Red-headed thesp Rupert Grint will have choked on his frosties this morning, when he read the news that he has an unlikely cheerleader - in the shape of Hollywood director Martin Scorcese. Martin is getting on a bit, so there's every likelihood he's going a bit batty, but nevertheless, the fact cannot be denied - Scorcese has said that Grint has the potential to become the new Leo.
The movie legend said, 'I thought he was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies. In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show. He will always have respect for the movies that gave him such a huge break, but at his age it's important he doesn't become typecast. He has to do something really out of his comfort zone in the next few years - play a gangster, play a dirty cop, play a kid with learning difficulties. I would be interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster, he is a very talented young man.'
'When Leo was in 'Titanic' and 'Romeo and Juliet', nobody saw him becoming a bad ass in movies like 'The Departed'. But he has become one of the greatest actors of all time. The very same could be true of Rupert.'
Come on Rupe - you heard it from the big boss; just play a character who's a little (ahem) simple, and the Oscars will surely follow...