When Jaime Lannister isn’t playing the Game of Thrones on screen, he’s usually playing pranks on his co-stars. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who plays Jaime Lannister, is quite the prankster behind the screen and he has played a lot of hilarious practical jokes on his co-stars and the team, which he’s talked about on a few interviews as well.
Discussing about an elaborate prank he played on the showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, he said to Peter Travers on Popcorn With Peter Travers, “I had longer hair earlier on in the show, and there was constantly talk about, ‘Should we cut it? Shouldn’t we cut it? What’s going to happen with the hair?’ So I wrote [creators and writers Dan Weiss and David Benioff] this long letter where I pretended [to be] like a diva, saying, ‘Listen guys, I just feel as an artist I’m being left out. And I need my own integrity. I have to take control of my character. Because Jaime is a soldier, I want him to have a buzz cut, so I’m going to go ahead and do that. And I hope you respect me as an artist that I have to do this. I’ll send you a picture when it’s done.'”
And that’s not all, Nikolaj also said that he sent the showrunners a photo of him where he was completely shaven from an old TV show that he had done back in 2009. He said, “They didn’t call me, but they called everyone else at HBO, to the top brass, and like freaking out completely. They had the hairstylist getting hold of wigs, because you can’t just make a wig in like 24 hours. “It was amazing. It was a beautiful moment. I got them. I got them really bad.”
Nikolaj then revealed that he was now always afraid that the Weiss and Benioff would get back at him for the prank since they had once previously pranked Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow on the show, by making him believe that he had to permanently wear a prosthetic grin for the next seasons. Describing it, Nikolaj said, “This was season three. He got a script, and they said he was caught up in a fire. He survives, but all his lips are melted off, so from now on all he has is just this grin on his face. And Kit believed it. He was like, ‘OK, I’m going to have to make this work. I mean, it’s all right. It’s going to look weird, though.’ And the makeup artist said, ‘We’re going to have to make this prosthetic. It’s going to be quite big. It’s going to take at least four hours to put on.’ [Harrington said], ‘Oh all right, OK. That’s great.’ But of course he walked on set, and they couldn’t – they started laughing.”
Later on he also talks about his role as Jaime Lannister is the longest he’s ever played, and how uncomfortable it was to shoot the parts where he lost his right hand.
Well, we certainly hope we get to see more of Jaime in the further seasons and don’t forget to watch Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s interview which we have shared below.