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Another article on Nikolaj’s new film THE OTHER WOMAN. Here he also talks about his GAME OF THRONES alter ego, Jaime Lannister.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talks The Other Woman, Game Of Thrones Fans

First Published: June 20, 2013 10:59 AM EDT Credit:

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is spotted on the set of ‘The Other Woman’ in New York City, April 30, 2013Caption “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is having some fun on his latest project, “The Other Woman.” Not only is he paired up with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann for the big screen film, but unlike some of his other projects, he can talk fairly freely about it without fear of spoilers.

“It’s such a relief,” he laughed, when he spoke with AccessHollywood.com from the New York City set recently.

While the Danish actor’s last two films — “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise and “Mama” with Jessica Chastain — had the actor tip toeing with his words prior to their release, “The Other Woman” allows him to dish in detail.

In the film, which is being directed by Nick Cassavetes (“The Notebook”), Nikolaj plays a less than faithful spouse, who hooks up with a character played by Cameron.

“I’m the husband to Leslie Mann and Cameron is the other woman and they kind of form some kind of bond, those two women,” he revealed.

“Then, they find out he has a third woman — that’s Kate Upton — and all three meet up and it’s one of those things where he has to pay a price for his wicked ways,” Nikolaj added.

The project will also star Nicki Minaj, but she isn’t expect to be yet another “Other Woman.”

“She’s in there as well, but I’m not having a [relationship with her], not as the script is now,” he said. “But who knows what happens. That’s a platonic relationship so far. But she’s a lot of fun, I have to say that.”

After his big dramatic arc as Jaime Lannister in “Game of Thrones” Season 3, Nikolaj said he’s been enjoying doing the light-hearted faire.

“I’m having fun. That’s for sure,” he said. “It’s a great part. He’s such a, I’m a real, what’s the word — d***? So that’s fun.”

Although he has both a thriving film career and a series regular gig on “Game of Thrones,” it’s the latter project that often prompts fans to come up to the actor with a comment or two. And after Jaime’s recent transformative journey, one that saw him lose his hand and later, reveal his true colors to Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth, Nikolaj been getting a different reaction than he got in Seasons 1 and 2 (when he was thought of as the guy who shoved Bran Stark out of a window).

“It has changed,” he told Access. “After the episode where I had my hand chopped off, I think at least 100 people came up to me [in] the days after [and said]… ‘I’m glad to see you’ve got your hand.’ … I think what’s been amazing is… the people that like the show are always just really excited about it. Even in Season 1 where they’re like, ‘You freak! You’re disgusting!’ it’s still said with a smile because you kind of appreciate the character because he’s always had — even though he’s done some horrible things, he’s had a wit about him.”

“The Other Woman” will hit theaters in April 2014.

“There [were] a few bars in New York where people, in Season 1, were shouting, ‘Kingslayer!’ They’re just drunken guys, but they’re very kind. They sent down a couple of beers. So I have no complaints. I haven’t had any bad experiences to be honest,” he added.

— Jolie Lash


A funny interview with Nikolaj about Jaime, bears, Brienne, and hiding hands. Enjoy.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on bears, hands and Jaime’s journey

What’s required when acting opposite Bart the Bear? And how do people on the street react to him now?
By Alan Sepinwall
Monday, Jun 17, 2013 9:30 AM

Being an actor on “Game of Thrones” can require patience. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau spent much of the HBO fantasy epic’s second season off-camera, and when we did see him as Jaime Lannister, he was sitting in a cage heckling his jailors. But the Danish actor knew his patience would be rewarded in the third season, when Jaime spent through an even more humbling ordeal while on the road with Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth. It was among the most satisfying journeys of the second season, highlighted by a hot tub confession that was among the best-acted moments of the series to date.

I spoke with Coster-Waldau last week about Jaime’s ups and downs, his working relationship with Christie (and with one of their furry co-stars in season 3), the production logistics of Jaime’s new physical condition, and more.

Had you read the books when you took this part or before it? I’m just wondering how much you knew about how much Jaime was going to be changing over the life of the series, including losing his hand.

I didn’t know anything about it — I’m not proud of it, but I’d never heard of George R.R. Martin before I was introduced to it. But then I read the first book, of course. And (“Game of Thrones” writer) Brian Cogman, in the beginning, he was kind of the know-it-all, he gave me this very detailed description of Jaime and his whole journey and the whole history of this character, which has been very very helpful. Whenever there are questions, he’s the guy you go to, because he has a crazy memory. When I first met him, I didn’t know anything, but once I got the part, I dug into it. So I’ve known all along, and that’s been very helpful, because a lot of things happen to the guy. Also, in season 2, there aren’t that many scenes, but that whole prison does it — it’s not just losing the hand, but it’s that he’s never been in a situation where he hasn’t been in some kind of situation of privilege. He’s the worst kind of prisoner, the one that everyone hates. They all want to kill him, and he’s basically left to sit in his own shit. I have a feeling they wouldn’t go “Do you need a bathroom break now, Kingslayer?” Those things are very important to know what happened, and what he was going through.

How much of the emotional turnaround that we see him go through in this most recent season is simply a result of circumstance, and how much do you think was really inside this guy all along, in terms of the regrets he has about the life he’s lived to this point?

A lot of it was all there all along. I just think that sometimes, you meet people — most of us go, ‘Why are they still together? Why is this couple still together?’ Abusive relationships go on and on. You’re in it for so long that it can almost be impossible to see it for what it is. That just becomes your life. We get used to and adapt. There’s no question in my mind that the relationship he has with his sister — I’m not talking about the sexual stuff — that’s what it is — but the fact that he’s given up so much for his love, for a woman who I don’t think she feels the same for him as he does for her, they’re just very different. The fact that he was finally forced to be away from her and that environment had a lot to do with finally being able to realize who he is. That’s one half. The other half is the whole being the Kinglsayer and that whole identity, that he hates more than anything. As we find out, what he thought was in many ways the proudest moment of his life has been turned into this really horrible disgraceful moment.

