BBC One Radio Interview
BBC: I know you two are on Twitter. You’ve got ridiculous followers. How many have you got firstly, Tom?
Tom: I don’t know. We do love it. I don’t know.
Matt; You’ve got zillions.
Tom: Several thousand.
BBC: You’ve got loads too though, Matthew.
Matt: Not as many as him.
Tom: We’re both plugging it. We do enjoy it.
Matt: Well I like Twitter. I like it best because I’m terribly opinionated.
Tom: It’s true.
Mat: Actually I got in an argument with someone yesterday.
Tom: I want to hear this. How did you get in an argument with this person again?
Matt: I’ll tell you, right? This friend of mine mentioned the color red. And he spelt the word ‘color’ the correct way – C-O-L-O-U-R.
Tom: What other way is there to spell it?
Matt: An American chap said, “I hate it when people spell ‘color’ with a “U” and I simply said …
BBC: Okay, and you got involved?
Tom: He loves to.
Matt: I made a simple statement. It wasn’t an insult. He went off on one. He said that England was rubbish.
Tom: But just let me remind you, he’s had an argument with this guy before. Last time it was drink driving.
Matt: I didn’t even mean an argument. All I said was … I just made a statement about the English language. I wasn’t saying it was bad. I just said, you know, I stated a fact.
BBC: And how did you guys end this little argument via Twitter?
Tom: Did he leave it?
Matt: He pretty much asked me outside. He wanted a fight over Twitter. He said something like, “If you want to come over to America then we can sort this out. If you don’t want to step up to the plate, you stay in England.”
BBC: And what did you say?
Matt: I just said, “OK, pal.” And I just left it there.
BBC: I know you can’t give us too much.
Tom: I can say a lot. Ask me.
BBC: All right. Seriously, how much, individually, how is this film gonna step up from the last film. Because the last film was scarier, there was more romance, but it was dark.
Tom: No, this one’s really … You thought that was dark? You ain’t seen nothing yet.
Matt: This is something that we’ve never even come close to doing.
Tom: Again, we’ve only shot certain parts of it so it is actually impossible to say what to look forward to because we haven’t done half of it. But another nice thing from a lot of people’s perspective is that usually – well, for the last ten years – we’ve left it “dot-dot-dot to be continued” whereas now, finally, they have the ability to say, “Right, now this is the ending.” I hate to say it, but people are dying around you, and that’s something that hasn’t happened in the last ten years of school. Now, all of a sudden, you’ve got all these characters that have been there for nine years who are no longer there. The severity of the whole thing has kicked up a notch.
BBC: Will Malfoy survive?
Tom: I don’t want to say too much. Let’s just say he didn’t get too much female attention in the last film
BBC: No, he didn’t.
Tom: Well, soon to be rectified.
BBC: And will Neville have a makeover?
Matt: Will Neville have a makeover? Well, there’s no fat suit this year, that much I can tell you.
Matt: They got rid of the fat suit and it’s good for Neville this year. Actually again, I’m not gonna give too much away but we’ve had some really cool stuff. The set – it’s kind of like the set from Saving Private Ryan. WE’ve been working on it.
Tom: It’s epic. And, again, without revealing too much …
BBC: I love that, “Without revealing too much …”
Tom: No, I don’t want to say too much, but [it] has some fantastic stuff. Heroic. I’d even go so far as saying “heroic.”
Matt: That sounds good.
Tom: That does sound good.
Matt: I like that.
Tom: Heroic. And even “iconic.” I’d go as far as saying that.
BBC: I love it. Wow, you two are stroking each other’s egos right now. I love it.
BBC: In the movies, Draco Malfoy is the bad boy and Neville is, let’s be fair, a bit of a wuss. But I want to know who is the badder boy in real life: Tom or Matthew?
Matt: Don’t point at me.
BBC: Just some quick five questions.
Matt: All right.
BBC: Have you ever been suspended or had detention at school, Tom?
Matt: Have I had dention? No. I’ve been suspended.
Tom: But mine was for dying my hair blonde.
Matt: Was it really? (laughs)
Tom: Yeah, they suspended me for dying my hair blonde. Can you believe that?
BBC: Ever dated two girls at the same time, Tom?
Tom: No, but three.
Matt: No, no, no.
BBC: So you never kissed one and been seeing another one?
Tom: No, it’s not in my nature.
BBC: Aren’t you good boys. Ever light a bunk of skoal?
BBC: Okay. Who is the biggest blagger as a celebrity? You know, you get certain perks where you get freebies? What’s the biggest blag you’ve ever had, Tom?
Tom: A blag … a free phone.
Matt: I did the same thing.
BBC: Oh Matthew, you followed him. And finally, last time you actually had a physical fist fight, Tom?
Tom: Literally when I was 12 or 13. Actually no, it was with you last week, wasn’t it?
BBC: Do you two do anything away from each other?
Matt: No I’m joking. It was like when I was 13 over a game. I was trying to be hard on the playground.
BBC: Now you’ve got to represent Leeds. You’re a Leeds player. Don’t tell me you’ve never a scrap.
Matt: Down Elland Road. Quite a bit of a scrapper for football, you know. No. The last time was on a school bus. I remember it vividly because it was the only fight I’ve ever had.
Tom: School bus? Come on.
Matt: It was on a school bus.
Tom: Come on.
Matt: There was this short ginger chap and he was just mouthy, wasn’t he? And I was the only six-fiver on the bus. And I do regret, I shouldn’t have done it, but …
BBC: so you beat up somebody shorter than you?
Tom: Was he a 9-year-old?
Matt: No, he wasn’t 9.
Tom: He was 11 at least.
Matt: He was of GCSE age.
Tom: Okay, all right. (laughs)
BBC: The fact that you actually attacked somebody much smaller than you …
BBC: … just for that reason alone, I’m gonna allow you to be the badder boy because actually there’s rules in the game. The fact that you hit somebody shorter than you – and probably younger – is disgusting. So you are the baddest boy then.