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Success of Game of Thrones took Edinburgh star Iain Glen by surprise

AS a child growing up in Edinburgh, the last thing Game of Thrones’ star Iain Glen wanted to be was an actor.

As we chat ahead of the release of his latest film, The Flood, he admits, “I don’t think I really knew that actors existed or what they did until I went to university.” It was at Aberdeen University that he “just fell into” the world of drama. I didn’t have any notion that I wanted be an actor until a couple of my contemporaries at university who were involved in the drama society, encouraged me to give it a go,” he recalls. Indeed, when Iain first applied to university, it was to study computer programming.

“The second time, I just studied English, which was wonderfully vague in it’s intention,” he laughs. As a kid in the Capital, Iain reflects that performing was an alien world to his brother Hamish, now a respected theatre director, and himself. “We began life in the Salisbury/Arthur’s Seat area,” he remembers, “then we moved to the Church Hill area in my mid-childhood.

Arthur’s Seat was a bit of a playground for me, but it became more of one when the Commonwealth Pool landed. We always used to go there. “I remember the grand opening and how exciting that was and, in the early days, any fool could jump off the high board, so I used to like doing that.” Laughing, he adds, “Yes, diving off the top board at the risk of crippling myself was a great pleasure.”

With no ‘showbiz’ in the family, his road to the stage took a bit long than most. I’m probably forgetting to mention someone, but I think Hamish and I were probably kind of left-field and a worry at the time for our parents.

“My father worked for an Investment Trust, he began at a low level, stayed with them for many decades, and ended up at the top of the Scottish Investment Trust. “My mother was an occupational therapist but gave up work to look after us boys. So there was no great drama or showbiz in the family. “It was definitely an usual step to take.

“However, when I was doing my first play at university – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, playing a relatively unimportant part – a couple of people, particularly a girl I really fancied, said, ‘I really believed you. You were good.’ That was all the encouragement I needed. “I wanted to improve at it and suddenly, that whole world just opened up.

Then I was very lucky to go on and get into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), an affirmation that it might be something worth pursuing.” That his passion for what he does remains to this day is evident as we turn our attention to The Flood, which is released on 21 June.

Described by Human Rights Watch as “an accurate portrayal of the refugee crisis,” The Flood is set in France and the UK and follows a hardened immigration officer who must uncover if a high-profile asylum seeker is lying and has a more sinister reason for wanting to come to the UK.

“It’s really is a very timely film,” says Iain, adding, “but we made it more than a year ago. “It’s a worry that it is the sort of film that is hard to get distribution for because, as feature films go, it doesn’t have ‘commercial’ written all over it.” It’s a film that Iain says he is particularly “proud to be a part of”, explaining, “It’s a very incisive and informative look at refugees and the difficulties they have to overcome to gain legal entry to the UK. “It walks a very fine line to try and show everyone’s point of view and in doing that, looks at how over-taxed the Immigration Service is, meaning the odds are stacked against people who come with a legal claim.

He continues, “It’s a very human story and fair-minded look at the whole subject. “It’s just not something that is easy to get up and running and funded, so I’ve got great admiration for the makers and their commitment.” It’s a very different movie to the one that opened Iain’s eyes to the potential the world of cinema held for him. In 1990 he played Hamlet in Tom Stoppard’s comedy drama Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

“It was filmed in the former Yugoslavia and Tom Stoppard remains a good friend,” he says. “I had recently played Hamlet on stage at the Bristol Old Vic and I think he was aware of that, so got me to play the role on film. “It was great fun. There was Gary Oldman, Tim Roth and myself and we had a ball doing it. “It was early on in my career and introduced to the wonders of film; they take you away to all these places you wouldn’t necessarily go on holiday.

“That was when the draw of films started to dawn on me; I saw the possibilities outside of the stage, which was what I knew more of up to that point.” Iain has since wracked up an impressive CV, Downton Abbey, Resident Evil: Extinction, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Doctor Who just some of a long list of credits. Despite his travels, however, Edinburgh remains home, even though he has now lived in London longer than he ever did here.

“I have so many fond memories, it must have been that my formative years were spent in Edinburgh. “I’ve lived in London since going to RADA in my very early 20s, yet still feel I know Edinburgh better. “My parents are still there and in my mind I always imagined I get back, but I ended up marrying an English lady and, with the children, we are very grounded where we are.

“But we do come up three of four times a year to see my parents and I can get about in Edinburgh in a way I never could in London – we even get back on the buses in Edinburgh – and my children love coming to Edinburgh too.”

