Rupert Grint on Harry Potter Fame: 'I Think I Lost Myself a Bit Along the Way'

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Rupert Grint, best known for portraying Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movie franchise, spoke out about the stresses of fame while making an appearance at the Glastonbury Festival in England last weekend.

Grint, now 30, said that he almost came to the festival rocking an elaborate look to keep his identity a secret. “I considered coming to Glastonbury in disguise, like I used to," Grint told The Sun. "I was going to bring my beekeeping outfit because I’m into beekeeping lately. It’s good for the environment."

The actor then got serious about the effects of childhood fame, saying it’s difficult to recall his pre-Harry Potter days. "I struggle to remember life before it," he said. "I think I lost myself a bit along the way. With the fame, you’re almost being the character even when you're not in character. From the moment I got the part, my life completely changed."

While playing Ron, Grint found that being in the spotlight for a decade made it difficult to participate in life normally. "It was a weird time and it has taken me a long while to process. Just being invisible can still be difficult."

Grint recalled a time when he was in Tokyo with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, and they were chased by young fans. "It was terrifying, absolutely mad," he said. "I’d never seen anything like it. We were at a market, and we timed it very badly, school had just finished and there was literally a stampede toward us. It was the first time I’ve ever run away."

Despite the trying moments that came with starring in a franchise as big as Harry Potter, Grint doesn’t have to worry about his finances; he claimed late last year that he “couldn't even really guess” how much money he has. We hope he doesn’t have any regrets about taking on the role.

[h/t Metro]

Why Air Supply Changed the Lyrics to “All Out of Love” for American Fans

Air Supply.
Air Supply.
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Sometimes one minor detail can make all the difference. A case study for this principle comes in the form of the pop music act Air Supply, which enjoyed success in the 1980s thanks to mellow hits like “Lost in Love,” “Every Woman in the World,” and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All." Their 1980 single “All Out of Love” is among that laundry list, though it needed one major tweak before becoming palatable for American audiences.

The Air Supply duo of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock hailed from Australia, and it was one particular bit of phrasing in “All Out of Love” that may have proven difficult for Americans to grasp. According to an interview with Russell on Songfacts, the lyrics to the song when it became a hit in their home country in 1978 were:

I’m all out of love

I want to arrest you

By “arrest,” Russell explained, he meant capturing someone’s attention. Naturally, most listeners would have found this puzzling. Before the song was released in the United States, Air Supply’s producer, Clive Davis, suggested it be changed to:

I’m all out of love

I’m so lost without you

I know you were right

Davis’s argument was that the “arrest” line was “too weird” and would sink the song’s chances. He also recommended adding “I know you were right.”

Davis proved to be correct when “All Out of Love” reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1980.

While it would be reasonable to assume “I want to arrest you” is a common phrase of affection in Australia, it isn’t. “I think that was just me using a weird word,” Russell said. “But, you know, now [that] I think of it, it’s definitely very weird.”

Russell added that arrest joins a list of words that are probably best left out of a love song, and that cabbage and cauliflower would be two others.

[h/t Songfacts]

In 1995, You Could Smell Like Kermit the Frog

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The mid-'90s were a great time for Kermit the Frog. In 1996 alone, he led the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the face of the 40-year-old Muppet brand, and had both a movie (Muppet Treasure Island) and a television show (Muppets Live!) to promote. His career could not have been hotter, so Kermit did what any multifaceted, single-person empire does while sitting atop his or her celebrity throne: he released a fragrance. Amphibia, produced by Jim Henson Productions, was dripping with froggy sex appeal. The unisex perfume—its slogan was "pour homme, femme, et frog"—had a clean, citrusy smell with a hint of moss to conjure up memories of the swamp. Offered exclusively at Bloomingdale's in Manhattan, it sold for $18.50 (or $32.50 for those who wanted a gift box and T-shirt).

There’s no trace of a commercial for the perfume—which is a shame, since Amphibia is a word that begs to be whispered—but a print ad and photos of the packaging still live online. The six-pack and strategically-placed towel are an apt parody ... and also deeply unsettling.

Amphibia was the most-sold fragrance at the Manhattan Bloomingdale's in the 1995 Christmas season. "Kids are buying it, grown-ups are buying it, and frogs are really hot," pitchman Max Almenas told The New York Times.

It was a hit past the Christmas season, too: The eau de Muppet was cheekily reviewed by Mary Roach—who would go on to write Stiff and Packing for Mars—in a 1996 issue of TV Guide. "I wore Amphibia on my third date ... he said he found me riveting which I heard as ribbitting, as in 'ribbit, ribbit,' and I got all defensive," she wrote. "He assured me I didn't smell like a swamp ... I stuck my tongue out at him, to which he responded that it was the wrong time of year for flies, and besides, the food would be arriving shortly."

Not to be outdone, Miss Piggy also released a fragrance a few years later. It was, naturally, called Moi.

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