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Rory McCann reveals he was homeless and had to steal food before Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones has made the careers of many, but for some, it has been a pure blessing. Case in point, one of our favourite actors on the show, Rory McCann, who played the Hound on the show, revealed that he had quite the struggle with homelessness before landing a role on Game of Thrones. Read on!

Independent reports that Rory discussed his struggles before Thrones during an appearance on the Game of Thrones Reunion Special, hosted by Conan O’ Brien. Talking about living in Iceland before he landed the part of the Hound on Game of Thrones, he said:

“I was in a tent – literally in a tent – stealing food occasionally. Eventually I got a job and sorted myself out, but then suddenly I’m getting driven around in a nice car in the biggest and best show in the world – just shows how your fortunes can change. Amazing.”

He continued:

“I managed to go back [to Iceland] and pay my library fines.”

He had previously talked about how he had landed up in Iceland, in an interview with the Daily Record:

“I had made a Viking film with Gerard Butler and after filming I just went, ‘I’m staying,’ and was there for 11 months.

There wasn’t any acting work at the time. I had said to my agent to phone if anything was happening but it wasn’t, so I just stayed.”

It was coming into winter and some locals told me I was the only man on the whole island living in a tent, so they helped me get into a house and I found work as a carpenter.”

Well, we’re glad Rory landed that audition, because we cannot imagine another actor being the Hound. What about you guys? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to play Sansa Stark again

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Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to Game of Thrones

Visiting familiar old places makes you relive all those bittersweet memories. It can sometimes heal some of the bad ones and recreate a few joyous bits. We have all had such places to go. Game of Thrones is one such place for the cast and crew of the world’s most popular show. One feels that a chance to go back and live there again would be grabbed with both hands. But is it that simple? Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) spoke to Variety about what it would take for her to return to Westeros while attending the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards 2020.

With the confirmation of House of the Dragon and the buzz about multiple Game of Thrones spin-offs, we are pretty sure that the song of ice and fire will return in one or the other forms. But does Sophie wish to return?

“I would give anything to go back to what we had, but it wouldn’t be the same. It would be different, different people running it. I don’t want to be a part of it. Unless they give me the big bucks, I am not doing it,” Sophie answered. We hope the master of coin is listening.

The cast and crew have been exchanging goodbyes for a while now; and SAG Awards was the last pit-stop in the long awards-season for Game of Thrones. It had three nominations and secured two wins: Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (won by Peter Dinklage!).

Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner further talked about her absolute favorite day on the set of Game of Thrones:

“The day I really appreciated everything was the very last day on set, and it was the saddest day as well. I walked onto the set of Winterfell in costume for the last time. And I was looking around and I just welled up. I was like ‘This is amazing how empowered I feel to be on this set.’ That was the day I really appreciated but it was also the day that I broke down and didn’t get out of bed for the next three days.”

Although feelings are subjective, it wasn’t easy for anyone on the GoT set to hold back their tears.

“Everyone cried. And everyone cried when other people wrapped as well. The whole season everyone was just blubbing,” Sophie said.

Sophie Turner reveals if she will ever return to Game of Thrones

It’s certainly difficult to move on from a piece of work as huge as Game of Thrones. But the Queen in the North carved a big piece of Westeros for herself, and she seems happy keeping it. What do you think? Talk to us in the comments below.






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Alfie Allen talks about six-pack competitions on Game of Thrones and more

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Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Despite atrocities others inflicted upon him and he upon others, Theon Greyjoy made sure he stuck around till the end and earned the redemption he felt he deserved. The actor who played Theon, Alfie Allen talked to The Guardian about his six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in his life.

A total of 10 members from the cast of Game of Thrones were nominated for an Emmy last year, which included Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage (who won!). So, one can assume that there was some competition on set as well.

