LeakyMug Episode 5 (November 2005)
Matthew Lewis (ML): Oh my God. Who is this? Who is this?
BS: This is Ben Schoen.
ML: Ooooohhhh. I’m so excited right now.
BS: What’s your name? What’s your name, good lad?
ML: My name is Matthew.
BS: Matthew what?
ML: Matthew Lewis.
JN: Oh my gosh! I thought you were going to be Matthew Vines for a second, because that would have been a real celebrity.
ML: How is it going?
AS: Oh, pretty good.
JN: I think this is the first time anybody of celebrity status was ever on a MuggleCast.
BS: Except for me.
JN: This is the very, very first…
AS: Oh, no. I’m on every week.
BS: Me too!
AS: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
JN: I know.
BS: So, Matt…
BS: How you doing, buddy?
ML: I’m doing good.
BS: Everybody, Matt Lewis. (Imitating AS) Yeah! Yeah!
ML: Hello everybody. Hello.
BS: (Laughs) This is awesome!
AS: Never again.
JN: We had Matt Lewis on a little bit during the live podcast. He gave us a little bit of insight into Neville’s character until Andrew cut him off with his yeahs.
AS: Shut up! I did not.
ML: Yeah. I had no idea that all those people were there. So that was pretty crazy, so yeah.
JN: Well, you were one of the only people who actually got that you could just talk and we would hear it, instead of just asking if we could hear you.
JN: Everybody else was like, “Can you hear me? Can you hear me?” and they didn’t say anything but hello.
ML: I just heard it now, and it’s like I just couldn’t hear you when I was on the phone. I just heard Melissa just say hello.
JN: It turned out all right.
ML: I couldn’t hear you guys, so I thought, “Okay, I can’t hear what you’re saying. I’ll just talk for five minutes.” So…
JN: Well, that was really cool. That was really cool of you doing that. We actually, I think, have a picture of you talking to us on the phone that Melissa’s Mom took at the after party.
ML: Yes. Yeah.
AS: Oh, really?
BS: Matt, I feel obligated to ask…
JN: Not again.
BS: What’s Emma Watson’s cell phone number?
(AS and ML Laugh)
JN: Come on!
ML: Oh my God. You know you’re the third person to ask me that tonight. (Laughs)
BS: I know.
AS: Number one, Ben Schoen. Number two, Ben Schoen. (Laughs)
BS: Well just… send her my love. Send her Ben Schoen’s love.
ML: I will do that. I will. (ML and AS Laugh)
JN: Wow. That’s going to make her whole day.
BS: I bet it will.
JN: She has no fans.
ML: She told me that, by the way.
JN: She hardly has any fans, too. So she’s going to be thrilled to hear from you, Ben. (ML Laughs) Because nobody else wants her number.
(BS and JN Laugh)
BS: So, uh… Yeah Matt.
JN: So Melissa found you walking around on the street, huh? What luck!
ML: Yeah. We were just wandering around.
JN: What luck.
ML: Looking at the stores.
BS: What do you think of New York City?
JN: Yeah, you’re pretty far from home, there.
ML: Yeah, we are. Yeah. It’s cool. I really like New York City. I’ve been here it seems four times now?
BS: Has anyone recognized you on the street? Has anyone ran up to you?
ML: It is weird. I mean, usually back home when you get recognized, people aren’t too shy. They’ll say, “Are you so-and-so?”
ML: But me and Jamie Waylett were walking down the street today, and we were still waiting for the light to change so we could cross the street.
ML: And this girl, I wasn’t even looking in her direction, I was looking in the completely opposite way, she goes, “I just saw your film. I just wanted to say you were so good.” And my reaction was to go, “What? Sorry? What?” (BS Laughs) I was completely out of it. I was looking the other way, reading some signs.
ML: Then she repeated herself and I was like, “Oh, Okay. Cool. You liked it?” and we got into a conversation. It was just weird, you know? It’s not how it’s done back home.
JN: Well that was cool that she was at least cool about it. Wasn’t like, (in a high-pitched tone) “Ohmygod! Ohmygod! It’s Neville!” and then she tackles you or something.
ML: She was very, very calm. It was cool. We just had a chat about the film. It was cool to know that people were enjoying it.
AS: Did you ever act like you thought someone was crazy to you? Like you had no idea what they were talking about, pretended you weren’t who you are?
ML: (Laughs) Someone came up to me today, and this guy was so funny. He was one of the funniest fans I’ve ever spoken to. And he comes up, and I think he was being really serious, he came over and he goes, “Oh, Hi. I love you in the films. You’re the one that turned into the rat.”
JN: That’s terrible!
AS: Oh, boy.
ML: We were like, “Okay, umm, well…”
JN: Minus about a hundred pounds.
ML: And then he was like, “Oh. No, no, no, no, no. I know you now. You the one who that defends your rat.”
(AS and BS Laugh)
JN: That defends the rat?
ML: And I said, “No.”
JN: I don’t even know who that is supposed to be!
AS: First of all, it’s not a rat.
BS: It’s a ferret.
AS: Second of all, you’re wrong. (Laughs)
ML: Yeah. I don’t know. He’s crazy, he’s crazy.
BS: So are you looking forward to the fifth movie?
ML: Yes! I can’t wait. I really can’t wait. I reread the book recently, the fifth book.
JN: That’s a smart move.
ML: I didn’t realize how good it was. When I first read it, I was discussing this earlier with Melissa, I got bored halfway through it. Put it down, and came back to it two months later and read it again. It just felt like a tedious thing. I don’t know why. Then I just reread it and I was like, “How the hell did I get bored with this book? It’s awesome!”
