Interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
By Fire And Blood on in Editorial, Press.

This was one of those rare interviews my wife wanted as much as I did. If not more.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a Nikolaj guy. We trumpeted his casting since day one. The man who filled the Kingslayer’s shoes had to be able to pull off an effortless, almost lazy confidence that didn’t come across as false. Jaime Lannister had to be someone who swaggered because he knew he could kick your ass. He also needed to be physically attractive, and to be able to play guilt and self-loathing buried so deep it could only flicker to the fore, in his eyes, on the rarest occasions.

Nikolaj had all that, in spades.

I had seen him previously as Commander Frank Pike on FOX’s ill-fated pilot, Virtuality, and had immediately recognized him as an extremely special actor. In fact, at the time, the concept of entire show seemed brilliant to me; at the end of the pilot, in a pre-Thrones twist of pure audacity, (VIRTUALITY SPOILER AHEAD:) Commander Pike is killed… though the audience is left with the knowledge that he will continue to pop up in future episodes, as his “imprint” was left in the troubled ship’s virtual reality programming. So you literally have a lead actor who is in fact dead. Brilliant, right?

Alas, FOX did as FOX does. They declined to give it the green light, and Virtuality was not made into a series. That was the bad news. The good news was it left him open to pursue other projects—ones like Game of Thrones. And we’re freaking glad for that.

My wife especially. I told her I’d gotten the okay for The Nikolaj interview, and she screeched and threw something at me, a reaction that—I have often heard—is a sign of affection.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was born in Denmark in 1970, and graduated from theatre school (the Statens Teaterskole in Copenhagen) in 1993. His breakthrough in Danish film came with the 1994 hit Nattevagten (Nightwatch), which earned him many Danish fans almost immediately. He garnered worldwide attention playing Master-Sergeant Gary Gordon in Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed Black Hawk Down, and impressed so many people he was invited to work with Scott again in 2005′s Kingdom of Heaven.

Another 2005 role, playing Martin the Headsman in Shadow of the Sword, showed the world what he could do with intense, emotional drama—and a sword! (Here is my personal favorite fan video dedicated to ‘Sword, music by Jeff Buckley. Hallelujah and R.I.P., Jeff! WARNING—this video is basically one huge SPOILER.)

Nikolaj went on to play Detective John Amsterdam on the FOX television series New Amsterdam. That was followed by Virtuality… and you all know the tale from there.

He embodied all that is Jaime Lannister. Nikolaj gave us the best of his swagger in the face of a stern Ned Stark, and showed us that small flicker of doubt when he discovered Stark to be a better swordsman than he’d expected. He was merciless in word and deed when provoked to it, yet subdued and even slightly fearful when brought to heel by his stern father.

And he proved he would do anything for love. Lord, if season 3 comes to pass…

Most of you know what I’m talking about. I almost want to leap past season 2 and go straight into season 3, just to see what Nikolaj will do with that wench.

(They have to give him a bath, right? At least the man will finally be clean.)

But alas, that speculation is still far off. We stand here with season 2 staring us down the throat—the season that, by all accounts, should have shown us little and less of Nikolaj. And yet… that may not entirely be the case.

We already know some extra scenes were written just with Nikolaj in mind. And in the interview he gives us the barest tease of something that could potentially be extremely cool. So Jaime Lannister fans of the world—fret not!

Winter Is Coming caught up with Nikolaj in Canada while filming Oblivion, an upcoming science fiction epic directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron). The film has Nikolaj playing Sykes, a battle-hardened, intelligent and extremely athletic military technology and weapons expert. The rest of the cast—lead by Tom Cruise—includes Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) and Andrea Riseborough (W.E.).

And so, supporting the bottom…

…with the added bonus of staying in the good graces of my NCW-loving wife, I now present to you my interview with the Kingslayer himself, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau:

Fire and Blood: Hi, Nikolaj! Thanks for taking the time to talk to Winter Is Coming!

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: My pleasure. And thank you for keeping me up to date on the latest trailers, info, casting etc.

FaB: It’s what we do! Glad to know you’re one of our readers! [More proof of this later, Gatewatch faithful!] First, most importantly, how is your family?

NCW: Family is great, thank you for asking.

FaB: When it was first announced that you would play Jaime Lannister, I was extremely excited, because I had seen your performance in Virtuality, and absolutely loved it. I was shocked that wasn’t turned into a regular series. What happened? Was this just a case of FOX being FOX? Too quick to hit the “eject” button, so to speak?

NCW: Virtuality would have been perfect on a cable network. I know for a fact that Fox really wanted to make it work but it just wasn’t to be. I am aware of all the ‘Fox being Fox’ theories, but my experience with those guys are that they are passionate about making television. At the end of the day if they dont believe in the show they have to let it go… I was very proud to be a part of Virtuality and I too think it could have been a great show, but such is life.

FaB: Of course I’m thrilled we got you for Game of Thrones! But even then I was concerned, since I knew that Jaime practically disappears for all of book 2. I thought, Why would a guy this talented agree to take a year off? Needless to say, they’re not leaving you out of the story at all, and it looks like they’ve even added special stuff just for you. Was there ever a point where they discussed leaving you out of season 2?

