Posted by admin on July 5th, 2019

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Posted by admin on July 5th, 2019

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



Posted by admin on May 16th, 2019

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.

Source: Bustle



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



Posted by admin on May 2nd, 2019

Emilia Clarke’s tribute to Iain

 

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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

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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


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