James Purefoy says he won’t do Game Of Thrones
By Ours is the Fury on in Press.

In a new interview with Empire Magazine, James Purefoy says that he won’t be doing Game of Thrones, and that his Rome co-star Kevin McKidd is in agreement.

Purefoy is currently promoting his new TV show The Following in which he plays a serial killer. When asked his feelings about the HBO series Rome, the actor had this to say:

[Kevin] McKidd and I had lunch the other day, and I said to him, “Have you been asked to do Game Of Thrones?” And he said, “I’d never do it. Because they stole our fucking show.” He worked out that if Rome had run for the entire seven seasons that it should have run, we would only have finished it last year. And he feels that HBO did Game of Thrones instead of us, so they stole our show. I kind of agree with him. I won’t be doing Game Of Thrones, even if they ask me.

UPDATE: James Purefoy responded on his official Twitter and said this was nothing but “light-hearted banter”.

Ours is the Fury: Those are strong words, and disappointing to hear. McKidd’s quotes are secondhand though, and to be taken with a grain of salt. It does seem they’re not likely to ever be involved in GoT, despite being fan favorites for future roles on the show.


256 Comments

  1. Ash
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    First and that is shit news!

  2. Big Fou
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like he’s a bitter fool. He’s a fan favorite. Sure Rome was cancelled before its time, but he now has a chance to shine again.

    Hopefully they both change their minds.

  3. Morrigan
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    That’s… kind of a stupid thing to say from his part. Wonder what he’s basing this nonsense on. Rome wasn’t cancelled to make place for GoT. He sounds very bitter.

  4. Tom
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Crybaby.

  5. Carne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Very bummed about this. Purefoy has always been one of my favorite picks for Euron, and McKidd for Connington.

    Hope Ray Stevenson doesn’t feel the same.

  6. Ash
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    At the end of the day, people stopped watching Rome that’s why it got cancelled and ASOIAF has way more viewers. Don’t want purfoy now. He has even put me off watching the following, didn’t know he was a bitter old man!

    I imagined him more as a the red viper to be honest.

  7. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    I have to wonder how McKidd feels about Purefoy sharing their private chat in such a public interview. Sounds like friends ranting with each other and not a professional discussion meant for the public eye.

  8. Tom
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Rome was canceled, what like 7 or 8 years ago and he waited for thrones to hold a grudge? Seriously, baby want a bottle?

  9. Leeniebean
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Strong words? Those are some of the most juvenile and immature words I’ve ever heard.

    Go ahead and be pissed at HBO for canceling you show if you want, but to blame GoT for your disappointment? That’s just asinine.

  10. KG
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm | Permalink

    Bitch move from an actor who isn’t that good, anyway.

  11. Tir Airgid
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    That sounds quite harsh and bitter and the whole “they stole our precious” rings a bit like a childish grudge. Well, I want Armitage for Euron, anyways… :D Hey! A girl can dream right?

  12. Rygar
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Nice to hear that it’s not always all about the Benjamins and fame. Glad these guys wont prostitute themselves and are sticking to their beliefs, even if they sound a bit jealous.

    On the other hand, Purefoy IS Euron and McKidd would be a great Jon Connington.

    Edit: Haha, nice Carne!

  13. FNi
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Rome was a great show and it’s sad they feel this way, but it was before HBO changed they way they handle season renewals.

    HBO, couple years after cancelling Rome and Carnival, publicly stated they regret doing so as they had no idea DVD and digital sales would become so strong. They also vowed to never again let ratings exclusively dictate series renewals (and they’ve stuck by this, see Boardwalk Empire).

    It’s unfortunate Rome had to be martyred for this change to happen.

  14. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Um, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out? I mean, there are only what, 3,000 actors who might work their way into the many remaining roles on the show that have not yet been cast? Other than Peter Dinklage, how many other roles on this show were such no-brainers that they wouldn’t have worked with a given actor? How impressed have we, collectively, been when watching Emilia Clarke (an unknown), or Mayor Tommy Carcetti, or Conleth Hill (did anyone really know his work?). Sure, Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Ciaran Hinds, Diana Rigg and a few others have a notable draw for their solid work previously, but we’ve seen so many people — Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley, Liam Cunningham — who were only barely known and have done so much with these characters, and we now can’t imagine the show without them. So, enough with the Purefoy worship, and good riddance.

  15. Zack
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Well, I was never one of the folks that wanted him in the show, especially for the Red Viper as I saw so frequently, so this is no skin off my nose.

    But I am a fan, and I loved Rome (and am also quite bitter about its early cancellation….and Carnivale’s…and Deadwood’s……grrrr Deadwood), so this is a disappointing headline because it illustrates the mindset of the guy and I don’t think he’s being sensible at all. If Rome was canceled 6 years ago and the pilot was greenlit a year AFTER the cancellation of Rome…yeah I don’t get it. The show must go on, Mr Purefoy, HBO has to always be working on something, no?

  16. Brandice
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Hmm… MAYbe. HBO announced the cancellation of Rome in July 2006. It acquired the rights to ASOIAF in early 2007, right? So maybe they had been eyeing it around the time they cancelled Rome.

    The two shows are definitely similar in that they are crazy expensive and have swords and boobs, and are filmed abroad. I think I’ve read that HBO regrets having killed off Rome so early… the DVD sales and overseas numbers are things they didn’t factor as much back then, but with that info Rome was actually profitable.

    Also this sounds like something Purefoy would say. Not sure McKidd, though… he always seems pretty down to Earth in interviews. I’d take the 2nd hand quote of McKidd through Purefoy with a grain of salt. Sounds like Purefoy himself isn’t interested, though. :)

  17. Maxwell James
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    What a weird sentiment. There were several years between the cancellation of Rome and the greenlight of GoT.

    If I had to guess Purefoy and McKidd simply had a bad experience working with HBO, and decided to project that on GoT. But still… cause and effect, dudes, cause and effect.

  18. Clob
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Those are just comments of a bitter man. That’s like saying a man stole your wife by marrying her four years after your divorce and there was no chance of reconciliation.

  19. Zack
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    I just hope the other Rome actor, one Ray Stevenson, doesn’t feel the same as his comrades here. He needs to be on the show. Mads Mikkelsen as Euron and Ray Stevenson as Victarion maybe?

  20. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think GOT had anything at all to do with Rome’s cancellation. HBO learned from their mistakes when it came to Rome’s cancellation and the DVD market. It’s good they’re passionate about the amazing show they made, but yeah…pretty silly remarks. Very disappointed.
    But Purefoy was unlikely to ever be Oberyn Martell since he’s you know, white. Euron or Victarion, he would’ve been great for one of them.

  21. jellydonut
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I can understand being bitter about that and being tied to working on the previous show. I was going to launch into a tirade, but eh. It’s a reasonable opinion.

  22. Cary Storm
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    I have a new fancasting. Purefoy can play the part of Fat Walda’s lady parts.

  23. Watson
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Now there’s some optimum crazy right there. The BBC pulled the plug on Rome first. Is it also on the shit list?

  24. The Bull
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    I may be wrong but wasn’t Rome a join production by HBO and BBC? And BBC pulled out leaving HBO to no longer be able to afford it? I’m not too clear on the details there but as bitter as I too was on Rome’s cancellation, blaming GOT seems nonsensical to me. Either way, disappointed to hear this.

  25. Sky Aero
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Sounds a bit like a dramaqueen…

  26. Cary Storm
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Oh, and weren’t both characters dead by the end of Season 2? I mean, and wasn’t Purefoy’s character supposed to be dead by that point? (Don’t know if they killed McKidd off because the show was ending or not…)

  27. Clob
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Truthfully the show doesn’t need Purefoy or McKidd. Sure, they may play a part great but I think it’s been proven that the people they do choose for the show are fantastic. The show won’t suffer from casting other them these two.

  28. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Cary Storm,

    Please, all of Fat Walda is too majestic for Purefoy and his bitterness to be a part of her!

  29. Eric J.
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Ash,

    The ratings remained at about the same level throughout the show, I believe. HBO cancelled it because it was so expensive to produce. I remember an HBO executive saying a couple of years later that they regretted cancelling it once they saw how the DVDs sold- and it’s pretty likely that sentiment was a significant factor in developing Game of Thrones.

    I think what all this means is that contrary to what Purefoy believes, if HBO had been doing Seasons 3-7 of Rome they would likely never have had the budget to greenlight GOT.

  30. Julie
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Disappointing, as I’d have loved to see him on GoT.. that said, I’m sure actors are lining up the door for whatever part he might have taken and they’ll find someone great for it regardless. Watched the premier of The Following last night and really enjoyed it, so wish him much luck on that show.

  31. D.Novak
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one hearing the sarcasm in his words?

  32. Watson
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Cary Storm,

    Rome was cancelled before season 2 went into production when the BBC decided they wouldn’t continue co-financing it after the second season. The material that comprised season 2 was supposed to be spread over several seasons. Purefoy’s character certainly would have survived several more years had HBO decided to continue financing the show on its own.

    I loved the first season of Rome but gave up midway through the second. Accelerated history I can handle, but the crimelord storyline didn’t interest me in the slightest.

  33. King David
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Dumb ass, The Following will never be Game Of Thrones. He wasn’t my first choice at all though… Though Kevin was for Connington.

  34. Winter Is Coming
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    D.Novak, I kinda wonder if it is not tongue-in-cheek as well, since not too long ago he was singing GoT’s praises and said he’d love to be on the show (of course, that was when he was in-between jobs).

    With your previous history with HBO, and a lot of your fans really hoping for it, would you ever consider doing a role on Game of Thrones?

    PUREFOY: If it was the right role on Game of Thrones, definitely. Of course! It’s a terrific series. It’s a great series of books. I love HBO. I’m on record saying that HBO is the best television company in the world, and I believe they are. I think they absolutely understand how to make television that is really, really vital and interesting and visceral, and all the things that television really should be. I’m a big fan of HBO.

  35. rofl
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    yeah, like the following isn’t just a dexter rip-off…

  36. Jen@House Stark
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Come on over to Team GOT, Ray Stevenson. Leave those fuss buckets in the dust.

