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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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Natalie Dormer talks about her journey from a bullied student to a confident actress

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Natalie Dormer talks about her journey from a bullied student to a confident actress

Life throws many challenges at us. Sometimes they can be too much to bear at one time but it is those challenges that make us who we become later in life. Natalie Dormer a.k.a. Margaery Tyrell of Game of Thrones too has had a life full of challenges and she recently talked about in an interview. Read on to find out more!

Buoyed by her recently released Penny Dreadful: City of Angels where she plays a demon, Dormer recently spoke to The Mirror. She reflected on her journey all the way from her school life where she was bullied to becoming a confident actress. She also spoke about why she craves for strong roles and their impact on her.

“I’m fascinated by powerful women who transform their strength into sensuality. I’m very shy in real life and I think there’s a side of me that hopes that by taking on these roles, I can become a great seductress. But I also want to be part of stories that show how women can lead interesting, engaging lives apart from their romantic relationships.”

Natalie Dormer talks about her journey from a bullied student to a confident actress

She made it a point to not back down ever since she was bullied in the school. She said:

“I suffered a lot of bullying in school and, ever since, I’ve made it a point not to back down and to rise up to every situation and become a stronger person. That’s a key aspect of my personality and how I try to live. I needed to work on my confidence level in my 20s until I became more forceful.”

She also made a parallel between the world of 1930’s Los Angeles shown in her latest series to the current world.

“There’s been an incredible political polarization that has been going on in recent years – the demonization of the other, the resurgence of nationalism, pointing the finger at others, and this nasty brand of identity politics. There are very uncomfortable parallels between the state of things today and the kind of things happening in the mid-to-late 1930s and the lead-up to the Second World War.”

She also revealed that she almost made it to the Cambridge university but enrolled herself into a drama school instead. She was also pretty close to her grandfather who in some ways defined her future by supporting her creative juices.

From being bullied to being part of an epic saga like Game of Thrones and Hunger Games, Dormer has truly come a long way. We truly admire her for that.

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Actor Josh Whitehouse talks about his canceled Game of Thrones prequel

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Josh Whitehouse talks about the cancelled Game of Thrones prequel

They say it’s for the best if certain things don’t work out. But if you ask us, Game of Thrones prequel not happening was just too sad. The prequel, unofficially called The Long Night was going to showcase the history of Westeros dating back 1000 years before the events of Game of Thrones, and it was going to be such a fascinating watch but when the cancellation was announced, let’s be honest — it sucked. Turns out we are not the only one thinking of it. Josh Whitehouse, one of the stars of the doomed prequel has recently talked about the show and what it meant for him. Read on!

While we know that the likes of Naomi Watts had already shot the pilot for the show, we still don’t know the exact reason why the show didn’t take off. Whitehouse was also going to be a part of the show and while he wasn’t going to feature until the second episode, he was still very excited about it. He caught up with TooFab and said that he had not shot for the pilot but was very proud to have got the auditions right.

“It was mind-blowing, just such an honor to even be considered for something like that. I got the audition, I got the job and then I spent a year and a half waiting for it to actually happen, pre-prod stuff.”

 

After waiting for so long he was obviously disappointed but he still looked at the bright side.

“Then it ended up getting canceled and I was like, ‘Oh, alright,'” he continued, “I was just honored to be involved, even to be able to say that is a huge thing for my career, it was such a big show.”

He also thought that because the show got canceled he didn’t have to deal with the pressure of being part of the Game of Thrones world. He said:

“In a sense, like, Game of Thrones was such a huge thing already, it’s kind of nice to not have that pressure, the potential to not live up to expectations and bring something new to the world,” he added. “But either way I would have been happy.”

Well, maybe things do happen for the best. While we would have really liked to see the Bloodmoon world, we have other prequels to look forward to!

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Lena Headey says she would love to play Deadpool

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Lena Headey says she would love to play Deadpool

Our universe badly needs a superhero right now. With the Coronavirus spreading its wings we could have done with an actual superhero or two. However, as doctors around the world do their best as our actual saviors, let’s shift our focus briefly to our virtual superheroes. Speaking of, we can all agree that Deadpool is unarguably the most different of them all and as a result, it has piqued the interest of a certain Queen. Read on to find out more!

Its been a year since Game of Thrones ended its run and with that came the end of the reign of a decade for Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister. The manner in which it came to halt is still being discussed in the aisles of various forums, with Headey herself making her displeasure known to the world.

She had then said:

“I invested as a viewer and I have my favorite characters. And I’ve got a few of my own gripes. But I haven’t sat down drunkenly with David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] yet.” 

Before signing off with:

“I will say I wanted a better death.”

Lena Headey says she would love to play Deadpool

Well, be that as it may, Headey seems to have moved on and even has her eyes set on her dream role!

Speaking with HeroicHollywood recently, she said she loves the character of Deadpool and would love to play it. She also realizes that it has been taken but come on that shouldn’t stop her from dreaming. Universe has acted in stranger ways before. She said:

“Well, I’d love to play Deadpool. Obvs. Anyway, that’s been taken.”

While we absolutely love Ryan Reynolds’ version of Deadpool, that franchise can definitely accommodate Headey in some way or the other. Right?

Can you imagine Headey as Deadpool? Let us know in the comments below!







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