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Pilou Asbæk talks about villains and Game of Thrones

There are no real villains in this world, only heroes extinguished in society. This signifies the inherent goodness in each one of us, however bad our circumstances and experiences may have molded us. And it’s interesting to look at a Villain. To know, what goes into her/his making as the bad guy/gal. Whether it’s the JokerLord Voldemort or Jack Torrance from The Shining, there’s always a mystery around the villains that one wants to know more.

Game of Thrones has had its fill of characters who want to inflict pain. Most characters operate in a self-designed net of morality, but some of them seem to keep that net safely hidden from the world. Euron Greyjoy is one of them. One never knows what goes inside him or what he might do next. And he has made a lasting impression in the last two seasons.

Pilou Asbæk talks about Villains and Game of Thrones

Pilou Asbæk, who plays Euron, recently talked to SYFY WIRE about his recent roles as Villains and Game of Thrones.

Discussing what was it like bringing his Game of Thrones-run to a close, he says, “I came on board in Season 6, so I had two seasons, mostly. Like Stanislavski, the father of all theater, said, “There are no small roles, only small actors.” It doesn’t matter the size of a character, it matters how you do it. And you can see in Season 7, [Euron’s] impact. There are three or four scenes, but I’m driving them. I love him. I got some great scenes next season as well.”

The Danish actor plays Dr.Wafner, a Nazi officer in his new film Overlord by Bad Robot Productions. His role as another villain has managed to surprise the audiences. He credits this to his discussion with the director, Julius Avery about doing every scene exactly opposite of how it seems on paper.

Pilou Asbæk talks about Villains and Game of Thrones

“I told Julius, “The reason why we need to do it is, it’s going to be even more of a cliché. So, we need to work with the cliché. We need to make the cliché our strength.” There’s a reason why a cliché is a cliché, there’s some truth to it, we had to turn it upside down. We had to make him charming and fun, not like [Euron] in Game of Thrones.”

He insists that Wafner and Euron are unlike each other. “It’s two very different characters. The only reason why anyone would want to compare them is because they’re both evil. How f**king superficial is that? They’re both male. Okay, please, come on!”

The actor has been playing bad guys of late. Is there more? “I don’t want to be caught in the same roles. I want to change it. But this is not my home court. That’s Denmark.

Pilou Asbæk talks about Villains and Game of Thrones

So, whenever I want to do a hero, I go home and I do my drama. And what I take from the Danish cinema is that I act everything for real. No matter what kind of film I’m doing, no matter how silly it might be, I take the premise for real. And I try to do it as three-dimensional as possible.”

He furthers his approach to playing a dangerous character, “It’s all about collaboration. I always say this when I do the “villains,” to put it so superficially, but I have a discussion with the main cast and the director, and I say, “This is a team effort. No one is better than the weakest link. You are the lead in this film, therefore my job is to make you shine. 

Pilou Asbæk talks about Villains and Game of Thrones

For me to make you shine, I need a character who is not a f**king idiot. Because the stronger the ‘villain’ is, the stronger you will be.” There’s nothing worse than one-dimensional villains. If you can have a villain that is a mirror, if you can have the antagonist being a mirror of the protagonist, that is even stronger.”

Through the film, Wafner changes mentally as well as physically. Pilou talked about his approach to changing himself. “My background is four years of theater at the National Prop School of Denmark Copenhagen. One of the courses, we had to build your own mask, where you would sit and create a guy, and with that mask, you would do a Commedia dell’arte. You don’t have that tradition in American films. You really don’t work with those things.”

He also had help from Andy Serkis, the motion capture acting giant from The Lord of The RingsPlanet of the Apes and The Last Jedi.

Pilou Asbæk talks about Villains and Game of Thrones

“He was like, “Okay Pilou, what is it you want?” And I was like, “Andy, I’ve never done this kind of transformation, and you did all these incredible films.” He was like, “It’s all about decisions. The more decisions you make, the more freedom you’re going to have.”

His recent roles in films and television have had an impact. He says, Ghost in a Shell changed a lot of things, and so did Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones is so massive. I was in Chile, and I got pulled over in security. It was like, “Holy s**t!” I felt like a criminal, I hadn’t done anything, but I felt like a criminal.

And then they just said, “We love you in Game of Thrones. Can we have a photo with you?” They closed the whole border! No one came into the Chile airport for 10 minutes while I was taking photos. [Laughs] It just tells you, it travels everywhere. Game of Thrones is the biggest show on Earth. Probably the biggest show there’s ever been.”

Pilou Asbæk talks about Villains and Game of ThronesHe admits to being one of the big fans of Game of Thrones, seeing all of it till the moment he joined. And after that? “The moment I became a part of it, I have not seen one second since.”

