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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 February 12th, 2019

Iain appearing at the LFCC Spring on 2nd March 2019

 
 

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Posted by admin on September 6th, 2017

Season 7 Episode 2: The Gore of Greyscale (HBO)



Posted by admin on August 19th, 2017

Game of Thrones S7 HQ stills for episode 6

I have added 3 stills for Episode 6 of Game of Thrones series 7.

    

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Posted by admin on August 16th, 2017

New Game of Thrones Series 7 – Episode 6 Stills

I have added 2 Episode stills of Jorah from Game of Thrones Series 7 – episode 6.

 

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Posted by admin on August 15th, 2017

Game of Thrones S7 HQ screencaps for episodes 1-5

I have added over 121 HQ screencaps of Game of Thrones S7 Episodes 1-5 to the gallery.

    
  

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Posted by admin on August 14th, 2017

Iain Interview on GOT S7 Eps 5 & Episode Stills

 

I have added 2 episode stills from Episode 5 ‘Eastwatch‘ of Game of Thrones series 7.

  

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Posted by admin on April 18th, 2017

Iain answers your fan questions! SJA EXCLUSIVE!!

Last year I asked Iain if he would mind answering a few questions from fans for us. It took him a while but finally got round to answering them and they really have been worth the wait. I have attached his original typed answer sheet along with the note he sent to me with the answers.

    
 

1) What is your most embarrassing moment on a film set? Regina Zschoke

I have had many embarrassing moments on a film set. I think it’s just the nature of the beast.
As an actor you put yourself on the line and there is always a danger of ridicule. A very early memory is being on a set of a BBC drama called The Picnic (1987).

I was working with a wonderful actress called Billy Whitelaw and we were playing lovers. She was a teacher and I was a young adult with learning difficulties and we formed a bond that lead to love. We were doing a very sensitive first kissing scene and I, full of anxiety and probably trying to be method, used my tongue ever so slightly. She was very sweet and made no comment but the director after the first take came over and said “Iain, can you not do that? On camera your tongue looks like a huge slug.” I felt mortified and ashamed. The director could have offered more gentle direction. But Billie and I became the best of friends. Sometime later she introduced me to one of my childhood heroes, the writer Samuel Beckett while we were rehearsing in Paris.

2) Do you have a personal philosophy or ‘mantra’ of sorts that has been especially valuable and relevant to you on your life’s journey? Marissa Valentine

I have no personal philosophy or ‘mantra’. I think life is what you make of it. It’s in the eye of the beholder. The exact same set of circumstances can be looked on with despair or joy. There is a great inequality to what people are born into throughout the world. I know I have been incredibly lucky to have been gifted the life I was given. I have no good reason not to wake up each day and celebrate the possibilities. So I just try and try to make the most of things. Life offers so many beautiful things to enjoy. Avoid the negative and nuture the positive.

3) What do you think about social media and your fans especially about your fans in Ser Jorah’s Army? Daniela Bosslet

I’m afraid I’m a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to social media. I’ve just never used that method of finding information or communicating with friends. I have never tweeted. I have never had Facebook or Instagram. It’s a bit of a mystery to me why people stare at tablets and phones. I feel that the world must be passing them by. That said, I do utilise the internet and I’m still awed as to what is available at a touch of a button. I’m fairly computer literate and use it recording music, mixing movies, developing photographs, reading newspapers and a great deal more.

I thank Jorah’s Army for all their incredible support. I am truly flattered that I have fans out there that have so much belief in me. I thank you with all my heart.

Read the rest of the answers here.

 

 



Posted by admin on November 9th, 2016

Iain and GOT cast filming in Seville

Iain has been photographed and videod by fans filming Game of Thrones in Seville, Spain. See some below.

 

 

 

 


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