Nikolaj Coster-Waldau talks Jaime Lannister, Season 4 in Total Film

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is featured in the April 2014 issue of Total Film Magazine. In the new interview Nikolaj discusses his latest film projects, and the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Nikolaj talks about his love for Jaime Lannister, what we can expect from Jaime (besides a haircut) in Season 4, and the response he’s received from Thrones fans.

On Jaime Lannister: “I loved him from the very beginning, when I read the script for the pilot and it ends with him shagging his sister, pushing an innocent kid out the window and then saying, “The things I do for love…” It was just the contradiction – it was interesting. And then, of course, I was told what would happen later seasons if we ever got that far… He’s a great, great character.”

On Season 4: “I really liked the fact that the Prince Charming hair is gone, although I miss the mud, to be honest! But one of the great things about being on that show is it changes and you get to do different things every year. Of course now he’s back and clearly he was in need of a shower, but it also goes a little deeper than that. I guess in many ways he’s kind of reinventing himself – he had a bit of an identity crisis when he lost his hand and now he’s looking for a fresh start… or at least he tries to, as much as he can being in that family.”

On the fans: “It’s overwhelming when you meet it, but I rarely encounter it. I went to the first Comic-Con after season one and I thought it was a thrilling experience, but I tend to shy away from that, to be honest. I was shooting The Other Woman in New York while the third season was airing, so a lot of people came up to me then. It’s great. Thank God, it’s only people who love the show who want to meet me. I haven’t had anyone come up to me and go, ‘That’s just the worst piece of shit…’ Everyone’s been very respectful and friendly, so clearly it’s a show that a lot of people like.”

Check out the April 2014 issue of Total Film for the rest of Nikolaj’s interview, available on newsstands, iPad, and Google Play now.