With days to go until the premiere, the interviews with cast and crew are coming fast and furious. Here are some good ones…
First, this profile piece on Peter Dinklage by Dan Kois, published in the New York Times, is absolutely phenomenal. A fascinating read that covers Dinklage’s early acting career and what eventually led him to take the role of Tyrion.
The apartment they shared under the Williamsburg Bridge had no heat and shook when trains passed overhead; the oven was unusable, because it was filled with rats. When they complained, Dinklage recalled, the landlord pulled a knife in the living room. “It wasn’t really a living room,” Dinklage said, “just a big empty space that we dreamed of doing ‘True West’ in. But we ended up drinking too much and had one poetry reading.” Bell recalls it “as a space where we could have parties to raise the money to make rent,” but eventually they couldn’t make the rent — they came back from the holidays one year to find the door bolted shut.
And a bonus: the author of the article tweeted me to let me know that Dinklage specifically mentioned WinterIsComing.net as a site he loves and reads!
Speaking of cast shout-outs, Vulture just published an interview with Kit Harington, where he name checks WiCnet as a site he checks often.
But there are some really good fan sites. If I ever need to clue in my memory about something, I’ll check out WinterisComing.net. That’s a good site. And I go back to the books.
The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog did a profile on Lena Headey. This one is also a great read.
“I think she [Cersei] is deeply, deeply fearful,” said the 38-year-old actress. “She sleeps with fear in her soul. She is full of terror and paranoia and insecurity. She hides it with stillness. She does not move much and that’s been a real challenge for me. I fidget. She’s like a cobra, she’s a snake just waiting and waiting… the hard thing is it’s freezing where we film [in Belfast] in a shipyard for five months a year and I’m there in a silk dress trying to be totally still.”
Speaking of Headey, she also did an interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for Entertainment Weekly.
One of the interesting things about the Thrones universe is that most of the romantic relationships are initially transactional. They’re often for money or power or security. Cersei and Jaime’s relationship is twisted, but it’s one of the few couplings motivated by love despite enormous risk. “It’s ironic, but it’s true,” Coster-Waldau agrees. “All these other players are like pawns in this game that just get moved around by their families. But these two … what they have it was just too powerful too ignore.”
SciFiNow caught up with director and co-executive producer Alan Taylor, who talked about the challenges they faced this season and also confirmed he will be back to direct one episode in season three.
“I guess the biggest challenge narratively, which is a part of that, is the stories we set up in the first season are diverging for now, they’re getting further apart and each one is taking on more stature, so it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of them all – one unit’s in Iceland, one unit’s in Croatia, and we didn’t have a whole lot of money.
“The challenge with any of this fantasy work is achieving the epic and also making it connect emotionally,” Taylor continues, “and doing it for less money than your average blockbuster – it doubles the challenge. I’m amazed by what we were able to pull off.”
There are bunch more interviews out there, so let’s wrap this up, Quick Hits-style.
Liam Cunningham at Westeros.org
Liam Cunningham at Digital Spy
Liam Cunningham at SFX
Liam Cunningham at TV Choice Magazine
Emilia Clarke at SciFiNow
Emilia Clarke at Time Out Sydney
Emilia Clarke at WhatCulture
Michelle Fairley at SciFiNow
Michelle Fairley at SFX
Peter Dinklage at Hero Complex
Kristian Nairn at Red Dot Diva
Iain Glen at SFX
Ron Donachie at ScienceFiction.com
George R. R. Martin at National Post
Set report with quotes from Emilia Clarke and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau at National Post