James Purefoy says he won’t do Game Of Thrones
Purefoy is currently promoting his new TV show The Following in which he plays a serial killer. When asked his feelings about the HBO series Rome, the actor had this to say:
"[Kevin] McKidd and I had lunch the other day, and I said to him, “Have you been asked to do Game Of Thrones?” And he said, “I’d never do it. Because they stole our fucking show.” He worked out that if Rome had run for the entire seven seasons that it should have run, we would only have finished it last year. And he feels that HBO did Game of Thrones instead of us, so they stole our show. I kind of agree with him. I won’t be doing Game Of Thrones, even if they ask me."
Source 2 here you can read the original question and some of his thoughts on The Following ("Speaking of Rome, that was another very ambitious show. Is there still a sense of sadness that you guys didn't get to take it further?")