These are the Game of Thrones behind-the-scenes secrets that every fan should be aware of…
Behind the set of Game of Thrones @IAMLENAHEADEY/HBO Game of Thrones was one of the most ambitious television programs ever produced. Each season included several narrative strands, beautiful graphics, and a vast ensemble of exceptional characters, all supported by an ever-increasing budget.
Many intriguing things happened during the production of this big play, and viewers have been able to explore the behind-the-scenes goods for themselves owing to a large number of interviews with the actors and crew. Indeed, there is so much intriguing material available that narrowing it down to a list of 10 is a difficult challenge.
While some of these facts are about the more difficult aspects of manufacturing, such as casting issues and terrible injuries, others are more amusing. During the production of Game of Thrones, there were several pranks, strange cameos, and amusing auditions. There are also some fascinating tales from the actors regarding what inspired their performances.
Fans of the program who are new to it will find a wealth of fresh information here. Even if you’re a dedicated Game of Thrones fan, you’re certain to come across some odd information that you were previously ignorant of.
10. Jack Gleeson Was Inspired By Joaquin Phoenix’s Gladiator Performance In Game Of Thrones In the background HBO
Joffrey Baratheon, with the probable exception of Ramsay Bolton, is the most despised character in Game of Thrones. Joffrey is a vain, cruel, immature king who has been spoiled by his evil mother’s horrible parenting abilities.
All of these characteristics were conveyed by Jack Gleeson’s great performance, right up to his agonizing death in the second episode of Season 4. It was difficult not to despise him whenever he appeared on film.
Interestingly, Gleeson’s character was influenced by Emperor Commodus, who was portrayed by recent Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator. Though Joffrey is a far bigger brat than Commodus, both villains have a similar feeling of arrogance and vanity. Even Gleeson’s sneer recalls Phoenix’s performance.
While George R. R. Martin will always be the true brilliance behind the characters in Game of Thrones, it’s interesting to know that Gleeson’s interpretation was also influenced by one of our time’s finest performers.
9. Game of Thrones Producers Fooled John Bradley In the background Helen Sloan/HBO
During the production of Game of Thrones, executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss enjoyed cracking jokes. They even prepared bogus screenplays to mislead cast members into believing their character was about to die.
One of their finest pranks included John Bradley, who portrayed Jon Snow’s loving sidekick, Samwell Tarly. Bradley read about the clothes he’d have to wear when his character returns to the family home in Horn Hill in the screenplay for the sixth episode of the sixth season:
“Sam is suddenly magnificent in a bright purple frock coat, pink tights, pink slip-on shoes, and a pink box hat,” the screenplay adds. Bradley had no clue this description was a joke; he just believed his character dressed like this at home. The filmmakers took the prank a step further by sending Bradley to Belfast for a fitting, where he was forced to don this ridiculous clothing.
Thankfully, he was finally informed of the hoax and was permitted to wear Sam’s regular attire when he arrived on set.
Game of Thrones’ George R. R. Martin Took A Dragon Egg Home
Illyrio Mopatis gives Daenerys Targaryen three dragon eggs at the start of Season 1, and the eggs hatch into Viserion, Rhaegal, and Drogon at the conclusion of the season. These three dragons develop from tiny infants to terrible animals, becoming an iconic aspect of the show.
Though the dragon eggs were no longer required after the first season, they were not discarded. Two of the eggs were given to executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, while the third was given to George R. R. Martin.
Martin, surprisingly, was handed Drogon’s egg, which, considering his immense size and strength, is arguably the greatest one to have. Nobody knows where Martin keeps the egg. However, considering the author’s enthusiasm for collecting characters from history and fantasy tales, the egg will most likely fit in beautifully in his house.
7. Kit Harington’s Broken Ankle Caused Complications In Game Of Thrones Season 3 In the background HBO
When filming a program like Game of Thrones, injuries are unavoidable. Kit Harington, on the other hand, managed to hurt himself outside of the show’s production cycle.
Harington got home following a night out in London in July 2012, only to discover he’d misplaced his keys. He then tried to enter his apartment via the window. Unfortunately, this maneuver did not succeed, and Harington fell, shattering his ankle.
