Posted by admin on April 29th, 2019

Iain Glen ‘snogged’ by Game of Thrones fans

‘Game of Thrones’ star Iain Glen always gets “snogged” by fans in the street.

The 57-year-old actor – who has son Finlay, 25, with ex-wife Susannah Harker and daughters Mary, 11, and Juliet, seven, with partner Charlotte Emmerson – finds it bizarre that women “attack” him and just want to “hold” him when they see him out and about.

He said: “They’ll attack you. They’ll just grab you and start snogging you without invitation. They just want to hold you.”

But the ‘Game of Thrones’ actor – who bowed out of his role as Ser Jorah Mormont on Sunday’s (28.04.19) episode of the fantasy drama series – has found a way to dodge the unwanted attention and tries to travel by bicycle whenever he can.

He told Esquire.com: “I don’t know what it is. They stop looking. They don’t associate actors with bicycles. So [I] just always sneak out the back, get a bicycle, and find a hickey restaurant on the outskirts of town. That’s my modus operandi.”

Jorah died protecting his beloved queen, Daenerys Targaryen, during the Battle of Winterfell in this week’s episode and Iain is “very happy” with the journey his former slave trader alter ego has been on.

He said: “I feel very happy with his story arc. When we read all six episodes before we started at the beginning, in a big room in Northern Ireland – Belfast – I thought the writers had managed it incredibly well and thoroughly, in terms of looking after everyone.

“It’s one of the hard things when you write big, sweeping, epic dramas like this. How do you look after everyone’s storyline, individually?”

In season five, Jorah contracted deadly greyscale and as the disease spread, Iain had to spend increasing time getting prosthetics fitted before filming, taking up to eight hours a day at its peak.

But despite leaving him sleep deprived, the actor didn’t mind – because it reminded him of taking drugs.

He said: “It was like coming in at midnight and being ready to shoot at eight, to then do the ten-hour day.

“It reminded me of some of the drugs I’ve taken. At university, I was pretty spaced out–but in a nice, helpful, acting way.”

Source: Female First



Posted by admin on April 29th, 2019

Iain Describes “The Long Night” as the Hardest Sequence They Shot Over 8 Seasons

The actor who plays Daenerys’ right-hand man Jorah Mormont reflects on the battle’s outcome, and watching an 11-week night shoot come together in the midst of his own personal trials.

HBO: What was your initial reaction to seeing how the final season unfolds?

Iain Glen: On the whole, I thought [creators] Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] had really excelled in shaping the final endgame. It was always a concern with Game of Thrones how many different storylines and worlds can be sustained through the course of a season, and that became less of a problem with these later seasons because we were all beginning to overlap. But then it became an issue of giving everyone a proper sendoff and journey that meets audiences’ hopes and expectations. When I first read it I went through a real range of emotions.

One thing I think all actors do, when you first get the scripts, you flick to the first page of each one where they list who is in the episode. I saw Episode 1, Episode 2, absolutely, Episode 3, yep there I am it’s all good… and then oh no, chances are I’ve copped it, I’m a goner. So that filled me with a great sense of loss. But I tried to remain patient, and over the course of reading the episodes, it felt right. I felt at peace with it. Because in some ways Jorah has been offering himself, his life, to Daenerys for six or seven seasons. So there was a completeness to it. And also, it was an ending, instead of having that sense of, “Oh I wonder what happens to these people going forward.” Having a beginning, middle and end, it satiates. And the way it was described on the page was very moving and affecting.

HBO: Jorah has always been one of Dany’s most trusted advisors, and he gives her two suggestions early in this season: to forgive Tyrion and make friends with Sansa. Why do these feel important?

Iain Glen: Whatever you say about Jorah, one of his good qualities was that Dany’s best interests were always paramount; in many ways he put that ahead of any self-fulfillment. Jorah realizes that people do need to compromise and come together. He’s very persuaded that Tyrion has Dany’s best interest at heart. He trusts him. With Sansa, he’s trying to encourage a unified front and stop any instinct Dany might have to separate herself. He feels quite strongly that’s not the way to win the war.

HBO: We finally got to see Jorah have a scene with another Mormont in “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” What was it like working with Bella Ramsey?

Iain Glen: It was a lovely scene to do, she’s such a fine wee actress. One of the delicious things about Thrones, is that these characters who may be connected by lineage or family have been kept lands apart — and it takes eight seasons for people to come together. In the show I never interacted my father [Jeor Mormont] so it was lovely to interact with someone from the same house. She’s a very fiery character. It was funny, and there’s an edge of humor to it; you realize she’s not going to be moved or affected by whatever Jorah says to her, she’s going to be pursuing her path, which is a quality Jorah has too, but he can’t recognize in himself.

“I just wanted to hold it all in my head: what had been basically 10 years of my life.”

HBO: What was it like shooting “The Long Night”?

Iain Glen: It was probably as hard a sequence as we’ve ever shot over the eight-plus years. One aspect of Thrones I’ve always loved is the awesome scale of it. I still feel like a kid on the most extraordinary adventure when I walk onto set, and this was that in spades. I loved being a part of it.