On his plans to watch it all when it ends, “Maybe I’m going to be one of those selfish actors that’s just going to watch my own scenes because I’m too lazy,” he laughed.

Here’s another video where Julius Avery and Pilou Asbæk discuss Overlord, Villains, and Bad Robot. The film premiered at the Fantastic Fest in September and releases in the United States on November 9, 2018.

Euron is currently believed to be sailing to Essos to ferry the Golden Company, a mercenary army, for Cersei Lannister. We hope for a chilly return. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.






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George R. R. Martin promises to finish The Winds of Winter before writing for House of the Dragon

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George R. R. Martin promises to finish The Winds of Winter before writing for House of the Dragon

Game of Thrones might be over, but the franchise is alive and kicking. We still have at least two books left to come, and HBO has just announced he first prequel to the series, named House of the Dragon. The key factor is that both the books, and this show, require George R. R. Martin to write, and the prequel announcement was concerning fans about the fate of The Winds of Winter. George however has cleared those doubts by revealing he’ll be finishing The Winds of Winter before staring with the prequel. Read on!

George took to his Not a Blog to discuss the prequel, knowing fully well fans were concerned that it might lead to a further delay in The Winds of Winter coming out. George wrote, giving an insight into the development of the prequel:

“Ryan Condal has already done a considerable amount of writing on House of the Dragon, but a lot of work remains ahead of us. There’s a writer’s room to be assembled, episodes to be broken down and scripted, a cast and crew to be assembled, budgets and production details to be worked out. As yet, we don’t even know where we will be shooting… though I expect we will revisit at least some of the countries David & Dan used for GAME OF THRONES (Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, Croatia, Morocco, Malta, and Spain).”

He continued:

“I expect to be involved in all of this to some extent… and, who knows, if things work out, I may even be able to script a few episodes, as I did for the first four seasons of Game of Thrones.”

George made sure to give a little disclaimer, however:

“But… let me make this perfectly clear… I am not taking on any scripts until I have finished and delivered Winds of Winter. Winter is still coming, and Winds remains my priority, as much as I’d love to write episodes of House.”

He also discussed the sad fate of the other Game of Thrones prequel, The Long Night, which was cancelled, and noted that he didn’t think that the cancellation had anything to do with House of the Dragon, saying HBO had enough room for multiple Game of Thrones successor shows. He also expressed his sympathies towards Jane Goldman and others who worked on the show.

In any case, it looks like we might get The Winds of Winter in 2020, at least. What do you guys think? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Emilia Clarke poses with Jason Momoa and Kit Harington in the best birthday snap ever

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Emilia Clarke poses with Jason Momoa and Kit Harington in the best birthday snap ever

Game of Thrones stars have the best get together, but the latest one is definitely our new favourite. The mother of dragons, Emilia Clarke turned 33 recently, and had a birthday bash fitting for a Khaleesi. The best part of the birthday for us fans is a picture that she posted a picture that is by all means iconic, featuring both her onscreen love interests from Game of Thrones. Read on!

Emilia took to Instagram to share moments from what seems like the best birthday party ever, but without a doubt, the crown jewel of the birthday snaps is Emilia’s picture with Jason Momoa, a.k.a. Khal Drogo, and Kit Harington, a.k.a. Jon Snow, calling it a “Momoa sandwich” in the hashtags. Check it out:

Well, if only we had gotten this moment on Game of Thrones! Jason Momoa left an adorable comment on the picture, saying “Happy birthday love. So stoked I got to see you 😍”. The picture comes right after Emilia and Jason’s recent reunion on The Graham Norton Show.

Emilia also posted more pictures from her birthday party. Take a look:

The Khaleesi sure knows how to party. There’s a good chance more Game of Thrones stars were present, but we do not have any pictures at the moment.

What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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There are quite a few Game of Thrones pairings that are iconic, but the top spot belongs to Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa, without a doubt. The actors that played the onscreen couple Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo are great friends in real world. We have seen them reunite quite a lot, but the two are headed for an onscreen reunion, as they’re scheduled to appear on The Graham Norton Show. Read on!

The popular British TV series The Graham Norton Show always has the best guest pairing, and they seem to have totally nailed it this time around. Emilia and Jason will be seen together on the show’s upcoming episode scheduled to air on October 25.

Emilia is currently in the middle of promoting her upcoming film Last Christmas, while Momoa is promoting his upcoming Apple TV+ series See. The two promos seem to have come together beautifully, leading to this reunion. The show will also have Regina King, there to promote her upcoming HBO series Watchmen, and comedian Ross Noble, with Camila Cabello slated to be the performer.

The episode will air on Friday, October at 10.35pm on BBC One, for the British fans of the show. Are you excited to watch the two unite on screen after this long? We sure are. Talk to us in the comments, below!






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