Rupert Grint’s Rave Reviews for Mojo
(1st thoughts) Rupert Grint looked surprisingly assured for his first stage outing although Sweet doesn’t feel like a huge stretch character-wise. I confess I had some reservations about how he’d perform on stage but I was pleasantly impressed.
(2nd thoughts) Rupert Grint impressed on his first professional stage outing. This isn’t quite the Equus character Harry Potter colleague Daniel Radcliffe took on for his debut but he gave an assured performance in a part that was well suited.
He (Mays) makes a great double act with Rupert Grint’s Sweets but his character got a little overbearing at time.
Rupert Grint was surprisingly good and self assured on stage, and it was great to see him there.
By comparison, Grint doesn’t quite have the same stage presence, although this is a perfectly solid debut that showcases his comic timing far beyond Harry Potter.
The next scene, Sweets and Sid take over. They form a hilarious double act, playing off each other expertly. This is Rupert Grint’s stage debut, and while it’s difficult to see him as anyone other than Ron Weasley, he tries valiantly and puts in a great performance as the nervous and somewhat dim Sweets, who keeps fiddling with his tie and speaking when he shouldn’t. … Overall, Mojo is an utterly fantastic play. It has great music between scenes and a ridiculously talented cast.
and there is Sweets (Rupert Grint – something of a revelation). It takes some getting used to hearing Ron Weasley talk about ‘minge hair’ and swear like a navvy, but Grint is more than a match for the rest of this more-seasoned cast in his stage debut.
“He [Mays] also brings out the best in Rupert Grint, as his sidekick, Sweets (so called because he is the one who supplies the pills). We have an alumnus from Hogwarts who can act – hurrah.”
“[t]his terrific cast tears gleefully into five meaty roles. Rupert Grint (Ron from the Harry Potter films) makes an assured stage debut as Sweets, a pill-popping, pill-dealing kid with a hollow confidence. His opening dialogue with Daniel Mays’s garrulous, sweaty Potts is played out at a beguilingly brisk comic pitch.”
“Anyhoo, it’s very well acted, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, persuing the Radcliffe route, aquits himself admirably in his West End debut as a pill-supplying flunky…”
“And as well as the stunning turn from Mays and Grint, whose initial jubilation gives way to mounting terror”
“The man who was boy wizard Ron Weasley impresses Ben Dowell as drug pusher Sweets … the role of Sweets is about as far from the wide-eyed Ron Weasley as you could possibly get (he’s called Sweets because of his role in supplying uppers and downers, and he swears a lot, so this is not one for the younger Potter fan). … But Grint shows his growing maturity as a performer as Potts’ much dimmer, but no less frightened, sidekick.”
“Although Mr Grint at first perhaps looks a little pedestrian by comparison, he does endow Sweets with a certain cloddish amiability which slowly pays dividends.”
“[i]n fact all but Grint, who is making his professional theatre debut but absolutely deserves to be in their company, have substantial stage experience, so the play isn’t compromised.
“There isn’t a false note amongst them, and if Ben Whishaw — as Ezra’s strangely distant and disconnected surviving son, and Brendan Coyle as Mickey who seeks to position himself as heir apparent to Ezra — command the centrestage, there are equally vivid contributions from Mays, Morgan and Grint as their variously jittery sidekicks.”
“The first duo quickly make it clear that brains are in short supply. Daniel Mays rightly portrays manic Sid, while the lad from Hogwarts is Sweets. Their wisecracking is often very funny and, oddly, they can come across as a kind of sinister version of Morecambe and Wise.”
“Daniel Mays and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films) are the jumpy, insecure sidekicks in the club, the first a non-stop jittery bugger with a hilarious line in feeble self-assertion, the other – in a more than competent stage debut – a moon-faced, slow-thinking foil who finds himself retching without any sick.”
“Mays and Grint (the latter in his stage debut) make a lovely comedy double act, one darkly quiffed and mustachioed, the other of course ginger; one voluble, smart and ambitious, the other a bit dim. Their scene together is a canny one, lulling us into a false sense of security, before more volatile characters take the stage.”
“Grint acquits himself well, although I’d welcome the day when he gets to play a character like Baby.”