This accident happened only a few weeks before Season 3 was set to begin filming. Even though the majority of Harington’s sequences weren’t planned until the winter, his fractured ankle created a few issues. In addition to putting back the production schedule, Harington was obliged to sit out crucial parts and delegate the job to a duplicate.
While the finished product was almost flawless, Harington felt uncomfortable with someone else portraying Jon Snow. He was already possessive of his character after just two seasons.
6. Coldplay’s Drummer Attended Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding In the background HBO
The Red Wedding is perhaps Game of Thrones’ most memorable moment. When it was aired in 2013, the slaughter of Rob Stark’s army sent shockwaves across the fans. Even those who had read the novels were taken aback by how harsh it was.
A musician begins playing ‘The Rains of Castamere’ on his cello at the onset of this tragic occurrence. To the right of this guy stands another musician with a drum, and it is none other than Will Champion, drummer for the well-known pop-rock band Coldplay.
Aside from the fact that Champion is playing his favorite instrument, it’s quite difficult to notice the drummer unless you’re searching for it. Even if you’re a rabid Coldplay fan, it’s easy to overlook this little detail.
Surprisingly, this was not Coldplay’s first involvement with the program. They also performed a Game of Thrones musical with the actors in 2015 to raise money for Red Nose Day, so the lads are definitely great fans of the program.
5. Jason Momoa Did The Haka During His Game of Thrones Audition
Daenerys Targaryen is married off to Khal Drogo, a powerful Dothraki leader with a dangerous reputation, in the first episode of Season 1.
Jason Momoa portrayed Drogo, and the famed actor wowed the showrunners by doing the Haka as part of his audition. This fierce dance sequence is most recognized as the New Zealand Rugby team’s pre-match ritual, but it is also an important component of Mori culture.
This may seem to be an unusual thing to perform during an audition, but it worked out rather well for the actor:
“After that, I performed the Haka… I couldn’t get my heart to stop thumping. They were terrified the first time I did it. But then they asked me to come back in so they could record it.” When auditioning for a significant part in a television program, it’s critical to stand out from the crowd, and executing a stunt like this is sometimes the best way to do it.
4. Sophie Turner Adopted Her Game of Thrones Direwolf
The direwolf sequence in Game of Thrones is a fantastic scene. Eddard Stark and his sons stumble find a litter of direwolf puppies at Winterfell after the killing of a deserter. The two Stark sisters, Sansa and Arya, are also handed one of these puppies.
Lady, Sansa’s direwolf, unfortunately dies before the end of the first season. Following a confrontation between Joffrey and Arya, Cersei orders the execution of Lady, despite the fact that it was Arya’s direwolf (not Sansa’s) that attacked her son.
But this was not Sophie Turner’s final encounter with Lady. In fact, she’d gotten so devoted to her on-screen pet that she’d decided to keep her:
“I always wanted a dog as a kid, but my parents were against it.” We fell in love with my character’s direwolf… We were aware that Lady had died and that they want to re-home her. My mother convinced them to allow us to adopt her.” Though Lady didn’t stay long in the actual show, this behind-the-scenes tale is a fun bit of fandom information.
3. Emilia Clarke Prepared for Game of Thrones’ Final Episode by Watching Hitler’s Speeches
The last installment of the program was not well received by the audience. Many individuals were dissatisfied with how the novel ended, citing the hurried climax and the illogical choice of Brandon Stark as Lord of the Six Kingdoms.
The episode, however, is not without its highlights. The coronation of Sansa is fantastic, as is Jon’s reunion with Ghost. Daenerys’ Valyrian speech is certainly a highlight, courtesy to Emilia Clarke’s cruel voice, which was inspired by genuine tyrants from our darkest past:
“I viewed a lot of films of…dictators and great leaders speaking in another language…
If I can trust every word I say, the viewers won’t need to read the subtitles as much.” Clarke also mentioned Adolf Hitler as one of the tyrants she studied in preparation for her big moment, which is suitable considering the scene’s similarity to a Nazi gathering.
While Clarke’s delivery isn’t enough to save this underwhelming episode, her preparation clearly helped.
