Actor Jonathon Pryce, who plays the religious fundamentalist High Sparrow in Westeros in the world of Game of Thrones reportedly said he draws his inspiration from Pope Francis. The Welsh actor explained himself and his admiration towards Pope Francis and said that, “Pope Francis had recently been elected Pope and was being photographed going round almost washing the feet of the poor and being seen as the man of the people.” He believes that his character is not unidimensional and has many layers to it.
Talking about the character, he said that, “That’s the public face of the High Sparrow – that he feeds the poor, he’ll wash them, wash their feet.”
However that’s not the only thing that’s similar between the High Sparrow and the Pope. If you look carefully, you will realise that Jonathon Pryce and the Pope look very similar. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this picture.
Jonathon also spoke about how producers had approached him twice for a part in the series but he only said yes this time. “The very first series, I was offered a role in it and was very nervous about it when it was described to me as the kind of thing it was. It’s not, it wasn’t I should say, the kind of thing I would normally watch.”
He further added, “I looked at the script and looked at all the weird names and I went, ‘oh, I don’t think so’, so I passed it on and then it became this massive, massive hit. And then season five came and they came back, and they offered me the role of High Sparrow, so then I did read the script, and I read it properly, and was really attracted to that role.”
Jonathon also realized that his character on the show is a game changer and that also added to his acceptance towards the role. “He was a very strong character and he created a new world in the story”, said Jonathon.
Well, whatever were the reasons, we are glad he took up the role of High Sparrow and he is doing an amazing job there.