“Whisper it, but Ron Wealsey (occasionally known as Rupert Grint) is actually quite good…”
“While Grint confirms that he can do other forms of acting (although his character does sit closely with the scared Ron Weasley) it is the performance of Whitshaw that really blows the mind.”
“It is easy to draw comparisons with Grint (you always have the feeling that Ron Weasley shouldn’t be swearing) but you must remember that Grint as Weasley is ingrained into people’s minds (he did do eight movies after all!).”
“So how is Grint in his first stage outing? Well, while playing a twitchy, nervous sidekick might not be the greatest stretch for the former Ron Weasley, the stage magic he conjures in his double act with Mays could have been created in Hogwarts’ potion labs.”
“[t]he pair [Grint & Mays] knock Butterworth’s sharp exchanges between themselves like a game of linguistic ping pong.”
“One side-issue of the night was whether or not Rupert Grint could follow his Harry Potter mate Daniel Radcliffe into the stage spotlight with any degree of comparable success. He did very well indeed as Daniel Mays’ more docile, touchingly naive sidekick; the two of them are a bit like Bobchinsky and Dobchinsky in Gogol’s The Government Inspector, small-time chatterboxes in a slightly bigger but still small-time picture. He’s got a bit heavier, Grint, filling out to leave boyishness behind perhaps even more effectively than Radcliffe, but he’s got great qualities of stillness and innocence on the stage.”
“Grint also shows his growing maturity as a performer as his much dimmer, but no less frightened, pal called Sweets because of his role in supplying uppers and downers.”
“There are some fine, not to mention gruesome, comic sequences in Rickson’s starry production. Daniel Mays and Rupert Grint make a splendid double act as Potts and Sweets, two pill-popping club employees in danger of becoming submerged in the ambient moral murk.”
“Still, it’s a shock to see the loveable Ron as Sweets, a pill-popping member of London’s 50s underworld.
Almost as surprising is just how natural and convincing he is, showing great comic timing and delivery throughout
“The young cast are superb at playing these bruised apples who want to go bad. As Sweets, Rupert Grint makes an impressive stage debut as sidekick’s sidekick (imagine Ron has dropped out of Hogwarts to deal pills and learned a lot more swearwords).”
“Rupert Grint thankfully cuts the mustard in his stage debut as Sweets. Vaguely reminiscent of Harry Potter’s Ron, but with more pills and swearing; gormless and always slightly wired. Grint is blessed with natural comic timing that cannot be taught – he is almost constantly on stage and manages humour even when he’s not saying anything.”
“Rupert Grint, making his stage debut, holds his own as drug-addled fool Sweets.”
“Rupert Grint distances himself from Ron Weasley in Jez Butterworth’s foul-mouthed 1995 play … Daniel Mays is so good at this that he literally dances with energy opposite Grint’s amusingly dim Sweets.”
“[m]aking his theatre debut, Grint gives a confident performance as his sidekick, Sweets. (Though hearing the words ‘minge’ and ‘pussy hair’ come out of Ron Weasley’s mouth is…well, something else.)”
“It is a classic ensemble production with five equally meaty parts to cast; each with their own moments to shine. … with Rupert Grint’s relatively sure-footed but understated debut as Sweets. His relationship-dynamic with Potts ins unlikely to be entirely unfamiliar to those who have soaked up Ron Weasley over the course of seven films, and brings with it a very healthy audience for the producer and another string to the bow of Grint.”
“there are equally vivid contributions from Mays, Morgan and Grint as variously jittery sidekicks.”
“There’s a bit when Rupert Grint and Daniel Mays (who play Mojo’s club-staff and comedy henchmen, Sweets and Potts), spend a lot of time trying to throw up. As a critic, I’m not sure I would have been impressed. As a punter, I was a chuckle away from full-on snorting.”
“Grint as Sweets the drug provider is an endearing fool;”
“Grint’s role seemed much less demanding, but again, that might just be how he played it. He came across as so dim-witted, making inappropriate jokes and asking idiotic questions, I found it hard to sympathise with him. Still, for an actor who’s never taken to the stage before, Grint was very confident and controlled.”
“Sweets, a drug-dealing, neurotic mobster, is played by Rupert Grint. While Grint is not the star of the show, he certainly does the part justice. Sharing a stage with some of the finest theatrical talent available, it would be easy to criticise him. Why anyone would want to do so is beyond me. Grint’s artistic contribution is a sound one”
“Grint plays the hopeless Sweets much to the complement of Mays, the two characters’ dialogue bouncing off each other with precise comedic timing.”
