Benioff: “I can’t act”
By Winter Is Coming on in Casting.

There have been a few folks over at the Westeros forums that were suggesting show producer and writer, David Benioff, as pulling triple duty and also starring in the series as Sandor Clegane. Well, Benioff responded to those suggestions today, here is what he had to say:

I can’t act. Trust me on this. The Hound is one of my favorite characters and I’m flattered by the suggestion, but we’ll get someone way more talented than I am to play the part.


Winter Is Coming: Even if Benioff was a terrific actor, I don’t think I would want him as The Hound anyway. He has enough responsibilty as writer and producer of this project, no need to stretch him even further by having him act as well. I would rather he focus his efforts and attention on making this adaptation as great as possible and creating a pilot that will blow HBO execs socks off.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted January 12, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    My hope would be he is not offended by people asking him to play Sandor.
    I think I would be a little pissed about that.
    Don’t worry Mr. Benioff you aren’t hard on the eyes..based on the picture above people probably think you look intense and that is the root of the recommendation.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted January 12, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I always imagined Shane Brolly from Underworld as the Hound.

  3. Adam Whitehead
    Posted January 12, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Just watched the gladiator episode of ROME and I definitely think Ray Stevenson is our man for the Hound.

    Personally, I think casting Gregor is going to be way more of a headache.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted January 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Gregor is easy… Nathen Jones.


  5. world-dancer
    Posted January 13, 2009 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    I find it refreshing that Benioff at least knows his strengths and weaknesses. There are so many people who would cast themselves and take on five other jobs regardless of if they had any skill or not.

    Good for him. And it makes me that much more hopeful that he WILL do a good job at the jobs he has taken on.

  6. Rer
    Posted January 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Ray Stevenson all the way!

  7. Anonymous
    Posted May 15, 2009 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Cant stand Stevenson. Benioff is actually how I picture the hound.

  8. UglyGerbil
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Ever since I first read the series, I pictured Ray Stevenson as Bronn.

    He's a great actor, & should have a meatier role than that relatively small one, but I think that would be an awesome fit.

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