“I’m of a nervous disposition and I never thought I could comprehend being in a play, and had put it to one side as not for me. But I’m just absolutely loving it, it’s so exhilarating.” (Rupert Grint on MOJO)
Directed by Ian Rickson, Rupert Grint starred as Sweets in the play MOJO at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London, where it ran from October 2013 until 8 February 2014.
At the Atlantic club in Soho, Silver Johnny is an upcoming star. When his manager Ezra is found murdered by Mickey, who fears that local gangster Sam Ross is planning to take over the club, Ezra’s friends Potts, Sweets and Skinny prepare for their final night arguing about the murder’s circumstances and discussing how to break the news of Ezra’s murder to his unbeloved son Baby.
Rupert plays Sweets, one of the boys in the club, who deals with drugs and is close to Potts (played by Daniel Mays).
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Showing: from 26 October 2013 to 8 February 2014
Behind the Scenes
- Prior to casting Rupert, director Ian Rickson talked to Harry Potter director David Yates, who told him that Rupert had “hidden depth” as a thespian.
- As his voice was suffering from 8 performances a week, Rupert received vocal massages and treated himself with throat lozenges and manuka honey.
- At 6pm, the cast held matches of aisle volleyball in the theatre.
- Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, SW1Y 4DN, London
Rupert Grint (Sweets)
Brendan Coyle (Mickey)
Ben Whishaw (Baby)
Tom Rhys Harries (Silver Johnny)
Daniel Mays (Potts)
Colin Morgan (Skinny)
Director: Ian Rickson
Writer: Jez Butterworth
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Sweets: It’s the white ones. Don’t eat no more of the white ones.
Sweets: You know Beryl? She goes to me tonight, she goes ‘When Silver Johnny’ sings the song my pussyhair stands up.
Sweets: He’s supposed to wear the silver jacket. He’s silver Johnny. Silver Johnny, silver jacket.
Sweets: I know. Relax.
Potts: you relax.
Sweets: I am relaxed. I’m talking.
Potts: fish are jumping
Sweets: and the cotton is high
Sweets: “Antsy”. Antsy in the pantsy.
Sweets: You want to be dead or you want black piss?
Sweets: I’ve come up with a plan and it makes sense to me in my head, but before you answer, mull it over for half a minute, live with it a tick then see if I’m wrong. Okay? So: (pause) I say we run for it. (pause)
Sweets: Mull it over, Mickey.
Mickey: Is that it?
Sweets: sounds obvious but the best ones always do.
Sweets: Do you know what I think? I think he’s had all his teeth covered in silver, and he-äs got silver plated hair and nails, silver feet and silver pubes and he-äs singing at the Washington Bowl with loads of famous people watching.
Sweets: I’ve got a gun. Don’t move.
Sweets: You little shiny cunt.
Sweets: It’s only a little hole.
Rupert about MOJO
“I’ve been offered stage things before and I always hesitated: I thought I wasn’t ready. I didn’t know Jez’s play at all so it was a big leap of faith – but that also goes for Ian Rickson (the director). But we’ve had the luxury of 19 previews to get it right and it’s been an amazing experience.
(www.bbc.co.uk NOVEMBER, 14th 2013)
“I’m of a nervous disposition and I never thought I could comprehend being in a play, and had put it to one side as not for me. But I’m just absolutely loving it, it’s so exhilarating.”
“I don’t think they’ve ever heard me say the C-word. But there’s something liberating about saying ‘f***’.”
(standard.co.uk | NOVEMBER, 14th 2013)
“I don’t know, really. This is my first theater experience, and it’s very different. I wanted to just try it; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Just the thought of it scares me. I’ve kind of put it off for a long time, and I just thought it was a good time to do it. And it’s a great play and a really great cast with a great director, and it was just, yeah, I’m enjoying it.”
“I’ve never gone out to deliberately shock. It’s just we’re all growing up. I don’t think they’ve ever heard me say the C-word. But there’s something liberating about saying ‘f***’.”
“This is a completely new thing, a whole new level. It does scare me. That’s kind of a reason why I want to do it.”
“There are going to be expectations at my first stab at it. I’m trying not to think about it too much. It is something that really scares me. But part of it is I want to do something that scares me a little bit. It’s quite good to challenge yourself now and again.”