I admit one of my main reasons for wanting to see The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman was that I'm a quarter Romanian.
We'd heard so little about it, so all eyes have been on Sundance, for news of the World Premiere screening.
Finally, some news, via USAToday :
Grint plays a drug-loving, aspiring porn star (his porn name is Boris Pecker) who befriends Shia LaBeouf in the story set in seedy Bucharest, Romania. His character enjoys powerful hits of Viagra that go well beyond the recommended dosage.
"He's so synonymous with the Harry Potter series, I think that's why he was so keen to do this," says Countryman director Fredrik Bond. "He's dying to be doing different stuff outside of the series and be acknowledged for it. He's an incredible actor. And it's so different from what he's done before. He had an amazing time.''
But British comic James Buckley, who plays his best friend in the film, had nothing but praise for Grint's departure role.
"He was great to work with. I didn't think about Ron Weasley at all. Which is the way it should be."
The two improvised many of their comic scenes together with LaBeouf. But the fun stopped in a scene when Buckley and Grint's characters find themselves shirtless and glued together back-to-back by Romanian gangsters.
"But they actually just glued us together," says Buckley. "It was really painful. And I'm a bit hairier than Rupert and it was hurting me so much. I hated it so much. And it was raining. So we were glued together in the rain."
Adding to their woes: The glue took days to come off, sticking Buckley to his sheets at night. Buckley called Grint to ask him how he was coping. Grint responded with his own Harry Potter-like cure.
Says Buckley: "Rupert told me he was using the little vodka miniatures in the hotel bar. He said it was really helping to get the glue off.''
Hopefully a distributor is as intrigued as I now am, and we'll have distribution news soon. We are inquiring about the nature of the project mentioned in the article and will update when we have news.