Scans of this interview are circulating around the internet but want to wait to bring you guys better quality ones so for now enjoy and excerpt from it
When we meet him, Kit Harington is all in black and lounging on a hotel room sofa in his socks (“all Vuitton shoes,” he says later, “are uncomfortable, apparently”) after enjoying the premiere of Testament of Youth, which took place the previous evening, “maybe a little too much.”
He won’t be pushed on why he enjoyed the premiere too much, unfortunately – maybe because, after the huge success of Game of Thrones, he’s very aware of giving journalists too much to jump on.
Suffice to say, when we suggest that he might be longing for the end of the day so that he can have a drink, his denials are swift.
Rather than Game of Thrones (although we will get to that later) or his possibly hungover state, though, we’re here to discuss the big screen adaptation of Vera Brittain’s generation-defining memoir, in which Harington is bringing to life the writer’s lost fiancé, Roland Leighton.
Kit’s character is dreamlike and often distant from protagonist Vera – both physically, on the Front Line, and in his words, which were recounted in her memoir 15 years after the war had ended.
This eerie, dreamlike nature is deliberately drawn by James Kent’s direction, which brings an idyllic quality to the pre war years and an apocalyptic sense to the years of fighting, reflecting the fact that the entire source text was a memory. Opposed to her slain brother and fiancé Vera appears solid and whole, with a much more defined voice. How did Kit go about creating a character who, really, was nothing more than a memory?
The below interviews include another from HeyUGuys and another for British Radio Station BBC Radio One. Enjoy them!
The Testament of Youth and Game of Thrones star spills the beans on series five, love at first sight, Spooks, Colin Morgan and more…
Kit Harington is a busy man. Not only does he star in upcoming film Testament of Youth, but he’s got a new series of Game of Thrones set to hit screens this April and a starring role in the Spooks movie.
So, when we sat down for a Kit chat, it’s fair to say we had plenty of questions for the 28-year-old British actor, best known for playing Jon Snow in the gory HBO series.
Here’s what he had to say…
1. Kit Harington wants to be a superhero
He may be better recognised in his heavy furs, but Kit’s keen to don a pair of tights, following in the footsteps of fellow Brits Tom Hiddleston, Andrew Garfield, Henry Cavill and, most recently, Benedict Cumberbatch. “I think in the future it’s something I would look at,” he tells us. “Those movies are awesome fun to do and get watched by millions and millions and millions of people and people have a real passion for [them]. It would have to be the right one at the right time and I’d be lucky to be offered it.”
2. He’s also keen to play the bad guy but worries no one will cast him
“I don’t know if I’ll ever be the baddie,” he laments. “I’d like to but I don’t know if they’ll ever take a shot with me being the baddie. They always want to put me as a whiter than white character. I’d like to play something darker.” Although, playing Will Holloway in the Spooks movie is giving him a taster for it: “he’s not squeaky clean. Jon Snow is pretty squeaky clean, Roland [in Testament of Youth] is pretty squeaky clean, this guy’s a little darker at times.”
First things first. There ARE *SPOILERS*. If you don’t know what happens in the film then I’d suggest waiting until after the film is released and you have seen it to watch
Thanks to my friend Lora we now have even more high quality images of Kit from the UK premiere and also 2 lovely interviews with him thanks to HeyUGuys and London Live
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The Game of Thrones star refutes the idea the HBO fantasy series uses gratuitous violence
Don’t get too attached to your favourite character on Game of Thrones – so much as blink and they may have been impaled, beheaded or doused in molten gold.
With epic battle scenes and warring families comes plenty of violence, but Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the HBO fantasy series, reckons there’s nothing wrong with the extreme barbarity that is portrayed.
“I don’t see a problem with it because you mostly always feel the consequences of that person dying,” he tells RadioTimes.com. “In Thrones it’s war and awful, awful things happen, as we see on the news daily. And if we’ve got an appetite for watching these things on the news then you can’t shy away from it on cable drama.”
And while he acknowledges the series is “gory as hell”, Harington maintains it’s the aftermath that ensures the numerous deaths are not gratuitous. “In Thrones, as much as they bury the death they see very quickly, there is an impact that those deaths have which I’m constantly playing. People are always dying around me in Thrones.”
The 27-year-old – who stars with Alicia Vikander and Colin Morgan in upcoming WWI drama Testament of Youth – finished shooting the fifth series of Thrones earlier this year. “It was phenomenal this season. They’ve seriously overreached themselves,” he says.
“They’ve built it in the right way – it could have got a lot sillier a lot earlier and it hasn’t. It’s progressed in the right way story-wise. It’s so brilliant this year.”
Testament of Youth is released in UK cinemas on 16th January
Game of Thrones returns to Sky Atlantic in 2015