'Harry Potter' Actor Matthew Lewis Shares Touching Memory of Alan Rickman
Actor Matthew Lewis has shared a sweet moment of support he received from Alan Rickman as the Harry Potter movies drew to a close in 2010.
Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the hugely popular film franchise, shared the poignant story during a recent appearance on the Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast. "I went to his trailer and I just said to him, 'Hey, I know it's your last day, and I just wanted to say this has been incredible, to have worked with you for so long,'" Lewis recalled. "I know we’ve not really spoken very much, but I just wanted to say it was because I was terrified, but you were incredible. Thank you for allowing me to work with you for 10 years and not ever to shout at me or treating any of us as anything less than your equal.'"
Lewis went on to say that Rickman accepted the compliment graciously and invited him into the trailer for a heart-to-heart. "He was like, ‘Come on in,'" Lewis continued. "And he put the kettle on and we had a cup of tea and we chatted about what I was going to do in my career moving forward and what he recommended I do."
Rickman died at the age of 69 on January 14, 2016 – less than six months after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Following his death, Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe also shared heartwarming memories of the much loved actor, who played his onscreen nemesis Severus Snape. "He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter," Radcliffe wrote on his now-defunct Google+ page. "I'm pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn't have to do that."
"As an actor he was one of the first of the adults on Potter to treat me like a peer rather than a child," Radcliffe continued. "Working with him at such a formative age was incredibly important and I will carry the lessons he taught me for the rest of my life and career."
In November it was announced that Rickman's "witty" and "candid" diaries will be published as a book later this year.
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