With a smile he adds, “…and one of their favourite haunts is the Commonwealth pool.”

The Flood is in UK cinemas and on demand from 21 June

Source: Edinburgh News



Posted by admin on July 5th, 2019

Game of Thrones director clashed with writers over death of Ser Jorah Mormont: ‘I wanted it to be ruthless’

Game of Thrones stars are starting to follow the fans to admit their concerns over season eight and now director Miguel Sapochnik has revealed he disagreed with writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss over The Battle of Winterfell, specifically the death of Ser Jorah Mormont. Taking charge of the most pivotal moment in Game of Thrones was naturally a huge honour, but ultimately the war against the white walkers fell flat with viewers who moaned they couldn’t see a thing, while the death of The Night King (played by Vladimr Furdik) at the hands of Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was a massive anti-climax.

Although, their fight lost an MTV Movie Award last night and fans are seeing red. Basically, they’re ficklest fandom going. We wanted shocks; we got anything but. And Sapochnik agrees. ‘I wanted to kill everyone,’ the filmmaker told Indiewire. ‘I wanted to kill Jorah (Iain Glen) in the horse charge at the beginning. I was up for killing absolutely everyone. ‘I wanted it to be ruthless, so that in the first 10 minutes you say, “All bets are off; anyone could die.” And David and Dan didn’t want to. There was a lot of back-and-forth on that.’

Sapochnik also confirmed creative clashes with Benioff and Weiss over season five episodes The Gift and Hardhome, but, ultimately, there are just two people in charge. ‘I think a key thing is like it’s not my show, right?‘ he continued. ‘I didn’t come up with the show and make it. I am a hired director to go and do that. They have let me in and let me be involved, and I’ve really loved doing that. But final cut is not mine. Final cut is theirs; it’s their choice.’

But their choices eventually lead to Benioff and Weiss being blacklisted as ‘bad writers’ on Google; sparked an online petition which attracted almost 2 million signatures and was even panned by Lena Headey, who has now come forward as one of the many critics of Cersei Lannister’s death.

Source: Metro



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Daenerys’ Last Words To Jorah On ‘Game Of Thrones’ Were The Perfect Farewell

 

Jorah died a hero’s death during the Battle of Winterfell, but Daenerys’ loyal advisor and friend made one final appearance during Sunday night’s episode as the survivors paid their respects to those who had fallen. But along with all the tears that were shed, Dany whispered last words to Jorah on Game of Thrones during his final few moments of screen time. However, viewers were unable to hear what exactly it was that she said to him, surrounding that heartfelt goodbye with tinge of mystery. Luckily, actor Iain Glen, who played Ser Jorah on the series, opened up about that scene during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly and hinted a bit about what it was that his costar Emilia Clarke actually said to him in that moment.

It turns out that whatever it was that Clarke said, was something that she herself was able to decide upon on her own. In the script, no actual words were given for her to say. According to EW, there was a line in the stage directions that read something to the effect of: “Daenerys whispers something to him that he’ll never hear and we’ll never know…” So it was entirely up to Clarke how she wanted to approach that final farewell. Did she say something sentimental to Glen? Did she crack a joke to help cut the tension or lighten the mood? They are friends in real life after all, so it’s not completely out of the question.

Here’s the thing, though: the whole point of that intimate interaction was so that these characters could have something exist just between the two of them, without anyone else being a part of it — including fans. So naturally, Glen didn’t want to just come out and say what it was that Clarke whispered to him, but he did tease the sentiment behind the words.

“It’s something entirely sincere and true to the moment and something that I’ll never forget,” Glen told EW. And while he knows that this is a question that fans will continue to ask him for many years to come, the actor is ready and willing to keep this little piece of information entirely to himself, adding: “I’ll always cherish it because it’s something no one will ever know but the two of us. And that’s a memory to hold onto.”

With that in mind, it’s safe to say Clarke wasn’t attempting to make Glen laugh with any silly anecdote or anything while this scene was being filmed. Perhaps Clarke told Glen what a pleasure it had been working with him for all of these years. Or maybe she remained in character during this off-mic moment and had Dany promise Jorah that his death wouldn’t be in vain, or that her victory of the Iron Throne would be done in his honor.

As of now, Clarke and Glen are staying mum on the details, but maybe over time the truth of what she said will finally be revealed. (Or maybe if we’re lucky, Dany told Jon Snow about it — lord knows that guy can’t keep a secret to save his life.) Fans may learn what those last words were at some point, but for the time being it’s just one more Game of Thrones mystery that needs to be solved.