  37. Gaelicat
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Saying something so vitriolic just makes him sound like a diva. One would think that an actor would be gracious in case he ends up working with one or a few of the people involved with GoT’s production on another show in the future…

  38. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber,

    You are my hero!

    I think now, Game of Thrones won’t do Purefoy either. As an actor, how could he say such a thing? Those 2 seasons of Rome made him what is today, but it’s gone now; so you do what? take it out on an HBO show that has nothing to do with the cancellation… it’s silly… I don’t want him on the show anymore, not even as Fat Walda >:P

    I really have this huge desire now, that Nina Gold would cast mainly unknowns! The show is already huge, so Nina, go for the talent no mater where it is!

  39. Maester Ch'vyalthan
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber:
    Um, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out? I mean, there are only what, 3,000 actors who might work their way into the many remaining roles on the show that have not yet been cast? Other than Peter Dinklage, how many other roles on this show were such no-brainers that they wouldn’t have worked with a given actor? How impressed have we, collectively, been when watching Emilia Clarke (an unknown), or Mayor Tommy Carcetti, or Conleth Hill (did anyone really know his work?). Sure, Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Ciaran Hinds, Diana Rigg and a few others have a notable draw for their solid work previously, but we’ve seen so many people — Richard Madden, Michelle Fairley, Liam Cunningham — who were only barely known and have done so much with these characters, and we now can’t imagine the show without them. So, enough with the Purefoy worship, and good riddance.

    This needs to be highlighted.

    Don’t think he’s one of the great actors of our time frankly, he’s a good actor and there are plenty of them. I’d rather D&D and Nina continuing by casting people who aren’t huge fan favourites and do it purely on their acting talent, which has paid off again and again.

    Let’s have more actors like Cunningham who are passionate about the show and the source material and who bring the actors to life. When I watch Season 4 I don’t want to see Purefoy being type-cast, I want to see Euron. The more lesser known actors the better I say.

  40. Reality
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    The fact that this is what’s featured on the homepage of winteriscoming shows how desperately we need this season to start.

    Like actually, why the fuck does anyone care one actor who had no association with the show says he doesn’t want to be a part of it. Totally irrelevant

  41. Chris
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    I like Kevin McKidd too, that is disappointing. Factually though, Rome didn’t have much room to go on, the story ended more or less. They weren’t going to recast it and do Nero’s time or something. Also the cost of digital effects is a fraction today of what it used to be. Also, A Game of Thrones was written in the 90s. The story most certainly was not stolen. Maybe HBO saw a property they could do more with, but one didn’t steal from the other.

    Ray Stevenson I didn’t like as much in Rome – but he did AWESOME this past season as a guest star on Dexter. Really really good. I can see him doing well in a variety of roles now.

  42. Manny
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Some shows get cancelled some don’t. Thats how it works. HBO didn’t think “lets nip Rome in the bud so we can do Game of Thrones instead”. Its just how things transpired.

    I really like Purefoy and thought he would be great in Thrones but if he feels that way then fuck’im. We don’t need him. Probably bitter he’s never been asked.

    Here’s hoping for Mads Mikkelsen, Ray Stevenson and Cliff Simon!!

  43. Darquemode
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I really do not take this seriously…
    To me it seems like two friends having a pint togther and cracking on Game of Thrones as they comiserate about Rome ending.

    In my mind, both actors having thought about GOT so much that they actually brought up whether or not to take a role on GOT means that they both probably would take any good role offered in the end.

    It’s on their minds… now get them on Nina’s mind….

  44. Grijnwaald
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Lol, good. It sounds like Game of Thrones would be better without immature, pathetic whinners like him.

  45. Cary Storm
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Jane for Euron Greyjoy! (ht to Rygar)

  46. axia777
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    rofl:
    yeah, like the following isn’t just a dexter rip-off…

    +++++++++++++

    Cary Storm:
    Thomas Jane for Euron Greyjoy!(ht to Rygar)

    Now that Purefoy is out this is the best idea yet! ++++++++

  47. barak
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    As someone who was a huge, HUGE fan of Rome… I can understand their bitterness, and I’m kind of happy that they also feel so strongly about Rome.

    I’m sad that I won’t see them in GoT, though.

    By the way, as bitter as I was about Rome’s cancellation, at least it seems HBO won’t make the same mistake with GoT. (They said that canceling Rome after 2 seasons just because it was expensive wasn’t a good idea after all – hopefully they’ll stick with GoT!)

  48. Adam Whitehead
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    ROME was cancelled in July 2006 and GoT optioned in January 2007. Close enough for people to suspect a link, even if there wasn’t really one.

  49. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    I considered whether or not they could be kidding, but the fact that McKidd supposedly said that many things and Purefoy didn’t just make like one offhand joke- I’m inclined to take his words for what they sound like.
    And saying “I won’t do it even if they ask” doesn’t read like sarcastic wording at all.

  50. KoLAUS
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I really think this is just bollocks, maybe they are saying this so we wont suspect them to be cast next season.

  51. maudt
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    I understand why McKidd might feel bitter, but Purefoy’s Mark Antony died in the last episode of Rome so either way he wouldn’t have been in the next season and therefore has little reason to be resentful himself. He just resonates with his friend’s attitude and might feel sorry for the show. But really, kinda clashes with what he had to say about thrones before… so I guess he’s just a changable dude.
    Well, I do like him and he’s my Viper. Kinda disapointing to see this kind of attitude from a fan favourite.

    And yeah, Rome was great (and beloved by many GoT fans!) and I hated the fact that it got cancelled, but syaing it would have lasted the whole 7 season is really really optimistic anyway.

  52. Mormegil
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Funny story about the sword and the Bike Thief though.

  53. mags giantsbabe
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah, Armitage yes please! I think Purefoy should take it as a compliment that so many of the fans want him in key roles. I wonder if he’s aware of this.

  54. Darquemode
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    The Following was quite good last night and Purefoy will likely not be available to be cast as Euron Greyjoy next year anyway…. Now I need to re-caast in my mind since Purefoy has been my favorite for the role since day 1…. Ugh.

    Richard Armitage would be awesome but may be busy also….
    Other “big” names that people mention… Karl Urban? James Frain? Jason Isaacs? Rufus Sewell? I can picture all of them bringing something to the role honestly….

    Honestly though maybe a somewhat lesser known actor would fit the bill nicely.
    - I really like the idea of Arben Bajraktaraj as Euron. He even has done a watch ad campaign wearing the watch as an eye-patch XD
    - I also think Joe Gilgun could bring something quite fun to the role, although he may be too young…

  55. Arkash
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    After reading Wic’s link where Purefoy praises GoT and says he’d take a role if it’s a good one, I do wonder if the comment he made to Empire isnt really saracstic…

    As for McKidd, I wonder if he’ll comment on Purefoy’s interview, maybe confirming it or, maybe, saying it’s wrong and / or Purefoy shouldnt have stated publicy his words.

  56. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    From the ones you mentioned, I’ll go with Rufus Sewell… Jason Isaacs is the Mad King for me (maybe because of Lucius Malfoy :)) ) in a future prequel film..? :P

  57. JRR Tzolkin
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    No great loss here. There are tons of talented actors who can take on any future roles in GoT like the Greyjoys, the Griff, etc. without the show missing a beat. After all, it’s not like Purefoy and McKidd are Laurence Olivier and Alec Guiness. Heck, they’re no Sean Bean and Mark Addy ;-)

  58. Amir Mishali
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    kinda childish, ain’t it?

  59. sam
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    lmao…. Game of thrones im all honesty shits on ROME! … Rome was great don’t get me wrong… but 1.) HBO is a company who INVESTS heavily into their films and bring out the best quality stuff …. so I don’t think they sidelined it for Game of thrones…. as they did Rome and Band of brothers almost the same time… and the Pacific…

    2.) Game of thrones is a fantastic series! with Phenominal actors that Hollywood even struggle to find at times… so pass on the a chance to work on it is a darn shame

    3.) They are just very bitter! I mean … if they got a call and the money was right I don’t think anyone would say no…. as a programme like GOT! will boost peoples Careers… but that is just my own opinion which everyone is entitled too.

  60. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Purefoy said those things a year and a half ago though, and as people have noted, he wasn’t really working much then. Just a few episodes here and there, nothing lasting. John Carter was coming out and it was notoriously a failure from the getgo.

    I don’t want to lambast McKidd too much, since these words aren’t directly from his mouth. People are allowed to vent in private. I get the feeling he or Purefoy are going to deny or claim they were kidding about the Empire interview quotes. It just seems foolish to burn bridges that way.

  61. Arthur
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Well that sucks!

    ROME was awesome and my favorite series of all time. I would have loved to see James as The Viper and Kevin as any role. Oh well, wish they would keep open minds and not take it so personal…

  62. Reverse Nielsen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    I really hope Ray Stevenson doesn’t share this sentiment.

  63. Darquemode
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    AdrianAegon,

    I think Rufus Sewell could be my favorite now since it appears like Purefoy and Armitage would be unlikely…. Sewell or Arben Bajraktaraj I think, but I need time to really consider now since neither jumps at me for the role like Purefoy does.

    Agreed on Jason Isaacs…
    I honestly have never seen Isaacs as a Greyjoy, but I think he is talented enough that he would do well as one if cast…

    Speaking of Greyjoys…
    I was catching up on Magic City and an odd image popped into my mind….
    Danny Huston could make a fine Victarion Grejoy! He has the stature needed for the role, the grey hair, the kind of calm and dangerous demeanor and he certainly can convey power well… He was great as Samuel Adams in John Adams.

  64. Starfish
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Rome was a really great show and it’s a tragedy that it was cut short so soon, but REALLY? Game of Thrones is not to blame… nobody stole anything and their attitudes are childish and petty. Rome was cancelled because it costed a fortune to make, and even HBO regrets cancelling it. I am heartbroken. I think Purefoy would be fabulous in GoT but I guess I’ll have to set that dream aside now.