I really recognized that as actors we are the one element within the crew that does not need to be there all day, every day. It was 11 weeks of night shoots, and it was a moving night shoot where they had to adjust with the moon. Part of the dynamic of the episode was the elements, so it had to be cold, dirty, snowy, and windy, but as actors at least we were coming and going. Nevertheless, those weeks I was involved were really hard. An episode like that is really where all the great skills of all the craftsmen, artists, and various departments of the show really have to do their best work, because it’s such a mammoth task to put it all together. I’ve got undying admiration for [director] Miguel Sapochnik and the crew and the way it was put together.

HBO: How about your final fight?

Iain Glen: It was spread over two nights and involved a big fire element. The first night we were set to shoot we had really high winds, so there was a fire issue, but they were going to try and resolve it. I had been waiting for half the season to do what was for me one of the most important scenes. My wife was in dress rehearsal for a play that night, and I rang her to say, “break a leg” and there was no reply so I left a message. And then I was called to set to rehearse the scene, and when I went back, I got a message from her saying she was in the hospital —  she had suffered a brain hemorrhage. The nature of it, after it was all said and done, means it’s never going to happen again, and she’s fully recovered, but I was completely on the floor at the time, a total mess.

And of course there was a connection with Emilia [Clarke, who plays Daenerys], who I know has spoken publicly about her medical issues, and she was brilliant, and she, Miguel and [executive producer] Bernie Caulfield told me to go, get on a flight. We came back two weeks later, and they had all the elements in place, and conditions were good, and it felt like the right time to do it. It was my last scene of the episode, and it was a pretty amazing night. It felt like the right ending for Jorah.

HBO: That’s an incredibly emotional situation to be put in on top of an already emotional performance…what was it like for you once you wrapped?

Iain Glen: It was a very weird and lonely sensation. Once I was done, I just wanted to get out. I just wanted to hold it all in my head: what had been basically 10 years of my life. A massive slice of my working life, and in many ways the most important thing I’ve ever done.

HBO: We’re going to miss Jorah standing by Dany’s side. If he were with her for the rest of the season, what advice would he give?

Iain Glen: Try and find compromise with those people who can help your cause, and try and find forgiveness where you need it.

Source: HBO



Posted by admin on April 29th, 2019

Iain Knows Why You’re So Thirsty For Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones

Editor’s note: There are spoilers about the Battle of Winterfell ahead.

Ser Jorah Mormont crossing the wide terrains of Westeros on horseback is a familiar sight for fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones. But for actor Iain Glen, who’s played the role now for seven-plus seasons, it’s hardly his favorite mode of transportation. “I always find a bicycle,” he says, sitting in a Midtown Manhattan green room, speaking about how he prefers to get around since the show catapulted its cast into the stardom stratosphere. It’s simply the most practical—not to mention safest—way to travel, these days.

In some locations, especially Spain, he notes, fans don’t hold back when they spot the lovelorn lord. “They’ll attack you,” he says. “They’ll just grab you and start snogging you without invitation.” It’s not exactly a violent response, but it does make getting around difficult. “They just want to hold you,” he continues. Cue: a set of wheels. “I don’t know what it is,” he admits, “They stop looking. They don’t associate actors with bicycles. So [I] just always sneak out the back, get a bicycle, and find a hickey restaurant on the outskirts of town. That’s my modus operandi.”

New York is a bit easier, and he insisted on arriving at our April interview on foot even though a few blocks away fans have been camping outside of the hotel where the Thrones cast is staying for the premiere of Season Eight. Fans in the city recognize him, but let him get on his way. “It’s lovely, actually,” he admits, laughing. “It reminds me of London.”

Historically, the attention has been confusing for Glen’s younger children. (He has one son and two daughters.) His youngest is six and, as the actor says, frequently taken back by the approach of strangers. He chuckles, recalling her questions: Do you know that person? Why do people keep speaking to you? Why are they calling you Jorah? But for Glen, it’s welcome. He says his wife actually put it best: “Who would not want someone to pat you on the back and tell you you’re fantastic a few times every day?”

“It’s a great deal to take on when you’re that young,” he says of co-stars like Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner who began filming as young teens. “But they all seem to be managing incredibly well.” And, as only an actor seasoned by years of rejection can, he quips, with a laugh: “And, if I’d been Kit’s age or Maisie’s age when I started, I certainly wouldn’t be complaining!”

A wizened perspective actually made him more measured in his acceptance of the role, initially, he recalls. “When you accepted the job, you had to commit for, I think it was four years,” he says. “And they wouldn’t tell you if you were gonna die.” Glen said his team pressed HBO for details: “I asked for a breakdown, going forward, season by season.” His quest turned up few details, but something about the little he learned inspired him. “Listen, you go out for stuff, and there’s some things you really want and some things you don’t,” he says. “I really wanted this. I remember saying to my wife that I had a funny feeling about it. I felt like it was going somewhere.”

As we all know now, he was right. The show is watched obsessively, by millions. (The Season Eight premiere drew a record 17.4 million viewers, making it HBO’s biggest night ever for streaming.) And in the age of Netflix binges where watching on your own time is the norm, it remains a can’t-miss, Sunday night event.