“At the beginning, me, Kit Harington (Jon Snow), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) were definitely in some sort of competition about who could be in the best shape. It’s not like we were comparing but there was definitely a macho vibe going around. But I wouldn’t say there was competition in any sense other than who had the best six-pack. And Kit would always win that,” Alfie explained.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Game of Thrones was a huge show; in terms of scale of production, budget, and the time invested by the cast and crew. The whole process went on for 10 long years. It’s difficult to devote such a large amount of time and be attached to something for this long; so, was there relief or longing at the end?

Alfie Allen said:

“I was excited to move on, without a doubt. I think there was always that fear from when we started: God, you know, this is going to be for quite a while. You don’t want to get sucked into thinking negatively about something that’s essentially a very positive thing, but I would fluctuate. The majority of the time, the feeling for me was: I either give it my all, or I piss and moan about it. Even if you are going to piss and moan about something, you’re going to use that emotion to the betterment of your character, and that’s what I tried to do.”

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

Theon went through a moving arc along his journey in Game of Thrones. While his fall at the end protecting Bran from the Night King and his army was cheered by all, the end for the show itself came under a lot of criticism.

“People were just massively emotionally invested in it, and that’s testament to how great the show is. Things ended in a similar fashion with Breaking Bad and The Sopranos. There’s never a good ending and I think David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (the showrunners) had a huge amount of pressure on them,” Allen remarked.

Alfie admitted that “it was isolating” to play Theon Greyjoy as the character was ridiculed at times”. The sheer amount of violence that Theon faced shook almost everyone. The brutal treatment of getting turned into Reek by Ramsay Bolton; the crisis of identity while being raised in Winterfell; it has made Allen think about men’s mental health.

Alfie Allen talked about six-pack competition on Game of Thrones and other things in life

“I think it’s important that we talk about our problems without wearing that as some kind of badge of identity. Look at who is in power (in the USA). A lot of the bad decisions are down to toxic masculinity. If we can eradicate that, it’s going to be totally beneficial for future generations; and for any kind of kid growing up.”

His next film, Jojo Rabbit is a satire set in Nazi Germany, directed by Taika Waititi, who gave Allen a chance to apply comic timing and improvisations on set. He said, “Taika wants things to happen spontaneously.” In Game of Thrones however, the rules were strict.

“Dave and Dan (the showrunners/writers) are very precious about their words, and rightfully so. I think one of the only improvs that was allowed was ‘aye’. Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos) and Kit Harington started saying ‘aye’, so Dave and Dan would allow the odd ‘aye’.”

He also spoke about people’s misconceptions and his ambitions:

“I don’t want to not care what people think, but at the same time I don’t feel I’ve done anything wrong. I don’t see my career as a trajectory because I don’t feel like that’s going to bring me happiness. I think I am ambitious, but I don’t want to lose sight of my own emotional integrity and happiness. You have to be able to preserve that.”

He also hinted at the possibility of a project that’s dark and controversial, yet exciting; but he is still not fully sure about it. It was really pleasant and peaceful to hear Alfie speak about his life. We hope that whatever happens, he is always able to be home! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments.






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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

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Kit Harington looks back at his fondest memory from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been over for a while now, but we’re still obsessing over it. It seems like we might not be the only ones still not over the show as in a recent interview Kit Harington who played the role of Jon Snow revealed that he still thinks about the show a lot and also look back on some of his older fondest memories from the show.  Read on!

Kit was recently at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards where he was the only Game of Thrones actor nominated for one. Ryan Seacrest of E! Caught up with them for a short interview bit on the red carpet. Check the video out:

Seacrest noted he was the only Game of Thrones member present at the awards (except Jason Momoa). Kit said:

“I haven’t got my gang. It’s odd. I haven’t been to these things without the rest of us around. So I’m a little jealous of the Succession dudes.”

Kit was nominated for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) category but did not win. Seacrest then asked him if he still thought about Jon Snow:

“I think about him all the time. It was always just getting into costume the first day back, getting into that outfit and just sort of being back on set, back with him on character. I loved it. It’s in retrospect that you start loving it. It does go by fast. Ten years, like that.”

Well, we hope Kit knows that we miss Jon Snow just as much as he does.  what do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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