  65. June
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    They said to take the comments with a grain of salt, don’t be pissed at a simple quote you hear from the great vine if it was in truth then I am sure he said it in a joking manner, not to be serious. I never knew that ‘Rome’ was supposed to be 7 seasons that really does piss me off I wish they would have finished it anyway and just thrown it on some other channel or something, it was a great show. It is disappointing they work so well together and within that era. Well anywho I wish them both luck, just saw the first episode of ‘The Following’ so far so good for Purefoy.

  66. mariamb18
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Gaelicat:
    Saying something so vitriolic just makes him sound like a diva. One would think that an actor would be gracious in case he ends up working with one or a few of the people involved with GoT’s production on another show in the future…

    Agree.

    Apparently, he believes that there was a cause and effect between Rome’s cancellation and GOT’s approval…whether it is true or not. But why not keep that sentiment to yourself. What a jerk! He’s been around long enough to know that one shouldn’t burn bridges. Maybe he doesn’t care.

    As someone else noted, I am sure that there are plenty of actors interested in playing Euron.

  67. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    Oh God, I saw that picture with the Arben guy: He IS Euron! He’s just… oh my… he just is!
    Purefoy my ass… I vote for Arben now!

    About Victarion: He has the face but I would like someone bigger :D

  68. Joshua Taylor
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I wish Kevin McKidd a further 3 or more seasons on that profound serial Grey’s Anatomy that is unless he is killed off in a out of left field way…he could come back as a ghost though.

  69. ebevan91
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

    How bitchy.

  70. NomadicDirewolf
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Both sick actors but at the end of the day but nina gold will always find a great actor for each role so i’m not too bothered. The theory makes a little sense if you don’t know the dates but wikipedia lists that the second series of Rome began in January 2007, the same month that HBO acquired the rights for Game of Thrones and development began. Rome had to re-write an entire season’s plotline to fit it all into one season when they find out that they’d been cancelled, so it must have been cancelled long before HBO knew they were gonna do Game of Thrones. Also a season that would begin in 2011 wouldn’t be much of a financial concern for HBO until its time to film, so even if the two projects were running simultaneously, then neither would have impacted on the other for quite a while. And if their arguing they stole int from a stylistic point of view, GRRM had released three or four books by the time the first season was done, so thats an invalid argument. They just seem to be a bit bitter to me, Rome was a great TV show and I’m annoyed it was cancelled, but no offence to either of them, Game of Thrones is better

  71. GreatJon of Slumber
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    AdrianAegon,

    thanks for the props!

    Maester Ch’vyalthan

    Thanks!!

    Reality:
    The fact that this is what’s featured on the homepage of winteriscoming shows how desperately we need this season to start.

    TRUE DAT!! :)

  72. Rygar
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Thomas Jane. *unf*

  73. Zack
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    maudt: I understand why McKidd might feel bitter, but Purefoy’s Mark Antony died in the last episode of Rome so either way he wouldn’t have been in the next season and therefore has little reason to be resentful himself.

    They killed him earlier than planned in order to wrap up the series that they knew was likely canceled. That’s also why they aged up Octavian and the season as a whole just seemed rushed in comparison to the first.

  74. saark
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    LOL he’ll change his tune soon enough if the showrunners actually ask him to play a role.

  75. mariamb18
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    Some great suggestions…
    Euron: Rufus Sewell is a good choice; there’s something about him that makes me uncomfortable. Arben Bajraktaraj is way too sexy for Euron.

    Victarion: Danny Huston is perfect for Victarion. He was a great Samuel Adams.

  76. James
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    The quote WiC linked from a while back:

    With your previous history with HBO, and a lot of your fans really hoping for it, would you ever consider doing a role on Game of Thrones?

    PUREFOY: If it was the right role on Game of Thrones, definitely. Of course! It’s a terrific series. It’s a great series of books. I love HBO. I’m on record saying that HBO is the best television company in the world, and I believe they are. I think they absolutely understand how to make television that is really, really vital and interesting and visceral, and all the things that television really should be. I’m a big fan of HBO.

    Comparing that quote with the current one… seems like something changed, and I’d have to say it’s got to be more than his lack of employment at the time.

    Also interesting to note that they haven’t contacted him about any roles (he would surely have mentioned turning them down), maybe his pride is a little hurt by that. Who knows?

  77. Petter
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    Obvious sarcasm.

  78. WildSeed
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    The subject post about Purefoy and McKidd is probably banter remarks, professional
    actors may jest like anyone else. That said, both these actors have had their share
    of similar roles and genre as GoT, maybe they wish a break from that.

    Purefoy’s role on ” John Carter ” was questionable at best, he’s aiming high now
    as a serial killer. Kevin McKidd will always be my image of Poseiden, god of the
    sea, I don’t want to make him a Greyjoy ( unless he’s Euron ). I pray that Hinds
    doesn’t reprise his role as king of ” Helium ” planet :D.

  79. James
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Also interesting in the new interview he wasn’t even ASKED about GoT! He was asked about Rome and how sad it didn’t get to complete, and he immediately goes off. He asked McKidd if he had been asked to do it and then said he wouldn’t “even if asked”, so clear indication he hasn’t been asked himself.

    Bizarre.

  80. Matt
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    What a fool, this guy has just become the most disliked actor in the GOT community… good luck getting on the show now, moron.

  81. Ceci
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh, no! They don’t want to do Game of Thrones. So what?, there are hundreds of actors who will and i’m sure HBO will find them just like they did with the cast. I mean… it’s an amazing cast!

    It seems to me that no one even asked them or contacted them from HBO. Maybe they are angry because GOT has more fans and watchers and its like one of the three most watched of HBO (and it just didn’t happened for Rome) … any way, I don’t like this guys.

  82. Ceci
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    James,

    I know! thats what i thought … maybe they need some publicity.

  83. Alex
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    D.Novak,
    Yeah, I pretty much think you’re right.
    Seen as BOTH James Purefoy and Kevin McKidd’s characters were DEAD at the end of the 2nd season, I very much doubt he’s being serious.

  84. Alex
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    It’s SARCASM people!
    I can’t believe so many of you are this dumb. Sorry….I meant, blind.

    James Purefoy for The Red Viper FTW. Or any other role is fine by me. I’d very much love to see him on the show.
    McKidd as well.

  85. Petter
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Matt,

    You know what? The world doesn’t evolve around this show believe it or not. All you need to breathe before you make a stupid post.

  86. Nancy
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber,

    Absolutely correct. This show has been very good about finding unknowns who are perfect for the parts.
    As for Purefoy and McKidd…oh well. Doubtful McKidd would have been available anytime soon due to his commitment to Grey’s Anatomy (that show seems like it will go on forever). It sounds to me that they are ticked at HBO and are taking it out on GoT, which is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. I am sure GoT casting was not married to them for certain parts.

  87. Big Fou
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Weird as the interview posted above, he actually praised GOT and wouldn’t mind a role. What the hell happened?

  88. Alex
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Big Fou,

    Sarcasm happened. Apparently, a lot of you people aren’t very good at detecting it.

  89. Ceci
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Alex,

    I don’t know, he gets asked about Rome and out of nowhere he talks about GOT.

    And in case it is sarcasm, its hard to get it if its not face to face!

  90. Petter
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    The real question is what happened to this message board? 2 years ago, TheSmilingKnight was the only moron here. Look at you now.

  91. Ser Tahu
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I never really was a fan of the whole James Purefoy – Euron or Victarion Greyjoy idea. He might have passed as a Red Viper, but even then (and before people go ‘oh, but Martells are supposed to be Indian.’ no, the Dornish were obviously inspired by Spain)

    as for Kevin McKidd, if these comments are true and weren’t meant as a joke, I will be highly disappointed. He looks prefect for the role of Jon Connington

  92. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    WOW I have lost all respect for Purefoy and McKidd.

  93. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    And to think I was actually going to watch The Following tonight on Sky Atlantic.

  94. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    mariamb18,

    Well, Euron isn’t supposed to be very good-looking?

  95. Carne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Alex,

    Seriously, you say people here are dumb? That’s rather rude.

    There’s in nothing in the interview hinting at sarcasm. They ask him about Rome and he mentions GoT. Maybe they should have thrown in (laughs) at the end or something?

    Also, what’s wrong with the piece about Hinds? It’s his own words.

  96. Darquemode
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    It might be worth a look anyway (I liked it a lot), although I don’t know your personal level of rage on the topic. XD

  97. dizzy
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Oh whatever, I’m sure they would both gladly take paychecks from HBO again. Rome wasn’t cancelled because of GoT. It was their dumbass show runners and the BBC that got it cancelled.

  98. Princess of dorne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Zack,

    I’d love to see ray stevenson in got
    But mads mikkelsen is going to be busy in hannibal

  99. Aludra
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Wow, lots of sensitive souls here today. Sounds very tongue-in-cheek. I truly doubt either actor would in fact turn down a good role in GoT, based on how much they seem to have loved working on Rome.

  100. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Darquemode,

    I am deeply hurt because I’ve been cheerleading for Purefoy to be cast as Euron since I finished reading AFFC.

    I’ve read the chat on Empire and the question wasn’t even about Game of Thrones, he brought it when asked about Rome.

  101. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink

    There seriously isn’t a single line of that interview that makes me think Purefoy was kidding. if he’s kidding or being sarcastic, where’s the joke or the indicator that he isn’t being serious? He quotes his friend/costar several times and then states flat-out he wouldn’t work on GoT. And leaves it at that.
    I know people wanted him for some roles, but the reality is, he said a bunch of stupid things. And maybe McKidd too, who knows how accurate Purefoy was being.
    And yes, the question wasn’t even about GoT- he went off on a tangent for no good reason.

  102. nomisum
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    doesnt sound too serious in my ears. just too whiny. sure romes cancellation was a big mistake, but not worth rejecting a role in the even bigger kindofsuccessor.

    anyway just read on wikipedia he left Vendetta in production because of artistical differences and was replaced by hugo weavings… maybe he s just difficult to get on with

  103. Darquemode
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    He may well be serious even if I took it as causally dismissive i n a joking way, but I don’t think he went off on some wild tangent at all.