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Posted by admin on May 8th, 2019

Curtain Call: Iain Glen

 

Among the many victims of the Night King’s assault on Winterfell was none other than Ser Jorah Mormont, one of the longest running characters on Game of Thrones and Daenerys Targaryen’s loyal right hand. Portrayed by veteran Scottish actor Iain Glen, Ser Jorah was put through the ringer in service to the queen he loved, and although that love was never returned in quite the way he wanted, Jorah appeared to die a happy man, having found redemption serving a woman he felt worthy of the Iron Throne. Like his character, Glen’s steady performance never wavered in quality, and for that, we thank him.

Appearing in the very first episode of the show, Jorah quickly ensconced himself at Daenerys’ side, providing a friendly bridge between her homeland of Westeros and her adopted land of Essos. Glen’s weathered but trustworthy face put audience members and Daenerys at ease, but unfortunately, he wasn’t always the loyal knight he would become. At the start, Jorah was informing on Dany for King Robert Baratheon.

But Jorah would soon come to love Daenerys and abandon any work for the Iron Throne, even defending Dany from an assassination attempt midway through the first season. Likewise, it was Jorah, and Jorah alone, who would defend Dany when Khal Drogo died of an infected wound. Glen’s cool and collected confrontation with one of Drogo’s bloodriders was a lesson in staying calm in the face of danger.

 

Season 2 saw Jorah confess his feelings for Daenerys while helping her navigate the viper pit that was Qarth, feelings that were never reciprocated. Glen’s steady performance, now mixed with an awkward longing for Daenerys, was one of the few highlights of that storyline. Glen and Emilia Clarke worked very well together, and the often unspoken tension between the characters made even their mundane conversations worth watching. Jorah’s interactions with the mysterious Quaithe were also a highlight.

Things would pick up for Ser Jorah in season 3, as Dany set about liberating Slaver’s Bay. Suddenly, Glen got to play off two new additions to Daenerys’ inner circle: Ser Barristan Selmy and Daario Naharis. Both were rivals of sorts for Jorah, Barristan because he could tell Dany about Westeros and Daario because Dany was enamored of him. Through it all, Glen projected confidence, but still made sure we could see the insecurity gnawing at his insides.

But Jorah was always Dany’s most trusted adviser, at least until she found out about his early spying and exiled him from her presence. Their confrontation in the throne room of Meereen was painful to watch, as Jorah is clearly desperate beyond measure to stay by Dany’s side. Glen shines here, as does Clarke, and Jorah’s subsequent exile left us all saddened for the aging knight.

Jorah rebounded in season 5, capturing Tyrion in Volantis before returning to Meereen to present his gift to Dany. In the process, Jorah would contract greyscale, a seemingly incurable skin disease, that would drive him for the next couple of seasons. He comes before Dany again and is once again banished, but like any good stalker hopeless romantic, Jorah never takes no for an answer. Battling in the gladiator games of Meereen, Jorah is in a perfect spot to protect Dany when the Sons of the Harpy attack. Glen’s glare switches from hopeful to furious at the sight of someone attacking Daenerys. Him launching a spear into the gallery is a highlight of a very exciting sequence.

Season 6 saw Jorah set off alongside Daario to rescue Daenerys, and while their adventures are fun, it’s his reunion with Daenerys, and her subsequent decree that he find a cure for his greyscale, that is the high point of Jorah’s season 6 arc. Finally, he and his queen are reconciled. Likewise, while his interactions with Samwell Tarly at the Citadel in season 7 were enjoyable, as was his expedition north of the Wall, it’s Glen’s scenes with Clarke that are again outstanding, particularly when Jorah arrives on Dragonstone cured of greyscale.

 

Season 8 wasn’t heavy on the Jorah front; his conversation with Daenerys regarding Tyrion and Sansa was essentially a signal that his character would not be long for Westeros. Before he went however, Glen would deliver one last epic performance, defending Clarke from the army of the dead, refusing to die himself until his beloved khaleesi was safe from harm.

Glen’s performance is never better than when he’s acting opposite Clarke, and much the same could be said of her. The pair had a chemistry rare on Thrones in that it lasted virtually the entire series.

Jorah final moment came in “The Last of the Starks,” where he was one body of many set alight following the Battle of Winterfell. Daenerys whispered something into his ear. The script was left blank, allowing Clarke to come up with the dialogue herself. Glen was mum on what she said, telling Entertainment Weekly only that, “It’s something entirely sincere and true to the moment and something that I’ll never forget.”

Source: Winteriscoming.net


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