THE WILD SUCCESS OF HBO’S GAME OF THRONES HAS REWRITTEN THE LAWS OF THE TELEVISION DRAMA, DUE LARGELY TO ITS BRILLIANT SOURCE MATERIAL AND ITS DASHING, MASTERLY CAST
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THRONES CHARACTER: JAIME LANNISTER
Where do you live now? Lyngby, Denmark
What was your first acting role? Laertes in Hamlet, Oct 3, 1992, at Betty Nansen Theatre, Copenhagen
How do you personally relate to your character? I am very different from Jaime, but I do understand him and why he acts the way he does. You cannot excuse pushing a kid out a window, and I don’t think Jaime would, but he believed that he was left with no option. I relate to being ready to go to extremes to protect my children. And I think Jaime—for all his arrogance and sarcasm—is a man of strong morals. You just have to do a bit of digging to find them.
What’s the most difficult part of your job? Working on GOT isn’t difficult—it’s challenging, which is great. When you do a show where the writing is weak, it’s difficult. But on Game of Thrones we have such brilliant writing. The challenge here is to not fuck it up.
Who’s your personal hero? My mom.
Who represents masculinity to you? Sam Shepard.
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THRONES CHARACTER: THEON GREYJOY
Hometown? London, England
Where do you live now? North London
When did you decide you would devote your life/career to acting? I haven’t yet.
If you could play any other character from the series, who would it be and why? I would like to play King Robert as he seemed to have a lot of fun, then died.
Besides acting, how do you express yourself? Karaoke.
What’s your ideal role? I’d like to play Paul Gascoigne or Mick Jagger.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your job? Rejection.
Who represents masculinity to you? Arnie in Pumping Iron. Legend.
What’s the most challenging aspect of acting in a period piece, particularly one that’s not just fictional but based in fantasy? Not really having much real life research to look at. But that can also be a massive positive.
How do you personally relate to your character? I’m not saying!
THRONES CHARACTER: LANCEL LANNISTER
Hometown? London, England
Where do you live now? London, England
What was your first acting role? I played the role of Archie in a workshop rendition of James Joyce’s play Exiles.
Besides acting, how do you express yourself? I often find that music helps me to express certain emotions or thoughts. And not writing it, or singing or playing it, but just listening to it is enough to make me feel at ease and content. And before you ask, no, I do not have a favorite genre. Anything from Beethoven to Guns n’ Roses.
How big a role do you feel your physique plays in your career/the acting game? I think that physique and being fit each plays a different role in an actor’s life. What I mean by that is, in most films or on TV series, one must look fit to give the audience the simple physical evidence that this person exercises frequently. On the other hand, “being fit” is more important, I think, and more associated with theatrical actors.
So what's the consensus on last night's episode? I thought it was boring (no weasel soup, no HoTU), and I hope the last two will be much better. Jaime/Brienne were great, however :D