    He was asked about Rome ending and then responded by bringing up the recent converstion he had the other day with Kevin McKidd on that very topic. That led directly into him bringing up McKidd’s theory of how GOT was connected to Rome’s cancellation. To me it is perfect train of thought sense…

    Not saying it was smart to do, or even accurate on McKidd’s behalf…

    Personally I think he probably should have ended with McKidd’s theory and not brought up their discussion of not taking roles, but I can see why the question made him think of that…

  104. goofeen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know about the whole “stole our show” thing, but I do share his resentment for Rome being cancelled. That show was incredible and in many ways is far superior to GoT.

  105. queenofthorns
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Aw, I don’t care much for Purefoy (so shoot me) but I DID love McKidd in Rome and would have loved him on ‘Thrones! It seems like he was probably joking around with that comment, though – it’s ridiculous that any sane person would actually think what he’s said is true. Were D&D even talking to GRRM before Rome was cancelled? I don’t think so…

  106. LordNoga1981
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Rome got cancelled because it cost too much to make the damn show. The set alone was killing their profits. Thats why the second season was rushed like that. Nothing to do with Thrones. Im more pissed at Deadwood being cancelled because David Milch wanted to do John from Cincinnatti. Just an awful show. And Milch made another failure in that horse show last year. Year, ending deadwood was a great idea.

  107. JB
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Morrigan,

    Actually it was. Rome was very expensive to make and HBO, looking ahead to the huge production cost of GoT, decided to end Rome early. I first learned that GoT was being put into production from news articles discussing the cancellation and hurried end of Rome being largely due to the upcoming GoT . And honestly, I think James Purefoy and Kevin McKidd have a little more insight into the behind the scenes goings on and politics than you or I.

  108. argilac's antler
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Cary Storm,

    Cary Storm:
    Oh, and weren’t both characters dead by the end of Season 2?I mean, and wasn’t Purefoy’s character supposed to be dead by that point? (Don’t know if they killed McKidd off because the show was ending or not…)

    According to Rome co-creator Bruno Heller, he had planned ahead as 5 seasons with both season 3 & 4 taking place in Egypt (and Season 5 dealing with the rise of the messiah in Palastine). Season 2 was planned to end withBrutus’ demise, but they got the cancellation news midway thru filming Season 2 so they rewrote the second half to wrap up the remaining storylines. Purefoy would have made it further than he did if the show did continue.

    Still to me, it seems the whole lunch conversation was taken out of context. I view it as something two friends were joking about and simply sharing pride in Rome the same way people have/share school pride or city pride, boasting that “mine is better than yours” in playful way or how a Houston Texans fan says he’ll wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey.

  109. World Dancer
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    Morrigan:
    That’s… kind of a stupid thing to say from his part. Wonder what he’s basing this nonsense on. Rome wasn’t cancelled to make place for GoT.He sounds very bitter.

    This.

    Game of Thrones has been around for what, 3-4 years counting in production and being generous? Rome was cancelled in its 2nd season. That’s still more than a year between the end of one and the thought of the other. And, honestly, Rome’s financial failure was one of the strikes against getting Game of Thrones on the air. And Rome’s success in terms of DVD & Blu-Ray sales was one of the things that made it possible.

  110. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    These comments cut quite deep because I honestly think Purefoy would be perfect for Euron and I’ve been considering McKidd as a possible Connington. I really hope and pray James was just joking around.

    Does Purefoy have twitter ? perhaps someone could tweet him about this.

    Just checked I think he does.
    https://twitter.com/JamesPurefoy

  111. Petter
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    The way you are acting, I am really glad we wont see him as Euron. Purefoy as Euron is just another one of these hopeless fan choices that I am glad wont come true. Not as bad as the people wanting Fassbender or Gyllenhaal for Oberyn, but up there.

  112. Bannerless Bro
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I may be the only person in this whole board who wants the Rome movie more than Season 4 of GoT.
    Just sayin’…

    Also, Purefoy would be a perfect Euron… hope he changes his mind <:3

  113. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Petter,

    How so ? Purefoy isn’t a huge star by any means and has done many tv shows in the past. With the Nina Gold connection I thought there was a good chance James might appear in the show and I’ve thought since reading AFFC for Purefoy would be perfect for the role, he even looked like The Crows Eye in Solomon Kane.

  114. Laughing Weirwood
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    never thought purefoy had the look anyways

  115. sean
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    “You’re like a baby with a rattle…”

    - Jon Snow

  116. Isabelle
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    If he’s really serious, that’s sad to hear. Perhaps he’ll come round because he seems like such a good fit for the show.

  117. Carne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Petter,

    Hopeless fan choice? Unlike Fassbender and Gyllenhall he’s not very known at all, except to fans of Rome and low-budget medieval movies.

  118. Petter
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    No greyjoy resemblence and in my mind, doesn’t have the rugged look. Most of all though, I hope so because you and others reacting to this, are acting like children and making everyone here look bad. You’re deeply hurt you said? Get over it. No reason to cry. No reason to contact him. If you’ve seen or read interviews of him, you’d know he like to jest, and even if he was serious, so fucking what?

  119. See Lemoncakes
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Purefoy and Mckidd probably think there are no more major roles left in GOT of the appropriate size left so feel to vent whether its as vehement as it comes across or not. They are both terrific actors but I’m very happy with Hinds/Menzies as my former Rome quota.

  120. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Petter,

    So what ? erm perhaps you don’t realize but this is a site dedicated to the show so there’s always going to be a passionate response when an actor turns it down.

    No resemblence ? Euron is described as a handsome man with a dark beard.

  121. The mighty hodor
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    People should cut him some slack,

    He was absolutely brilliant as Marc Antony, it was a shame Rome was cancelled, if I was in his shoes I’d be pissed as well, when you look at the amount of battles they cut for Rome and then the huge battle of black water.

    People shouldn’t be mad at him over his comments, he put so much energy into his role on Rome and then only to get the show cancelled.

    Lighten up people!

  122. dizzy
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    To me there was only one fan choice that HAD to happen and that was Dinklage. Would Purefoy and McKidd be good on this show? Yes. But so would dozens of other actors. They’ll find them, and we’ll all move on.

  123. First
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    LordNoga1981,

    Deadwood was not cancelled because David Milch wanted to do John From Cincinnati, and if you’ve been carrying around that idea for the last 6 years, I pity you.

  124. Petter
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    No resemblence the casted greyjoys obviously. Of course, people wanting him use the drawings of Euron as a blue print. As of season 2, they are no longer relevant. Also, being dedicated to the show is no excuse for acting like a child.

  125. Adam Whitehead
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    JB: Seen as BOTH James Purefoy and Kevin McKidd’s characters were DEAD at the end of the 2nd season, I very much doubt he’s being serious.

    If the show hadn’t been cancelled, Purefoy would have carried on. Season 2 was originally going to end at Philippi and Season 3 at Actium, so Purefoy would have survived at least full season longer than he did, if not into the start of a fourth season.

    Also, we have no confirmation that Vorenus died at the end of Season 2. Bruno Hellar’s been trying to make a ROME movie for the past three or four years, and has said both Pullos and Vorenus will be in it and it’ll be set after ROME. That suggests that Vorenus survived (however implausibly given his wounds and illness at the end of S2).

    JB: Actually it was. Rome was very expensive to make and HBO, looking ahead to the huge production cost of GoT, decided to end Rome early. I first learned that GoT was being put into production from news articles discussing the cancellation and hurried end of Rome being largely due to the upcoming GoT . And honestly, I think James Purefoy and Kevin McKidd have a little more insight into the behind the scenes goings on and politics than you or I.

    ROME’s cancellation announcement was made in July 2006 and GoT was confirmed as being optioned in January 2007. There was absolutely no official mention of GoT in relation to HBO prior to 2007, so that sounds highly questionable.

    Behind the scenes, yeah I’m sure it was being discussed and it may have come up by that point, but until HBO pulled the trigger on definitely optioning THRONES (two years before they formally commissioned the pilot, though) the correlation seems thin.

  126. Valaquen
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    D.Novak, I kinda wonder if it is not tongue-in-cheek as well, since not too long ago he was singing GoT’s praises and said he’d love to be on the show (of course, that was when he was in-between jobs).

    You should put that in the story, so people can maybe get a handle on his views. He could be simply flippant with EMPIRE…

    I’m shocked at how many folk want McKidd for Jon Connington… because that’s exactly who I envisioned!

    Kevin McKidd seems pretty open through his Twitter. Maybe someone should direct him to this?

  127. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    See Lemoncakes,

    I don’t know what to say about Menzies… It’s the one casting choice I’m not yet accustomed to… He really doesn’t look the part. The 3 Tully siblings don’t look like siblings at all . (Even Ciaran Hinds as Mance I had doubts, but with age only.) He was great as Brutus, but… I don’t know.. when they announced the casting in July I would have bet that Phillip McGinley (Anguy) would be Edmure. He has common features with Michelle Fairely, so naturally, I went for it… I was quite dissapointed…

  128. Adam Whitehead
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    First,

    The story goes Milch wanted a year off to do JOHN FROM CINCINATTI and then come back and do DEADWOOD Season 4 (this being the good/inefficient old days when HBO would happily give creators a year off for whatever reason). Initially this looked fine, but then HBO realised that most of the cast’s contracts were up and they couldn’t afford to keep everyone on retainer for an extra year.

    It does sound like HBO was partially to blame for not realising this earlier – it should have come up in the very first meeting when Milch voiced the idea, at least – but certainly Milch was at fault for simply not finishing DEADWOOD (one more year!) and then going off to do his surfer Jesus thing afterwards.

    At least one source has contradicted this, saying HBO were concerned by a possible budget deficit and were faced with a choice between DEADWOOD Season 4 or possibly slashing the budget of ROME Season 2, but I take that with a huge pinch of salt (given that DEADWOOD annihilated ROME in the ratings on a fraction of the budget). Given that Milch and HBO are still tight, it seems the full, true story of what happened is unlikely to emerge in the near future.

