Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:25:47 +0100
- OH NO!!
It's Sunday Funday, which means it's time for a GoT cast post!
- Pedro Pascal Goes Behind the Scenes of ‘Game of Thrones’
By JENNY IACURCI
OP: The interview is very long so I only posted the GoT parts, but the whole thing is worth a read at the first source link.
GALO: Aside from already being a successful actor on TV shows such as The Good Wife, Lights Out and Red Widow, you have had a very busy year so far. You just wrapped-up shooting the recurring role of Prince Oberyn Martell on season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones. The series’ creators described this role as being particularly difficult to cast because there are so many different elements to the character, and because his look is very specific. Were there any nerves playing a character that has such an infamous role this coming season? I know you cannot reveal the details of the plot, but the “Red Viper,” as he’s known, becomes a major player.
PP: I would say it was definitely the most intimidating role that I’ve ever played. David Benioff and Dan Weiss, I think, ultimately were open to whatever he may look like, as long as it inhabited the emotional truth that they were looking for, which is a man who lives through his passions completely — whether it be love or hate, rage or affection. He’s this kind of uncompromising person who will do as he feels, not what somebody thinks is right, but what feels right. Or by what he sees as a burning hunger in him, no matter how dangerous it may be, no matter what destruction it may cause.
GALO: So he really goes by his emotions, you’re saying?
PP: He goes strictly by his emotions. I think he’s very, very smart. He’s educated, but it’s all about what he’s feeling, and that sort of motivates everything. There’s something in particular that motivates him through this season, which tapped into the raw emotion and which was most important to them, and then with that comes his badass-ry. I mean that’s part of what makes him a badass — that he just doesn’t give a shit. He does what he wants, when he wants to do it. [Everyone else] is very strategic, very calculating, and often very afraid. He lives with no fear, which kind of doesn’t make him sane. He’s not crazy or anything like that, but he does something that we as human beings don’t do because it will make our lives very short — he doesn’t care.
GALO: That goes into the central themes of Game of Thrones, which consist of betrayal, revenge and honor, and all of the characters are constantly scheming and plotting against each other. The only comic relief we seem to get comes from Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister. This season you work closely with him because your characters find some common ground. What was it like working with him? Is he as funny and witty as his character?
PP: I was very aware of his talent growing up. I had seen him in films and on stage in New York. I had every expectation of meeting an incredibly talented and intelligent person, but he just has this razor sharp intelligence and this dry sense of humor that made me understand how David and Dan would basically only go after him for the role of Tyrion. And from the get-go, working with him was a joy. He’s the smartest person in the room; he’s without question the smartest person, and he’s also, in working, very generous. He’s very playful. I mean yes, sure, he’ll joke around and make a light environment, but when you’re actually in the scene with him, he’s just very generous and very connected to you and listening, and it’s very inspiring. It’s also a great invitation to play as well. It’s an invitation to feel very free with the material. I don’t mean with the actual writing, but just in terms of the way that the tone can fluctuate from one beat to another. It all feels really fresh and as a scene partner, it invites you to play. It was a very special experience. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever worked with.
GALO: I imagine that auditioning for this role, and in general, was both grueling and nerve-wracking. The show has been so successful in its first three seasons — I know the creators weren’t sure if it would ever get there, especially, given the cliffhanger ending of season three. And I think Peter Dinklage even commented on it in an interview, saying, “Where do you go from there?” and “How do you top that?” Did you go in with any expectations, and were you already familiar with the books and your character’s role?
PP: I had to curb my expectations. I kind of had to force myself not to have any expectations, and really deliver what was being presented to just get to the core of it and discover that place we talked about, what actually motivates Oberyn Martell, and how it’s purely an emotional place. And alongside the actual work, there was my familiarity with the show — I was a fan before the audition even came around. I binge-watched the first two seasons, and by the time the third season rolled around, I was totally caught up and anticipating each Sunday. When it first came around, I was like, “what is this fantasy show on HBO? What is that?” It was like, “Okay, I’ll watch it! Everybody’s telling me to watch it, [that] it’s amazing. Okay, I’ll fucking watch it!” Fantasy isn’t a genre that I like…disdain. It wasn’t necessarily my bag, but that’s what’s so transcendent about the books and the show — it goes way beyond one’s ideas of fantasy genre.
I was a huge fan of the show before I ever auditioned for it, so I’ve never experienced anything like that — going to a location of something that I was so aware of and already so excited by, whether I had anything to do with it or not. I knew all of the actors. I was in love with all of their characters. There was an aspect of the entire series that was surreal, aside from actually having work to do. Of course, with it came tremendous challenges that were physical, emotional and the pressure of it. At that point, I was aware that this was a character in the books that readers really cared about; and, of course, I understand why — he’s a great character — [it was about] finding a way of taking the risk of satisfying them in the truest way, which [means] understanding what makes this guy tick.
Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, and Hodor at SXSW
Sophie Turner Outtakes from Tatler UK
Some out takes from the day, not for the story, but I thought I’d share these anyway! - James Meakin, Photographer
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I love this cast sfm. <3 Also, there's going to be a new trailer airing tonight before the True Detective finale.