NCW: If they did discuss leaving me out then they never told me about it. Way back, when we first met I was told that in season 2, if ever we got there, I would only work in 2 eps so I knew in advance. As it turned out it is a little more than that, and the scenes I have were just brilliant, one scene in particular. I wish I could tell you about it… because in a weird cryptic way it relates to you guys! :-)

FaB: Oh ho! Now my curiosity is doubly stoked!

(I will leave it to the rest of you to speculate what that might be! We should do a Coster-Waldau Clue Contest! He says it “relates to you guys” … Hmmm…)

UPDATE: In this Thronecast interview, Nikolaj says he shot his favourite scene of all time in season 2′s episode seven! More food for thought!

FaB: In A Clash of Kings, we hear about an escape attempt by Jaime that was thwarted at the last possible moment. Are we going to see something like that?

NCW: Sorry. No comment.

FaB: I had to try. Obviously season 3 hasn’t been officially green-lighted yet, but that doesn’t stop us all from speculating. Jaime has such a powerful and emotional impact in the third book; his journey is mind-blowing. Tell us about working with Gwendoline Christie for season 2, because most people don’t really know much about her.

NCW: Yes, and I can say I have met our Brienne, and am a fan of Gwendoline Christie! I dont want to talk too much about [season 2 or 3] because that too is spoilerland. But she is extremely talented, the sweetest and gentlest soul and then – she puts on the armor and scares the shit out of me. Good thing that it takes more to intimidate Jaime.

FaB: Very little intimidates Jaime. There will probably still be a lot of slogging around in the mud. I’ve seen clips from the upcoming season 2. Jaime Lannister looks like the filthiest man in the Seven Kingdoms. Was that an uncomfortable shoot?

NCW: It was wet and muddy and cold but I loved every second of it.

FaB: I was just watching the Game of Thrones season 1 Blu-ray, in which you did a commentary, and in it you were watching a scene with Cersei being Cersei, and you shouted, “What’s wrong with you?” (It got a pretty big laugh from everyone in my living room.) But strangely, it does remind us of the decision Jaime has made to engage in a physical love affair with his sister… that must be difficult to wrap your mind around. Tell me how you approached this challenge.

NCW: The focus is the feeling. To be in love, to be crazy in love and in lust for a person to the point where all your actions are controlled by that desire. It’s like a drug. I didn’t think too much about the fact that they are siblings. But I am also convinced that given the choice, Jaime would never have put himself or his family in such a vulnerable situation. But he never had that choice, he was crazy in love …

FaB: Perfect. I am a Lannister at heart, despite my FaB name; I feel like when we see Jaime acting like an ass, or we are not seeing him in the best light, it’s because he has something dark weighing on his thoughts. Do you feel like being abrasive or openly arrogant is his way of lashing out at events he can’t control?

NCW: The interesting thing is when he is the most ‘insulting’is when he speaks the truth. Both to Ned and Catelyn Stark. They both go out of their way to insult him and yes it pisses Jaime off. I mean come on, I killed the guy who had your brother and father burned alive!! And not just a little gratitude or at least acknowledgement that you approve? No? Really?? … So then you are allowed to tickle their self-righteousness a little bit. Besides, it’s fun.

FaB: In a recent interview, Michelle Fairley was praising your performance, and she said Jaime fears nothing, not even death. There’s a point in the story where he learns that the secret is out—that the entire world knows (or at least strongly suspects) that he fathered Cersei’s children. Does that contribute to his fearlessness? Kind of like, “Oh well, it’s out, I have nothing to lose now?”

NCW: I think Jaime doesn’t fear death because it in many ways wouldn’t be the worst that could happen. He has seen and done things that are extreme, and death has always been a companion. But I also think that Jaime is a great poker player and being a prisoner of the Starks is putting that skill to the test. But afraid – no.

FaB: I think the one person he fears is his father. Or at least his father’s judgement. The scene that introduced us to Tywin Lannister, played by the outstanding Charles Dance, showed us a completely different side of Jaime. How did you prepare for such a different emotion, going into the scene?

NCW: I looked into Charles Dance’s eyes and reacted. He is masterful.

FaB: So true. It was one of the best, most subtle scenes, just watching how these two men acted in one another’s presence. The nuance wasn’t just in the eyes, it was body posture, everything. I loved it. That dead deer must have stunk to high heaven.

NCW: it wasn’t that bad. As always it was freezing outside of Belfast. I was hoping catering would serve it up. I love deer.

FaB: Obviously you can’t go into any real detail about season 2. But can you give us one of your favourite lines from this upcoming season? Just a taste!

NCW: A taste… “…You only have to do one thing…”

FaB: Annnnnd queue everyone’s maddened and frenzied speculation! I have no idea what that could be for! Thank you, ser, you have given us something to obsess over for weeks now!

FaB: Okay! Madcap question time! Jaime vs. Khal Drogo. Who wins?

NCW: Send a Stark!

FaB: Logical. Jaime vs. The Hound?

NCW: I like the Hound, but Jaime is too fast.