  129. GeekFurious
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    These guys are just confirming what most of us have known for a long time.

    Actors know less about how the business works than fans.

  130. Fay
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Concerning McKidd, it’s bullshit. Joseph Altin, who plays Pyp in GOT, worked with McKidd on a movie last year and on twitter, he said that McKidd was a fan of GoT and would LOVE to play in it if he had time.

    Purefoy is trolling (see the ITV someone post above from 2011 where he prays the show…) That man is not to be trusted.

  131. Baramos
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I have the feeling he was kidding there.

  132. Adam Whitehead
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Baramos:
    I have the feeling he was kidding there.

    Perhaps even…McKidding? (puts shades on)

  133. Dumdumdumdumdumdum
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Stole their show? Rome bored me sleep, GoT is actually good. Screw him, If I was HBO Exec I would have dropped Rome for Thrones.
    Deadwood was also boring.

  134. Dumdumdumdumdumdum
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead: Perhaps even…McKidding? (puts shades on)

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeYEEEEEOOOOOWWWW……

  135. Mad Hatter
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    GOT fan rage is brutal! Do NOT interfere with our current bread and circus, guy from former bread and circus! I cut him some slack, though. He’s speaking from the perspective of earning a living and if his show was bounced for GOT I can understand some bitterness. Very different perspective from fan perspective since both shows are good.

  136. KG
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed:
    The subject post about Purefoy and McKidd is probably banter remarks, professional
    actors may jest like anyone else. That said, both these actors have had their share
    of similar roles and genre as GoT, maybe they wish a break from that.

    Wow, you fanboys don’t give up fanwank-dreams easy, do ya?

  137. Carne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    What on earth is that supposed to mean?

  138. Nimic
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    People are way overreacting in these comments. Yes, I’m disappointed, but who am I to tell him how to feel about it? Clearly he feels, or they feel, that GoT is the reason why they could no longer do a show they loved doing. Maybe he’s wrong, and he’s certainly overreacting, but this means a lot more to them than us.

    Chill out.

  139. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    I never wanted him anyway… My dream cast for the parts he is considered are:
    Euron: Mads Mikkelsen
    Oberyn: Cliff Simon

    For the first he is to type-casted, and for the second to light-skinned. So, no!

  140. Astonished
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    The interview question was actually: “Speaking of Rome, that was another very ambitious show. Is there still a sense of sadness that you guys didn’t get to take it further?”

    A bit manipulative to omit context if you ask me.

    If only the typical outrage of you people was an interesting read, 3 years into it, then I’d have no complaints.

  141. Mescalinic
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    lol. come on guys :D

    now an actor say something ‘vaguely against’ GOT , and suddenly he becomes a ‘mediocre actor’, and Rome becomes a ‘boring show’ ? Rome was a fantastic show, with terrific performance and amazingly funny to watch. it was just too expensive. really, too expensive. i live in Rome, they shot the scenes here, and so yeah, it was madly expensive..but is still one of the best-looking show that was ever on air.

    plus, you’re fighting over something that is the quote of the quote of a quote and that even so just seems a simple joke? take it easy :D

    …and yeah, Purefoy is still my choice for the Red Viper.

  142. Carne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Mescalinic,

    Most people here have just voiced their disappointment, because they wanted Purefoy for different roles.

    Then they get insulted by other users for simply stating so (KG and Petter).

  143. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Astonished,

    There was nothing in the question about Game of Thrones. It was, as I stated, a question about his feelings about Rome. Purefoy brought GoT into it. There has been no twisting, manipulating or removal of context. They’re entirely his words, like it or not.

  144. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Jame Purefoy is no real loss. The only character he could have been decent as is Euron. I absolutely loathe the suggestion of him as the Red Viper. He is white! The Martells are not fucking white! I like McKidd much more and wouldn’t mind seeing him on GOT.

  145. Josh Parker
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Why is it that some of us thought these guys were ever going to be on the show? And some are still holding out hope for Ray Stevenson. Really, guys?

    First, this show is not Rome, so why should all four of the major actors from it be cast? We’ve already got two former cast members coming up, so let’s just be happy.

    Personally, I still think they missed a golden opportunity by not casting Ray Stevenson as Robert. Yes, I said Robert. Not the Hound. They could have put him in a fat suit akin to what he wore in Thor, and then we’d really believe that at one point, Robert was a fearsome warrior.

    Oh, well. They went a different direction, Mark Addy was fantastic as Robert and as far as I’m concerned, it’s over. I’ve moved on.

    And this is coming from an obsessive fan-caster. So, Purefoy and McKidd won’t be on the show. So what? I’ve never thought McKidd fit any of the roles, and while Purefoy would have been awesome as Euron (he would have sucked as Oberyn), it’s not like he was the only one who could have done it. Let’s all just move on.

  146. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Josh Parker,

    You know, I thought Ray Stevenson was a pipe dream previously, but he did Dexter this year, less than a season’s worth of episodes. It was a big role, but still. It makes me wonder if it is possible that he would do GoT if the part were made big enough.

  147. Carne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Josh Parker,

    Nothing far-fetched about Stevenson. He has worked with HBO before, been cast by Nina Gold, worked with Alan Taylor, and his agent has probably been riddled with fan mail going “Please get Stevenson a role in Game of Thrones!”.

    Sure, none of this mean he’ll get a role, but it helps, and I’m sure the people involved in the production are aware of it. Ciarán Hinds and Tobias Menzies have both been cast, Ian McNeice was cast for the season 1 unaired pilot. They have all been in ‘Rome’. Even Dominic West was offered a role, so it’s pretty clear they like to work with familiar faces.

  148. WildSeed
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Wish I’d seen the HBO “Rome” series…..maybe a next Apple TV pick.

    Even if Purefoy and McKidd aren’t available for GoT roles, I’m still keeping
    my fingers crossed for John Noble as Mace Tyrell .

  149. Friend Of fire
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Poor Marc Antony still unable to follow in caeser’s footsteps lol I jest . But I like his acting shame he is holding a grudge against my favorite show, I like many GOT fans were great fans of Rome, but alas the show goes on without you good luck on your new show.

  150. Darquemode
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Who would e-mail his agent suggesting such things!
    * Feigns shock and horror *
    * Clears sent e-mail folder *

    The person that does that may need a 12-step program….
    * Glances at collected names and actors photos for Season 4 and 5 and beyond *

    Well, I respect devoted fans and any of their desires, obsessions, and tactics…. Wherever and whoever they may be.

  151. Brandon Stark
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    You’re all taking this a little too seriously. I’m sure it was sort of tongue-in-cheek, and in either case, being secondary characters in GOT doesn’t trump being main characters in network TV shows (particularly in terms of pay). So it’s no wonder they’re not too concerned about GOT at the moment.

  152. Salty Dornishman
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    FNi,

    Seriously? I was *so* pissed when the canceled Carnivale, just when it was getting good. I vowed to never watch another HBO serial because I did not want to get invested again. This changed when I knew the show in development was based on ASOIaF.

    I hope that maybe Carnivale will get the “Firefly/Serenity” treatment, and we get a conclusion to the story.

  153. Khal-A-Bunga
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Adam Whitehead,

    That all sounds about right, based on everything I’ve read about it. It’s no big surprise that Milch sticks with HBO, though. It’s literally the only network where shows like Deadwood (one of the most brilliant series of all-time), John From Cincinatti (an interesting failure that gave the audience three fantastic characters in Butch Yost and Bill Jacks, and the doctor whose name I can’t recall), and Luck (a series that could have been among the other great works HBO has done, if not for the unfortunate accidents involving those three horses) would even be given the green-light. Not to mention no other network would have attracted the same level of talent, from the writers, to the directors and actors.

    As far the as the comments to, it’s not that surprising. He’s got a new show premiering on a broadcast network – it wouldn’t make sense for him to concede that he’d like to work on Game of Thrones while doing a press tour for The Following. The comments from McKidd also just sound like two friends taking the piss (I mean, McKidd has to realize that his role on Grey’s Anatomy isn’t nearly as prestigious as his role on Rome), not being genuinely upset. What tips it off is that both actors have sung the praises of working for HBO in the interim since the show was cancelled. If you work in television, HBO is the place you strive to make it to, plain and simple. If (or maybe ‘When’ would be more appropriate) The Following is cancelled, bet your ass he’d come in for an audition to be on GoT. That’s just how the business works; you’ve got to hype up the project you’re currently involved with.

  154. Alan
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    jellydonut:
    I can understand being bitter about that and being tied to working on the previous show. I was going to launch into a tirade, but eh. It’s a reasonable opinion.

    Well, as far as anything I’ve read, it’s wholly inaccurate. The timelines don’t work at all unless Rome was going to be given a second chance. And I’ve never seen anything to that effect.

    That said, while Purefoy’s comment is strangely angry, it’s no odder than some of the comment on here.

    It’s really okay if an actor doesn’t want to do Game of Thrones, guys. It’s okay if it is for this weirdly off reason, and it’s okay if they don’t like the sex and violence and it’s okay if they think the story sucks and the characters boring. Not everyone is going to agree.

  155. See Lemoncakes
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Re Menzies as Edmure: to me he looks like the missing link looks wise between the actors playing his sisters so I think he’s perfect in the show senses, if not the Celtic look for the Tully’s I imagined when reading. He’s a terrific actor, particularly when playing wounded pride.

    Isn’t Mc Kidd a bit young for Jon Con? I was thinking someone more John Nettles-y.
    And whilst Purefoy is terrific, he is a bit RSC for a pirate for me (yes I know actors act, but still). Will throw some more subtle shade when it comes to me.

  156. Alan
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed:
    Wish I’d seen the HBO “Rome” series…..maybe a next Apple TV pick.

    Even if Purefoy and McKidd aren’t available for GoT roles, I’m still keeping
    my fingers crossed for John Noble as Mace Tyrell .

    It’s great, even if they oddly sped up Season 2 b/c of cancellation.

