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Steve Toussaint (Corlys) initially wanted to be in Game of Thrones’ canceled prequel ‘Bloodmoon’

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Game of Thrones was the show of the century, and a lot of its own cast members were big fans of the series. Several great actors dreamed to be a part of the show, some auditioned for the roles and didn’t get it while others rejected the offer when they had a chance, mistaking it for “just another fantasy with dragons“. Amongst those who auditioned was the British actor Steve Toussaint, who would later go on to bag the role of Lord Corlys Velaryon in Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon.

 
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However, Toussaint initially wanted to be in another prequel, before his casting in House of The Dragon. He recalled meeting an actress (presumably Naomi Watts) a few years ago and told The Guardian, “At a meeting for a Steve McQueen thing I did a couple of years ago, I bumped into a lovely actress who had made a pilot for a Game of Thrones spin-off.”

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“I said to her: ‘Oh my God, I’d love to be in that.’ She goes: ‘Well, don’t worry, when it goes – when it goes – there’ll be lots of great parts.” However, that spin-off turned out to be Bloodmoon, a notoriously expensive experiment that HBO filmed before panicking and hiding it away from the world for ever. “And they had spent somewhere like $30m on that. I’d love to believe that something’s too big to fail, but nothing is.”

He also talked about his first meeting with House of The Dragon’s showrunners, “When we started, the one thing that [showrunners] Ryan [Condal] and Miguel [Sapochnik] kept saying was that we can’t continue making Game of Thrones, because Game of Thrones did that extremely well. So we’re trying to do something that’s recognizably the same world, but a different story. You get to concentrate a bit more on each character, so that when things develop later on you’re a little bit more invested – because you’ve spent some time with them.”

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