FaB: Agreed. I predict the Hound starts strong but eventually gets sloppy and then Jaime has him. Okay, Jaime vs. Martin the Headsman [from Nikolaj's 2005 film Shadow of the Sword]?

NCW: Haha… If ever Jaime faced the headsman he would be where Ned Stark was in [season 1 episode 9] “Baelor,” so I guess it would have to be Martin.

FaB: I choose to believe Jaime would kill at least 12 men up on the podium before being subdued and put on the block… and I think Martin would be one of the men Jaime kills. So I think Jaime wins the fight but in the end loses his head. There would need to be a replacement headsman brought up, though. Maybe two.

FaB: The latest Entertainment Weekly magazine has you on the cover as Jaime (along with the stunning Lena Headey as Cersei), which is awesome…

…but even more interesting is a picture that accompanies the article: you, Lena, Emilia, Kit, and Peter rocking out with air guitars. I have to ask… What the hell happened there??

NCW: Look at my face… clearly drugs were handed out behind my back.

FaB: You guys are just like me: very susceptible to “Flintstones” chewable vitamins. Of course you realize you now need to come up with a name for this fictitious band, right?

NCW: ‘The Babysitters.’

FaB: Epic. You are currently filming a movie [Oblivion] with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. Can you talk about it yet, or is there too much secrecy still involved?

NCW: There are guys with earpieces everywhere. They look mean and dangerous. Not kidding. But the coffee’s great.

FaB: You are on my wife’s “Celebrity Exemption List.” Does that flatter you or freak you out a little?

NCW: Both!

FaB: I do suggest a restraining order. Last question—though never least: I am in the midst of a personal crusade, which is to remove the colour INDIGO from the seven-colour spectrum, on the basis that it makes no sense to be there. In my view, the colour indigo has gotten too big for its britches. Thus far in interviews I’ve done with GoT cast members, a whopping four remain pro-indigo (Sophie Turner, Lena Headey, Aimee Richardson, and now even Emilia Clarke) whilst John Bradley remains (for now) steady and stalwart by my side. So my very important question to you is… yea or nay? Can you support my ban of that wretched seventh colour, or is indigo too important in your life?

NCW: I support the indigo bottom…

FaB reacts:

(Clearly I was not expecting Nikolaj Coster-Waldau to work a pro-indigo stance in with our bottom-supporting mantra. I’m not sure whether to feel elated or doomed. Is there any doubt that wretched colour is going to be part of the House Gatewatch coat-of-arms? Seven hells!)

Anyway, Nikolaj, thank you once again for taking the time to talk with us! You rock!

NCW: Thank you. My pleasure.

Fire and Blood: And that, ladies and germs, is the infallible and gracious (and the fan-favourite) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I thank him! As usual, I want to also thank Mara Mikialian and HBO, as well as Elyse Landwehr for helping to set this up.

Less than a week ’til April 1st! War is Coming!


102 Comments

  1. Damián Erro
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    First! finally :D

  2. negar
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    2nd!

  3. Nimble Dick
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    winter is coming for you Jamie

    second

  4. Connie
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I think I fell in love with him a little more today…

  5. Conor
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Nice! NCW is amazing. Someone piece the puzzle together!!

  6. G_Lee
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Such a great guy. The kind of guy you cannot dislike even if you tried. He’s doesn’t have to act cool to be cool. That’s a rare gift.

  7. Michelle
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    My favorite character played by one of my all time favorite actors! Does life get better than that? Fantastic interview, FaBio!

  8. Thiago Slash
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Is everyone in the cast this amazing? (I just read the NYT interview with Peter Dinklage, and he too rocks).

    nice itnerview, btw, FaB!

  9. Arthur
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Nice!

    What an awesome interview! Thank you so much WiC!!!

    Nikolaj seems to have a very good understanding of Jaime IMO.

    I must admit, when I first saw pictures of him as Jaime I wasn’t happy because I always pictured Jaime as a civilized Kholo Drogo (Jason Momoa) type, in knights armor instead of a barbarian outfit. There are scenes in the book that describe him, I think from Catelyn’s POV, where even while he is chained up and beating he looks so intimidating and like a large, muscular golden haired lion. However, after a few episodes of watching his acting and how he carried himself I was personally satisfied with his portrayal as Jaime Lannister. My only request to him personally would be to do some series weight training, he has the acting skills, the good looks and square jaw line. If he bulked up a little he would totally look the part of a bada$$, intelligent warrior-type.

    As far as the Jaime the character goes, number 1 and first off I can never forgive him for pushing Bran out that tower window. However, I guess one can blame his actions at that time on the influence that his dull-witted, power craving, “kill anyone and anything in your way to maintain power”, sociopathic attitude his sister/lover Cersei had. Jaime can never change the awful things he has done in the past, “the things he does for love”, but his character, IMO, seems to take a dramatic change of heart and matures right before our eyes…..