  157. Suzaku
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    “I’d rather not be on that award-winning show with mass appeal because of some petty bullshit. I think I’ll badmouth it too, just to see how many people I can alienate.”

    Based on what I know about how showbiz works, that sounds like excellent career planning!

  158. brightroar
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

    jeez i mean Rome was good and all but it doesnt even compare to GOT. And Purefoy’s character Marc Antony died anyway with the rise of Augustus so he wouldnt have even stayed on Rome for all seven seasons.

  159. Mike Chair
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming:
    D.Novak, I kinda wonder if it is not tongue-in-cheek as well, since not too long ago he was singing GoT’s praises and said he’d love to be on the show (of course, that was when he was in-between jobs).

    Way to go Winter!! That’s why I keep coming here. You guys know what you’re doing.

    Petter:
    The real question is what happened to this message board? 2 years ago, TheSmilingKnight was the only moron here. Look at you now.

    Ha. Ha.

    And BY THE WAY, did not Purefoy’s character, Marc Antony, die at the end of Rome’s season 2? You know, like the real Marc Antony died in 30 BC. Literally, he can’t be serious. Seven seasons? That means HBO would have done Jesus. I can hear the execs now. “Jesus or vampires? Hmm. Sorry, I’m going with the vampires.”

  160. Tereeza777
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen:
    These comments cut quite deep because I honestly think Purefoy would be perfect for Euron and I’ve been considering McKidd as a possible Connington. I really hope and pray James was just joking around. Does Purefoy have twitter ? perhaps someone could tweet him about this. Just checked I think he does.
    https://twitter.com/JamesPurefoy

    Al Swearengen,

    Thank you for the link – at least James P.’s tweets seem sincere and sympathetic (about guns). Disappointed about his GoT comments though. Only saw a few episodes of “Rome” – he was good, Ciaran Hinds was very good, and the lady who played Cleopatra was great! As for “The Following” – it wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. I agree with the review that the Huffington Post gave it – the actors are good, but the story is a little “silly, lazy, and pretentious.” (“Game of Thrones” is much better.)
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/maureen-ryan/the-following-review_b_2511966.html

  161. Wastrel
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Dear lord the people here are disappointingly petty, mean-spirited and fanatical.

    Two old friend have a beer and gripe about old times. One of them happens to mention it as a funny story in a light-hearted interview.

    So the fuck what?

    I doubt he’s completely serious – the tongue-in-cheek tone of the interview suggesting otherwise, plus his previous expressed interest in GOT, plus his refusal to actually fully agree with McKidd (just a sort of ‘i guess he has a point’ agreement)…

    …but even if he is serious, does everybody in the world have to kowtow to some idol of the the show? If he doesn’t want to be on it, that’s up to him. It’s hardly, as someone here said, badmouthing the show (on the contrary, he said it was a great show based on a great series of books).

    Someone else compared it to a bitter ex-boyfriend. Well, OK. The love of your life leaves you, and soon afterwards starts dating someone else, and then gets married, and then they have children (the children you and she had always spoken of having, with the same names)… it’s not unreasonable that maybe, just maybe, that new guy isn’t someone you feel like having a beer with. Even if you think he’s a great guy. And saying that isn’t some horrible attack on the new guy.

    By the way, that’s a really good interview he gives. And he was fantastic in Rome, particularly in the second series, where he carries the show.

  162. Eleanor
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    Disappointed.

  163. Mescalinic
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    And BY THE WAY, did not Purefoy’s character, Marc Antony, die at the end of Rome’s season 2? Seven seasons?That means HBO would have done Jesus

    ehm..Jesus actually was supposed to appear :)
    season 2 was supposed to end with brutus’ death. and so the civil war between Ottaviano e Antonio was supposed to be in season 3 AND season 4. and yes, they wanted to show all the ‘Messiah Stuff’ in future seasons

    @TYRION PIMPSLAP: James Purefoy could actually be an appropriate Oberyn. the Martells aren’t black..they aren’t ‘arabic’ neither. the proper ‘old blood’ dornishmen are Andals just like everyone in the south (example: the Yronwood), while the Martells are just more ‘mediterranean’…but not always. they can have, of course, dark-skinned children..if they marry dark-skinned partners :)

    but they are just ‘olive-skinned’, and that means ‘Eva Longoria’, not ‘Kerry Washington’ :)

    so for ‘proper Martell’, every actor who’s not blonde and doesn’t have light-coloured eyes is good. of course, in the show this can change, ’cause if you choose Luis Guzman to play Doran (lol) then obviously you can’t have Purefoy as Oberyn

  164. House Snow
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if he is mad he didn’t get asked to try for a role. I mean HBO is already pretty notorious for reusing HBO actors in shows and it seems like they have tried out every former HBO actor and their moms, including a few Rome guys, so you can kind of see it from his POV. The problem for him is that most of the parts he would be good for don’t come up until next year, and I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him get a tryout. Seems pretty silly to burn that bridge when you don’t have a a supersecure job yet.

  165. Rygar
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I am still pissed that the Coward McCall shot Wild Bill.

    Wu. San Francisco. Cock Sucker.

  166. Lynn
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    It’s totally academic at the moment anyway. Kevin McKidd has a full time job on Grey’s Anatomy, and if The Following is a hit, Purefoy will be busy there for the next few years.

    Any actor can take or turn down any job they want, for any reason — it’s not our place to judge.

    And Rome was cancelled far too early, so I can’t blame either of them for feeling a little burned by the experience.

  167. Mike Chair
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:53 pm | Permalink

    Mescalinic: Jesus actually was supposed to appear

    NCW for Jesus.

  168. Fatpom
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Sounds to me like he’s speaking mainly in jest.
    He doesn’t “blame” Game of Thrones for the cancellation of Rome. So the fans here getting all bent out of shape that he’s besmirching GOT should just chill. But he’s kinda right in that GOT has taken its place as HBO’s epic medieval drama show. The ground that Rome broke is now being walked on by GOT because of its premature cancellation.

    Rome was awesome and I’m still bitter than it got cancelled. So I don’t blame Purefoy for being the same. Especially because he was fantastic in it and its probably always going to be his career defining role.

  169. Patchy Face
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury,

    reason: sour grapes. He probably wasn’t asked in time. Sheesh

  170. Rygar
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    He is too white. Ha fury.

    Mike Chair: NCW for Jesus.

  171. KG
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    /cry You’re a good match for Purefoy, it seems. Water seeks its own level.

  172. Camuska
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Don’t know the guy.
    Never watched Rome (dont wanna start a cancelled show, do not want to be frustrated like I was when Surface was cancelled if I happen to like it. And since I love History, I would probably like it).
    I think he has a good look for a Greyjoy.
    But I think his comment is clearly without sarcasms (I’m not english, I may be missing hints, but I don’t think so…)

    For me, it looks like a jealous actor, whining about the show’s success, creating some buzz on the internet and promote his new show. Don’t like this attitude.

  173. Carne
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    KG,

    Very mature reply. I honestly don’t get why you always respond to other users in this way. Going through your other posts it’s a constant barrage of attacks and insults at other users. Borderline trolling is what I would call it. Either that or you just like being rude and immature.

    Anyways, good night.

  174. WildSeed
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    KG: Wow, you fanboys don’t give up fanwank-dreams easy, do ya?

    I had to find my earlier comments to review what you may have taken out of
    context, but your reaction has puzzled me more than your misinterpretation
    of my comments. In order to join a discussion based on the subject post where
    an artist ( i.e. a celebrity that neither you or I will ever have the chance of meeting)
    or concept is being discussed, the best approach is a pragmatic one. I cannot justify
    and to add any clarification other than the 1. Subject post , 2. WiC’s timely Collider
    reference of Purefoy’s interview & 3. Benefit of the doubt. 4. I have a interest
    in the actor being discussed.

    In a rare attempt to understand nonsense, I looked up the expressed slang from
    your comments, which utterly misrepresent my post. Whether you replied to me
    me by mistake or not, consider first if it’s worthwhile to comment while annoyed
    as you are. Typically most would skip forward to another subject post, or consider
    a bit of Sudoku. I’ve often skipped days here, got a life, you know ?

  175. argilac's antler
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    burp

  176. Perkins
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    I don’t take any of this seriously and wish i had not read it.

    Wic, Ours…. come on…

    TMZ is Coming.

  177. kabhal
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Rome was great (though I hated the intro). I =really= wish it had gone on longer as well. However, I don’t think GOT “stole” the show (that’s just silly), I think it just wasn’t popular enough.

  178. sareeta
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    What a jerk comment. Sad, since purefoy was the only good thing about rome. The writing sucked. Anyway, i didn’t like mckidd either. With spartacus ending HBO should snatch up those actors. Dustin Clare (gannicus) would make a great euron or victarion. The actor who played glaber would make a good addition. Not sure what role.

  179. MrsWun
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    (Sigh) Oh well, Sing it Ethel! “There’s nooooooooo business like shooooooooow business …”

  180. TC
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    GreatJon of Slumber,

    Very well put GJ Slumber. I loved Rome but Purefoy and McKidd must have pissed off HBO post Rome and are now persona non grata. Otherwise – why napalm a bridge like that unless you knew it led to nowhere. Makes no sense.

  181. MrsWun
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    LOL, that Swearengen/Wu dialogue never gets old. Speaking of “Swegen” does anyone think Ian McShane would work as Doran Martell?

  182. ducky
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    I always thought Rome was cancelled because the BBC, which was producing it with HBO, pulled out. And GOT came on years after Rome was cancelled.

    Shakes head. Not a very professional thing to say, and also a bit stupid because HBO makes high quality TV and could have been a future employer.

  183. YvyB
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    “clink clink ” Woaaah here’s my two penath …He’s joking , they’re both joking … I’m English and yes … they would both jump on GoT’s ass if asked …. jeez!

