I just read the best interview of Matt Lewis (Neville Longbottom); in it, he talks about Rupert Grint and how it’s pretty much impossible to work with him because of his propensity to giggle…and then cause everyone ELSE to do the same! Here’s what he had to say:
Question: When filming, who is the biggest giggler of all of you?
Matthew Lewis: Rupert Grint. Definitely. Without a doubt. Heās the worst. I mean, heās so funny, and the thing is, heās got such an infectious laugh. Thereās one scene in particular, we were doing the Room of Requirement stuff, and if you remember, there is glass all the way around. And so the scene where Umbridge, is breaking through and blown a hole in the wall. And weāre all supposed to be looking terrified at this wall, itās scary, blah, blah, blah. Instead I can just see Rupert in the reflection… laughing. And thatās it Iām gone, Iām gone.
āCause I can hear him, not only can I see him. And then I start laughing, Dan goes, and thatās it, everyoneās gone. So thatās it the rest of us have to go off and take ten minutes to calm down. And thereās been so many. One line that Rupert had in Order of the Phoenix that I believe was cut because we couldnāt get it right, and that was, āUnless you want a fistful of Weasleyā¦ā (audience laughs) Heās supposed to say that to Seamus when he was criticizing Harry. …that was the wholeā¦everyone just fell out. So that was cut. But definitely Rupert Grint, without a doubt.
Question: You know how you said before about Rupert Grint? Well, in one scene a scene with Buckbeak in Prisoner of Azkaban, if you look carefully, you can see that Emma Watson was holding back a laugh.
Matthew Lewis: Yeah, you can see in that scene. You can. Thereās a couple of scenes like that. Iām trying to think of one in particular. Thereās oneā¦Even in Order of the Phoenix, you know when Rupert gets hit by Snape with a book, he starts laughing! Heās laughingā¦watch it again, honestly. Heās laughing. That one with Emma Watsonās true, sheās laughing as well. And a ton of scenes. Because we have so much fun. Weāre soā¦Ah, we shouldnāt be having this much fun, when you guys have been waiting so long for the film. Iām really sorry. (laughter). I couldnāt think of a better place to work. Honestly, itās great. Um, thereās another scene. If you look on the special features for, I think, itās Order of the Phoenix, they talk about Rupert laughing and thereās a bit where heās laughing in this scene that is not funny whatsoever. And he sees the camera looking at him. And so he thinks for a minute, and then he just sidesteps behind an extra (laughter) and itās really obvious. And itās on the dvd special feature, you gotta watch it. And I was talking to him the other day. And he says, āSometimes when weāre eating I like to move a bit of toast just to my mouth.ā And heāll move a bit of toast to cover him up. Stuff like that. Heās just terrible. Never work with children, animals, or Rupert Grint! [laughs]