That reality is a treat for the cast, as much as the viewers, assures Glen. A long career means the actor is exponentially more aware of how special it is to have been involved. “It’s very unusual to come back to something again and again and again,” he muses. “The life of an actor is very ephemeral. That’s what we’re used to; getting thrown with a bunch of strangers and getting to know each other really quickly and then saying, ‘Right, I’m gonna completely forget about that and now I’m going to jump into something else.’ Certainly, in my experience as an actor, I’ve never done anything like this. And to come back to something that everyone is saying is just going fantastic, that’s a very binding thing in itself. That was very winning.”

Much has been made over the years about some of the brutal shoots the cast has had to endure each season. (See: the Battle of Winterfell, which required 11 weeks of freezing, night shoots.) But for the most part, Glen was lucky. “In the early seasons, I was part of the Dothraki/Daenerys storyline,” he explains. “We were always on the move, always traveling. But we were always coming into rather fantastic, gorgeous, sunny warm spaces. We were filming the bit that the crew always looked forward to each season, before they went back to shitty, wet, cold weather.”

And then came the greyscale. When the disease had gotten to its worst, Glen spent eight hours with the costume department, getting a full prosthetic outfitted on him before each shoot. “It was like coming in at midnight and being ready to shoot at eight, to then do the ten-hour day,” he recalls. “It reminded me of some of the drugs I’ve taken. At university, I was pretty spaced out—but in a nice, helpful, acting way.”

It was also during this time that Glen thought his run on the notoriously deadly show was coming to an end. “I thought my number was up,” he admits. “[Creators] Dan [Weiss] and Dave [Benioff] really enjoy fucking with the actors—not giving them any sort of clues. So I asked them both individually, because I couldn’t get the answer.” He still came up short. “One of them said ‘I’m not saying.’ The other, when I said, ‘Do I survive the greyscale?’ said, ‘You do this season.’” (Turns out, the actors know just how you feel, wondering about their characters’ fates.)

Ser Jorah is not Jon Snow. He doesn’t have a hero storyline and he’s not a contender for the Throne, so it wasn’t a give-in that he’d earn such a passionate fanbase. And yet the Jorah fan accounts on social and thirsty fan fiction on the internet has run wild over the years. Glen attributes it to his devotion to Dany, the Mother of Dragons. (Even, yes, when he betrays her.)

“In a chaotic, mad, dangerous, and violent world in which people are generally out for themselves,” he begins, “the purity of his desire to support her—to be there for her—is a nice contrast to the rest of the show. For the first two, three seasons, it was about this desire to express that from his point of view, but never doing it.” He follows up, “Do you know what I mean?”

Um yeah. Jorah as the head of House Friendzone is the material that’s spawned, to be exact, a gajillion memes since the show’s 2011 debut. The way he looks at her, even now, oozes with a desperation that viewers can’t help but melt over. “I think they modulated their journey really beautifully throughout the seasons,” he says of the writer’s attention to Dany and Jorah. “I think they found a really compelling root through it, where for you, as an audience, it’s hard to stand from the outside. And I’m not the best person to ask, but people tell me, that you have such a mixture of emotions watching. At first you think, ‘Oh please, go on and say it!’ But then very quickly it’s, ‘Oh god! You shouldn’t have!’”

On a show that has to divide time between so many characters each week, there’s an inevitable risk that some storylines will feel one-note or under-developed. Glen’s refuses this in his portrayal of the former slave owner mightily, instead bringing a weightiness as well as a readiness to recognize internal conflicts to his turns on screen. “It’s like real life,” he says of his careful approach. “Isn’t it? With people that we fall madly in love with, there’s always a moment of, ‘Fuck, I never realized you were such a shit when I fell in love with you.’”

It’s been a delight, truly, for audiences. But Sunday night, the pensive stead’s run finally came to an end. After leading legions of troops into the Battle of Winterfell, near the end of the one-hour, twenty-two minute episode, he fulfilled his final mission: protect Dany with his life. He lasted as long as the battle and Dany held him as he drew his final breath. For the fans who’ve loved him, they know it’s exactly how he’d have hoped to go.

According to the Game of Thrones creators, David Benioff and D.B Weiss, this was the appropriate ending for Jorah.

“We talked about various endings for Jorah for a long time, but when you think about Jorah, from the very first time met him, he was with Dany,” Benioff explains on HBO after the episode. “And from that time, he’s been mostly by her side.”

“Part of Jorah’s tragedy was that he was in love with a woman who couldn’t love him back,” he continues. “He’s accepted death for quite a long time, but at the same time he was going to fight for her as long as he could and as well as he could.”

“There had never been a moment where she more needed someone to fight to protect than this moment, and if he could have chosen a way to die this is how he would have chosen to die, so it was something we thought would be powerful to give him,” Weiss adds.