  184. Megan
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    I think he’s joking….I mean, come on. HBO has said that canceling Rome was a mistake, it doesn’t have anything to do with GoT. I hope he’s kidding…considering he’s one of the best-looking and sexiest men in the entire world, I would really love him in my ASOIAF world…

  185. Rygar
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    YvyB:
    “clink clink ” Woaaah here’s my two penath …He’s joking , they’re both joking … I’m English and yes … they would both jump on GoT’s ass if asked …. jeez!

    Best post. Ever.

  186. YvyB
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    H uge sweeping bow …..

  187. Rygar
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    MrsWun,

    Want to go out for coffee?

  188. Christicle
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    He was in Camelot.

    /end of any conversion regarding his choice in television roles.

  189. YvyB
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Christicle:
    He was in Camelot.

    /end of any conversion regarding his choice in television roles.

    That was truly bad right? (Ashamed to be British.com)

  190. Tom
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    Well, that settles it althought I was rather hoping Kevin Mckidd for Jon Connington

  191. Maester Mullin
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    Rome was cancelled because the season 2 budget was too small for any action and the show turned to shit

  192. Marco
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    I really liked Rome. I’m just asking myself and the others here how in the world they could have made 7 Seasons? I could understand it if they started with Ceasars ascendence and the Gallic Wars. And how/why the Republic was doomed.

    Ceasar Augusts reigned till he was 75…. of course with many historical landmarks. But the rest of the cast would’ve been dead by then anyways.

    Or they could jump to the other emperors Tiberius, Caligula and of course Claudius… but anyways…. the rest of the characters would’ve been… still dead.

    Btw…. don’t they also plan a reboot of “I, Claudius”?

  193. Hawk
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

    That’s absurd! Rome ended a long time before GOT was even being considered. The BBC pulled funding for the second season making the costs too high for HBO to maintain.If anything, Deadwood should be mad at Rome!

  194. Monica
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    I loved Rome, but what about the women? The Polly Walker/Lindsay Duncan rivalry was a kick in the pants! Their characters were my favorites to watch. Isn’t there some juicy role for one of them? Didn’t the BBC pull out because the writing didn’t hold up? GoT has the advantage of being based upon a hit series of books. The scripts are solid for years in the future. In fact, I’m glad that “A Storm of Swords” was split into 2 seasons, so the story can unfold at a better pace, without so much of the book left out…

    James Purefoy rocked the second season of Rome. I hope he changes his mind!

  195. Mikken's Mark
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    Monica:
    I loved Rome, but what about the women?The Polly Walker/Lindsay Duncan rivalry was a kick in the pants!Their characters were my favorites to watch.Isn’t there some juicy role for one of them?Didn’t the BBC pull out because the writing didn’t hold up?GoT has the advantage of being based upon a hit series of books.The scripts are solid for years in the future.In fact, I’m glad that“A Storm of Swords” was split into 2 seasons, so the story can unfold at a better pace, without so much of the book left out…

    James Purefoy rocked the second season of Rome.I hope he changes his mind!

    Monica, my lady,
    for future references please provide us with a valid comment. Spare me, the stuff about the women is a bit gratuitous.
    thanksMikken’s Mark

  196. KG
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:06 am | Permalink
  197. Richard P
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Morrigan,

    You would be if you lost millions of dollars and a great show. That being said, GoT would be my preference any day and a shame he’s going to miss out on it.

  198. Debbie
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    Apparently it didn’t bother their co-star Ciaran Hinds.

  199. Bannerless Bro
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    I just want Ian Mcneice again in the show as the Lord of White Harbor.

  200. Mikken's Mark
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:04 am | Permalink

    KG,

    ahh a noble lord standing up for his lady, glad to see chivalry still exists

    Mikken’s Mark

  201. Rhys
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    I think everyone is taking it a bit personally, you can’t blame him for being bitter Rome was an amazing show and ended far before it should have, I am disappointed that he doesn’t want to be in GoT, hopefully he’ll change his mind, either way if the Following gets picked up for a second season I doubt he’ll have time. Off topic but I really hope Ray Stevenson doesn’t share these thoughts, he is an amazing actor and I would love to see him as Victarion.

  202. babar
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Mikken’s Mark,

    You don’t make any sense. Just saying.

  203. babar
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 4:10 am | Permalink

    Rhys,

    People understand that he may be a bit better in regards to Rome’s cancellation.

    What they don’t understand, however, is the reason why he blames GOT for that.

  204. AdrianAegon
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 4:26 am | Permalink

    Oh come on people… It’s not like Jesus said He’s not doing the salvation anymore! We should all cry in despair that Purefoy doesn’t do GoT!… Please…

  205. barak
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    Monica,

    Rome was cancelled because it was ridiculously expensive and they thought the ratings didn’t support it (they were good but not on the level of The Sopranos). Except it turned out to be one of their best-selling and most critically acclaimed shows, and HBO regretted their decision very soon.

    I think GoT can thank its existence to Rome in a great part. And while it’s also ridiculously expensive, hopefully HBO have learned their lesson from Rome and won’t cancel it for at least a while.

    Debbie,

    No surprise there, Caesar’s story wasn’t cut short due to cancellation like that of Antonius and Vorenus…

  206. alde
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Aw crap, he was “my” Red Viper.

  207. dardar
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    Oh no…Purefoy was the perfect cast for red viper… :’(

  208. Giruy
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:26 am | Permalink

    I kind of understand Purefoy’s bitterness: he never been really cast to a good enough role ever since Rome, and i can imagine that instead of having a reliable job for 7 years looking for new gigs all the time can be exhausting.
    But this move was really silly: he is not the greatest actor of all times but exceptionally good in roles where his character can have strong physical presence, and not too much brain but above average intelligence. He could have had a really rewarding role in GoT at some point; cutting himself off was way too hasty.

  209. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

    After reading the whole interview, I definitely think he was poking fun at it a bit. I’m sure he knows his name has been bandied about with regard to casting, and maybe wanted to put an end to some of that in a light-hearted sort of way.
    I find it unlikely that either actor WILL appear on GoT in the foreseeable future, as they both have other projects and Purefoy mentioned not wanting to be away from his family too long, but I definitely don’t think he intended the comment to be interpreted maliciously.

    Anyway, it was indeed a shame Rome was cancelled. ): I’m still mourning the loss.

  210. dave
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:57 am | Permalink

    calm down kids, McKidd is Scottish and we tend to talk shit about something one day then change our minds the next.

  211. queenofthorns
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Monica: The Polly Walker/Lindsay Duncan rivalry was a kick in the pants!

    Attia of the Juliai… I seek justice!

    Mikken’s Mark: Monica, my lady,
    for future references please provide us with a valid comment. Spare me, the stuff about the women is a bit gratuitous.
    thanks

    Mikken’s Mark

    Gratuitous? Seriously, what now? the women of Rome were bloody amazing and I’d love any of them to be in GoT. Sadly there are not that many great roles left for women over 40 in the show… :/

  212. Joshua Taylor
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    The Green Grace, the Lady of Volantis and one I think will play a big part in WOW lady Barbrey Dustin. Though I want Nina Gold regular Gillian Anderson to play her.

  213. queenofthorns
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Joshua Taylor,

    Hmm, you’re right about the GG – that’s a pretty big role. Volantis lady is like 1 scene (though I suppose we don’t know for sure – she may do more later). Still I think she’s more likely to be cut than not. G.A. for Lady Dustin seems a reach. So far she’s had like 2 pages of “screen time” in the books.

  214. Coltaine777
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: D.Novak, I kinda wonder if it is not tongue-in-cheek as well, since not too long ago he was singing GoT’s praises and said he’d love to be on the show (of course, that was when he was in-between jobs).

    I also have a strong feeling that his comment was a joke.

  215. Ellen
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    game of thrones doesn’t need these two jerks. anyway, who the hell is James Purefoy????

  216. Joshua Taylor
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    queenofthorns,

    Feh. She is playing a big role in WOW. I bet you a million bucks. D and D know this as well. House Dustin was mentioned numerous times in season 2, they have a paet to play. Just read her scene with Reek in ADWD. GA would rock that scene.

  217. MATTHEW
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    Horrible actor. Glad he won’t be in it

  218. isiman
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    “At the end of the day, people stopped watching Rome that’s why it got cancelled and ASOIAF has way more viewers. Don’t want purfoy now. He has even put me off watching the following, didn’t know he was a bitter old man!

    I imagined him more as a the red viper to be honest.”

    Rome was doing OK ratings wise, they canceled the show probably because their economic planing about the cost of the show was wrong to begin with;something that happens often in big productions, that is why GoT has a less expensive budget (not by that much actually, but still…)

    I love the books, but I think that something planned originaly for tv like Rome would have been better long term.Cracks are already seen in the second season of GoT, which is quite difficult to adapt for TV, considering also that some writers of the show don’t even get much of the material, making often clear mistakes and stupid decisions.

  219. dizzy
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    This is great! Two gates in one week… It’s like the old days, without the furniture.

  220. jaison.biagini@faceb
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Lets be serious. McKidd lost all credibility when he joined grays anatomy cast. He’s on a prime time soap opera!

  221. Tom
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    If it was the right role on Game of Thrones, definitely. Of course! It’s a terrific series. It’s a great series of books. I love HBO. I’m on record saying that HBO is the best television company in the world, and I believe they are. I think they absolutely understand how to make television that is really, really vital and interesting and visceral, and all the things that television really should be. I’m a big fan of HBO.

    Gee…What a shift in opinion..

  222. shar
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Well and fine, I want committed Actors willing to give it all. The ones so far have been excellent in the series I so much love.

  223. Thoric
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Rome, Deadwood, Carnivale…

    HBO giveth, and HBO taketh away.

  224. purplejilly
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Only great love can breed such great hate… I think he’s mad at not being asked already.

    I predict he will come to us if we ask.

  225. Ioco73
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I really don’t put too much stock in these kinds of rumors or statements. If he really said that, well that is his opinion. This will not suddenly stop me from enjoying “ROME” or McKidd’s performance in it. What I would like to know is what happened to those plans regarding Bruno Heller and John Millius producing a “ROME” movie for HBO?

  226. Lucas Lannister
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Well i tweeted him about the diferences between the enterviews (Collider and Empire) and he answered this:

    “One should never need to apologise for what was light-hearted banter..”

