Our resident roaring lion of Lannister had a blast with us at the SDCC, elating in the lion-like roar of the hard-core fans (many possibly pro-Lannister—I was certainly sporting my red-and-gold) and media people packed into that hall… and now here is he, back for the fans!
As we reported in our Quick Hits post yesterday, HBO Connect conducted a Live Chat interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Great Dane we know as “Kingslayer.” This treat of an interview is great, and it really highlights his positive, playful personality.
You can read the whole thing HERE, at your leisure. But in quick summary of some of the best ones:
What’s your favorite Jaime Lannister quote?
The things I do for love. it’s at his core, I think.”
How does it feel to wear all that epic armor you wear on Game of Thrones?
Bathroom breaks are a bitch.”
Nikolaj, Do you think Jamie could take down Khal Drogo in a fight?
Have you seen the size of Jason. But … yes. As long as I get to carry a sword. No armwrestling!”
What did you think of Charles Dance’s role as your father, Tywin Lannister?
When I saw that scene we shot in the tent where he took out some anger on that dead stag I only saw Tywin Lannister and forgot about Charles Dance. He is the real deal.”
What do you imagine Jaime really thinks about Joffrey?
Cercei, that little shit is all yours!!”
What was the aspect of Jaime that you found most difficult to play/adapt to?
Hmmmm… twincest… trying to kill kid… hmmm… no, I read that he didn’t like apples, and I looove apples…”
What would be the words of “Coster-Waldau’s House”? And it’s sigil?
“Dont Worry!” And sigil would be a smiling lion”
(He’s a Leo. Nikolaj loves the lions.)
Who is your favorite female character in the series?
Character as in the way it’s written… I have to go with Cersei. She is complex and interesting and scary and hurt… Now to pick one to hang out with, then the girl with the dragons would be a pretty cool friend.”
I was quite shocked when I realised you weren’t from a english background. But in the series you have an almost flawless english accent. Did you try specifically to make sure your accent wasn’t noticeable or did it just flow?
We have a dialect coach in Belfast who frantically try to make us all sound more or less as if we are from the same world. A lot of work, a lot of listening.”
Has anyone recognized you from the show, or called you “Kingslayer” yet?
I was in LA just before comicon and had just arrived and was out with a friend and 2 very drunks guys ran up to me and shouted JAIME !!! JAIME!!!! JAIME!!!! Then they ran away…”
Have you met Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) yet?
I haven’t met her yet but I actually saw a tiny bit of her audition and she was fantastic!”
Did it take you long to grow in the beard?
You just run pigeon shit on your face every morning and it grows in less than 4 days.”
And what time is it at your home in Lyngby, Denmark?
Thank you for that salient question!
Were you suprised at how popular and successful the show has become in such a short time?
Yes, I was very surprised. When I went out to Comicon I had only heard from my agent and manager in the states, saying that the show was doing well. But the Comicon experience was shocking. Shocking in the best way possible.”
We also have a slightly less ‘Thronescentric interview with Jane Espensen, writer of episode 6, “A Golden Crown.” (So any gripes you may have in dialogue from that particular episode—take ‘em to her!) Here is Jane’s interview as well!
Fire and Blood: There ya go. Not much to add. So I won’t.