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Kit Harington opens up about addiction issues and feeling suicidal after Game of Thrones

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Most of us remember Kit Harington as the bold, righteous and mentally strong Game of Thrones protagonist Jon Snow. Little do we know about the struggles he was facing in real life, which he recently decided to share. It is surprising to note that even with all the riches and fame, one cannot guarantee one’s happiness. Bliss is a state of mind, and mental health is a concept often overlooked. People rarely talk about it, and those who come forward to share should be seen as brave instead of being shamed for it.

Harington talked to The Sunday Times in a recent interview, “Things that have happened to me since Thrones ended, and that were happening during Thrones, were of a pretty traumatic nature and they did include alcohol.”

Kit Harington opens up about addiction issues and feeling suicidal after Game of Thrones

You get to a place where you feel like you are a bad person, you feel like you are a shameful person. And you feel that there’s no way out, that’s just who you are,” Harington recalled. “And getting sober is the process of going, ‘No, I can change.’”

One of my favourite things I learnt recently is that the expression ‘a leopard doesn’t change its spots’ is completely false: that a leopard actually does change its spots. I just think that’s the most beautiful thing. It really helped.”

“That was something I kind of clung to; the idea that I could make this huge fundamental change in who I was and how I went about my life.”

When asked about feeling suicidal, he said, “I will give you an answer to that question: the answer is yes. Yes of course. I went through periods of real depression where I wanted to do all sorts of things.”

“I definitely don’t want to be seen as a martyr or special,” Harington went on to insist. “I’ve been through something, it’s my stuff. If it helps someone, that’s good.

“I will say about my addictions that I kept them very, very quiet and I was incredibly secretive and incredibly locked up with them. So they came as quite a surprise to the people around me. Which is quite often the case, I guess.”

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations that can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.







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Game of Thrones’ Hafthor Bjornsson wins debut boxing match, sends brutal KO warning to Eddie Hall

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Hafthor Bjornsson shows off impressive deadlifting skills after shredding 110 pounds

Game of Thrones’ Hafthor Björnsson (The Mountain) and Eddie Hall have been long-time rivals now, ever since they faced each other in the World’s Strongest Man championship. Their upcoming fight has been dubbed ‘The Heaviest Boxing Match in History’. Every competitive sportsman is involved in taunting their opponent to generate hype for their big event. And the Mountain is full of them for his rival, Hall.

Thor Bjornsson has promised to stop Eddie Hall just like he did Devon Larratt recently when the pair finally fight next year, unless the Brit begins training harder. Bjornsson confirmed during an exclusive chat with Mirror Fighting that the bout will take place in March 2022, with an exact date and venue to be confirmed in the coming months.

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Hall, a fellow World’s Strongest Man winner, is still nursing a severe bicep injury that forced him to pull out of the scheduled fight that was supposed to happen in September this year. Instead, Bjornsson took on former arm-wrestling champion Larratt, who despite looking good for a fighter with five weeks of training, was easily defeated within minutes.

Bjornsson, speaking to Mirror Fighting in his role as a Reign Body Fuel ambassador, says he has set his sights solely on his old rival Hall.

“March is the plan as of today,” he said. “Let’s just hope his bicep heals up well as it should and we can do the fight. From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t look promising for him, he has a hard time holding his hands in the right position. He fights with his hands down and leaves his head open and if he does that then it’s going to be a rough night for him, my reach and my jab are going to hurt him. But what he is posting doesn’t mean that he’s going to use that style, maybe he’ll come in with a completely different style, we don’t know, so we just have to wait and see.”

Who will win, Thor Bjornsson or Eddie Hall? Let us know in the comments below!







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Edgar Wright remembers late Game of Thrones alum Diana Rigg’s final role in ‘Last Night in Soho’

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The world lost a great number of jewels from its crown in the year 2020. The Red Wedding year took so many lives, people are struggling to keep their hopes alive. The Game of Thrones family lost a mother figure in that tainted year. Dame Diana Rigg, who played Olenna Tyrell on the show, lost her battle with cancer in September last year. The veteran actress, famous for her role as the Queen of Thorns, died aged 82. Game of Thrones cast and crew and all her fans around the world were deeply saddened by her demise. will grace the big screen with her one final performance in Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho’.

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During the press conference for the film, the director remembered the Rigg’s legacy and paid an emotional tribute to the Game of Thrones alum. “It’s difficult to extricate the movie from working with her now because the thought of the movie was quite interesting, very emotional experience to conceive and make, and now that’s all tied up with the fact that Diana is not with us anymore,” Wright said. “In those situations where it’s desperately sad, I won’t to get to have another gossipy branch with Diana Rigg. The only thing I can take away from it is like how lucky I was to work with her and know her.” 

“She’s such a professional and really prided herself on that,” he said. “When we were told that she needed to finish very urgently, we knew what that meant without asking any more. We’re all so incredibly fortunate to have known her and worked with her.”

Diana was an amazing soul and her presence will always be felt in her breathtaking performances. Let us remember the great actress in our thoughts and do leave a comment below!







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Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it’

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Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it'

Kit Harington is a household name today, thanks to his success as Game of ThronesJon Snow. Jon Snow was a selfless, righteousness and brave hero in the series, with a tone of seriousness in his voice. He would almost always relinquish any honours or titles he received in the series, saying, “I don’t want it.” It seems like Kit Harington has said his famous line quite often, off-screen as well.

The former Game of Thrones star told Total Film magazine he passed up on an unknown superhero role while filming for Game of Thrones. He said, “You know, the comic-book and superhero world has called once before, and I didn’t like the role and the part and the time to do it.”

Kit Harington passed on a superhero role while filming Game of Thrones: ‘I don’t want it'

Harington revealed. “So I turned it down. And then this one [in Eternals] felt right to me. I liked that the character they were offering was not necessarily an Eternal. He was human. I did like that. I felt that I could do something with that, that he came with all these human faults. So it was the character that drew me to it, as well as it being the MCU, and how exciting.”

“I won’t mention what it was, but yeah, there was one other [superhero movie] that I did turn down a while ago,” Harington said. “It was a while ago, as well – just because it didn’t feel like the right thing at the right time. And I think I was right to. My head was very in the Jon Snow world then.”

Which superhero role do you think Harington was previously up for? Tell us in the comments below!







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