    This change of heart comes during his time with Brienne. Their relationship and how it starts from Jaime despising her, to Jaime having the utmost respect for her, is one of my favorite character relationships in the book. As I stated before, and I am sure many of the readers had the same experience, when Jaime goes back for Brienne and one of the Lannisters is like “We came back for this wench?” and he was like, “Her name is Brienne!”, I literally cheered out loud… From that point on, it is like someone pulled the veil from Jaime’s eyes and he decides to put his personal desires aside and do what is the right and honorable thing. He realizes Cersei has been using him this whole time in her twisted plots of power. Jaime becomes a very likeable character and I hope no harm comes to him. While at the same time what he did to Bran is unforgivable.

    I can’t wait to see all this unfold between Jaime and Brienne in the TV series!!!

  10. Katie
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Nicely done! NCW’s interviews are always a fun read, not in small part due to his slightly skewed sense of humor. That’s great that you guys are getting so much access to the people on the show. Thanks for sharing! (And thank you, HBO publicists!)

    Are there any more of these on the horizon?

  11. Cersei_II
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    Squee!

    That is all.

  12. Robbet
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    As always you are a pretty cool interviewer, FaBio! Thanks for the interview! I will try to guess what the scene may be, but I can’t imagine a scene related to WiC…

  13. Vanderhook
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Awesome interview. Super cool that NCW keeps up with this site. If you’re reading this, you’re the shit!

  14. Jonho
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    He’s so fucking hot.

  15. Patricia Mullins
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    Oh man,what a beauty.I like to see him get more the attention he deserves.

  16. HERP-DERP
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    FaB is that really you? in the reaction photo?

  17. Arthur
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Jonho,

    He is hot but not as hot as Natalie Dormer…

    Natalie Dormer is so hot, HBO executives gave the green light for seasons 3-10 if D&D agreed to film the entire show with her in one continuously nude love scene.

  18. ghostwriterxx
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m with your wife on this one….he’s dreamy ;)
    great interview! Can’t wait for more jaime!!!!! And to see Breinne…hell i can’t wait for season 2!!! *hop*

  19. Jaime Lannister
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Jonho: He’s so fucking hot.

    He is.

    I fucking love this man. No homo, but… somehow homo.

  20. andrea
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps the scene he refers has to do with some of the speculations made ​​here: to be released by Catlyn earlier than expected.(???)

    Arthur: My only request to him personally would be to do some series weight training,

    Please, don´t. NCW is just fine as he is. Handsome, handsome Prince Charming.

    I think he is right: Jaime believes that death is not the worst thing that can happen to him

  21. HERP-DERP
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Jaime Lannister,

    You are NCW, aren’t you..? :)

  22. LordCoSaX
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    The Hound already beat Jaime jousting, he would devour him with a sword. Too strong, too tenacious too hungry.

  23. G_Lee
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    It’s just not realistic for somebody in a medieval world to be muscular like a bodybuilder. I’m working out myself and it takes a shit load of hard and constant work to build muscles. Oh and don’t forget the nutrition. You have to constantly eat lots of protein which are just not avaible in the world of GoT.
    That’s what I love about the show. All the actors are not really big (except for Momoa which is fine) but have a lean and wiry sort of strength which is far more realistic.

  24. Michelle Peeples
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I want desperately to say something to profound about the interview other than it’s great which it was. I want so to bring something to the discussion. I also don’t want to sound superficial but I can’t help it.

    I’m tongue-tied and I’m struck by how unbelievably beautiful Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is.

    He is quite possibly one of the best looking men I have ever seen and he also comes across as very charming, sincere and funny. Be still my heart. Sunday night can’t get here soon enough.

  25. Jaime Lannister
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    HERP-DERP,

    Twenty years younger and with lighter hair, yeah.

    They should hire me to do the Aerys flashback.

  26. Arthur
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    G_Lee,

    That’s true.

    He does an awesome job as Jaime. I’m not trying to talk down on his physical appearance at all. Just my AD&D fantasy role playing side coming out…

  27. Not Today
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    “I support the indigo bottom…”

    Seriously, that’s the best line I’ve ever read in an interview.

  28. the waif
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Another good review which says tht this season has less sex and more brutality

    http://www.io9.com/5897548/weve-seen-4-episodes-of-game-of-thrones-season-2/

  29. Dee
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    Good lor, but he is beautiful… both inside and out, it seems. And he’s a perfect Jamie to boot. I’m completely chuffed.
    Thank you for the interview, FaB & WIC.

  30. William Aaron Grandy
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    seems The Babysitters already exist, guess they may need to find a new name…

    http://www.last.fm/music/The+Babysitters

  31. andrea
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

    Michelle Peeples,

    Don´t worry, you just said the right words.

  32. Michelle Peeples
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    Thanks!

  33. Jaime Lannister
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Permalink

    Michelle Peeples,

    Right there with you. Nikolaj is just stellar. <3

  34. Arthur
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    LordCoSaX,

    Jaime would destroy The Hound. IMO…

    Jaime was groomed and trained, since he was able to walk, his whole life in the act of war and battle, including all kinds of weapons training.

    The Hound is just a huge glorified bodyguard. Yeah, he is highly skilled in all the acts of fighting and jousting but not as much as Jaime. The Hound may win a joust or two but overall the odds are in Jaimes favor if they ever crossed paths on the battlefield. Jaime’s skill trumps The Hounds size and strength anyday, IMO.