“I feel very happy with his story arc,” Glen tells me. “When we read all six episodes before we started at the beginning, in a big room in Northern Ireland—Belfast—I thought the writers had managed it incredibly well and thoroughly, in terms of looking after everyone. It’s one of the hard things when you write big, sweeping, epic dramas like this. How do you look after everyone’s storyline, individually?” We’ll continue to see as Season Eight continues its March towards a May 19 series finale.

Glen is adamant that the sheer scale of the production will stick in his memory bank forever. “I felt like a kid, coming into set and seeing some huge, monumental fucking castle—and arriving at bases with so many vehicles, so many extras, so many horses. There’s a side to that which is just really thrilling.”

but the moment he’s actually most fond of a shoot from Season Five when Ser Jorah, following a brutal journey with Tyrion Lannister, offers his life to Dany in the Fighting Pits in Mereen. It took several days—and five or six other fighters—to film, something Glen loves, but it was what was going on behind the camera that he enjoyed most. “My family was there,” he recalls. The crew dressed his then seven-year-old up as a mini Ser Jorah and let her call the shots alongside director David Nutter. “They put her in the gear and put scars on her face. It was so, just great.”

Looking ahead, Glen joins the DC Universe. Earlier this month, it was announced that the actor would take on the role of Gotham City’s most notorious billionaire, Bruce Wayne, on Titans. It’s unlikely that that show—or any role—could eclipse Jorah’s rabid fandom but that hardly bothers Glen. “I’m proud of the product and I’m proud of any association with that,” he explains. “You can walk around thinking, ‘Didn’t you see my Hamlet?’ or ‘Where were you when I did Henry VI at the Royal Theater Company?’ but you’re wasting your time. [Thrones] is kind of the Holy Grail, to be critically approved but have a massive following? That’s the ticket.”

Source: Esquire mag



Posted by admin on April 24th, 2019

Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes 1 & 2 Screencaps

I have added 56 screencaps for episodes 1 and 2 of GOT season 8 to the gallery.

 

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Posted by admin on April 10th, 2019

GMA’ Hot List: Iain shares hilarious encounter with a fan at the airport

Source: Good Morning America



Posted by admin on April 10th, 2019

The Knockturnal: Iain Talk Final Season Of ‘Game Of Thrones’

The eighth and final season of the fantasy drama television series Game of Thrones will premiere on April 14, 2019. 

Like previous seasons, it largely consists of original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series and adapts material Martin revealed to the showrunners about the upcoming novels in the series, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring. The season was adapted for television by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, as usual, follows powerful families of kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and honest men playing a deadly game for control of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and to sit atop the Iron Throne.

We were on hand at the final season premiere of  Game of Thrones and caught up with Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) to discuss the finale series of the show.

You’ve had so much fun doing this show, I can imagine. Are you a professional fighter now? Or swordsman? How many people can you take out on this carpet?

Iain Glen: Yeah. You know, I’m pretty good. I’m pretty good now. But I went to drama school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. And they always had sword training. So you had armed combat all the time. And we went from small sword to rapier and dagger to broadsword to unarmed combat. And so I started early and then I did quite a lot of plays. So I did, I play Henry V who was, you know, the Royal Shakespeare Company, he was … broadsword was his weapon as well. And a few of the other Shakespeares. And so I’ve sort of done maybe a little more than most in terms of the technique of how to use them. So, yeah. I’m okay. I do enjoy it. It’s, especially when you’re in the hands of fantastic stunt coordinators and fight directors like these guys are. They make you look really cool and I just need to look at you as a stunt man and you go, “Oh man, that hurt.” Yeah. Because, you know, I’m the actor and you’re, yeah. So that’s the way it works.

The Knockturnal: On a scale of one to ten, how happy is Jorah happy for Khaleesi and her new relationship?

Iain Glen: I think he’s okay about it. I think it’s a ten. You know, you would have pangs of hurt about it. But I think he wants what’s best for her. I think he no longer seeks a sexual relationship with her. So he wants her to be happy. So I would say maybe seven.

The Knockturnal: I’ve been asking everyone tonight. Can you react how bad your cry was on the last day?

Iain Glen: It was pretty bad. When I cry I cry … I’m not speaking. So they gave me a lovely speech saying that he’s wonderful and thank you and there’s your gift. And I went, “Can I just say a few words?”. And that’s all that came out. Completely meaningless nonsense. So that was, yeah. That wasn’t good.

The Knockturnal: What was this gift you got? Tell us about this final gift?

Iain Glen: They gave us all a storyboard, a framed storyboard of one of our famous scenes, all the actors. So it was really sweet. So mine was the gladiatorial scene that we did in season five in front of Daenerys when Sir Jorah was in the middle of the ring and he took on all these different fighters. Well, I kicked ass. I kicked ass. And they, yeah, so I got that with some lovely words of appreciation on the back, so. That was lovely.

The Knockturnal: I mean, what a classy group.

Iain Glen: Very classy group. Totally classy. There really have been really, really lovely people and yeah. I mean, that’s the only tricky thing is your expectations are really, you know, they’re up there. For me, I’m sort of more long in the tooth so I know things change. But for some of the younger actors, I think they’re going to be hit hard because they’re going to walk and say, “Everything’s going to be like Thrones.” And it’s not. It’s not.

