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In another interview from Matthew’s time in Germany, he talks about the Harry Potter films and his other roles.
Ragna: “What is your opinion about the props going on big tour so that everybody can see them? It’s like a little look behind the scenes and a look behind a big part of your life. What’s your opinion about that?”
Matthew Lewis: “Well, I think it’s brilliant. You know, we finished filming four years ago. To come here today and going to the Exhibition… it just takes me back to that time. Melting to that world, that’s so wonderful. It’s weird and so incredible to have so many fans around the world. Having Fans in England, that’s crazy, but having fans in Germany it is like: WOW! I think it is great that we can take the things out to the fans and show them the props in this Exhibition.”
Ragna: “What do you think is the coolest and most awesome prop here?”
Matthew Lewis: “In my opinion, all Neville-Stuff is pretty cool. To see my costume and the probs it reminds me of the great time. I love the Quidditch Stuff – to play the quaffel is very cool. I love sport, I’m a big sport fan. Quidditch is a whole concept. I love it.”
Ragna: “How does it feel that people on the street only connect you with Neville Longbottom rather than with Matthew Lewis?”
Matthew Lewis: “Well, I’m quite fortunate actually that since Harry Potter finished I’ve been doing a lot of different stuff and a lot of this has been in British Television. Not really in other countries. So in England I come away from Neville and do other stuff, different from Neville. The roles I’ve been getting are far away from Neville. When you make a program or a film for ten years you always gonna be associated with. It could be worse. The character of Neville is a fantastic character. I wouldn’t be able to do the shows at the West end in London when I wouldn’t have acted as Neville before.”
Ragna: “Are you in contact to the main cast from Harry Potter?”
Matthew Lewis: “Yes, I spoke to Emma (Watson) last week. I was talking to her about her UN – “HeForShe” – campaign, which is wonderful. I think it’s brilliant, you know it’s incredible. Her speech was mind blowing and she texted me and asked me if I could send her a picture for her campaign. So I did that for her and I spoke to Dan last month. Well, it’s difficult to see each other, because we are all around the world doing different stuff, but we are still in contact with each other and I might even go play football with Oliver Phelps at some point when I am back next month.”
Ragna: “If you could be a wizard yourself: what would be the one thing you would desire the most to conjure?”
Matthew Lewis: “Ibuprofen! I drank too much last night. Too much Kölsch. There are simple pleasures, like Pizza and Ibuprofen.”
Ragna: “How was it to play sort of a loser (Neville Longbottom)?”
Matthew Lewis: “I think everybody on the planet is capable of incredible things and people get put down by all other people and society and that’s getting in the way, but everybody is capable of incredible things. Everybody has that inside of them, and so to be able to play that. This journey that someone who wasn’t a complete loser, but bullied and shy and you know that other stuff, to be able to take him on that journey and to show everybody what’s in Neville. I was so privileged and I still get fan-mails from people, who say that Neville helped them through tough times, crises in life or bulling at school. To read that a job that you have done, as an actor, has inspired people, is just great.”
Thanks to Marcel for the translation!
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm | 0 Comments |
In a new video released today we see Matthew Lewis playing a Harry Potter quiz game with SenderTime while in Germany. The beginning of the video is in German, but the questions and answers are in English. Watch below and enjoy:
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm | 0 Comments |
Matthew Lewis was a guest on 1LIVE and the interview is now online. Unfortunately Matthew’s answer are overlaid by a translation so it’s hard to make out for those of us who don’t speak German. Thanks to Sandra, we have summary of the interview:
If he took something from the set?
He took the Neville’s costume from the final battle – this cardigan with all the blood on it and the false teeth
What do you like most about the exhibition? What is your highlight?
the dark department, there are things of the Death Eaters and Voldemort, the giant spider – all in a dark room, it is a crass atmosphere, cool feeling to go through this room.
How did it start with you and Harry Potter? Was there an audition?
Yes, but it already started earlier, before the casting. He was 8 years old and started to reading the books. He loved the books and then it was said that they make a movie about it.
Would you have preferred to play Harry?
When I read the books, I never wanted to be Harry. I wanted to be at this school and be his friend, but as Matthew Lewis.
With the role as Neville I had the best of both worlds.
What was the funniest on set what you still remember in 1000 years?
There is a story from the time of “Harry Potter ad the Prisoner of Azkaban” , Alfonso Cuarón, our director, he had a fart machine there, and he has hidden it on set and as Alan and Michael shooting a serious scene and then – Matt makes a farting Sound – it was very loud in the great hall and all had to laugh. We could not film a long time because we started again and again to laugh.
Do you still have contact with the other HP actors? Do you have a WhatsApp group?
No, no we don’t. We make a few things together every year. For example – we had a stuntman David Holmes, he has been injured badly during the shooting and every year we play a charity cricket to raise money and there we see us
What would Neville do when he meets Saruman?
Neville would run away.
Neville likes the Smurfs. Neville would try to beat him. He likes to fight for the people who can not fight for themselves.
…evil fairy from Maleficent?
she is a combination of beautiful women and really evil. She is nothing for Neville, he would cry and curl up on the floor
And a couple more video interviews have made their way online:
(has the same interview as above, but other content is included)
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:11 am | 0 Comments |
A couple more new interviews with Matthew this morning. First up is an interview with Die FILM Seite where Matt talks about what it was like playing Neville and also shows he’s not as clumsy as his character.
Gazette du Sorcier also posted their transcript of a round table interview they participated in with other websites. A rough translation of some of the questions may be read below:
Is there any news on the Bronte project you are scheduled to appear in?
He still hopes to be part of the project, but unfortunately doesn’t have any news. What makes him say we do well to remember him, he thought to ask for. However, there is no shortage of projects; he is about to depart for South Africa after visiting Cologne to start new episodes of Bluestone 42. He also returned from a shoot in the Caribbean but the project is top secret; we just know he sported a goatee and shaved it as soon as possible before going to Germany.
If you could choose any movie ever released and star in the remake, what would you want?
Almost without hesitation, Matthew begins to talk about Star Wars. He says he watched the movies when he was young and at that time he dreamed of being part of the universe. He used to put the tapes on “Auto Rewind” and fall asleep in front; sometimes waking up in the middle of the night to discover Leia strangling Jabba the Hutt, launch a “yeah, go ahead!” and go back to sleep immediately.
I then raise on the fact that a new trilogy is currently running; it is then that he says Domhnall Gleeson. Matthew said he had not auditioned for a role, but if the opportunity presents itself for one of the following two parts he will take it. After coming back down to earth, however, he said that there is an incredible number of other films that make hims ay “if only I had been there / I was the right age when they were made.”
In the past, Matthew has been a great ambassador for his native region, Yorkshire: what does he thing are must-see locations for people visiting the area?
The actor cites Leeds first, his hometown, but he then suggests York, pictured against the medieval enclosure which still stands (and publicly available). He also talked about the rise of Ilkley for “Cow and Calf Rocks”; the beautiful Yorkshire coast where Scarborough, known for its market and song, but also Whitby where would the best fish and chips in the country and who appears in the novel Dracula; and ended by talking about the Yorkshire Dales National Park. He recalled that the phrase “Godzone” is applied to the Yorkshire and it is not without reason.