AS and JN: Yeah.
JN: Well that is cool, how you… yeah sorry.
ML: I can’t understand how I got bored with it. I really can’t.
BS: So, can you tell us, Has all the cast finished the sixth book?
JN: I was just going to ask him that. That’s what I want to know.
ML: I don’t know actually. I know some of the cast members don’t read the books.
ML: Yeah. I couldn’t say who, but I know just from talking to them that a few people said they haven’t read the books.
BS: Yeah. It was reported a few months ago that Emma Watson was having trouble reading the fifth book. Is that true? Or is that just…
ML: I’ve never really spoken to her about the books, really. You know, I’ll ask her when I give her your love.
JN: (Laughing) You’ll give her the phone number.
BS: I hate you.
ML: I’ll ask if you can have her phone number.
BS: Emma’ll just say yes. (ML Laughs) I mean, I’m Ben Schoen. Who wouldn’t?
JN: She’s probably heard of you already, Ben.
BS: I bet she has, actually.
JN: I heard she goes to BenSchoen.com. It’s like one of her favorites.
BS: Everybody, BenSchoen.com.
JN: Get out of here.
AS: To bad it hasn’t been updated in four months.
BS: Hey, hey.
JN: Okay. We’re not talking about you.
AS: (Laughing) Yeah, exactly.
JN: We’ve got talent on the phone.
AS: Yeah. So Matt, what are you doing in New York City this weekend? People are probably wondering because the premiere was last weekend.
ML: I’m here with Jamie Waylett and Devon Murray, and we’re doing an autograph signing thing. It’s like a big show, called Big Apple Con. They’ve got Carrie Fisher, who plays Princess Leia…
JN: Oh, cool.
ML: And other stuff, and there are always other people that come out, comic book actors and writers and stuff like that. Yeah, so we’re doing a signing there, in New York. Don’t ask me for the address, because I’m not from here.
(AS, BS and JN Laugh)
ML: Near Madison Square Garden. That’s all I know.
BS: So, I need you to lay down the law here. Are you a Ron/Hermione shipper?
ML: (Laughs) I would like to see those two get together.
BS: Everybody, do you hear that? Matthew Lewis, everybody. Ron/Hermione
JN: What do you think they think of that. I remember reading an old interview and saw they were like, “Ewww… that’s gross. I don’t want to kiss, you know, whoever.”
ML: I think they’d have a laugh with it. I think they’d really enjoy it.
ML: Okay, I won’t say it like that, I think they’ll have fun with it.
JN: Well sure.
ML: I think they’d have a laugh. I mean, they’re really good friends. I know the other day, I turned on TV and she said that Rupert and Dan were like big brothers.
ML: I think it’d be pretty funny to see those guys doing that.
BS: What I heard, actually, was when Ron and Hermione get together in book seven, which I’m predicting, is that they’re going to recast me as Rupert so that I get to make out with Emma.
(AS, JN and ML Laugh)
JN: You know, that would be really funny.
AS: You need to get over that.
ML: I think I heard that on MuggleNet actually.
BS: Yeah, I posted that.
JN: Well, of course you probably read that on MuggleNet, because that’s just the kind of facts that they get is inaccurate reporting like that.
AS: That’s all the news we report on a normal day.
JN: Random rumors.
ML: I was just on The Leaky Cauldron actually, earlier tonight looking at your new info. Because as a fan I want to know who is being cast for Umbridge and Luna Lovegood and stuff. So I was looking at your website, looking at the news and all that.
BS: You know what…
ML: I knew about Umbridge being Imelda Staunton, but I was curious about Luna Lovegood. So I went on my own to check about that. They’re down to the last five.
BS: Hey, John. John.
BS: Not John, not John. Matt. You know what? Next time you want to know any Harry Potter info, don’t even worry about going to any fansite. You just call me. (AS Laughs) You call me and tell me, “Ben, what’s up?” and I will give you the 411 on what’s going on right now in the Harry Potter world. Does that sound good?
(JN or AS sniggers)
ML: I will do that, in future.
BS: Here, I have an idea! Do your line from the first movie, when Dan Radcliffe, I mean Harry and Emma; Harry and – I keep mixing up their in the books…
BS: Their names in the movies and their real-life names – but, when Harry and Hermione come up to you – Harry, Hermione and Ron – you say…
BS: (in a Neville voice) “You’re not going to lose points for Gryffindor, again!” (laughs)
ML: I can’t even remember that line! How does it go?
JN: (laughs) That’s awesome!
ML: “I won’t let you, uhhh, you’ll lose Gryffindor points…” something like that? Is that how it goes?
ML: Okay. I have to go – I have to rewind four years, or something like that. Okay. Here we go.
ML: How stupid! (coughs) Okay, okay, okay. (pause) “No! You, you’ll get Gryffindor into trouble again! I..I-‘ll fight you!”
BS: Matt, I really hate to cut things short, here, but is there another fan that wanted to talk to us, I think?
ML: You know, I’ve gotta go to bed, anyway. (AS laughs) It’s been great talking to you guys.
JN: Yeah, thanks, man.
ML: I’m gonna put you on… There’s this other guy who, oh, my God! I’ve been on the phone, and he will not shut up, saying, “Let me talk to the guys! Let me talk to the guys!”
ML: So, I’m gonna put him on so he can tell you how big a fan he his, okay?
BS: Thanks for coming on, Matt! Thanks for coming on!
ML: It’s great talking to you!
JN: See ya, Matt.
ML: I’ll see you around.
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