Whereas chatting with The New York Times earlier this week, the 31-year-old actor — who performed Neville Longbottom within the “Harry Potter” film franchise from 2001 to 2011 — mentioned it is “painful” to look at his efficiency within the movies as he sees “an excessive amount of” of himself in Neville.
“I discover it fairly troublesome when an excessive amount of of me begins to come back by in a personality,” Lewis mentioned. “It is simpler once I can play somebody utterly completely different, like a police officer in London or somebody who’s rich.”
“At instances it is painful how a lot of me there may be in Neville,” he continued. “Once I’m watching, I am like, ‘That is not Neville; that is you.'”
David Yates, who directed the ultimate 4 “Harry Potter” movies, defined how Lewis’s efficiency remodeled over time.
“Matthew was very a lot a supporting participant once I arrived to direct ‘Order of the Phoenix,'” Yates advised the Instances. “However he grew to become extra assured, extra curious, extra current because the movies progressed. And extra formidable.”
Yates introduced up a scene he wrote for Lewis and his character for the final Harry Potter” movie, “Deathly Hallows: Half 2.” The sequence, which wasn’t featured within the books, exhibits Neville blowing up a bridge so as to decelerate Lord Voldemort’s military from coming into Hogwarts.
“It captured the charms of Neville and Matthew’s everyman high quality,” Yates mentioned. “He had a modesty and an honesty that was laborious to disregard.”
Though he won’t get pleasure from re-watching himself within the “Harry Potter” movies, Lewis does not thoughts if he’ll all the time be known as a “former Harry Potter actor.”
“If there’s one thing folks bear in mind you by, there are worse issues than the Harry Potter franchise,” he mentioned. “It opened so many doorways for me once I in any other case would not even have gotten within the room.”
The actor, nevertheless, is being seen in a brand new mild as a romantic lead in a reboot of “All Creatures Nice and Small” which you’ll catch on Masterpiece PBS.