British actor Dominic West, best-known to millions as Detective Jimmy McNulty on The Wire, has turned down a role on Game of Thrones in its third season. West cited an unwillingness to spend 'six months' filming in Iceland, away from his family, as his reason for turning down the project. Apparently he was immediately berated by his nephew for turning down a role in "the only great show on" (West hasn't seen the show).
Interviewer Maureen Ryan (a long-term fan and supporter of the show) convincingly argues that the role West turned down was that of Mance Rayder.
West is also noted for his roles in the movie 300, where he played a scheming politician feuding with Lena Headey, and in the TV series The Hour, where he stars alongside Oona Chaplin.
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This past weekend I attended EasterCon 2012, an annual British SF and fantasy convention. This year the con was held at a hotel near Heathrow Airport, with George R.R. Martin as guest of honour.
My main role was to interview GRRM about the books, the TV series and his earlier career, during which some interesting anecdotes came up. The interview was recorded, so I'll post a link once it becomes available online.
There was also a TV panel in which actors Miltos Yerolemou and John Bradley-West discussed their work on the programme, with Yerolemou showing off some of his sword training skills. At a later party Gethin Anthony and Natalia Tena also showed up to meet fans and mingle, which was cool.
Overall, an interesting event. Those who fancy at…
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Peter Dinklage has won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones. This follows up his already-impressive Emmy Award win for the role. Dinklage thanked his wife and daughter for their support, as well as Thrones writers David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and George R.R. Martin. He also namechecked Martin Henderson, a British dwarf injured in a cruel 'dwarf-tossing' prank.
Game of Thrones was nominated for Best Drama, but lost out to Homeland
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Game of Thrones references continue to seep into other American TV shows. After being referenced on The Big Bang Theory and Chuck, Thrones has now been accorded the honour of a (very brief) appearance on The Simpsons. In the episode "The Ten-Per-Cent Solution" (the eighth episode of the twenty-third season), Krusty the Clown is fired from his TV series and tries to get a new show off the ground at the 'HBOwtime' network (a reference to HBO and fellow cable channel Showtime). During a sequence advertising the network's shows, a 'Simpsonized' version of the Game of Thrones cast can be seen, along with other HBO shows.
and Lena Headey with current Doctor Who star Matt Smith.]]
Last night, Game of Thrones triumphed at the Spike TV Scream Awards. The show won three awards, with Peter Dinklage picking up Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Tyrion Lannister. Emilia Clarke then picked up Breakthrough Female Performance for her role as Daenerys Targaryen. Finally, Game of Thrones itself won in the Best Television Show category, beating The Walking Dead, True Blood and Doctor Who (though, as the above image attests, Matt Smith didn't hold any grudges).
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