  35. SillyMammo
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite scenes from S1 was the introduction of Tywin. What a great actor Charles Dance is to be able to basically deliver a monologue while field dressing a deer.

  36. sjwenings
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    The enthusiastic non-reader reviewer Larry Williams, is back with a Season 2 expecations vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4dVpckgDs4&feature=g-u-u&context=G2acdb17FUAAAAAAAAAA

    Really looking forward to his weekly videoreviews of season 2.

  37. db
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    WOW That was ana amazing interview! FaB you should conduct all the interviews to be honest… you’re hysterical.

  38. Elaine
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    I can only say…..HUBBA HUBBA!!!

  39. the waif
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Another good review…

    http://www.canada.com/mobile/story.html?id=6380754

    the flood of reviews and the flood of posts by winter is now causing headaches, but i m sworn worrior of night’s watch and i will watch it (comments+reviews+interviews+google news+number of imdb voters+metacritic score page+hourly rise of likes on GoT fb page+their comments+twitter comments…etc) till the end–oh my god! I m going to kill my self.!!!

    Hey winter,
    no more posting today plz.

  40. Wolf of Dorne
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Hotness is hot… *drolls*

    *brain meltdown*

  41. KG
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    You owe me a new monitor. The old one burst into flames.

  42. The Kingslayer
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been seeing interviews with Nik everywhere, he’s getting alot of much deserved exposure. I can’t wait to see Headhunters.

  43. gswelcome
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    amazing, here’s hoping I blink and Sunday evening comes this is only getting me more excited!

  44. Owen Parker
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the interview. Good read.

  45. Jay Sutherland
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Arthur,

    In the second book he’s described as being so underfed he’s got bones sticking out. Even in the first book I don’t think I ever pictured him as being overly muscular; just lean and athletic, which he is. You think in medieval times they worked out with weights? He has the look of someone who trains with a sword.

  46. The Instrumentalist
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    First of all, (everyone already said it but) oh dear lord, the love I have for this man.

    Second, how is there no speculation on his favourite line yet?! “…You only have to do one thing…” HUH? Was it referring to one of his lines or another’s?

  47. Ducky
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I am bewildered by this notion that Jaime Lannister should look like some big and beefy guy. He isn’t described such in the books. Also, any swordsman doesn’t last long if they carry a lot of bulk and Jaime is a superb swordsman.

    Lovely interview about a lovely man.

    And thank you very much for posting those gorgeous photos!

  48. patchy face
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Thank you thank you thank you!!! Big sigh

  49. Langkard
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I admit to not being familiar with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau until he was cast for this series. He has not disappointed me in the least. I don’t even remember how I pictured Jaime in my head when reading the books. Nikolaj is Jaime.

    Three more days? Need more coffee!

  50. Drfunk
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    Arthur:
    LordCoSaX,

    Jaime would destroy The Hound. IMO…

    Jaime was groomed and trained, since he was able to walk, his whole life in the act of war and battle, including all kinds of weapons training.

    The Hound is just a huge glorified bodyguard. Yeah, he is highly skilled in all the acts of fighting and jousting but not as much as Jaime. The Hound may win a joust or two but overall the odds are in Jaimes favor if they ever crossed paths on the battlefield. Jaime’s skill trumps The Hounds size and strength anyday, IMO.

    Agreed, Jaime was a child prodigy in fighting as he got knighted at 15 and then i believe the youngest to be inducted to the kingsguard (until maybe loras?). Not only that but was trained by the best knights of its time (if not ever) during his days as a squire. I believe he was trained by Ser Arthur Dayne himself, and even Barristan commented Jaime was the best natural swordsman he’s ever seen. The hound is a freakishly strong and brutal/dirty/cunning fighter. He’s just a meaner/heavier version of Bronn. In an actual fight though, I’d say Jaime wins 9 out of 10 from his skill/training alone.

    This brings up a side point, I know the TV show had to hype up Sean Bean a bit but it grates me to see him being the equal to Jaime in that made up swordfight. Which leads to 1 of my biggest beef was not seeing “part” of the battle of whispering woods. Where Jaime seeing he lost the battle gambled all on a mad rush to Robb and butchered 928394289 scrubs along the way (including both Karstark noobs).

  51. Michaelmann
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Gonna love the reviews from Larry!

  52. MW
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Hah! Too much awesome. Best interview ever.

  53. Arthur
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Drfunk,

    Jaime Lannister’s swordsmanship is legendary throughout the Seven Kingdoms. The Hound would be toyed with and hacked down. The scene where Ned and Jaime had their little swordfight, I was a little upset also, thinking the same thing as you, (Jaime would cut down Ned without even breaking a sweat). But after watching it a few times you can actually see Jaime smirking and smiling the whole time, he was just toying with Ned. He also looked a little impressed by Ned’s strength when they embraced before the Lannister spearman stabbed Ned’s leg. But, Jaime was just toying with him IMO. So that scene was cool. It was played well and Jaime didn’t lose any credit IMO as one of the Seven Kingdoms most renowned sword wielders.

