be talented, but his choice of films to be in hasn't drawn me in to any theaters so I haven't seen him in anything but Titanic.

But what's all this about Scorcese picking a new boy? I mean, how about how awkward this is for Rupert, being the teacher's pet? Not everybody likes this "teacher", and nobody likes being the teacher's pet anyway, and how about the fact that he's an ADULT CAPABLE OF MAKING HIS OWN CAREER? Did Rupert ask for Scorcese to
I don't get it. First off, DiCaprio might be talented, but his choice of films to be in hasn't drawn me in to any theaters so I haven't seen him in anything but Titanic.

But what's all this about Scorcese picking a new boy? I mean, how about how awkward this is for Rupert, being the teacher's pet? Not everybody likes this "teacher", and nobody likes being the teacher's pet anyway, and how about the fact that he's an ADULT CAPABLE OF MAKING HIS OWN CAREER? Did Rupert ask for Scorcese to put his big nose into his career?
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11:34AM on 07/01/2010
I'd call you a troll, but I have a sneaking suspicion you're serious, so I'll just say this. Any young actor in Hollywood would KILL to have a director like Scorsese put his "big nose" anywhere near their career.
I'd call you a troll, but I have a sneaking suspicion you're serious, so I'll just say this. Any young actor in Hollywood would KILL to have a director like Scorsese put his "big nose" anywhere near their career.
1:31PM on 07/01/2010
Ugh, dude. What are you even saying? What a weird opinion to have on this.

Awkward is the last emotion Grint is feeling at this news, I promise you.

Why would anyone react to this with, "Hey Martin! This is MY career, okay LOL! How dare you say I'm really good at what I do. srsly LOL!"

Maybe lay off the peyote?
Ugh, dude. What are you even saying? What a weird opinion to have on this.

Awkward is the last emotion Grint is feeling at this news, I promise you.

Why would anyone react to this with, "Hey Martin! This is MY career, okay LOL! How dare you say I'm really good at what I do. srsly LOL!"

Maybe lay off the peyote?
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5:30AM on 07/01/2010
If Scorsese can see it, then that is a certifiable fact.
If Scorsese can see it, then that is a certifiable fact.
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4:58AM on 07/01/2010
Would be awesome to see Rupert Grint star in a Scorsese film. I'd pay to see it.
Would be awesome to see Rupert Grint star in a Scorsese film. I'd pay to see it.
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4:29AM on 07/01/2010
It's crazy how having red hair is the last expectable prejudice in the world and can have ass-wholes come out and thing it's funny to say things like this

"Forget all other reasons. He will not be a great actor because he is a soul-less ginger"
It's crazy how having red hair is the last expectable prejudice in the world and can have ass-wholes come out and thing it's funny to say things like this

"Forget all other reasons. He will not be a great actor because he is a soul-less ginger"
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3:13AM on 07/01/2010
I'd love to see him in a Scorsese film.

a.) for the "WTF, this is new!" vibe
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b.) he might come out of his Ron Weasley boots a bit and surprise us all.

I hope this happens.
I'd love to see him in a Scorsese film.

a.) for the "WTF, this is new!" vibe
and
b.) he might come out of his Ron Weasley boots a bit and surprise us all.

I hope this happens.
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12:59AM on 07/01/2010

NO, NO, NO

Forget all other reasons. He will not be a great actor because he is a soul-less ginger
Forget all other reasons. He will not be a great actor because he is a soul-less ginger
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6:50AM on 07/01/2010
Thanks for the tip, Cartman.
Thanks for the tip, Cartman.
12:42AM on 07/01/2010
hmm.... I'm guessing this means that Scorsese has already found his leading man for the next several films he does after Dicaprio gets as fat and old as DeNiro is now.
hmm.... I'm guessing this means that Scorsese has already found his leading man for the next several films he does after Dicaprio gets as fat and old as DeNiro is now.
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12:05AM on 07/01/2010
In other news: Rupert Grint is shitting his pants.
In other news: Rupert Grint is shitting his pants.
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12:39AM on 07/01/2010
More like creaming his jeans. He's probably happier than Joblo in a Penelope Cruz/Salma Hayek sandwich.
More like creaming his jeans. He's probably happier than Joblo in a Penelope Cruz/Salma Hayek sandwich.
3:17AM on 07/01/2010
No kidding.
No kidding.
11:20PM on 06/30/2010

I can see it

hopefully Rupert Grint takes the hint (hey, that rhymed!) and gets a hold of Scorsese's phone number.
hopefully Rupert Grint takes the hint (hey, that rhymed!) and gets a hold of Scorsese's phone number.
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11:05PM on 06/30/2010

I vote yes

I think he's got a Trainspotting caliber performance in him.
I think he's got a Trainspotting caliber performance in him.
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10:55PM on 06/30/2010
If I was Rupert Grint, I would say, "Fuck you, Scorsese, for the insult."

I think Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Evanna Lynch can have careers after Potter because they're all talented actors. I've seen their non-Potter films too and they impressed me.