“Grint does a particularly good line in bug-eyed sweaty panic.”
“Rupert Grint as May’s panicky partner-in-crime holds his own”
“a stage debut from a nervous but convincing Rupert Grint breaking free of Harry Potter”
“Although it is hard to erase the memory of Grint as Ron Weasley, his performance as Sweets the nervous sidekick is strong, with skilful comic timing. There are several well-written duologues between Grint and Mays that had the audience laughing out loud.”
“starry revival which boasts, among others, Skyfall’s Ben Wishaw, Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyle and Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint in the excellent cast.
Grint’s rather dim, drug-pedalling Sweets makes a fine foil to the remarkable Daniel Mays’ restless, jittery Potts”
“The chief attraction is surely Rupert Grint, better-known as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films and here making his professional stage debut as the aptly named Sweets, an onlooker to events that turn very sour indeed. The play’s resident innocent, Sweets proves a good fit for a game Mr. Grint, who deserves praise not least for holding his own in mighty distinguished company.”
“Mays unites with Grint to create a hilarious comic duo and Grint shines as Sweets. He is on stage for almost the entire duration of the play and it was a strong stage debut. Though in his moments of fear I admittedly was reminded of Ron Weasley’s arachnophobia, his performance will go someway to establishing Grint as an actor other to his Potter alter-ego.”
“Mojo would be merely a brilliant character showcase if not for Daniel Mays and Rupert Grint as Potts and Sweets, the club’s upstairs functionaries. Their lightning-quick repartee and dynamic physical acting keep the stage pulsing with energy and hold the play together, delivering key background information, adding laughter (however black and bitter) to the most shiver-inducing scenes, and uniting all clashing motivations into a single plot. Although Grint, making his stage debut, is notably less experienced, he keeps up admirably and never lets his partner down.”
“No qualms exist about the performances which are all uniformly excellent. Rupert Grint (from the Harry Potter films) makes an assured stage debut as Sweets, a pill-popping, pill-dealing kid, lacking in confidence”
“What this play does have going for it is some absolutely stunning acting. Rupert Grint is endearing and committed as Sweets, the naïve sidekick … Mojo is a must-see for the superb acting and ticks all the boxes for an entertaining play.”
“The only other actor who would likely be known to American audiences is Rupert Grint, finally shucking off all traces of “Harry Potter” and giving a finely nuanced performance as Sweets, the most easily-led of an easily-led bunch.”
“Rupert Grint, making his stage debut, is impressive in a role that requires both unwavering attentiveness to some dense dialogue as well as the challenge of bringing a sense of joviality to an otherwise unlikeable character.”
“Rupert Grint shows real comic ability in his spluttering, infantile Sweets”
“Rupert Grint has well and truly shed the skin of Ron Weasley from the Harry Potter films and transformed into a slow-thinking bag of insecurities that induces laughs and tears in equal measure.”
“special mention has to go to Rupert Grint who, in his professional stage debut here, seems to have risen spectacularly to the occasion.”
“Daniel Mays (Made in Dagenham, Byzantium) and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter’s Ron) play them with great comic timing and chemistry.”
“Award nominee Rupert Grint portrayed his overanxious, novice drug selling character with ease. He has a natural flair for the stage…”
“At the heart (not that it really has one) of the play is a virtual double act between Sweets and Potts, played by Rupert Grint in his first stage role and Daniel Mays. If this really is his stage debut, all credit to Mr Grint, whose performance is a delight. Sweets is a hyper-anxious, sucking-up, wheedling little guy who you sense is only part of the gang because he provides the pills (presumably the sweets of the nickname). His funny mannerisms suggest someone who knows he is punching above his weight but has no choice but to keep punching, and his speech delivery mimics anyone who he’s trying to impress. Think a young Ian Beale from Eastenders but with amphetamines. It’s a very assured performance and, if a long-lasting glittering career wasn’t in the bag before, surely it is now.
With similar speech patterns to Sweets, Messrs Mays and Grint perform a veritable verbal ballet together, the two becoming interchangeable, which is at times very funny indeed.”
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