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MTV Set Exclusive: Meet Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis in MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

MTV revealed another exclusive from Josh Horowitz’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones last September.

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(When a YouTube or other format has been uploaded we will post it here, as well)

“Simon, he’s the only normal guy in the whole script in the sense that everyone else has some kind of magical ability, so he’s very much the normal perspective, the normal eyes, the guy who is kind of asking the questions,” Sheehan told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz during a visit to the Toronto set last year. “He’s thrust into these very abnormal situations. It’s quite exciting.”

Yet, for all the supernatural shenanigans that transpire, Simon also faces a very real teen problem: unrequited love.

“It’s very clear from the beginning of the story that Simon is quite desperately in love with his friend, who’s been his best friend pretty much all their lives,” Sheehan explained of his character’s affections for Clary. “And it eventually comes to the fore, and they kind of work through it. It’s interestingly written in the script because it’s kind of just about small conversations that happen between two friends and eventually ends up in, ‘Hey, by the way…’ And it’s been a lovely part, and I’m working with that amateur Lily Collins, and I’m dragging her through the dramatic stuff, you know.”

And while the leather-clad, weapon-wielding Shadowhunters (which also include Kevin Zegers and Jemima West) are arguably much hipper than nerdy Simon, Sheehan says he doesn’t envy his Nephilim-portraying counterparts.

“They may look cool in their leather and sexy boots, but they have to come in about two hours before I do every day to get those rune tattoos put on and taken off and put on and taken off, so they get a lot less sleep than I do.”

In previous set exclusives, we’ve gotten a first look at the film (and Magnus’ party), our first look at Godfrey Gao as Magnus and a featurette about Lily Collins as Clary.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hits theaters on Aug. 23.

What do you think this latest set exclusive? Sound off in the comments!

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11 Comments on MTV Set Exclusive: Meet Robert Sheehan as Simon Lewis in MORTAL INSTRUMENTS

  1. Wah! I hate my life! This is the one time I dont like being Canadian… hopefully someone uploads a youtube version soon.

  2. IrishShowhuntersAnonymous // April 29, 2013 at 2:49 PM // Reply

    Does MTV not realise that there is a very big wide world out there outside of the US? We do exist too you know!? Its so frustrating!! You’d think they would at least post the videos on or something. The cast includes Irish, English, Canadian etc actors should those of us in these countries be able to keep up to date with everything as well.

  3. i loved it and I watched it on daily motion. but seriously mtv post the videos on your other sistes or make it to avaiable to non-americans! robert is a great simon and iloved how he used shadowhunter terminogoly. and he has such a great sense of humor.

  4. Indiedarling // April 29, 2013 at 5:42 PM // Reply

    By the way. I’m Estonian and I still can watch these videos. The only exeption so far being Jamie’s interview 🙂

  5. ha! robert is hilarious! can’t wait to see him as simon!!!! 😀

  6. I love Robert as Simon. Nerds are just as sexy as leather-clad nephilum! I’ll love you Simon!

    I am sorry to all my non-american friends out there. I never understood why MTV does that. It pissed off a lot of Potter and Twilight fans back in the day too.

  7. I am avoiding MTV like the plague. The Canadian site never has the videos I want and I can’t see them on the US site. So I will have to wait for you tube……sigh……
    I can’t even find a way to contact MTV to tell them what I think of them. I guess they wouldn’t want to really know anyway…..

  8. I’m sorry to all my fellow shadowhunters all around the world, but hopefully it’ll be up soon on other sites, and I REALLY HOPE that they post more videos with Jamie, Jemima, and Kevin just so we can have a video that centers on each of them.. <3<3 and TOMORROW is the release of the international TRAILER SO EXCITED <3<3

  9. I AM NEPHILIM // April 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM // Reply

    i luuuuvvvv robert and i think he the sexiest most bad ass nerd in the entire universe 🙂

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