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This past Friday, Matt and Anthony Lewis hosted an acting class at The Grammar School in Leeds. As we’ve mentioned a few times in the past, Anthony runs two acting schools, Totally Lit and Totally Lit North, and Matthew is a patron of the schools. Their purpose is to teach aspiring actors about the business of real world acting. View some photos of Matthew and Anthony in our gallery.
Of their day at the school, which involved judging a drama competition the night before, Matt said:
It has been really nice to get back up to Leeds.We were both really impressed with the standard of work and creativity. TV and film is such a different discipline and it was nice to try and break that down and see how the students handled it and they all did really well.
Anthony also discussed Totally Lit and their process:
“We are looking at auditioning new students after Easter, and I think we spotted some fantastic potential film and TV actors! The purpose of the workshops was to look at a different style of acting to the theatrical work that the students were familiar with. Using mine and Matthew’s experiences working over the years, we explained the main differences between working to a large audience and then playing to a camera, which is a far more intimate experience. We also discussed the practical side of working as an actor.”
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 1:54 pm | 0 Comments |
Eric Scull of MuggleNet had the chance to chat with Matt on Monday about the new series of Bluestone 42 which premiered last night (watch now on BBC iPlayer.) I quickly transcribed most of the interview, which you can listen to in full here, leaving out a few things we’ve already heard. If someone would like to transcribe the questions I skipped, please send them in.
Eric: What is new this year versus previous years in Bluestone?
Matt: For those that watched the ending to series 2, we pretty much pick up right where we left off. […describes end of series 2…] We find out how the team have come out of that, whether they’ve come out completely unscathed or there’s been some trouble. I guess what’s new is, it’s hard to describe without giving anything away. We have got some new stuff. I don’t want to give much away but it’s a real roller coaster and there will be some really jaw-dropping moments that people are not going to be expecting. I don’t just mean this episode, I’m talking about the whole series.
ES: I was reading an article from The Guardian from last Spring, a bomb disposal expert said that the dark humor was really spot on. I guess that’s general consensus that the show has received from war vets and people that have been in those situations.
ML: Yea, thankfully. When you’re making a show like this, when you’re making a drama you want to make it as accurate as possible. But when you’re making a comedy, we have a real responsibility there that we research it meticulously and make sure it’s as accurate as it could possibly be. There’s a fine line between laughing at what these people do and laughing with them and we want to make sure we’re laughing with them and all of the jokes and all the humor is theirs. And we want to make sure that any squaddies that are at home watching it can totally relate and it will remind them of the fun times and camaraderie that they had. So yea, we want to make the show for the soldiers, the men and women in the arms forces, as much as the people sat at home watching, and really luckily. Well, I say lucky, but it’s down to Richard and James, our writers, who work tirelessly to make sure it’s accurate and it’s been really well received. We’ve been fortunate enough to be invited along to a lot of armed forces events whether it’s help the heroes charities, injured soldiers and what not. And the reception has been really great, and for us it’s been absolutely fantastic. I’m really glad that the hero of the armed forces are enjoying it.
[Additionally he was asked how he would describe the show to someone who’s watching for the first time. Matt also described how his character got the nickname Towerblock.]
ES: I imagine there was extensive military training for the role. Did you go through any sort of boot camp?
ML: Well, not so much of a boot camp, but we definitely had a lot of lectures. We had a lot of advisors on set. We’ve got former captain Liam Fitzgerald Finch and a current captain, who actually take that lonely walk to diffuse bombs. When I first got the job last year, Liam took me through everything which was fascinating. You can just sit down and ask them any question, they’re there to make sure we get it right. We want to get the show right, we don’t want people saying ‘no that’s not right’ so we ask these guys as many questions as possible. We really couldn’t make the show without Liam and Ally.
ES: Now the show films in South Africa, what’s that like?
ML: It’s amazing, we’re in Stellenbosch, which is a lovely wine region about 40 minutes out of Cape Town. And it’s just rolling hills and mountains and all you do when you’re not working is eat red meat and drink red wine. And so it is, you know it’s tough, but someone’s got to do it. So I’ll take one for the team and keep going down there and do that. I didn’t want to come home, I was there for 2 months and I did not want to come home. I mean apart from the fact that you’re working with an incredible bunch of people, cast and crew, the environment couldn’t be any better either.
ES: There’s lots of antics and jokes on camera, how about off camera? Are there pranks on set or are there jokes you play on each other?