Dillane, Stephen Didn’t Understand Game of Thrones’ Plot
Game of Thrones, there are several narrative strands and character arcs. The plot transports the listener from the wintery areas of the north to the bright light of King’s Landing and the arid heat of the Dothraki Sea.
It’s an ambitious story that’s difficult to follow if you’re not paying attention, and – regrettably – actor Stephen Dillane had no idea what was going on. Though Stannis Baratheon is an important character in the story, Dillane said that he had to ask his co-stars (especially Liam Cunningham, who portrays Davos Seaworth) what was going on during his scenes.
Indeed, Dillane has said that his portrayal lacked conviction, and that he expected the audience to struggle to believe into his role as a consequence.
While Stannis is a difficult figure to adore, Dillane’s assessment of his own portrayal is scathing. His depiction of Robert Baratheon’s gruff brother is flawless, and there’s no sign that the actor was having difficulty with his character behind the scenes.
1. The producers scouted hundreds of actresses before landing Maisie Williams.
George R. R. Martin is a genius at creating memorable characters. His works are jam-packed with unique and sophisticated characters that rank among the greatest in the category.
Making the appropriate casting decisions was so critical to the show’s success, and there was one character that posed a particular challenge for executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss:
“We must have spotted at least 300 Aryas…
Nobody was correct…
Nobody possessed the authenticity we were hoping for.” Given Game of Thrones’ mature nature, many auditionees did not match the show’s tone. The creators required someone to portray a kid character in a dark, dirty, and cruel world, and after viewing Maisie Williams’ audition video, they knew they’d found the ideal person.
Williams was then invited to perform alongside others who had been nominated for the role of Sansa, and she instantly resonated with Sophie Turner. Surprisingly, both Arya and Sana made it until the conclusion of Season 8, and the actresses remain close to this day.
Sigourney Weaver is coming back for Avatar 2 CRAZY!
In the first Avatar, Weaver’s scientist character died, but now she’s back as the protagonists’ adopted Na’vi daughter.
We were all surprised when we heard about 17 billion years ago that Sigourney Weaver would be back for James Cameron’s Avatar sequels (even more so than with the idea of there being multiple Avatar sequels). But now that we know how Weaver is going to come back, we’re even more confused.
Empire magazine has said that Weaver will play a completely different character in Avatar: The Way of Water. In the first movie, she played Dr. Grace Augustine, the creator of the Human-Na’vi switcheroo Avatar Program, who died at the end. And no, it’s not a human. It’s Jake and Neytiri’s daughter, who is about to turn 16.
Weaver will play Kiri, Jake and Neytiri’s adopted daughter. It looks like we’ll meet a lot of Jake and Neytiri’s family in The Way of Water. Weaver told Empire what it was like to play a digitized blue teenager, “I think we all pretty much remember how we felt when we were that age.” “Oh, yes, I do. When I was 11, I was 5’10” or 5’11” tall. I was sure Kiri would feel uncomfortable a lot of the time. She wants to find out who she is. When Jim gave me that task, I was thrilled.
Now, adults play children all the time, especially in the world of voice acting, and at least one of the photos Empire released of Kiri makes it look like Weaver will also show up as Dr. Augustine again in some way, probably through old footage. But knowing that the Na’vi are mostly brought to life by fancy mocap rigs, it will be strange to see Weaver’s physical performance put on a teenager. Even though he is a blue alien teen with long arms and legs, he is still a teen.
The movie Avatar: The Way of Water will come out in December 2022.
Disney will show new scenes from “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Disney started its CineEurope presentation in Barcelona today with 12 minutes of footage from July’s Marvel fourquel Thor: Love and Thunder. Throughout the show, Disney showed trailers and looks at its other upcoming movies, including four never-before-seen scenes from James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water.
Before the Thor footage, Disney’s Head of Global Theatrical Distribution Tony Chambers talked about the importance of immersive storytelling and the studio’s “robust, diverse slate.” This was followed by about 60 minutes of footage that was introduced by EMEA Head of Theatrical Distribution Nick Rush and EMEA Head of Studio Marketing Lee Jury.