    Jay Sutherland,
    Ducky,

    As far as my personal imagination of Jaime being a bigger, more muscular character than Nik actually is. Like I said before, Nik does an awesome job, his cockiness and his arrogant attitude and his high class royalty comes off perfect as Jaime Lannister IMO. His actual acting (the most important part of the role) is always good in every scene he is in. I am not hating on Nik at all. I just personally imagined Jaime while reading the books as someone bigger and more imposing. Not in a bulky way, in a cut, all muscle way. Can’t a guy fantasize a little? Geez…

    Some photos I have seen of Jaime look totally bada$$. I mean, I can’t imagine a more perfect looking Jaime then this photo of him right here.

    http://www.screened.com/jaime-lannister/15-11889/all-images/132-2476997/jaime_lannister_01/131-610205/

    He looks awesome there! I am a dude and I can totally see why women would think he is hot. Just look at him! If I looked that good, I would be busy right now with a beautiful women instead of arguing my point with fellow fans here. =)

    But still, he is not as hot as Natalie Dormer…

    Natalie Dormer is so hot, any forest she steps in instantly becomes tropical.

    Natalie Dormer is so hot, any bears within a 100 mile radius of her come out of hibernation.

    Natalie Dormer is so hot, she has her own fan site called, “NatalieIsComing.net”.

  54. Allan
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I’m almost positive he is talking about his nose.. his nose being broken..
    It was one of them things somebody in here commented on back when he was cast..
    and he quoted people from this site in danish papers(being a dane I read it)
    He said “they” were unsure if he would be a good pick cause he had that nose..

    Him being caught.. being beatup often.. a comment on his broken nose.. would make sense.. maybe somebody making fun of him.. or him telling how he got it..

  55. Mike Chair
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    Michaelmann,

    If you mean Larry Williams of OtakuASSEEEEEEEEEMBLE! (of course you do) he’s got an “Expectations” video up today here.

    LW: In anticipation for the upcoming 2nd season of the HBO original series, “Game of Thrones,” I discuss my hopes & expectations for the new season, which premieres this Sunday, April 1, 2012, at 8:00 PM CST.

  56. Fire And Blood
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    HERP-DERP:
    FaB is that really you? in the reaction photo?

    Yes, that’s me doing my best Tegan Quin impression.

  57. julandro
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    the waif,

    I understand nothing, I had read that sex was like the first season.

  58. jenish
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    larry’s expectations are hilarious…he is a funny man. I m looking forward to watch his reviews

  59. the waif
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    metascore has been just upgraded 94 for season 2 based on 14 critics! :)

  60. andrea
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Please somebody remove the first photo, I can´t stop staring at it! Damn. I feel kind of ashamed.

  61. Ducky
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    andrea,

    Hee, nooooo, don’t remove it!

  62. Drfunk
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    jenish:
    larry’s expectations are hilarious…he is a funny man. I m looking forward to watch his reviews

    Yeah, I’m surprised he’s on point on many of his expectations. Aside from a few mistakes and some name flubbing, I’m sure he’ll enjoy this season since it’ll exceed his expectations.

  63. the waif
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    now metascore is 95, go go go

  64. OldGran
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Oooh I can’t breathe.

  65. feyrband
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Mike Chair:
    Michaelmann,

    If you mean Larry Williamsof OtakuASSEEEEEEEEEMBLE! (of course you do) he’s got an “Expectations” video up today here.

    woot! Larry Williams

  66. WildSeed
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    ” She’s been fucking Lancel and Ser Osmund Kettleblack and Moon Boy for all I know…”
    Hodor! Hodor!

  67. LanisterPaysHisDebts
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Send Rob my regards

  68. Nico
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    I think I am in the minority of Ice & Fire fans who were concerned by his casting originally and still feel he was miscast. Every time I see him on screen I grimace a little. His acting is just so wooden and his accent strange. I think maybe if I hadn’t seen him in Amsterdam or the Virtuality pilot I wouldn’t see him as such a one dimensional TV actor.

    I still regret the casting decisions for Cersei and Catelyn but I think the rest were mostly spot on.

  69. Lina
    Posted March 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    All these interviews are great. Jaime ended up being one of my favorite characters in the series, so I’m truly delighted he’s in good hands. Nikolaj clearly has a great understanding and respect of the character. I’m really looking forward to Jaime’s development.

    As for Nikolaj as Nikolaj, I enjoy all the interviews I’ve read/seen with him. I love how he is so soft-spoken and insightful. He seems like just a nice, cool guy. And since I’m a girl AND a total xenophile, I’m going to play this card: he is deliciously attractive. I love his accent, which sometimes sounds British and sometimes sounds more American. And I like his Danish interviews. Though I don’t speak Danish. Or understand. Just like to listen. This sounds terribly creepy but isn’t intended to be!

    And one final note: it’s amazing how many fantastic actors were in Black Hawk Down. I really didn’t appreciate it at the time!

  70. PatD
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:04 am | Permalink

    Every time I see him on screen I grimace a little.

    Ooo.I couldn’t disagree more.

