Game of Thrones has been a platform for so many talented actors. These fine artists have gone on to do their magic in other films and shows. Every now and then, we see them in something that catches our attention right away. One such recent film is The Other lamb, starring Michiel Huisman; who played the Second Sons’ leader Daario Naharis in GoT. It’s a horror drama that tells the story of an all-women cult that resides in the remote woods with a male leader called Shepherd. We saw the trailer a while ago, and now the film has released in the US and available on VOD (video-on-demand) and digital platforms. Huisman talked to Salon about the film, his character, Shepherd, and various other things.
The Other Lamb follows a cult where the leader, Shepherd is all-powerful and the sole decision-maker for the remaining group of women, called “The Flock”. Shepherd behaves like God, who has shown mercy on his subjects by letting them in his shade. Huisman told us his thoughts about the cult and his character’s space in it.
“I think that when the film starts, the cult we follow is on its decline. The ideological way that it started and slowly built over the course of two decades is very different from the mechanics of the cult it turned into. It started because a lot of these women were looking for family and support, something they all were missing in their personal lives. They found it under the wings of my character, Shepherd, who wanted to be a good father and a good husband.
But as time goes on and the group grows, it becomes impossible for him to keep things the way they are, stay in the center of their lives, keep them away from the outside world, and be self-sufficient. For me, playing a character so dark and manipulative, it was important to understand where it started for him. I didn’t want to play him as a “bad guy”, although he is a terrible man. He’s not succeeding in being a good father.” Michiel also said that Shepherd comes from a mental place where he feels every horrible decision he takes is “the right thing for his flock”.
The Dutch actor’s role in Game of Thrones was that of a cunning fighter-Casanova. We saw him charm his way into Dany’s heart, and he’s doing the same with Shepherd. So, one may think that he has the ability to play such “creepy, charismatic” men. “I don’t know that’s something I can play. I don’t think you can perform that control as an actor. You need to believe that you have that control, and really understand the story you are in and where your character comes from. But so much of that – if it works – is movie magic,” he said.
Michiel talked about strange fan responses too. “It is sometimes strange when people who don’t know me come up and say, ‘I love you so much’. It makes me slightly uncomfortable. They don’t know me. I had to put that aside. Shepherd is very comfortable with being worshipped.”
Cults usually paint a generic picture in our minds where the leaders dress and be a certain way in order to attract followers. But Michiel feels a few cult documentaries, that he saw as part of his prep, changed his mind. “ ‘The End of the World Cult’ and ‘Holy Hell’ really opened my eyes and Malgo’s (the director) eyes. In ‘Holy Hell’, [the cult leader] wears a speedo and Ray-Bans. We can do whatever we want as long as he has a hold over his flock.” He praised the director Malgorzata Szumowska and the cinematographer Michal Englert for their artistic process. And he felt rare freedom and fear in “reinventing a story on set”.
Talking about the film’s stunning visual appeal, Huisman admitted to his love for photography. He credited the film’s “different” look to the use of “wide angles and closeups and a lens that gave an eerie and distorted feel”. He also revealed that a few of the shots found inspiration in Andrei Tarkovsky’s (Russian filmmaker) films.
Traveling is a big part of an actor’s life as they visit locations across the world to shoot for their films. Michiel finds it “one of the fun things” about his profession. And he also named one of his top five favorite places, “ ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ in a desert in Namibia”.
Huisman has worked in films of almost all genres, be it horror, romantic, musical, or sci-fi thrillers. And he feels this diversity “makes things interesting and keeps it fun”. His next project, “The Flight Attendant” is with Kaley Cuoco for HBO Max. It’s “a fun dark comedy” and he’s playing one of the passengers that the main character (Kaley’s) indulges with. It’s a great mix of things he’s doing. We wish him the best of luck!
The Other Lamb also stars Raffey Cassidy and Denise Gough in important roles. It is out in the US, but due to release in the UK on July 3, 2020. Due to the coronavirus lockdowns, films won’t release in the cinema halls for a while. You can rent The Other Lamb on Amazon, and iTunes. Be sure to catch it soon.
