Rupert Grint Filmography: The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

“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.” (Rupert Grint about The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman)


Rupert Grint stars in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman alongside Shia LaBoef, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen and Til Schweiger. Directed by Fredrik Bond, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2013.

The Story

Charlie Countryman is a young man who travels the world and, while in Romania, meets and falls in love with Gabi Banyai, a woman who is engaged to Nigel. In a youth hostel, he encounters Carl and Luke.

Rupert’s character

Rupert plays Carl, a young Brit Charlie meets in a Youth Hostel in Romania, who is an aspiring porn star and overdoses on Viagra.

Trivia Information

  • Carl and Luke are staying at the Marco Polo Youth Hostel in Bucharest, in Room 34 on the top floor.
  • Carl has been in Bucharest for 6 days by the time he meets Charlie.
  • Carl claims to have taken five or six Viagra ahead of his casting.

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Filming: May 2012

Behind the Scenes

  • Co-star James Buckley revealed that he and Rupert were indeed glued together in a scene in the film. According to James, Rupert recommended using Vodka from the hotel bar to get the glue off the back.
  • Rupert and James, who play best friends in the film, improvised many of their scenes.
  • Rupert wore a stap-on during the filming of several scenes as his character ingests an overdose of Viagra.

Filming Locations

  • Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest, Romania (opera house scenes)
  • Macca-Vilacrosse Passage, Bucharest, Romania (scenes in arcaded street)
  • Bucharest Metro, Bucharest, Romania (subway scenes)
  • Lipscani, Bucharest, Romania
  • Union Square, Bucharest, Romania(fountain)
  • MediaPro Studios, Bucharest, Romania
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA


Rupert Grint (Carl)
Shia LaBoef (Charlie Countryman)
Evan Rachel Wood (Gabi Banyai)
Mads Mikkelsen (Nigel)
Til Schweiger (Darko)
James Buckley (Luke)
Melissa Leo (Charlie’s mother)


Director: Fredrik Bond
Screenplay: Matt Drake
Music: Christophe Beck, Dead Mono
Director of Photography: Roman Vasyanov
Production Designer: Joel Collins
Costume Designer: Jennifer Johnsson
Hair & Make-Up Designer: Andreea Dardea, Marga Stefan
Editor: Hughes Winborne
Casting Director: John Hubbard

Producer: Albert Berger, Craig J. Flores, William Horberg, Ron Yerxa


Runtime: 108min
Rating: R for some brutal violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity, and drug use. (MPAA)
Genre: Action/Comedy/Romance


Ascot Elite Entertainment Group (Switzerland), Midget Entertainment (Denmark), VVS Films (Canada), Aventi (France), DistriB Films (France), Koch Media (Germany), Film1 (Netherlands), Zon Audiovisuais (Portugal), Millennium Entertainment (USA), Handmade Distribution (Thailand), Marco Polo Production (France), Sookie Pictures (South Korea), Tanweer Films (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka), VVS Films (Canada), Cathay-Keris Films (Singapore), Zon Audiovisuais (Portugal), Paramount Home Entertainment (Australia)


  • Sundance Film Festival 2013
  • Berlinale Film Festival 2013
  • Deauville American Film Festival 2013
  • Stockholm International Film Festival

Release Dates

  • Norway: 13 September 2013
  • USA: 15 September 2013
  • Denmark: 28 November 2013
  • Israel: 19 December 2013
  • UK, Ireland: 14 February 2014
  • Singapore: 6 March 2014
  • Belgium: 23 April 2014
  • France: 14 May 2014
  • Portugal: 6 June 2014
  • Hong Kong: 4 September 2014
  • UK/Ireland: 31 October 2014


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Memorable Quotes

Carl: “You… You like Ecstasy, Charlie?”

Carl: “I don’t want to be a star, I just want to act!”

Carl: “Luke put Carpatio-Ecstasy in your beer.”

Carl: “I need to go to a tit bar. It’s my only hope.”

Carl: “Luke, it’s a titty bar!”

Carl: “Excuse me, Madam. I’ve got a medical situation.”

Carl: “I came in my pants”

Carl: “That wouldn’t help me remember at all. How can you read inside your arsehole?”

Rupert about The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

“That’s quite a strange one.”
(, July 2012)

“Romania was quite fun, it was quite a crazy place. I didn’t really know what to expect when I went there, but it was like one of the most dangerous places I’d ever experienced. There was an earthquake, I was chased by a wild dog.”

“It was fun and it was very different, I think it’s gonna be quite a weird, surreal, quite twisted film. Should be cool.”
( Exclusive Interview, September 2012)

“Probably quite memorable. Very surreal, trippy. I mean, there’s a lot of drugs in it, weird kind of hallucinations. I’ve always loved seeing hallucinations in films. It’s gonna be a weird one. But hopefully cool”
(Trying to describe NDCC in one word, Exclusive Interview, September 2012)

“I think my character is kinda quite strange, and changed a lot while we were filming. I was originally going to be German, with a German accent and everything, but eventually we didn’t do that in the end, because with so many different accents in the movie it would’ve been really confusing. But basically I play a guy called Carl who’s been travelling in Romania with his friend Luke, who’s played by James Buckley. And Shia Labeouf moves into the same hostel as us and he shares a room with us for a while. We kind of get dragged into all his problems, he falls in love with a girl who’s linked with this really dangerous gangster, and we get taken hostage. And my character’s a very strange person who, without giving away too much, has quite a unique ambition in life and he gets into a bit of medical problems.”
( Exclusive Interview, September 2012)


Released on 21 January 2014: US DVD (Region 1, ASIN: B00GM5GLDW), US BluRay (Region 1, ASIN: B00GM5HJZG)
Released on 2 March 2015:UK DVD (Region 1, ASIN: B00P3UNPEK), UK BR (Region 1, ASIN: B00P3UNQ8A)


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