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Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis on wearing fake teeth and ‘saliva-filled’ padding as Neville Longbottom: ‘I’d love it now’

The Harry Potter star, 31, on The Lord Of The Rings, fat-padding hell playing Neville Longbottom and his new romcom.

Where are you today?

I am in Florida, where we have absolutely no Covid regulations whatsoever, so I am sort of just staying in my house.

Why are you in Florida?

I live here. My wife is Floridian. We met at Universal Studios, where she used to work. I was over for a Harry Potter event and we stayed in touch, then we got married and I am now over here working on getting citizenship.

Do you mind talking about Harry Potter?

No, not at all. It was an awful lot of fun and it was such a nice set to be on. I mean, it could be stressful at times, definitely for certain people, but I defy anyone to say that they didn’t have a good time.

Who made you laugh most on the set?

Rupert Grint is naturally very, very funny. He just has incredible comic timing, incredible facial expressions and even his body language – everything! He has funny bones.

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Rupert Grint and his ‘funny bones’ kept the Harry Potter cast amused(Picture: Aurora Rose/REX)

Who from Harry Potter are you still friends with?

Alfie Enoch [who played Dean Thomas] was probably my best friend on set. He is the smartest man I know and so humble.

We’ve really hit it off again and we have been chatting quite a bit the last few months. We hadn’t spoken for a long time because he was exceptionally busy being very famous out in California.

Then, in the last lockdown, there was a Harry Potter thing that we did for charity. We had a WhatsApp group and Alfie was put in it – and I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ because I’d lost his number. I tried to text his number and some girl replied, saying, ‘I’m not Alfie, please leave me alone.’

Is it true you had to wear fat padding and false teeth to play Neville Longbottom?

It happened when I came back from the break in between films two and three. It was a slightly longer break than normal because they had shifted from a winter to a summer blockbuster, and when I came back I was much taller than everyone else and, I guess, thinner than I had been.

Producer David Heyman assures me it was never a discussion about recasting but they had to do something.

So they tried stuffing my cheeks with cotton wool, which was disgusting, then they cut these bits of sponge from creature effects and put them in there.

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Matthew Lewis played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films (Picture: Warner Bros)

But they just absorbed saliva so after a full day that was f***ing vile! Then I had the shoes that were two sizes too big, the plastic behind the ears to make them stick forward, the false teeth…

Now I would probably love that stuff, it’s great for getting into character, but back then, aged 14, I was like ‘f*** this! This is not part of the deal!’ But now, ten, 15 years later, I don’t begrudge it at all.

You shot your new romcom, Baby Done, in New Zealand. Did you go on a Lord Of The Rings tour?

No, which is ridiculous as I’m a huge Lord Of The Rings fan. I just didn’t have the time. I did force my wife to watch the trilogy during the first lockdown, though, and she ended up really enjoying it. So I’m thrilled.

If you were in The Lord Of The Rings, who would you be?

I would obviously like to be Boromir. I’m from Yorkshire so how could you not want to be Sean Bean, king of the north?

But I would probably be Pippin, who is just a clumsy idiot and throughout the film is basically an annoyance who doesn’t do as he is told.

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Yorkshireman Matthew would love to play Boromir, but admits he’s more of a Pippin

Baby Done is about becoming a dad. Did it make you broody?

No, it kind of reinforced all of my preconceived opinions. So I have two dogs, Nelly and Luke, that I love more than anything but they are a handful, particularly with the job I have, travelling for work all the time.

Nelly is basically like a problem child, bless her. She has terrible separation anxiety. It was costing us a fortune trying to board her in LA with the specialist dog whisperer so one of the reasons we ended up coming back to Florida was because we had family here we could leave the dogs with.

So doing this movie and seeing all of the things that come with having kids I am like, having a baby is brilliant, beautiful and amazing to do – one day. I am just absolutely not there yet.

What trip is top of your bucket list once Covid lifts?

I would like to go back to the UK and see people. We did fly back to surprise my parents for Christmas.

We didn’t tell them and my mum screamed so loudly, I was surprised the police didn’t get called. Then, a day after we got there, it was like, no one is going anywhere and London is going back into Tier 3.

It wasn’t even the worst thing because we just sat in their living room for three weeks doing nothing but it wasn’t exactly what we had planned when we booked it.

And I also want to watch the Ashes in Australia, just because it is really far away on a plane and I just want to do stuff that I am not allowed to do right now.

Baby Done is available now on digital platforms.

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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