 

Source: The Knockturnal



Posted by admin on April 9th, 2019

Iain reveals what fans get wrong about Jorah, what he stole from set

NEW YORK – “Game of Thrones” star Iain Glen discussed his character’s relationship with Daenerys Targaryen and revealed the departed character he wishes he’d killed on the series.

The 57-year-old actor spoke with Fox News on the red carpet for the show’s Season 8 premiere where he reflected on his character and how he’ll remember the long-running series. Glen plays Jorah Mormont, a rare character that’s survived since Season 1 of the notoriously bloody show. After spending a decade literally traveling the world with Mormont, the star revealed that he took a keepsake from set to remember him by.

“In his early days, Ser Jorah had some kind of Dothraki influences as he kind of integrated himself into the Dothraki way of life when he met Daenerys for the first time. So, I had a couple of rings which I took away which were easily portable and easy to nick,” the star said with a laugh. “No, I asked permission. But I’ve got those at home.”

A through-line for Mormont’s story throughout the run of “Game of Thrones” is his unrequited love for Daenerys Targaryen, played by actress Emilia Clarke. However, as the final season looms, Glen notes that he thinks fans are mistaken about Jorah’s love storyline with the mother of dragons. According to him, it’s been done for a while.

“I actually don’t think the love has been unrequited, I think it’s the sort of physical aspect to it that’s been unrequited. I think Jorah has got to a point where he feels very loved by Daenerys and has been forgiven, and that’s really what he was working toward since Season 5 is to get inside her inner circle again, which he’s achieved,” the star said. “So, I think he’s very happy commanding her troops being the head of her army. And that’s been an aggrandizement that she’s kind of given to him and trusted to him. So I think he’s happy where he is. I think it’s a tender storyline.”

Glen says he’s proud that his character managed to survive so much and make it to the final season. However, when asked if there’s a departed character he wishes Jorah could have had a hand in slaying, the star barely had to think of his answer.

“It would have been an unfair battle but I would have loved to kill Joffrey,” he said, invoking the universally hated former king played by Jack Gleeson. “I mean, I would have had him so easily. He would have stood a chance.”

Source: Fox News Network



Posted by admin on March 25th, 2019

Iain on the fiery finale & saying goodbye to Emilia Clarke

Game of Thrones is coming. And as the world’s most popular TV show gears up for its fiery finale, Iain Glen – aka Ser Jorah Mormont – explains what life in Westeros is really like. ‘Tits and dragons’ and all…

 


Iain Glen has played a lot of memorable roles in the past three and a half decades. Those with short memories may think of him as the charming bigamist Alec Wilson in last year’s Mrs Wilson on BBC One; others will know him as the ruthless publisher Sir Richard Carlisle in Downtown Abbey, while those with perfect recall might remind him of his award-nominated Henry V for the RSC in the 1990s. But chances are, when he’s approached in the street these days, it’s by someone who wants a selfie with Ser Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones.

The HBO series, which airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK, is the world’s most popular TV show, with upwards of 30 million viewers and fans worldwide, including in the Far East, India and South America. Excitement about the imminent final season has been building ever since the season seven finale in August 2017, and is now reaching boiling point.
One abiding memory of Glen will be from the last season, when Jorah, infected with the slow-creeping but deadly greyscale, bites down on a leather strap as the thick, scaly layer that covers his torso is cut away piece by piece with a scalpel. It may not have been his most nuanced performance but the agony on his face made it impossible to look away.
‘I was pretty spaced out,’ he tells me. The prosthetic took eight hours to apply – it had underlayers that would ooze pus and blood as it was sawn off – so Glen had to be on the filming base at 11pm, have make-up applied all night and then shoot a 12-hour day. ‘After what it required, the acting became quite easy,’ he says.

‘If “tits and dragons” is a negative, it doesn’t seem to stop the show being a massive hit, does it?

We’re in a photographic studio near the Thames. Glen biked here from his home in south London. ‘I’m addicted to cycling,’ he says. He will even cycle to red-carpet events and park his bike around the corner. ‘I find it a very sterile atmosphere being in the back of a limo… and [cycling] is quicker. I duck and dive, and I’m not somebody who will wait endlessly at a red traffic light. I go up one-way streets the wrong way, too.’

He looks fit and lightly tanned. He was at home in Dulwich, where he lives with his partner, actor Charlotte Emmerson, and their two children, Mary, 11, and Juliet, six, when the scripts for the final season of Game of Thrones landed in September 2017.
‘Security around the series has got more and more fierce,’ he says, ‘to the point where nothing was allowed on printed paper throughout the whole season.’ It could only be accessed online, with extensive security protocols – it wasn’t even allowed on the cast’s own devices.

‘There was a bit of resistance from actors to that,’ he adds, ‘particularly of an older generation.’ He performs a convincing harrumph – ‘“I need to look at my lines, how can I possibly…?”’

When he read the scripts, ‘I felt, “they’ve done it, they’ve pulled it off”,’ he says, ‘that balance of satiating people’s desire for things to be complete, but leaving enough questions in the air for people to try to project forward what world will follow, individually for all the characters and universally for the world that Thrones has occupied.’