    I think it clarifies that it could be misintrepreted.

  227. WildSeed
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
  228. ruandvin
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    D.Novak, I totally took this a tongue in cheek….didn’t think he was being seriously at all.

  229. hercircumstance
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    He obviously has been asked about GoT a lot over the last year and wanted to have a little story to go along with it. It’s what you do for these types of articles. He depicted himself and his costar as bitter old actors making pacts over a conspiracy theory that actually has a bit of truth to it (Rome and Carnivale were canceled to clear room for the next projects…one of which was GoT’s option being picked up). He’s English, the other is Scottish! Suspect everything then. Unlike Americans (apparently) they have a sense of humor.

    There really is nothing more pathetic than a bunch of fanboys worked into a froth though. Demanding he respond on twitter? Really people? And now he suddenly is a bad actor? Rome is suddenly a bad show? The Following was terrible? SMH

  230. hercircumstance
    Posted January 23, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    Never mind. I just saw Hinds got blasted too in an earlier post and was reminded why I don’t come here often during the “off season”. Carry on fanboys. Situation normal.

  231. Monica
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    Mikken’s Mark

    So you don’t like female characters, unless they’re engaged in gratuitous sex?

    The discussion was about good actors from Rome. I mentioned two. Are you the arbiter of this forum? I enjoy GoT very much, and happen to wish that there was less gratuitous sex so that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about it with my colleagues…

  232. beewulf
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I love James Purefoy and really hoped I see him in some part in this show. I really hope he changes his mind. He’d be perfect!

    Besides Ciaran Hinds is in it and he was in “Rome”. And why didn’t they ever make the movie?

  233. Rhys
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 2:35 am | Permalink

    Lucas Lannister,

    I’m glad about that, not that I was particularly offended by what he said, I sort of guessed it might be, hopefully now he’ll stop getting slammed so much on here, I mean insulting his acting skills based on one sentence he said? that’s a bit far… either way I still really want to see him play Euron in the show, that would be amazing, even better if they manage to get Ray Stephenson as Victarion too.

  234. Jehfm
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury:
    Cary Storm,

    Mega like….

    Please, all of Fat Walda is too majestic for Purefoy and his bitterness to be a part of her!

  235. Joe
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    D.Novak:
    Am I the only one hearing the sarcasm in his words?

    I was thinking the exact same, sounds like such a childish thing to say if true that it had me wondering if not both of them recieved offers they are considering or perhaps already agreed to and just want to keep the secrecy or feed some speculation.

  236. Nick_Scryer
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Knew it was tongue in cheek! Good to have confirmation though haha

    Purefoy for Euron!
    McKidd for Connington!

  237. Darquemode
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    I still think it could very well be a moot point since The Following will likely be renewed for Season 2 and Purefoy could be busy….

    Of course if the following has another short season (rumored every season will be a short run in US terms) it could allow for another project. The Seven know Stephen Dillane was in just about every British series last year! XD

    Ok, I exagerated since Dillane was only in 5 series with multiple episode appearances and 3 movies. Still, that is a lot of projects for one year.

  238. Varamyr Fourskins
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    They should listen to their Caesar. Follow his example.

  239. Ours is the Fury
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    I don’t buy that he was kidding. He’s getting shit for saying it, of course he’s going to backtrack. But I also don’t care that much. I still like him as an actor, and McKidd too.

  240. Wastrel
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    hercircumstance:
    He obviously has been asked about GoT a lot over the last year and wanted to have a little story to go along with it. It’s what you do for these types of articles. He depicted himself and his costar as bitter old actors making pacts over a conspiracy theory that actually has a bit of truth to it (Rome and Carnivale were canceled to clear room for the next projects…one of which was GoT’s option being picked up). He’s English, the other is Scottish! Suspect everything then. Unlike Americans (apparently) they have a sense of humor.

    There really is nothing more pathetic than a bunch of fanboys worked into a froth though. Demanding he respond on twitter? Really people? And now he suddenly is a bad actor? Rome is suddenly a bad show? The Following was terrible? SMH

    Hear hear.

  241. Canary
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    The uproar over his comments is just more evidence that fans will be entitled brats and wank about everything. I am hugely embarrassed for the people who were harassing him about this on Twitter. That kind of thing is legitimately only a few inches shy of showing actors fanfiction about their characters.

    I’m a huge fan of ASOIAF and GoT, but you have to stop taking this shit so seriously, people. Some people don’t like what you like, and that is seriously OK.

  242. WildSeed
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    WildSeed: WildSeed
    Posted January 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    The subject post about Purefoy and McKidd is probably banter remarks, professional
    actors may jest like anyone else. That said, both these actors have had their share
    of similar roles and genre as GoT, maybe they wish a break from that.

    Thanks for the update Lucas Lannister. We may not know exactly why Purefoy
    chose this type of teasing repartee , or even if it’s hidden dismissal of GoT.
    It’s still okay for him to say so or think otherwise. My opinion would be different,
    if this was a political representative . The comments may, however, be misunderstood
    to GoT fans or fans of his own and not appreciated. As a celebrity, he may need to
    address this formally, or regret his choice of words. My opinion of his work hasn’t
    been erased, nor the anticipation of a film or tv role that befits his talent. Now,
    if he insults my mother, well, that’s a different story :D

    For now, earlier comments about actor Ray Stevenson have really piqued my
    interest for inclusion on the show. He could easily slip into a commanding
    role as a Greyjoy ( Euron or Victarrion ).

  243. Lucas Lannister
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments, i never doubted his acting, that would be silly.

    I’m glad he answered because, now we know the tone of that quote.

  244. WildSeed
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Lucas Lannister,

    Again, thanks for the update. If anyone questioned your comment as doubting his
    acting his acting abilities, it wasn’t me. My additional comments were a response to
    those here whom responded with comments like ,i.e. Purefoy is a jerk or the like.
    I’m on the same page as you, and several others considering Purefoy’s banter.

  245. WildSeed
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    Ours is the Fury:
    I don’t buy that he was kidding. He’s getting shit for saying it, of course he’s going to backtrack. But I also don’t care that much. I still like him as an actor, and McKidd too.

    He certainly caused a storm of words, whatever his intent. Not a smart thing to do
    in the internet world, where any thing lives on in infamy ( even mistakes ). He may
    need to find a way to redress the issue or alarm raised. He may also be shaking his
    head at the uproar and distancing himself from it.

    This is unrelated, but Hugh Grant, whose behavior as a guest on the Jon Stewart
    Show caused a ruckus ( albeit an accurate issue ), later went on record to apologize,
    primarily because of the depiction of him being labeled a jerk by Stewart and Grant’s
    fans. The apology was warranted as his actions were irrefutable , true, but Purefoy
    may benefit as Grant did, by remedying the commotion.

  246. Al Swearengen
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Lucas Lannister,

    I hope that’s true because I really like James and would love to see him play Euron. If it was a joke then why didn’t Emprie at least post a sign that James was just kidding around ?

    BTW I watched The Following and I thought it was decent, there’s a good show in there but it’s being held back by cliches and sub par minor characters.

  247. Darquemode
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Al Swearengen,

    I thought the same thing about The Following, but I guess for network TV some of those cliches are almost unavoidable. IMO for a network series it was quite good….

    It had HUGE numbers for the premiere. Over 10 million total viewers and a 3.2 ratng… We will have to wait and see how it does in the next couple weeks, but if those numbers hold or drop only 20% or so it is almost guaranteed to be renewed for Season 2.

  248. Patchy Face
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    hercircumstance,

    The Following was terrible – old worn premise and BORING use of graphic violence. Won’t be watching that again. Rome was an excellent show – shame it was cancelled, great writing. But James Purefoy – meh, plenty of other fish in the sea. Don’t get the big deal over this.

  249. MrsWun
    Posted January 24, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Lol, sure but my husband has some ….eh jealousy issues. One time, this guy Patrek. Never mind.

  250. Krh240
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    They failed to carry an HBO drama once and have bad attitudes. Why would they think they would even be asked?

  251. Michael Jarantilla
    Posted January 25, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Rome was FANTASTIC. I think that it proved that HBO could be trusted to do a faithful adaptation of Game of Thrones.

  252. Jess
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    damn… rome has always been on the top of my to-watch list of shows, but now i don’t want to watch it anymore… this is ridiculous…

  253. Nezzer
    Posted January 27, 2013 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Jess:
    damn… rome has always been on the top of my to-watch list of shows, but now i don’t want to watch it anymore… this is ridiculous…

    I’m sorry, but that reason is as ridiculous as James Purefoy’s statement. Rome is fantastic, don’t miss it just because of that.

  254. you-know-nothing
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Don’t understand the casting suggestions for Purefoy. He could never be Oberyn Martell, the Martells are not white. And i don’t see him as Euron Greyjoy, but that’s just my opinion. I personally would love Richard Armitage as Euron. He has the tall slim look and dark hair, plus he’s hot!!

    When i read comments on here about casting suggestions, i find it so bewildering!! The Martells have darker skin than the rest of Westeros. Check the link: http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/Dornishmen Dornishmen are olive skinned with dark hair and eyes. An equivalent would be Greek or Turkish. So ASOIAF/GoT fans, please stop suggesting white actors for Martell roles. And perhaps read the books again to refresh your memory.

  255. neet
    Posted February 4, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Stars are mis quoted all the time, why do you all take what is quoted as gospel! it probably wasn’t said anyway. I wish them both well in whatever their endeavours may be.

  256. Bla
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Ash,

    Rome wasn’t cancelled because people stopped watching it you ignorant fuck. It was cancelled before the second series was aired simply because it was ‘too expensive’…or so they say. I am a GoT fan, but the story of GoT has nothing on Rome’s perfectly weaved storyline in which history and fiction were intertwined to make nothing short of one of the best tv series of all time.

    Honestly, GoT is probably one of the best series out right now but if it had been releases in 2005 Rome would have been so far ahead in terms of story and quality it would be laughable to even compare the two.


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