    I was, initially, bummed out with his casting as Jaime. Based only on the pics, I thought he was just too pretty for the role. Too modern looking, also.

    But Michelle Farley and Nicolaj’s performances were the two best surprises of Season 1 for me. They actually added depth and complexity to their characters that don’t exist in the books, and I couldn’t give a higher compliment than that. I reread “CoK” as a refresher for Season 2, and every time Jaime appeared, I saw Nicolaj in my head. I never would’ve expected that to happen, but it has.

    I don’t know how he manages to exude vanity, cynicism, self-loathing, the intimidated son, and egotism all at the same time, because those things are not necessarily inherent in his spoken lines. I think his casting was utter perfection.

    He’s got the rogue thing down pat. Plus, dare I say it, he makes the incest thing believable, and that’s crucial.

  71. Mckrau
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    WildSeed,

    That should be on spoiler mode…

  72. Thiago Slash
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2lzmHXcvR0 cool new tease mixed with some baseball haha

  73. Virtus
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 1:42 am | Permalink
  74. Alex
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Arthur,

    I’ve been in trouble on this board for suggesting that the actor playing Gendry should be bigger because he’s Robert’s son and a blacksmith, so I’m sympathetic to your problem but in this case I can’t agree. Jaime is good with a sword because he’s tall and quick and nimble. NCW is perfect for the role. Or any role really. I’d never complain about seeing him up on the screen.

  75. HERP-DERP
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:00 am | Permalink
  76. the waif
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    that mother f***er NYT guy broke my metascore anthuziazm .camel cunt. 89 now :( …bastard just gave 40/100

  77. Hilda
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 4:51 am | Permalink

    Great interview! Questions though..
    1. FaB what does FaB stand for? (Stupid question, I know)
    2. Who did NCW play in Kingdom of Heaven and Black Hawk Down? Both movies amazing! Those pics above of him are gorgeous!

  78. Shinyteapot
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:14 am | Permalink

    Great interview, I’m really looking forward to episode 7 now! It’s been mentioned so many times :)

    Off topic- There’s a picture of Dany on the main page of the BBC news website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/), linking to this story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17554816 Big publicity boost!

  79. ieiazel
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Michelle Peeples:
    I want desperately to say something to profound about the interview other than it’s great which it was.I want so to bring something to the discussion.I also don’t want to sound superficial but I can’t help it.

    I’m tongue-tied and I’m struck by how unbelievably beautiful Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is.

    He is quite possibly one of the best looking men I have ever seen and he also comes across as very charming, sincere and funny. Be still my heart.Sunday night can’t get here soon enough.

    Yes, yes and yes. Those pictures… they leave me breathless every time.
    And he is a wonderful actor: his Jaime is one of the best characters in the show.

  80. Hildegarde
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Great interview. FaB is officially my favourite interviewer of all times–cheeky, imaginative, and can actually write intelligently in grammatically correct English. Glad you managed to squeeze indigo in there.

    Is it just me or is anyone else finding ‘Natalie Dormer is so hot…’ getting a bit tiresome?

  81. Hear Me Roar
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    Hilda,

    ad. 1 Fire and Blood!

  82. ASOIAF Fan
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Very Nice interview, WiC.NET should do more of them, they’re far more entertaining than “mainstream” ones.

    Hilda,

    1/ Fire and Blood, he’s a Lanniryen or a Targaster

  83. Luca Corradini
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    Nice to see Larry Williams back :). Pity that (but almost inevitable, yeah), because of previous youtube comments, he was spoiled about Storm of Swords :(

  84. Joshua Taylor
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    Hilda,

    In Black Hawk Down Nicolaj played the Delta Force Sniper Gary Gordon who with his comrade in arms Shughart volunteered to defend the second crash site from the encroaching Somali militia. The two men give their lives protecting injured pilot Durant from the enemy. They play the two soldiers who were dragged dead and naked through the streets of Mogadishu. Gordon and Shughart were posthumously awarded the medal of honor. The most powerful scene in a powerful film. Nicolaj is very memorable.

    In Kingdom of Heaven he plays the nephew of Liam Neeson’s Godfrey of Ibelin. In the director’s cut he and his father (Robert “Craster” Pugh) are seen conspiring to kill his uncle for his lands in the Holy land. He leads up the ambush of Godfrey and his men in the forest. Suffice it to say he does not fare well.

  85. you-know-nothing
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    Yay, 85th ;-D

    Great interview FaB, i love Jamie and i love NCW. I really hope we do see that escape attempt, that would be fantastic. I did wonder what they would do with Jamie this season, but now i feel more assured of his presence.

    Only 3 days to go (in the UK) xx

  86. Magnus
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Luca Corradini,

    He didn’t seem too upset about it so I wonder exactly what he was spoiled about.

  87. Arthur
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Alex,

    Well, let me put it in AD&D terms…..

    Jaime Lannister is one of those extremely rare characters you create having super lucky dice rolls. He would be a Cavalier and his character sheet would look something like this.

