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Paddy Considine reveals the inspiration behind his House of The Dragon character




When an actor plays a role, they base their performance on a real-life person. And that character becomes the identity of that actor for a really long time. Several Game of Thrones actors had reportedly taken inspiration from those who are close to their hearts, for example, Miltos Yerolemou’s Syrio Forel. House of The Dragon star Paddy Considine appears to be following a similar route for his character, King Viserys Targaryen, in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel.


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In a recent interview with The Independent, Considine revealed, “The last thing you do when you play a king is go, ‘I’m the king’. All you’ve got to do is be you, a human, and be compassionate. Lose the crown, lose the pomp, lose the bulls***, just play the person. And when I played Viserys Targaryen, I just played my mum, you know. That’s what I played – my mother.”


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He continued, “She was just an anchor for me. I loved her very much. But she was a woman who became very, very sick. She had diabetes. She lost sight in both of her eyes. And she lost both of her legs. She was in a terrible, terrible state. But I think she hid inside her illness, and that made it worse for her. It was a lot for us and everyone around to care for her, whereas she needed to care for herself, too. And that’s what this character does, eventually, you know… he becomes very sick and hides in his illness.”

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Sayantan is a keen follower of everything pop culture; from films, shows, anime to video games and latest memes. He started writing professionally for Wiki of Thrones during the 2021 lockdown, and has been developing his writing and editing skills ever since. With a growing repertoire amassing renowned websites, Sayantan is your go to guy for all things Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon.

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