ML: You know bits and bobs happen. We’ve got a pretty tight schedule and with the fights and explosions and stuff we’ve got to get through there’s not really a whole lot of time for dawdling around and messing around but obviously being a comedy the directors and producers are quite keen to let us have a little bit of leeway and a little bit of fun and there’s a few things we get up to. But really, with Africa, where we are, there’s more to do with all the amazing things around us. Every weekend we were doing something whether we were climbing a mountain or swimming with Great White Sharks, there’s always amazing experiences to be had and with a bunch of people where everyone is keen to do something together. With a lot of wine thrown into the mix.
ES: You’ve recently moved to London, how’s that going? How are you liking living in London now?
ML: It’s been great, and again it’s part and parcel of the people that I’ve met on the show. My life has always been in Leeds and I’ve been very happy with that, but being out in Africa wit this particular gang has just been so much fun. I’ve found so many kindred spirits. We’ve got Scott Hoatson who plays Rocket, and there’s Laura Aikman who joined this series this year, she comes in episode 2. We really clicked and hit it off and we’ve got a tight close-knit gang and so it was getting a bit tedious coming down on the train all the time to hang around with these guys. I thought, ‘you know what? sod it, I’m just going to move.’ and so I moved into the same area, I live just down the road from Scott and Jamie who play Mac and Rocket, the two Scotties. So it’s pretty fun, it’s nice we get to see each other quite a bit.
[Then Matt quickly discusses how much of an old man he is when it comes to music. He’s more into Rock and Roll and Sixties than Pop. (Same here, Matt!) He also mentions he loves Oasis and Noel Gallagher.]
ES: There’s this project you’ve been attached to for some time, The Brontes, do you have any knowledge as to how that’s going or if it will begin production soon?
ML: I really don’t. It was a thing that I read the script and was intrigued by it and was keen. But I’m not really sure, I’m kind of busy this year. I’ve got a couple things coming up, which I’m really excited about. I’ve got another film coming up this year, so I don’t really know if I’m going to have any time at the minute to be honest, but it’s sort of gone away at the minute. I’m not too sure about it. You probably know as much as me.
But there’s some other really good stuff coming up, I can guarantee that! Unfortunately. I’ve just spoke to Megan about it and there’s nothing that can be said at the moment. But some stuff coming!
Monday, March 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm | 0 Comments |
In a new interview with Radio Times, Matt Lewis and co-star Laura Aikman discuss the new series of Bluestone 42 which premieres on BBC Three this evening (10pm for those that forgot!) We also have a few new photos from the show, which can be found in the gallery!
“There’s a big explosion in episode 1 – and it’s not even the biggest that we’ve done this series,” affirms Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, who stars as Corporal Gordon ‘Tower Block’ House in the comedy.
“We have another explosion later on in the series which is the biggest we’ve EVER done. And it is Un-believable. We weren’t even allowed anywhere near it when it went off, we had to watch it from about a mile away. And even then, it vibrated everything around you. We’ve really tried to up the stakes in terms of the action and explosions this series. “
And then the series has to deal with the spectre of current events – namely, that we don’t actually have troops in Afghanistan any more… “Obviously, the withdrawal from Afghanistan has happened and that’s something that we touch on in this series,” says Lewis. “The operations are coming to an end, they’re winding down – so in this series it’s a lot to do with looking to the future and how they’ll leave the country.”
Presumably this begins to put the kibosh on any future series of the comedy – but according to the cast, there could be hope. “There’s so much scope, and the writers have so many ideas for other things the team could do,” says Aikman. “I think technically they wouldn’t be the same team if they went somewhere else, but they might be able to…fudge that.” In other words, the series could do a Twenty Twelve and spin itself off into another series, with some of the cast moving to a new location as Hugh Bonneville’s Ian Fletcher did to appear in W1A.
Additionally, the writers of the show did an interview with Radio Times to share how they go about creating the show. That interview may be read here.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:24 pm | 0 Comments |
This Monday, March 9th, Matthew Lewis will be chatting with Scott Mills (and Chris Stark) on BBC Radio 1. He will be talking about Bluestone 42 which premieres Monday night and we assume they will discuss some other fun topics. The show starts at 1pm and lasts 3 hours, we are unsure of the specific time Matt will be on, so pay attention to Twitter!
Thanks to Marcel for the tip!
UPDATE: You can listen to the interview here, starting at 38:38-46:23 and then 49:00-54:58 and finally 57:38-1:02:22.
Update 2: Thanks to AccioMDL you can listen to the full interview below (it is only available on iPlayer for a few more days)