There were prerecorded messages from people like Marvel boss Kevin Feige, who said, “It feels like we’re just getting started, even after 14 years.” As he introduced the Love And Thunder scenes, Thor star Chris Hemsworth said he wished he was in Barcelona, where the sangria “always tastes better.”
Harrison Ford sent a video for Lucasfilm’s Indiana Jones 5, saying that it had been 13 years since the last movie and that it was “time to put on the fedora and crack the whip.”
We also saw parts of Haunted Mansion, Pixar’s Elemental and Strange World, and the ensemble Amsterdam, which was directed by David O. Russell for New Regency.
Sam Mendes sent a video about Empire Of Light by Searchlight. The director of 1917 said that after making that movie, he wrote this one during lockdown. He said it was a “extremely personal story” about music, movies, and finding love in strange places.
Rebecca Kearey, the international head of Searchlight, showed a trailer for See How They Run, which stars Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan, and a teaser for The Banshees of Inisherin, which stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, directed by Martin McDonagh. Searchlight also showed the first scene of Chevalier, which is about the son of an African slave and a French plantation owner who grows up to be a famous composer in France.
The next movie by Thor director Taika Waititi, Next Goal Wins, got an eight-minute sneak peek. The movie is about the American Samoa soccer team. In 2001, they lost to Australia 31-0, which was the worst loss in World Cup history. Michael Fassbender takes over as their new coach.
Disney’s show ended with a visit from Avatar producer Jon Landau, who flew from New Zealand to Barcelona to talk about the next movie in the series. He said that Avatar: The Way of Water was in the final stages of post-production and that it was important to be in Barcelona “to show our support for the exhibition community.”
Landau said that the strength of James Cameron’s scripts is that they have universal themes. “There is nothing more relatable than family,” he said before showing a message from Cameron.
Cameron from New Zealand said that the people working on Avatar were “pushing the limits even further… Every shot is made for the biggest screen and best resolution that can be achieved… I think this is what people want.” He also said, “Our business is not going away.”
Sigourney Weaver Reveals Her Unconventional Role in ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
Weaver will portray Jake and Neytiri’s adoptive child.
Many pondered what type of role Sigourney Weaver would have in the sequel to James Cameron’s Avatar after the death of her character, Dr. Grace Augustine, who was the leader of the Avatar Program in the previous film. Finally, in an Empire Magazine exclusive, Weaver shared insights about the role she will portray in Avatar: The Way of Water, as well as a new photograph from the film.
Weaver announced to Empire Magazine that she would play Kiri, the adoptive daughter of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaa), in the film. “I believe we all remember what we were experiencing as teens,” Weaver told Empire Magazine exclusively. “I most definitely do. When I was 11, I was 5′ 10″ or 5′ 11″. I had a strong feeling Kiri would be uncomfortable a lot of the time. She’s trying to figure out who she is. Jim’s assignment of that task excited me.”
A fresh picture, which adds to the character’s mystery, has also been unveiled, hinting at some type of link that Kiri would have with Grace. Kiri is seen inside a lab, staring at a monitor with a recording of Grace on it. Despite not being biologically connected to Jake and Neytiri, Kiri seems to have human traits that other Na’vi do not have, such as five digits and eyebrows, adding to the character’s mystery.
With an obvious link between the two, as well as both characters being performed by the same actor, viewers can only guess on how significant Kiri’s involvement will be in the plot. The character will also appear on a subscriber-exclusive cover of Empire Magazine, which depicts her swimming underwater appreciating Pandora’s aquatic life, as shown in the first teaser.
Weaver and Cameron will work together again for Avatar: The Way of Water, having previously played Ellen Ripley in Aliens and Grace in the first Avatar film. Along with Weaver, Stephen Lang will reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch, the man responsible for Grace’s death, in the sequel. Quaritch, like Weaver’s character, perished in the first film, fueling curiosity regarding his participation in Avatar: The Way of Water. While the roles of both actors remain unknown, fan speculation may continue until the highly anticipated film is released later this year.
On December 16, Avatar: The Way of Water will be released exclusively in cinemas.
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