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Paul Kaye (Thoros of Myr) says he has never seen Game of Thrones

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The characters and stories that our favorite films and shows bring us become fascinating phenomena in our head. So much so that we start seeing the actors through the lens of their most popular and heartfelt roles. This gets even more pronounced when it’s a TV series running successfully for many years. And what better show than Game of Thrones that has done so in the recent times. Among the numerous distinct characters, Thoros of Myr was one of those who were just the right mixture of mystery and bravery.

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The Lord of the Light cleric defied death by bringing Brotherhood Without Banners comrade Beric Dondarrion back to life a record six times. The red priest could light up swords too. Truly a legend! Paul Kaye, the actor who played Thoros hasn’t quite seen himself do the tricks though. Paul talked to The Mirror around the release of his Netflix miniseries The Stranger. He revealed some interesting tidbits about himself.

He talked about his fans, and said,

“Every now and then you get a message asking if you can record something celebratory for a fan. I’ve learnt a bit of Dothraki and that’s my new party trick – I haven’t got a clue what it means. It’s a few lines I can say, but I send it to everyone I record a message for and pretend it means happy birthday, or have a great wedding, or whatever. I’ve still never seen Game of Thrones, so that works for me.”

Now that sounds shocking. One ought to have watched themselves if they were on a gig as big as Game of Thrones.

“Nah, I don’t watch myself. I did for Three Girls, because I met the father I was playing and it broke my heart, so I didn’t want to f**k it up.”

After you’ve swallowed that info, you should know that Three Girls was a British TV series that recreated the true horrors of a child sex abuse ring and the failure of authorities.

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Kaye spoke more about the attention from fans,

“The only time I ever got recognized was after the third series (third season) of Game of Thrones, because I had the top knot and beard. Now, I would have blended in, as that look has oddly been adopted by estate agents.”

But social media brings easier access. What does he think about that?

“No, I am terrified of it. I am just amazed at how people can creep in and watch what other people are doing. I was asleep at the Oslo airport and someone woke me up and said, ‘Excuse me, what’s your name?’ When I asked why, he said, ‘Because I don’t know your name and I want to tweet that I am sitting opposite you.’ That’s social media in a nutshell, folks.” That’s indeed a whole new light on the growing frenzy of never-ending posts/updates.

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Before Game of Thrones, Paul Kaye’s best known, or rather infamous, bit was his comedic portrayal of Dennis Pennis; a celebrity interviewer who would ask weird questions. It was one of the first things that Kaye did on camera that later translated into intense and dramatic roles. His latest outing is The Stranger on Netflix; a mystery-thriller miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Coben.

Talking about what we could expect from the series, Paul said,

“I haven’t read the book, so when I signed up to do the show I had no idea how the story would play out. All I’ll say is it’s all centered around one question: ‘How far would you go?’.”

It’s relieving to see Paul talk with abandon and simplicity. In this era of chasing success, it seems easy to be happy but difficult to be simple. We have loved seeing him play the cheeky swordsman from Myr, and we wish him all the best for the future! What are your thoughts? Speak with us in the comments.

Humility is a virtue possessed by few. Even though Game of Thrones reached great heights, the show’s cast was always humble to their roots. They have won the admiration and respect of fans all over the world due to their down-to-earth nature. For example, Jason Momoa reached out to a young Aquaman fan battling cancer last year. Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked to Digital Spy about the show’s success and praised his co-stars.

He said, “It didn’t happen overnight, and I think for us that was a good thing. I mean it was always immensely popular, I just think as the seasons went on it moved from a really amazing TV show into a kind of phenomenon. It sort of turned into that thing that everyone talks about, people say over the watercooler at work. “

“It’s crazy, because every TV show you watch these days, every single TV show or movie, they all reference Game of Thrones. It always blows me away. I watch a show I love and there’s a reference to Hodor, there’s a reference to Khaleesi. It’s become such a huge part of the public psyche. I don’t think we ever dreamed before season one was out that that would happen. It still happens!”

“It kind of grew, it really doubled per season. But we grew into it, which made it kind of easy. The cast was really down to Earth. I can say hand on heart we’re all really down to Earth. I think that’s a really nice thing. Just the whole Hollywood thing, we’re all kind of aware of that… Game of Thrones is so brutal and real. It’s important to keep it real.”

Have you ever met a Game of Thrones star in real? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

Game of Thrones was an enchanting journey that lasted for nearly a decade. Some of the show’s cast was very young when the show began. They sort of grew up with the show, like Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Stardom can be a bit scary when you are young. Especially for someone as studious as Isaac Hempstead-Wright. He revealed about his nervousness in an interview with Digital Spy.

Isaac (Bran) said, “It was actually a little bit intimidating. I remember seeing the show go interstellar. Especially when you’re separate from it a bit [Bran was off-screen during season five], you really just see how huge it is when you’re not in the midst of the whole thing.”

“I really think season five was when it had its meteoric rise. So coming back into season six – and I hadn’t acted for a year; I’d been doing my GCSEs – coming back in was kind of like, ‘Argh! I’ve forgotten how to act!’”

He continued, “I think also there had been a lot of bonds forged in that season, and a lot of people had grown up. I’d kind of grown-up, but I had that key year of being 15, 16 away from it. So it was a weird one to come back to. But after a couple of days, it was business as usual.”

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Game of Thrones ended more than one and a half years ago. It was a beautiful journey for both the fans and the crew that lasted for a decade. The fantastical series still holds the record for the most number of Emmy Awards won. On the occasion of New Year, the cast of the show came together for an interview with Digital Spy. They shared their experience while shooting for the fantasy epic. Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) talked about how they were cast for their roles.

Gwendoline recalled, “I immediately rang my agent and said, ‘I want to do this’. My agent said, ‘What are you talking about? I’d never ever put you up for this. She’s ugly, her nose is broken, her teeth are broken and you’ll need to use a sword’.”

Nairn remembered, “I was a first-time actor. I was glad I didn’t know anything about the show at the time. Because if I had I would’ve realised what a huge audition I was going for. I had no idea what Game of Thrones was. I had auditioned for a part in another movie called Hot Fuzz, and I didn’t get the part. It was the casting director Nina Gold who remembered me – she called me in for this audition. I didn’t know it at the time, but when you’re called for an audition, that’s really in your favour.”

What are your best memories from the show? Talk to us in the comments below!