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Game of Thrones Extra Andrew McClay talks about Getting a Close-up in The Battle of Bastards

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Game of Thrones Extra Andrew McClay talks about Getting a Close-up in The Battle of Bastards

George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the most popular books amongst fantasy lovers. When Game of Thrones was adapted from the novel, it created a huge hype among the fans. However, one fan, in particular, had the time of his life, when he was selected as an extra for the show. Even as an extra, he was an important part of the Game of Thrones family. Andrew McClay got his own close-up scenes on various occasions including the famous Battle of The Bastards. Talking to the Irish Mirror, he revealed he felt like a 13-year-old again.

He said, “It brought me back to being 13 again. I just remember every cell in my body being on fire and thinking to myself, there’s no way that I’m going to balls this up because I’m in the zone here. We shot that scene over two days and I had to be there every time for continuity but I loved doing it.”

“Miguel (director) said to me: ‘I need extras. Who’s loud here?’ and I shot my hand up straight away. I looked around and nobody had their hands up. I’m saying to myself, ‘you mad bastards, I’ll do it, Miguel. I’m loud.’”

Game of Thrones Extra Andrew McClay talks about Getting a Close-up in The Battle of Bastards

Kristof (Tormund) is right beside me at the time and he turns around and goes, ‘oh yes, he is loud Miguel He’s loud this guy!’ Kristof then just winked at me and I thought, ‘oh shit.’

“I was on fire all day and I still have my payment voucher which said unscripted line written on it. I have that framed. It will forever be one of my most beloved prized possessions.”

“All those scenes I’m in have different stories to them but with the Battle of the Bastards close-up, I had no idea the camera was on me. The guy just came down with one of the assistant directors and goes, ‘this is it, across the battlefield lies House Bolton’ and he then gives us this speech about the horrors they’ve done to House Stark. I’m just getting angrier and angrier.

“Then they shout action and Miguel picked my face because he genuinely thought I was about to kill a load of dudes.”

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Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams utterly missed Sword Fighting while filming Season 2

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Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams utterly missed Sword Fighting while filming Season 2

Arya Stark was undoubtedly one of the finest warriors on Game of Thrones. Her use of weaponry was unmatched, and she could take down foes much bigger in size than herself. It all started way back in season 1 when Ned Stark employed Syrio Forel to give her ‘dancing’ lessons. The actor who played Syrio Forel, Miltos Yerolemou, recently talked to Collider about his experience on the set. He also revealed that Maisie Williams, who played Arya Stark, had grown quite fond of the lessons. She really missed them in the second season of the show.

He said, “Even though we had stunt doubles who were brilliant at what they did, they never got a chance to film any of the stuff because … And Maisie, herself, is a dancer — as you can see as her fighting develops through the show. All of that is her because she’s a natural. And so, the two of us just were in our element. We relished that. In fact, I remember Maisie saying to me when she was filming Season 2 — I think I met her at a convention and she said, “I really miss doing the sword fighting,” because I think in Season 2 she didn’t get to do hardly any. And she was like, “I really, really miss it.”

He continued, “It was her very first job that she’d ever done. She was 13 years old. She was still at school. Maisie had an amazing mom that read her the bits that she couldn’t read because those bits were quite adult. She had a really supportive mother. And the team around her really looked after her.”

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Miltos Yerolemou reveals the secret behind Syrio Forel’s Amazing Last Battle Scene

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Miltos Yerolemou reveals the secret behind Syrio Forel’s Amazing Last Battle Scene

Game of Thrones became one of the most successful shows of the past decade due to a variety of factors. Highly realistic fight scenes were one of the reasons why the show became so popular. Some characters, like Arya Stark’s teacher Syrio Forel, did not have much screen time, but their popularity skyrocketed nonetheless. His last appearance on the show where he fights his last battle while protecting Arya is one of the most beloved fight scenes amongst the fans. Miltos Yerolemou, who played the role, revealed how they made the scene look so realistic.

Yerolemou explained to Collider, “The team on Game of Thrones were fantastic. Let’s be absolutely straight here — the Hungarian stuntmen were the people who really made me look good, because they flipped and fell over, and reacted to my movements in such a way that made it look even more phenomenal. So, it’s a collaborative effort, like it always is.”

Ultimately, it’s a matter of creating the choreography and then making sure that you just practice it. In the end, with the Lannister fight, I think we spent a few days. But also, part of mine and Maisie’s agreement or deal was that we made sure that we did everything ourselves. So, even though we had stunt doubles who were brilliant at what they did, they never got a chance to film any of the stuff because …

So, it’s a collaborative thing. Ultimately, it was having people that just created really good choreography and then we just worked our butts off.”

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WarnerMedia Chief Jason Kilar talks about HBO’s success and Game of Thrones prequel

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WarnerMedia Chief Jason Kilar talks about HBO’s success and Game of Thrones prequel

Game of Thrones’ first prequel House of The Dragon has already caused a huge stir amongst all the fans around the globe. The upcoming series based on the Dance of The Dragons focuses on a civil war that nearly destroyed Westeros prior to the events of Game of Thrones. HBO has already showcased the key players in the acting roster, hyping up the fans even more. WarnerMedia Chief Jason Kilar recently talked about HBO’s success and Game of Thrones prequel in a virtual appearance at the MoffettNathanson Media and Communications Summit.

I’d argue we’ve done more for theatres in 2021 than anyone else in Hollywood, by far,” Kilar declared. “There will be those stories that are so epic in scope and fit a certain sensibility that we feel that an exclusive theatrical release makes sense. … But there will be other stories that are different, that we actually think hew much closer to what we’re seeing this year in terms of movies that are available on HBO Max the same day that they’re made available to the exhibition. It’s going to be fascinating to see how that all evolves.”

WarnerMedia Chief Jason Kilar talks about HBO’s success and Game of Thrones prequel

When asked about the long-awaited prequel to Game of Thrones, House of The Dragon, Kilar said, “I’m just so excited because the world that exists in Westeros and the broader landscape and the characters,” he said. “The Targaryens are about as crazy as they get. It’s literally the essence of good drama.”

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