Director Randall Miller and writer Jody Savin also talk about the dificult casting decisions when the actors have to portray well-known people:
“That’s always a tough creative decision,” Savin said of recruiting actors who embody the spirit of the musicians over relying on straight impersonations. “It was tricky,” Miller added, explaining the filmmakers’ year-long search for actors who not only looked the part, but also played the instruments that corresponded to their characters. “It’s all about just finding the authentic people.”
The article also mentions Rupert specifically and Cheetah Chrome has a nice quote about Rupert‘s portrayal of the Dead Boys guitarist:
Things immediately clicked between actor Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame and guitarist Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys, whom the young actor portrays. Though Grint’s English accent initially worried him, Chrome, who has a seven-year-old son and has seen every Harry Potter movie, says his only advice to Grint was to mumble a lot.
“The first day I saw him on-set, he hit it dead-on,” Chrome told Rolling Stone. “He had me down. I’m really glad he’s doing me.” Chrome himself wasn’t left out of the film: he has a cameo as a cranky cab driver who hates punk music.
The film is expected to be released in 2013 – we will keep you updated on any and all news about CBGB. You can read the entire article here which also includes a new still from the film.
Rupert talks a great deal about playing Cheetah Chrome in CBGB and what it was like portraying a real person that is still alive today:
Cheetah Chrome was actually on set. It’s the first time I’ve played a real person and there’s a pressure to get it right. I also have to play the guitar, which I can’t do – I was faking it. I learned the chords and rough shapes but you won’t see my hands too much in the film. It’s amazing he’s still alive, given the amount of drugs he did. He’s got a young son who was a big Harry Potter fan, so it was nice to meet him.
Cheetah had some advice about my performance and I had to get his voice right – he had quite a distinctive drug-affected mumbling voice and I had to do an American accent. We’re both ginger so look similar. Hopefully people will buy it.
He was also asked about his role in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman where he stars alongside Shia Labeouf:
That’s quite a strange one. Shia LaBeouf plays a character who travels around the world. It’s quite a drug-fuelled journey and he meets various crazy characters along the way.
I play a character he meets in a youth hostel. I can’t give away what he does but it was quite a transition for me.
The interview is a great read and Rupert offers some nice insights into life on a movie set, you can read the entire interview here!
Remember to check out our extensive coverage of Rupert Grint’s Olympic Torch Relay in our previous post with all the beautiful new pictures and the lovely new interview.
UPDATE: Female First and The Sun are reporting that Rupert will be a guest on Beat TV! It is a music-based entertainment show highlighting the social side of the Olympic Games and revealing what’s happening out and about in London town. We do not know when Rupert will appear on the show, but it premieres tonight on ITV2 at 6:30pm (UK time). We will have more on this as soon as more news surfaces.
UPDATE #2: We have just received word that Rupert will indeed be a guest on Beat TV! He will film his appearance next week on Tuesday August 7. Exciting news, and we can’t wait to see Rupert on this show!
Stephanie (@steffpittman) has been nice enough to share the picture she was lucky enough to take today. And here we get our very first look at Rupert as Cheetah Chrome as well as Justin Bartha in costume as lead singer of The Dead Boys, Stiv Bators:
What do you all think of Rupert‘s new rock star look? Thank you Stephanie for sharing the picture with us!
Also, Snitchseeker just posted a lengthy interview they did with Rupert on the set of CBGB – check it out here! It’s a great interview about CBGB, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, The Drummer and even the rumoured project Enemy of Man.
UPDATE: Savannahnow.com has posted an adorable video of Rupert giving an autograph to one of his young fans. Be sure to click through their slideshow of all the CBGB actors spotted throughout Savannah.
Check out the short video here!
UPDATE #2: Check out these great photos by Bill Dawers of Rupert on the set of CBGB in our gallery here! There are many more pictures as well as a nice story of his day visiting the set on his site right here.