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Fabien Frankel’s Criston armor had him sitting like a zombie while filming House of the Dragon



Ser Criston Cole at the royal wedding

Fabien Frankel portrays Ser Criston Cole in House of the Dragon. He is one of the members of the Kingsguard in Westeros. Recently, the actor appeared on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. There, he mentioned that he had to sit like a zombie and have people feed him.

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Frankel mentioned:

It got less heavy as time went on but at the beginning, you had a breastplate which is a thing that protects your neck and top of your chest, but you couldn’t remove it. For, like, the first two-and-a-half weeks of filming, I had to sit like a zombie and have people sort of feed me like I was very sick.”

Later, Jimmy Fallon asked Frankel about the picture where he was sleeping wearing his armor. The actor commented:

I’m a really ugly sleeper.

Criston Cole aka Fabian Frankel taking a nap on set

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Recently enough, when the actor appeared in an interview with EW, he discussed Cole’s internal struggle: the struggle of taking off his armor during an intimate scene with Princess Rhaenyra.

The actor recalled:

I remember just saying to them, ‘There’s no way this armor comes off without the help.’ Knights would have squires, and squires would take off their armor. There’s no way Rhaenyra and Cole are gonna take that armor off in 10 seconds. So I was like, ‘Well, you have to have that in.”

How do we get the buckle off? How do we get the boots off? These are all the things I really cared about, ’cause they take away this archaic sexual sex scenes that have existed for so long in television and film, and make it feel real and how it would be.”

What do you think about Frankel’s role as Ser Criston Cole in House of the Dragon season 1? Let us know in the comments below.

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