When HBO premieres its highly anticipated fantasy series “Game of Thrones” this Sunday, the epic drama won’t just be filled with a host of complex characters, but a cast of fresh new faces to play them. And one of the most intriguing is AccessHollywood.com’s newest Rising Star, British actor Kit Harington.
While he spent a great deal of time thinking about Jon Snow, Kit spent far less time auditioning to earn the coveted role, securing it after just three auditions. It’s a surprisingly small number considering how weighty the part is, and most especially because, prior to “Game of Thrones,” Kit hadn’t been on television or in film. His one major credit — the Royal National Theatre play, “War Horse.”
“What I do remember from getting the audition is just going, ‘Right! I really want this one,’ and luckily for me it was three auditions and I got it and I was over the moon,” he said.
Also a nice feeling is trying something new. Since he wrapped up Season 1 of “Game of Thrones,” Kit scored his first feature film – “Silent Hill 3-D,” which is currently shooting in Canada and pits him opposite his “Thrones” father, Sean Bean.
“It’s strange, the first few things I’ve done, I’ve done with Sean, but it’s good. I get on with him quite well,” Kit said. “He’s a really nice guy.”
Winter is coming.
And for once, it’s not just TV weather-people who are breathless with excitement.
The motto of the House of Stark, whose members figure among the major players in George R.R. Martin’s best-selling fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” warning of an impending cold that will be much more than a snap, is also a rallying cry to Martin’s fans, who’ve been waiting to see his Seven Kingdoms come to life in Sunday’s premiere of HBO’s new series “Game of Thrones.”
I’m a straggler on the road to Westeros – as I write this, I’m only 462 pages, or a little more than halfway, into the series’ first book, “Game of Thrones” – so I’m probably never going to be able to hold my own in a fanboy/girl discussion of the modern-fantasy genre, much of which until now has struck me as warmed-over Tolkien.
I think I can speak, though, to those HBO subscribers who wonder why the network that brought them “The Sopranos” and “Deadwood” and “The Wire” is trying to interest them in fictional kings and warlords, in direwolves and wildlings and other things that go bump in the night:
Because it can.
Read the full article here at BND.com.
If you’re an HBO subscriber, the network is determined to make sure you don’t miss Game of Thrones.
Did you somehow forget to watch the 65-minute debut of the lavish fantasy drama at 9 p.m. on Sunday night? Here it is again at 10:05 p.m. Then again at 11:15 p.m.
Say you weren’t home on Sunday night. You were at Coachella seeing Kanye or something? HBO understands. On Monday night, Thrones will air again — on all six HBO channels simultaneously at 9 p.m. HBO is calling this scheduling strategy “innovative” and “designed to guarantee maximum exposure.” Missed it at 9 p.m.? Fine! Whatever. OK, here it is yet again: On HBO2, at 10:05 p.m. and then one more time at 11:15 p.m. Plus, of course, there’s OnDemand — don’t even make HBO have to bring that up.
Bottom line: You have no excuse to miss Thrones and clearly HBO is going to be quite perturbed if you do.
HBO’s new series, “Game of Thrones,” has power struggles, family friction, sibling rivalry and sex — plus hairy men on horseback, sword fights and the supernatural.
The show is a departure for the network best known for character-rich dramas like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.” It’s a fantasy adventure saga — but not your typical fantasy adventure saga. Earthy and explicit, it has been described as fantasy for people who don’t like that sort of thing. Executive producer David Benioff has called it “The Sopranos in Middle Earth.”
“It’s a bit like `Lord of the Rings’ for grown-ups,” says Mark Addy, who plays King Robert Baratheon, embattled ruler of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. “This is definitely not one that you can watch with your kids.”
Read the full article here at SFGate.com.
Game of Thrones reviews have been circling on the web over the last few days. Maureen Ryan has written an excellent review (unfortunately more negative than positive) on the first six episodes of the show’s first season. She mentions the stellar acting and Kit was mentioned along a few other younger actors as stand-outs.
The actors playing young characters are also excellent; Williams, Isaac Hempstead-Wright as her brother Bran and Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stark’s bastard son, are particularly impressive.
Snow, like his father, is a man of few words and much heart; Harington effortlessly makes you understand how this young man’s ambiguous status as the not-quite-noble offspring of a nobleman has had a profound effect on his life.
You are able to read the full review here.
Thanks to Kelly we now have scans of the Game of Thrones feature from the Entertainment Weekly April 8th issue.
Additionally I’ve added captures of two Game of Thrones featurettes; Set, Costumes & Make-Up and Stunts & Fighting.
Captures of the last few trailers, the new making of and Kit’s two video interviews will follow soon!
A new Game of Thrones trailer entitled “Poison” has been released, which you can watch below. HD screencaps will be added very soon as well. Enjoy!
A new video interview with Kit by Toronto Star TV columnist Rob Salem has been uploaded to YouTube. Watch it below.
DorkShelf have posted their interview with Kit in Toronto some time ago. It’s not just an interview but a video interview!
Kit was interviewed by several media outlets about Game of Thrones today. One interview with the Edge was live streamed online but for those of you who missed it, don’t fret! the Edge have uploaded the interview to their website.
Listen to the 11-minute interview here. Enjoy!
HBO has uploaded the making Game of Thrones video which was aired yesterday. Check it out below!