Sadness at the end of ‘the best ride in the world’, after almost 10 years of the show, was tangible at the read-through of the series with all ofthe main cast in Belfast 10 days later.
‘There’s a real sense of loss, it’s like a family… there were lots of tears because it was coming to an end, but real excitement and joy that we were going to shoot it.’ As characters died within the story as they read, it felt to Glen and others as if they were really being lost. ‘We’ve all grown very close to each other.’

The filming would prove to be punishing. An enormous battle scene involving many of the key characters, pitched against the Night King’s invading Army of the Dead, was shot at the set of the fictional castle of Winterfell, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It took 11 weeks of night shoots in sub-freezing temperatures, enduring rain, mud, high winds and ‘sheep s—’. Glen has described it as ‘a real test, really miserable’.

The series has been shot in locations around the world, from the snowy wilderness of Iceland’s interior, to the desert shores of Morocco, castles in Spain and the walled city of Dubrovnik in Croatia. It used to be a running joke on set that whenever Glen flew in, it was to one of the sunshine destinations that everyone loved; but last season, he had to film an arduous trek through icefields to attempt to capture one of the undead.
Young actors like Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) ‘are made’ by being in the show, Glen says. His storyline has been joined to Clarke’s almost from the start. What was their parting like in real life? ‘We’re friends and we’ll always be friends,’ he says.

‘Emilia went through an extraordinary story arc for herself as a person, and her character. I saw her as a nervous young actress, who had just got this big gig and everyone, [from] directors [down], was saying, “Is this the right actor? Is this how she should look? Does the wig look right?” It’s an incredible amount of pressure and I saw this young girl cope with it incredibly well.

‘She did ask for guidance and invariably I was saying, “Just keep doing what you’re doing.” Emilia’s very gifted, she really has no idea how good she is – she remains very vulnerable but it’s not a destructive vulnerability, it keeps her very focused… She’s [also] a very altruistic, warm person, who was the great generator of social life during Thrones. I’ll always keep an eye on what she’s doing and take pride in it.’

In the series, Ser Jorah is in love with Daenerys. Although Clarke’s character was aged up from the books for TV (in George RR Martin’s novels, she is in her early teens) fans have worked out that Daenerys can still only be 16 or 17 at the start of the show (Clarke was 22 at the time of the first season). ‘There was a point when it was definitely unrequited sexual love,’ Glen says, ‘but I think there’s always been a reciprocated love without the physicality.’

 

Given that Ser Jorah is in his mid-40s in the show and Glen is now 57, is his love for Daenerys age-appropriate? ‘You have to say that there’s a lot in Thrones that’s not “appropriate”,’ he returns, ‘but it feels plausible for a very different period.’
At the end of season one, Daenerys emerged from her husband’s funeral pyre unburnt and naked, with three newly hatched dragons. I wonder how Glen feels about former cast member Ian McShane’s contention that the show is ‘just tits and dragons’?
‘If tits and dragons is a negative, it doesn’t seem to stop it being a massive hit, does it?’ he says. He accepts that ‘there might have been a degree of HBO trying to arrest people’s attention, and you could accuse The Sopranos of doing that as well – there were tits and violence but there was a psychology that was underlying the whole thing.’
He thinks it might have been overstated in the first season of Thrones, in ‘putting everything on the line’ to establish the world, but says he has never felt concern about the many controversial scenes in the show, from sadistic sexual fantasies to rape. ‘At the end of the day, you can choose to watch or not to watch. When I look at history, at things that have taken place in real life that are just awful, I think there is room for dramas that try to depict that, so I’m not into censoring. I never felt things were gratuituous… Violence wise, it’s never bothered me.’

After filming their final scene, each of the main cast members was presented with a drawn storyboard from the making of the show. Glen’s depicted the bloody gladiatorial battle Jorah fought to win back Daenerys’s favour in season five. It was shot in the bullring of Osuna, in Andalusia, southern Spain, and had special memories for him.
His family were with him, and the director took his daughter Mary, then seven, into the make-up tent to get blood all over her face ‘so she looked like Daddy’, then had her shout ‘action’ and ‘cut’ for the scene. After the presentation speech by writers David Benioff and DB Weiss, Glen says he was in floods of tears.

Glen, who also has a son, Finlay, 22, from his first marriage to actor Susannah Harker, says he adores being a father. ‘I keep producing children… it imbues your life with a great amount of fun and magic and exhaustion. I have to be away working sometimes, and if I could I would have them with me all the time, because being woken up by a child, or having to wake up a child and deal with the minutiae and a lot of the boring crap, just having those eyes looking at you full of discovery… I love it.

‘I always think it’s a woman’s prerogative,’ he adds, ‘I think my lady is now done on the kids and that’s fine, but I would always have more.’ He breaks off to take a call from her.

As a boy himself, growing up in Edinburgh (he has two older brothers, Hamish and Graham) he was equal parts shy and extrovert, he says, and had no sense of danger. He would happily crawl out of a very high window and climb along gutters. His escapades saw him hospitalised a few times.

