Matthew Lewis: 'I can't watch Harry Potter now!'
Matthew Lewis had to switch off Harry Potter an hour into the first film because he found it tough to watch himself playing Neville Longbottom.
Matthew Lewis can't watch himself in the Harry Potter films anymore.
The 26-year-old actor starred as Neville Longbottom in the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's novels about the teen wizard. He was just 12 when the first movie came out, and now struggles if he ever catches sight of himself in the role.
"I try not to, as much as possible," Matthew laughed when he was asked on British morning show Lorraine on Wednesday (01June16) if he ever watches the films. "I watched the first one last year. I decided to go back and watch them all again. I got about half way through the first one and that was enough for me, I didn’t want to see anymore."
Matthew has certainly changed a lot since his Harry Potter days. He was under contract not to fix his crooked teeth while in the franchise, but has since gone on to have his smile perfected. He has also transformed into something of a hunky heartthrob and while he has moved on from the movies, he will always remain grateful for the opportunities they led to.
"I always feel bad when I talk about it like that because it sounds like I’m being cynical, but actually it was fantastic. I had the most amazing time," he insisted. "It’s just like watching home videos of you as a child - it’s difficult sometimes but what an experience. I wouldn’t be where I am now…"
Matthew's next role sees him star alongside Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in Me Before You. The movie has hit headlines due to its controversial storyline involving a disabled man pondering whether or not to take his own life. Euthanasia protesters caused a stir at the London premiere of the film last week (ends30May16), but Matthew thinks the final film tells both sides of the story as well as is possible.
"The whole point of this is that we are trying to tell a story that essentially opens a dialogue, and no-one ever wants to shut down any kind of discussion," he said. "And the thing about the story, as I said before, it is controversial. But I don’t know what it’s like - I’ve not been through that kind of experience, it’s very difficult for anyone to understand what that’s like. So after meticulous research and things like that, we’ve tried to show it in this film and to help people just understand a little bit."
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