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Rupert grins and bears it as film awaits release

PUBLISHED: 11:54 08 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:06 23 August 2010

HARRY Potter star Rupert Grint s solo project Cherrybomb is getting a helping hand from hoards of fans. The 21-year-old, who plays the part of Ron Weasley in the series of wizard films, won critical acclaim for his role in the film which debuted at the

HARRY Potter star Rupert Grint's solo project Cherrybomb is getting a helping hand from hoards of fans.

The 21-year-old, who plays the part of Ron Weasley in the series of wizard films, won critical acclaim for his role in the film which debuted at the Berlin International Film Festival in February.

But despite the praise, producers have had difficulty in finding a distributor for the flick and at the moment it looks as though it may not be released on the big screen.

Fans of Grint have now set up The Cherrybomb Distribution Campaign to promote the film in a bid to convince movie bosses to snap up the picture.

A statement on the website said: "Many websites that publish features on Cherrybomb are saturated with comments from movie-goers who are eager to see the film.

"The trailer has captured the attention of both teenagers as well as adults.

"Critics are noticing that Rupert Grint completely shakes off his trademark Ron Weasley persona from the Harry Potter movies.

"Industry professionals are hailing the great performances by the leading actors, as well as the skillful and impressive direction of the film."

His decision to take the role, in which he appears in a number of steamy scenes, shows a desire to avoid becoming typecast and is a sign of his ambition to be taken seriously as an actor.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the part of the famed boy wizard, has also shown a desire escape the trappings of the fantasy genre.

The 20-year-old has reportedly stated he would not be interested in the lead role of The Hobbit - the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In other Potter-related news, it appears that Emma Watson aka Hermione Granger's wish to get through her university studies unnoticed may be impossible.

The 19-year-old had to be ushered to safety by security guards at a high school American football match in Boston between her college, Brown University, and their Massachusetts rivals, Harvard.

Opposition supporters allegedly took it upon themselves to track down the British starlet and heckle her.

During the summer she revealed she had turned down a place at Cambridge because she felt the spotlight on her would be too intense.

fintan.quinn@archant.co.uk

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