He was adept at pretending to fall over and hurt himself – ‘I could even do it for you now.’ He still has an earring in his left ear, which he pierced himself with a pin, aged 12. ‘Dad refused to take me to the golf club unless I took it out. I thought, “F— it, I’m not going then. No.”’

His investment banker father paid for him to attend the independent Edinburgh Academy, but he had to stay on to try to improve his grades, then got the same ones again. He managed to get into Aberdeen University to study Russian, where he discovered the joy of drama and dropped out to go to Rada. He studied alongside Ralph Fiennes, Jane Horrocks, Imogen Stubbs and Jason Watkins, but still walked away with the top acting prize for his year, the Bancroft Gold Medal, previously won by the likes of Mark Rylance, Fiona Shaw and Kenneth Branagh.

Glen built an acclaimed stage career alongside early TV roles, but has always managed to mix blockbuster paydays – for films such as Tomb Raider (2001) and the Resident Evil franchise – with more personal work. As Thrones’ popularity has grown, salaries have risen exponentially, with the top-end cast paid a reported $500,000 per episode (around £380,000). He notes that it’s a flat fee for a season, however many episodes you’re in. Have the rewards felt life-changing? ‘No, not really,’ he says. ‘I’ve always been lucky and busy as an actor.’

Glen experienced the negative side of press attention when his first marriage broke up in the early 2000s. Some of it was ‘intrusive’, he says – questions that related to the fact that he ‘sailed close to another relationship, which was [that of] Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. I did a two-handed play with Nicole, which was about a sexual relationship.’

The play was David Hare’s adaption of La Ronde, The Blue Room, which famously featured Kidman’s nude bottom and Glen performing naked cartwheels. It led, perhaps inevitably, to tabloid rumours of an affair between Glen and Kidman, whose marriage ended around the same time. Glen has always denied it, but it ensured that his separation from Harker was played out in public.

‘Compared to what some people have to deal with, it was fine,’ he says. ‘But you have a lot of eyes on you and pressure on you, when you just want to deal with your own private life.’

There’s generally no other downside to fame, he notes (‘My wife says it’s like getting your bottom patted every day’), although he will politely refuse to pose for selfies if he is with his family. Game of Thrones’ vast, global appeal means that he was once even surrounded by fans while visiting a township in South Africa.

It may take a while for the fervour around his current employment to die down, but Glen has other projects in the pipeline. He will be appearing alongside another of Thrones’ stars, Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister, in an upcoming UK immigration drama The Flood, and has also filmed a sci-fi epic Haven: Above Sky, about a global catastrophe.
Whether he makes it to the final episode of Game of Thrones alive remains to be seen.

Source: Telegraph



Posted by admin on January 24th, 2019

Iain on Life in Dulwich & the last series of Game of Thrones

 

 From the West End to Westeros, Dulwich’s own Iain Glen has a career many actors could only dream of. So what was it like to play Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones for a decade? And what does he have to say about the final series?

There’s something slightly rattling about seeing actors off-screen and in our everyday context. And as neighbouring conversations falter slightly when Iain Glen walks into the Dulwich Picture Gallery Café for our interview, it’s obvious I’m not the only one to feel this way.

To be fair, Glen is a pretty formidable actor, having trod the boards in most of the West End’s best theatres, made his mark as Richard Carlisle in Downton Abbey and played the ultimate villain in Resident Evil.

He’s such an impressive talent that even Nicole Kidman was intimidated to act alongside him, telling The Telegraph in 2002, ‘I was so shy I could hardly speak’, when she met him ahead of their notorious West End run of The Blue Room.

But as we settle into our chat over coffee, it’s hard to imagine anyone thinking him intimidating. He’s softly spoken, warm and wonderfully considered in his conversation. Part of this comes from his lilting Edinburgh accent, which he tells me he owes quite a lot to when looking at the wealth of roles he has played so far.

‘People are obsessed with class in our country and it’s one thing that can really pin you down as an actor, but I’ve never been,’ he explains. ‘I’ve always been allowed to work across dialect and play across the classes. You’re always at the mercy of what people are willing to offer you and I’ve been pretty lucky over the years.’

‘I felt a huge sense of loss when I put on the Ser Jorah Mormont costume for the last time. It’s been a big part of my life’

It’s this transformative quality of acting that he tells me first drew him into the career as a young man. ‘I saw a double bill of Robert De Niro doing The King of Comedy and Raging Bull, which were two totally transformative performances in very different films,’ he smiles. ‘And I was looking at him with his face the size of a double-decker bus on a screen and I thought, “Jeez I would really like to do that.”’

Now 57, with some great roles behind him, he’s reaching an interesting moment in his career as he lets go of one of his most defining characters – Ser Jorah Mormont in Game of Thrones, which he has played for the best part of the last decade. The hit fantasy is set to air its final series at some point early next year.

‘I felt a huge sense of loss when I put on that costume for the last time and took it off for the last time,’ he admits. ‘It’s been a big part of my life.’

