“That’s what I loved about this character when I signed on,” he replies with enthusiasm. “You start out with a guy who seemingly is a very cynical, dark, evil man, if you will, and then they told me what his journey would be, and I found it fascinating. Even with the first scene, he does something so horrible and then says, ‘The things I do for love.’ That is his motivation.” I mention that his sister, Cersei, whom he is reunited with in Season Four, seems rather unlovable. Plus she seems to be developing a drinking problem with all those endless goblets of red wine. Coster-Waldau laughs, “I think so too. Jaime does ask, ‘Why did the gods make me love such a hateful woman?’ It’s interesting because so far she hasn’t shown many redeeming qualities. Mind you, clearly she hasn’t had an easy life.” The opportunity to dissect and discuss the show’s characters as if they actually exist is hugely fun and engaging. “That’s what’s great about the show,” he agrees. “It’s not the dragons. You are curious about what happens to these people.”
I sense he enjoys depicting these bad boys. “You are trying to find some kind of truth; whether the character is good or bad doesn’t matter. It’s about finding those moments where hopefully the audience will be able to connect and identify. Villains are so much fun to watch because they do the unexpected, and we all sometimes wish we could let loose. I remember reading Donald Duck when I was young, and there was that little red devil that would pop into his mind, urging him on. We all have that. We rein ourselves in all the time.”
So is it this inner moral battle, this darkness underneath the alpha male exterior, that has contributed to his sex symbol status? “I don’t know, but it tells us a lot about women, doesn’t it?” he grins.
He’s currently on location in Sydney working on Alex Proyas’s new action adventure Gods of Egypt, where he plays the mythological god Horus, costarring alongside Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush.
Here, he’s stayed low-key and largely unspotted by the paparazzi, waiting for the arrival of his wife, Nukaka, an actress and singer from Greenland whom he married in 1998, and their two daughters, 10 and 14, from their home in Denmark. He is far more interested in discussing the potential perils of Australian wildlife and whether or not he should even show his girls the chart he has of poisonous arachnids. “The Kingslayer” is, like most people, frightened of Huntsman spiders. “Guys that think they have to be manly or butch, tough, all those things, they bore me. To have a sense of humor is the most important thing. I don’t think you should take yourself too seriously, especially with what we [actors] do. There is so much incentive to do just that. You need to fight against it or it will mess you up.” I wrap our conversation by asking if “Game of Thrones,” and the presumably unexpected fame that has ensued, has changed his life.
“Everything changes your life, doesn’t it? But at the core, you hope that you don’t change.”
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