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Emilia Clarke responds to Qi’ra’s surprise Star Wars return and Game of Thrones prequel
Emilia Clarke is one of the most familiar faces from the vast cast of Game of Thrones. Though she is famous mostly for her role ‘Daenerys Targaryen’ on the show, she has played major characters in various projects over the past few years. Emilia portrayed Qi’ra in the Star Wars spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story. Clarke has responded to the return of her Solo character to the Star Wars universe, admitting it “means so much”.
Taking place more than 10 years after the events of the 2018 movie, War of the Bounty Hunters #1 reveals that Qi’ra is still a pivotal player in the crime syndicate. After she abandoned Han to join them at the end of Solo.
Emilia told ComicBook.com, “It means the absolute world. I know her backstory. I know her history. Maybe the movie didn’t get to go there, but that was such an honour and a privilege to be part of that universe as an actor.”
“So then, to see the character actually be taken on to the origin of all of it – bringing it on home to the family in that way – cemented it in a way. I was not expecting to feel as moved as I was by that.”
Emilia also appeared to be highly excited about the Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon. She said, “It’s just inevitable. I wish you all the best, it’s gonna be whatever it will be, but of course they’re doing more. You can’t create something that big and not have people go, ‘And? What else? This is really good! Let’s do loads more!’”
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Teen Wolf creator reveals how Game of Thrones influenced Allison’s Death on the show
Game of Thrones was the biggest blockbuster show of the 21st century. It raised the bar for quality shows to unprecedented levels. However, as the series constantly reached new heights of success, other contemporary shows had to face the brunt of the competition. Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis admitted that Game of Thrones’ rising popularity was one of the reasons why Allison Argent, one of the main characters, was killed off on the show.
Premiering on MTV in 2011, the series was loosely based on the 1985 Michael J. Fox movie of the same name. The series followed Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), a teenaged werewolf who takes on the responsibility of protecting the town of Beacon Hills while also juggling the stresses of high school and family.
In the first three seasons of Teen Wolf, the romantic relationship between Scott and Allison (Crystal Reed) was a big part of the show’s focus. That’s why it came as a shock when, at the end of season 3, Allison was killed off. Although this occurred partly because Reed wanted to leave the series, Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis admits that other factors influenced Allison’s fate. Including, it seems, Game of Thrones.
Speaking with E! Online, he said, “I don’t know if I would’ve done it now, but back then, it was the time of Game of Thrones’ big death and it was all about which character could you kill off to shock the audience? There was a lot of pressure to kill a main character. I remember the network saying you have to kill someone off. And me being like, ‘I don’t want to kill anyone, they’re like my children!’”
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Pedro Pascal reveals The Mandalorian Season 3 not airing until 2022
Some stars have such an enigmatic aura, you’re left mesmerised by them even if it’s just an interview. They know how to make any job fun. Their presence simply lights up the mood and you feel like the movie, show or interview just keeps going on. Pedro Pascal is an example of such an actor, who was recently also named the sexiest man alive by People’s Magazine. Pedro has made a name for himself in the acting industry, being the charming personality he is. Be it The Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 84 or The Game of Thrones, it’s like everything he touches turns to gold. However, this time, he is the deliverer of some bad news for The Mandalorian fans. He recently revealed that the crew hasn’t even started filming yet for the third season.
"We haven't shot a third season." – @PedroPascal1 responding to Ewan McGregor regarding #TheMandalorian, filmed on an unknown date for @Variety's Emmy-winning series "Variety Studio: Actors on Actors." pic.twitter.com/4NnkYWDdbf
— Boba Fett Fan Club (@bobafettfanclub) June 7, 2021
Pedro Pascal talked to fellow Star Wars Icon Ewan McGregor as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series. “We haven’t shot a third season,” Pascal says when McGregor asks about production, but stops himself from saying anything further. “Let me tell you what’s going on,” he jokes.
Pascal had recently signed a new deal for multiple projects related to The Mandalorian. For now, Star Wars fan will have to be satisfied with the Boba Fett spinoff show coming out in December. Yes, it’s a long wait!
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