New Interview with Rupert Grint Details His Relationship with His Brother, and His Ice Cream VanGrint
In a new interview, Rupert Grint discusses his relationship with his younger brother James, who is a rally driver, and of course, his infamous ice cream van:
'I tend to avoid July and August, but the rest of the year I’ll drive around the local villages and if I see some kids looking like they’re in need of ice creams, I’ll pull over and dish them out for free. They’ll say, “Ain’t you Ron Weasley?” And I’ll say, “It’s strange, I get asked that a lot.”
‘The van often comes in useful. I drove it up to the set on the last day of filming on Harry Potter. The cast and crew were having a barbecue and I supplied the lollies and ice creams.
‘James and I grew up with a love for cars and a love for racing. We started with scooters, then moved on to go-karts and quad bikes. James will claim that he always won. I remember it differently.
‘He has a daredevil instinct that I lack. He will try pretty much anything, regardless of the physical risk. He would always be coming up with crazy stunts. One time, he built these long ramps and decided to jump over my grandad on a mountain bike. Thankfully, he made a clean jump. If he’d landed on Grandad, it wouldn’t have been a pretty sight.’James Grint discusses his relationship with his brother and his love of rallying:
I’ve never looked at Rupert’s success and thought, “That could have been me.” I could never have been an actor. By the time Rupert’s career was taking off, I’d already made up my mind that I wanted to be a racing driver. If anything, Rupert’s success spurred me on to excel in my own field.
‘People would always be asking me what it was like to have a famous brother. I didn’t think of him as famous. And he never got too big for his boots. I’d have been the first to tell him if he did. At first everyone knew me as Rupert Grint’s brother. Then I had to carve out an identity for myself, which I did by being good at sports.
‘What I love about rallying is that it’s all- encompassing. You need to be a master of every surface – Tarmac, gravel, snow and ice. Rallying is regarded as the poor cousin to Formula 1 but I think there’s every chance that could change in the coming years. I’d like to be at the forefront of that.’