However, I am very unimpressed with DiCaprio. He overacts and over annunciates his words like Ross from Friends. He was NEVER a "badass" in anything, especially not The Departed. Scorsese used to make good movies like Goodfellas and
If I was Rupert Grint, I would say, "Fuck you, Scorsese, for the insult."

I think Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Evanna Lynch can have careers after Potter because they're all talented actors. I've seen their non-Potter films too and they impressed me.

However, I am very unimpressed with DiCaprio. He overacts and over annunciates his words like Ross from Friends. He was NEVER a "badass" in anything, especially not The Departed. Scorsese used to make good movies like Goodfellas and Taxi Driver but these days he's making garbage. I blame him for all the DiCaprio overexposure. Inception would probably be a much better movie if he wasn't the star. And I also disagree with Scorsese's comments about 3-D and will agree with Ebert instead on that argument.
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5:57AM on 07/01/2010
I agree with you to an extent. I think you could have said it a bit nicer. But you would still have as many thumbs down. You just can't talk bad about Scorsese on this site without a couple dozen thumb downs. I usually don't even waste my time on an alternative opinion.
I agree with you to an extent. I think you could have said it a bit nicer. But you would still have as many thumbs down. You just can't talk bad about Scorsese on this site without a couple dozen thumb downs. I usually don't even waste my time on an alternative opinion.
6:52AM on 07/01/2010
I agree with you on one point too...which is "who the F*** is Martin Scorcese to come out and decide who is a good actor and who isn't?" I mean...this isn't even news, it's about one director picking a golden boy. Big deal.
I agree with you on one point too...which is "who the F*** is Martin Scorcese to come out and decide who is a good actor and who isn't?" I mean...this isn't even news, it's about one director picking a golden boy. Big deal.
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9:33PM on 06/30/2010
but it took alot of convincing to see leo as a "badass". i'm not even sure if evryones accepted that yet.
but it took alot of convincing to see leo as a "badass". i'm not even sure if evryones accepted that yet.
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9:24PM on 06/30/2010
I like Grint. I think he's got a lot of potential. I think Grint could make a great Holden Caulfield. (If they have to make it.)

I like Grint. I think he's got a lot of potential. I think Grint could make a great Holden Caulfield. (If they have to make it.)

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9:22PM on 06/30/2010

Grint? No.

Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't even the new 'insert "popular twat of yesteryear" here' when he was touted as being such, so a Sissy Spacek-looking guy with ginger hair and doughy skin has got absolutely no chance.

Besides, he's called "Rupert" and "Grint". Sums it up perfectly.
Leonardo DiCaprio wasn't even the new 'insert "popular twat of yesteryear" here' when he was touted as being such, so a Sissy Spacek-looking guy with ginger hair and doughy skin has got absolutely no chance.

Besides, he's called "Rupert" and "Grint". Sums it up perfectly.
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9:16PM on 06/30/2010
Other young actors that no one considered would turn out great: Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling when he was still doing Disney stuff.
Other young actors that no one considered would turn out great: Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling when he was still doing Disney stuff.
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9:14PM on 06/30/2010
Beauski, if you keep refreshing the page while you're logged in, it'll keep making new posts. Stop refreshing.

Anyway in regards of Rupert. Sure, why not.

Did anyone think Heath Ledger would win a posthumous Oscar for the Joker and be nominated for Brokeback Mountain (which I still feel is a better performance.) when he was still making romantic comedies?

Did anyone feel Joseph Gordon Levitt was going to be considered a young acting hope and great talent during his 3rd Rock From the
Beauski, if you keep refreshing the page while you're logged in, it'll keep making new posts. Stop refreshing.

Anyway in regards of Rupert. Sure, why not.

Did anyone think Heath Ledger would win a posthumous Oscar for the Joker and be nominated for Brokeback Mountain (which I still feel is a better performance.) when he was still making romantic comedies?

Did anyone feel Joseph Gordon Levitt was going to be considered a young acting hope and great talent during his 3rd Rock From the Sun days?

So why not this guy?
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9:02PM on 06/30/2010
I could live without Rupert succeeding in future movies. I like Growing Pains Leo more than him
I could live without Rupert succeeding in future movies. I like Growing Pains Leo more than him
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8:57PM on 06/30/2010
Great way to make a point, telling people to ignore the opposing argument.
Great way to make a point, telling people to ignore the opposing argument.
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8:13PM on 06/30/2010
How the f does this happen?
How the f does this happen?
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2:13PM on 07/01/2010
are you having a seizure?
are you having a seizure?
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8:12PM on 06/30/2010
How the f does this happen?
How the f does this happen?
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8:11PM on 06/30/2010
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
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8:09PM on 06/30/2010
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
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8:08PM on 06/30/2010
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
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8:07PM on 06/30/2010
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
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8:07PM on 06/30/2010
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
Ignore the first comment- Scorsese has always shown he has an eye for great actors.
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7:56PM on 06/30/2010
Man everyone is losing their marbles these days. Scorsese is definitely a few digits short of a hand.
Man everyone is losing their marbles these days. Scorsese is definitely a few digits short of a hand.
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