    Strength 18/86 (yes his strength would be 18 and since he is a fighter class he would get to roll percentile dice)
    Intelligence 15
    Wisdom 14
    Constitution 17
    Dexterity 18
    Charisma 16
    Comeliness 18

    A character like this would be legendary and basically Godly. (Exactly how Jamie is in the books). All I am saying is his physical stature should also reflect this godliness. I am not implying he should look like a bodybuilder at all, not muscle bound. More like a 6’5″ NFL linebacker type body.

    But back to reality. I understand it is rare to find an actor with traits like that, that can also act well and have all the other Jaime traits. So that considered, Nik is a very good casting for Jaime. I understand not everyone is a role playing geek like me and my opinions on this are not the opinions reflected by the majority of viewers. I just wanted to put my two cents in with fellow fans of the books, that’s all.

    Jaime Lannister to me is a really fun character to follow. He ends up being the “Dark Hero”, so to speak. You know, one like that character ‘Riddick’ from the movie ‘Pitch Black’, because Jaime has a dark, morally warped past that he later comes to grips with. And to me, those types of heros are the most interesting. They aren’t the simple “do gooder” types. Their journey is a much more complex and fun development to watch unfold.

  88. purplejilly
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    OMG! He WAS in Black Hawk Down… I saw that movie, but forgot that was him! Thanks again, FaB, for another fantastic interview! And Hooray for Nikolaj supporting the bottom with his pro-Indigo stance! *woohoohooo!* He just went up several more marks on my “Hot AND Smart Celebrity Dudes” list.

    That’s so funny that you told him he’s on your wife’s “Celebrity Exemption” List.. LOL

    And now I am very curious about the scene he says that involves us somehow.. Maybe we will hear the words ‘support the bottom’ spoken on the screen in some manner? Hmmm.. Great interview, as always, FaB. You’re such a good writer!

  89. purplejilly
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Nico: think I am in the minority of Ice & Fire fans who were concerned by his casting originally and still feel he was miscast. Every time I see him on screen I grimace a little. His acting is just so wooden and his accent strange. I think maybe if I hadn’t seen him in Amsterdam or the Virtuality pilot I wouldn’t see him as such a one dimensional TV actor.

    At first, his accent was a little strange for me, but as the show went on, his charisma as Jaime overcame it. After re-watching my blu-ray of GoT this month, it doesn’t bother me anymore, and I just think of his accent as his “Lannister Individuality”, you know, since Tyrion has a ‘strange’ accent and way of speaking as well, and neither of them sound like Cersei or Tywin. I just figure that those Lannisters are rich, entitled, individualists with egos, and so they all speak how they like, even though it doesn’t match the people around them. In fact they speak that way on purpose, to not sound like the people around them.

  90. Fire And Blood
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    purplejilly,

    Thanks, ma!

  91. Alex
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    Arthur,

    No, you’ve got the wrong football code altogether there. Too heavy. Google image search for this bloke: Nick Riewoldt.
    Speed and agility.

  92. userj
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    ASFIJSDFLKJASLRKJS
    PERFECT MAN IS PERFECT

  93. Solar
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    When he says his favorite scene takes place in episode 7…the only thing I can think of is his conversation with Catelyn that happens at the end of the book. We know they have moved his story line up so I could see that taking place in episode 7.

  94. Durendaele
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    “You only have to do one thing. Support my bottom!

  95. Thiago Slash
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Solar: s his favorite scene takes place in episode 7…the only thing I can think of is his conversation with Catelyn that happens at the end of the book. We know they have moved his story line up so I could see that taking place in episode 7.

    this.

  96. Rachel
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    OMG I HAVE BEEN HATING ON INDIGO FOR SO LONG!! the only reason people care about it is because it starts with a vowel and makes ROY G. GIV sensible. NOT A GOOD ENOUGH REASON thank you finally someone with power is pointing this out

  97. Rachel
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Rachel,

    …ROY G. BIV*

  98. purplejilly
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Rachel:
    Rachel,

    …ROY G. BIV*

    See, the senseless, undeserved hatred on Indigo is warping your mind. Give in gentle soul, to the love and beauty of Indigo. It’s okay – we are all blue-purple here..

  99. the goat
    Posted March 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    Great job!

    There are no idigo haters like you…

  100. Fire And Blood
    Posted March 31, 2012 at 2:29 am | Permalink

    the goat,

    We are legion!

    Alright, we’re maybe just squad.

  101. NCW Online
    Posted April 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    The Kingslayer,

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I’ve loved Nikolaj since I first saw him as Gary Gordon in “Black Hawk Down” and for me, this attention couldn’t have come at a better time for him. Kudos to the producers of GOT who saw Jaime in him. And most of all, if NIkolaj visits here, there isn’t a more beautiful human being and family man. Congrats on all the success. It’s well deserved.

  102. NCW Online
    Posted April 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    There were others who were also dragged along with Gordon and Shughart. They were members of the crew of Super Six four, or Mike Durant’s team. Those men were , Bill Cleveland, Ray Frank, and Tommy Field, all survived the crash but were killed when the Somalis converged on the scene. In the film, you can see the beginning of the feeding frenzy in the body that is taken out of the helicopter. That body is Nikolaj’s or Gary Gordon’s.

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