By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: There has been a lot of buzz on the internet over the past 12 hours regarding some comments that directing great Martin Scorsese has made in regard to one of the stars of the Harry Potter series. Scorsese had this to say about the film’s favorite redhead, Rupert 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.”
Scorsese stated that Rupert has the potential to be as successful as film star Leonardo DiCaprio, who has enjoyed a very successful career in Hollywood over the past 20 years. DiCaprio was popular as a romantic lead, especially after the 1997 film “Titanic“, but has in the years since has also played darker characters, with much success. He has avoiding being typecast, and Scorsese thinks that, with the right roles, Rupert can enjoy the same type of success as DiCaprio.
“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.”
“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.”
Rupert has already begun to distance himself from his Potter identity, appearing in the independent films Cherrybomb (where he plays a young man with a wild streak for drinking, drugs, sex and trouble), and Wild Target (he plays the apprentice to Bill Nighy’s hitman character).
This high praise from such a successful and respected director is a love-song for fans of Rupert, who have long felt that his talents have been underplayed in the Potter films. Scorsese has stated that he would love to work with the actor, and we hope that this wish comes to fruition; it would be wonderful to see what these two talents could do together!