It’s undoubtedly a role that will hang over Glen throughout his career. But while some actors might find that frustrating, he’s happy to have it: ‘There’s been a real lovely journey to tread,’ he enthuses. ‘It’s always been one of the most exciting times when those scripts came through and you’re like, “Okay what’s going on and where am I?”’

‘They always list the cast at the start of every episode and you always flick to that and go, “Am I in it? Yes I’m in it!” – that was particularly true in the last season to see what was unfolding.’

It was probably more so the case than in other dramas, given the show’s tendency to bump off major characters at unexpected points, which is one of the reasons the final series is shrouded in such secrecy.

‘I can’t really give any hints at all,’ he tells me apologetically before adding, ‘I certainly felt that they were the best episodes I’d read in many ways and I think they’ve done a brilliant job of satiating the fans’ desire for a resolve.

‘It’s that really hard thing that you want to create journeys that complete but it’s full of the same concoction that people love of extraordinary surprises and the unexpected – and some really bizarre external elements that come in to push things off course.’

Game of Thrones is not the only thing on Glen’s horizon. He’s been busy filming for the third season of Delicious with Emilia Fox and Dawn French, gearing up for a feature film in Switzerland with director Tim Fehlbaum, and Mrs Wilson, a BBC drama with Ruth Wilson that aired in late 2018.

He’s also looking to reprise the role of Jack Taylor, an Irish private eye in the mystery TV drama of the same name, based on the novels by Ken Bruen, for three feature length outings filming at the start of 2019.

I wonder what impact his fame has on everyday life?

‘You do find yourself if you’re in a public place, or you’re passing through airports or you’re in a busy street, I’m aware your physicality changes,’ he admits. ‘I keep my head down and I keep going.’

But, in his typically diffident manner, he adds, ‘Who could begrudge on a daily basis someone saying, “Hey, I can’t believe it, you’re fantastic”. I think most people in life could do with a bit of that.’

Dulwich, where he calls home with his wife and children, suits him in this way, allowing him the calm of village-like life away from the busy streets of central London. ‘I love areas that have very much their own character,’ he tells me. ‘Dulwich is really a lovely part of the world and people who gravitate here tend not to move.’

‘It is lovely when you’re sitting here in the Picture Gallery, it’s such a gorgeous place, with this and the Horniman Museum, the park and East Dulwich Picturehouse down Lordship Lane,’ he lists off happily.

Having been in south London for the last 18 years, working his way though Peckham, Blackheath, Greenwich and Herne Hill, Glen seems completely at ease in this slice of the capital. And as we end our chat and he cycles off home, I can’t help but feel this context suits Glen just as well as any role we’ve seen him play.

 

Credit: The resident



Posted by admin on October 11th, 2018

Iain Glen is very satisfied with Jorah Mormont’s arc

  
 

Iain Glen has played Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones for eight years. He knows how it all ends, and while he didn’t spill the beans while speaking to Metro, he did tease a final season that will test what fans think they know about the show. “For viewers who have fallen in love with the show over the course of 70 plus hours, you get very strong affiliations and [are] possessive as an audience,” he said. “I find that with things that transport me, you feel like it’s yours.”

Without really thinking it through too clearly, you do have aspirations, you’ve got desires for what or may not happen. The bottom line is I’m sure we’ll not please everyone across the board, but when we gathered for reading the scripts right at the beginning, there was a huge sense the writers had done a fantastic job, and a fantastic job for the series as a whole. It’s the same concoction which has always worked, full of surprises and tension. For my money, it will satiate. My hunch is it will go down incredibly well because they’re brilliant scripts.

Well, that’s reassuring…we think. Parts of it also echoes comments made not long ago by Kit Harington (Jon Snow). “I think a TV series that’s spanned eight, nine years is an incredibly difficult thing to end,” Harington said. “I think not everyone’s going to be happy, you know, and you can’t please everyone.”

And what of Jorah Mormont specifically? Was Glen happy with where his character ended up? “Absolutely. I was very, very satisfied.”

Even if Jorah dies in the first scene of season 8, he’s accomplished something few other characters have: survived to appear in every season of the show. After being on Game of Thrones that long, letting go was weird for Glen, and came in stages:

 
It filtered through at different times really. During the course of shooting, there was some really, really mega moments where you thought, “Fuck”, this is the last time that’s going to happen, that’s the last time I’ll be acting with her, and that’s the last scene with that director.  So there were lots of stepping stones and weirdly, you’ve finished. There was moving farewells and then you get a call about a week later saying, “Sorry we just need to, can you come back and sit in front of the green screen?” There was a fair amount of that for a lot of us. That helped with the sensation of letting go I suppose. There’s goodbye and goodbye – it doesn’t feel like a cold cut off point and it’s still very much in our lives. One would be naïve to think it won’t be for some time by association if nothing else.

Those greenscreen shots may not be over, by the way. According, to Harington, that’s why he still hasn’t cut his Jon Snow hair.

But even if there are a few pickup shots left to do here and there, some things are over for good.The one thing we won’t be doing anymore which I’ll miss profoundly is turning up on set and doing the work and reading the new scripts,” he said. “I have mixed feelings.”

Well, now we do too. Thanks, Glen.

Source: Winter is coming.net


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