Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis has confessed that he was under contract not to fix his teeth while filming the franchise.
The 24-year-old played Neville Longbottom in all eight films, and said he was told not to get cosmetic dentistry in order to keep him in character. Lewis told The Independent that he had to go for “10 f**king years without having anything done to his bad teeth.”
That wasn’t the only requirement Lewis needed to play Longbottom.
“When we got to film three, and I’d got quite tall and slimmed out a bit, they decided that they were uncomfortable with that, and thought, ‘No, we need to make him a bit geeky looking’, or geekier, I should say, so they put me in a fat suit and false teeth,” he said.
Lewis said he was so miserable with the costume that David Yates, who directed the last four films, agreed to let him get rid of the false teeth. He still had to wear the fat suit.
“Looking back on it, it doesn’t really bother me at all, but at the time, when you’re going through puberty and you’re on a film set with a lot of attractive girls anyway, and then back at school as well, and you have to wear this fat suit, and have this long greasy hair – oh, yeah, at the time, it was rubbish. It was really rubbish.”
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling recently announced her screenwriting debut in an upcoming spinoff. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name.
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ into a film,” Rowling said. “I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts’, realized by another writer was difficult.”
Rowling added, “Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favorite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.”