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The GoT cast has been touring about, promoting the show, and Joe Dempsie, the one who plays former King Robert Baratheon’s surviving bastard son Gendry, talks a little about his character.
Joe, as it turns out, actually has a much lighter color to his hair than the character he portrays on the show.
Gone too are the jet black locks that helped him look like the illegitimate son of the late King Robert Baratheon. Instead, Joe is sporting his natural color, a blond hue more befitting the Lannisters, the very family whose armies just made Gendry and Arya prisoners at Harrenhal.
“When I was cast, the character description was, ‘tall, muscular, with thick black hair.’ I was none of those three at that time,” he tells AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman as he sits down for a chat. “I kind of thought, ‘I can die my hair and hit the gym, but I can’t do much about the shortness.’ So two out of three ain’t bad.
That wasn’t the only changes he’s had to make in regards to shaping Gendry:
“In terms of playing the character, though, I had to sort of do a lot of my own thinking and there wasn’t much information to go on about his past or anything that really shaped him into the person that he kind of is,” Joe continues. “So I just kind of wanted to make him a nice guy, who was a man of principle… more than anything.”
Joe also finds it quite interesting that he’s become such a popular character, so much that Gendry has been a trending Twitter topic:
He may not have physically resembled the part, but it’s easy to see why Joe was given the role of Gendry. In just a few scenes at the start of the Season 2, his performances – humorous, delightful and full of chemistry with co-star Maisie Williams (who plays Arya) – quickly made him a fan favorite. In recent weeks, #Gendry even became a top trending topic on Twitter, but the popularity of his character still came as a bit of a surprise.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” he says. “I think it’s strange, ‘cause he was quite a minor character in [Season] 1, but you definitely got the impression that there was more to come, that there was kind of something… like a deeper story to be told.”
He goes on to explain more of what Gendry knows and doesn’t know:
These days, on “Game of Thrones,” his first project for American audiences, Joe is once again playing a young person, and while his character, Gendry, is smart enough to know Arya is a girl in disguise, he hasn’t quite made the connection that King Robert was his father.
“He knows that there’s something up because obviously he knows that Jon Arryn came to see him, as Hand of the King and then Ned Stark, and the same thing happened [to them]. And now, knowing he’s kind of a wanted man, it is kind of strange that he’s not asked anyone. I have to admit,” Joe notes of his character. “But I think his world has been so far removed from anything that could even compare to being the son of the king… If he discovered his true parentage, I think he would be shocked, but… I think he would believe it.”
What does he think about what his character is having to go through and what he has to go through himself to make it all work?
For now, Joe’s character has other things to focus on instead of unlocking that mystery — like surviving. In Sunday’s episode, just before Gendry was about to undergo torture at the mouth of a rat fleeing a burning bucket, Tywin Lannister stepped in and told his troops to put the prisoners to work. According to Joe, for Gendry, that means making armor — and in true “Game of Thrones” fashion, some of that work will be shirtless.
“Yeah, there was a complete – I mean it was completely gratuitous. I obviously have no dignity,” he laughs, after a discussion of the “Saturday Night Live” “GOT” parody (he loved it) prompts the revelation he’s about to show off the work of many hours in the gym.
“But, yeah, I’m forging a sword. In the script it says he’s forging a sword in the baking heat. Belfast, [where the show is partially shot] in November, doesn’t really do baking heat. So I’m kind of like, forging a sword. Topless. In drizzle,” he adds.
And here’s what Joe has to say about the competitive spirit of his co-stars:
Knowing he had the scene coming up last year lead the actor to consuming “a lot of protein shakes” and into a bit of competition with some of his fellow cast mates.
“It got quite competitive on set — to the extent of complete body fascism on set,” he laughs. “Alfie Allen [Theon Greyjoy], Richard Madden [Robb Stark] – we were all trying to get in the best shape possible.”
“So who’s winning that war – who’s winning the best body on ‘Game of Thrones?’” Laura chimes in.
“You know what? I don’t know. I have not seen the stuff that they have shot. We don’t all really show each other,” he laughs. “I will have to wait and see.”
You can read the full article on AccessHollywood, where he talks about his work on other shows.
The Game of Thrones Facebook page is now asking you to choose which side you’re on, and if you enter, you could win exclusive Game of Thrones Memorabilia and autographed merchandise. Once you make your pledge, you’ll be able to download a wallpaper for your side, promote your allegiance by embedding an image, and enter into the sweepstakes.
Sounds good to me, what about you? I’ve pledged my allegiance to House Stark.
Day 9 is focused on the Kingslayer, Jaime Lannister.
He is the younger of the Lannister twins, his twin being Queen Cersei Lannister, and the first-born son of Tywin Lannister & Lady Joanna.
His nickname of Kingslayer came about during the Robert’s Rebellion, referring to when Robert Baratheon, Jon Arryn, and Eddard Stark rebelled against House Targaryen and the King Aerys Targaryen. Jaime killed King Aerys, who had become insane during his reign. Jaime had even sat on the Iron Throne with Aerys’ body still on the floor. He patiently waited for who would be the next on the throne, not caring one way or the other.
As we come to A Game of Thrones, Jaime is in the Kingsguard, and soon it’s realized that Jaime’s relationship with his twin sister is more than just brotherly love. They have been carrying on an incestuous relationship. It is not found out, though, until the King and court make a trip to Winterfell. During one of Bran Stark‘s wall-climbing adventures, he stumbles upon Jaime and Cersei having sex in an abandoned tower. Jaime pushes Bran out window to kill the boy and prevent their secret from being revealed.
Jaime and Eddard don’t see eye to eye on certain things, especially Jaime’s slaying of Mad King Aerys. Unfortunately, their animosity doesn’t fare well for Eddard, when Jaime’s dwarf brother Tyrion is taken prisoner by Eddard’s wife Catelyn in the Vale. A battle takes place and Eddard is severely injured by one of Jaime’s guards before they can fight each other. Jaime is upset at this, but doesn’t go any further against Eddard, knowing this he has a great advantage, only demanding for his brother’s return before leaving.
Later, Eddard realizes upon some information that Queen Cersei’s three blond-haired children were fathered by none other than Jaime Lannister. Jaime is the biological father of King Baratheon’s children! However, Eddard cannot confront Jaime about this, as Jaime is making plans with his father to start a war due to Tyrion’s imprisonment and for the House Lannister to create a new dynasty over the Seven Kingdoms.
Things erupt in King’s Landing after King Baratheon dies. Joffrey takes the throne as King, Eddard is taken prisoner for treason, and Jaime is made Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, with no one ever knowing about Jaime and Cersei’s incest and the children. Although Bran survived his fall, he had lost all memory of what he had seen.
The Stark battle back after Eddard’s execution and Jaime and his army are taken prisoner by the Stark army. Jaime confesses that he pushed Bran out of the window, but he doesn’t say for what reason.
And that is where we end with Jaime, still being held prisoner by the Stark army. Where will he go now that he’s separated from his family?
Jaime is played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and has been in a few known films, including Black Hawk Down, Wimbledon, and Kingdom of Heaven. This is probably his most popular role to date. That may change, however, as he’s signed to be in a Tom Cruise film next year. He does Jaime Lannister well, being that he’s quite a handsome figure. It seems he does have a good insight as to what his character should be, and I hope that he continues with that as his character should develop and change during this second season.