How do they accomplish the no-hand effect? Is it something low-tech, like hiding it in your sleeve most of the time, or is it significantly more complicated than that?

(laughs) There are quite a few different (methods). I think I have three different prosthetic arms. In the wide shots, when I’m riding the horse, it’s just my own arm that I just hide as much as I can. As soon as I get a little closer, we have to go with the prosthetic. There are a couple of different ways to do it. One is I have my own arm down by my crotch or my crack and try to hide it. The last one is the bath house scene where I’m naked, they had to come in and attach a whole arm to my skin, and then I wore a green glove so they could just paint out my own arm. I hear they’re working on something magical for next season.

Let’s talk about the bath house scene, because you don’t ordinarily think of a hot tub as a moment for emotional soul-searching, but you’re delivering this great monologue. What do you remember about getting that speech, doing that speech and also having to do this big emotional moment while wearing the fake arm and the green glove?

It was a massive scene on many levels. As I said before, I knew this moment was coming, and it was very important for me. There were a lot of dangers. There’s all these visual things, it could become very cheesey, I think, if we didn’t do it right. So we were very lucky. Alex Graves, the director of this episode, and Bryan Cogman, who wrote a beautiful adaptation, were very very good at allowing me and Gwen to really have time on set, a few days before we got to shoot it. Not so much actually rehearse the scene as just talking about it, and making sure that all these practical questions are answered: How are we going to shoot the nudity? How naked are we going to be? Where will the camera be? How am I going to have my arm under water? All those things you don’t want to think about while you’re doing this scene where for the first time ever, he tells someone the truth of what he’s been carrying around for so many years. And then when we did it, they were very nice in allowing me to do full takes, which was crazy hard on everyone involved. You do a scene like this, and it’s a very long scene, and then you want to do three takes, four takes, and we went way over that period we had to shoot it. It was a very long and hard day, but it was one of the best days I’ve ever had on a set.

I’m curious about the working relationship between you and Gwen, since she was your main scene partner for this entire season. How did the two of you work together, and did the bond that developed in any way parallel what was going on between Jaime and Brienne?

She is a great, great actress. She has so many good qualities. Work-wise and professionally, she is extremely dedicated, and it’s very important for her, even personally, I think she identifies deeply with Brienne and wants to do her justice. It’s just great that way that we share this passion for the characters. And we discovered early on that we share the same sense of humor, which is a very — how do you call it? — to most people, we sound as if we’re fighting all the time, kind of carrying on the relationship Jaime and Brienne have into the real world. We’re having a lot of fun, but we say nasty things to each other all the time.

Like what?

I wish she was here. You could call her up and ask, because she could tell you some horrible things about me pretty quick. It’s just a constant. I’m not thinking of one right now, unfortunately. We just have a lot of fun. I’m sure the people working around us are sick and tired of us by now. Maybe it’s because the scenes are so serious. This season in particular has been very traumatic on many levels for both characters. She’s been nearly raped and killed by a bear. I had my hand chopped off. I think we both, without talking about it, had a need to lighten up between scenes.

You mentioned the bear, so I wanted to ask about when you went to California to shoot the stuff with Bart.

Yes, Bart the Bear the Second. I didn’t know there was a First, but he’s the Second. It was crazy! Most of the scene was shot with all the extras in Belfast in October of last year, and then we came out in January to shoot with the bear. To be on the set with an animal that size and that smell is quite extraordinary. And to see what the trainers could make him do. It’s really surprising.

Now, this is a trained bear, and there are handlers and controlled conditions, but you’re jumping into a pit with a giant bear.

(laughs) The way they control it is there’s a tiny little wire that goes across between the set and the cameras and the crew. Just a tiny wire. And there’s a little battery in the end of it. So if you hit it, you’re going to get electrocuted with like 9 volts. That’s what keeps the bear in place. If the bear was upset or something, that wouldn’t stop him. He would just go. Once they brought Bart out, we all had to stay where we were. You couldn’t leave, you couldn’t arrive, couldn’t eat anything. Everybody had one job, which was one job: we had to cheer and applaud Bart constantly. To make him go onset, we had to go, ‘Bart, you’re the best! Good boy! That’s a good boy!’ And as soon as you yell cut, there would be cheers and applause, you could see Bart, he was kind of looking out, sniffing the air, and then they would throw some fish at him. It was amazing. I think I’ve only worked with a few actors like that before, but he was one of the biggest divas.

Obviously, the people who have read the books knew already about the transformation you were going to go through this year, but for the fans you encounter who just know you through the show, has that changed a bit now that Jaime’s been painted in a more sympathetic light? Or are there people who just can’t let go of the fact that you threw Bran out a window?

It’s been very interesting. I’ve had people say that they love the show and like what I do but they hate Jaime because he’s so horrible. But now I get a lot of, (American accent), ‘I never thought I was gonna say this, but he’s a nice guy. He’s a good guy!’ The funny thing is, what I love about the show is that it’s all perspective. One of my favorite lines of the season was Tywin in the last episode where they talk about the Red Wedding, he asks someone to explain why it’s morally sounder to kill 10,000 on a battlefield instead of 12 people at a supper. And it’s true. But we invested in the Starks, and it’s horrible and terrible, and it’s a horrifying incident — but if we’d been invested in all these Lannister soldiers on the battlefield, it would have been horrible as well. I just like the way we play with perspective. Jaime, I’ve never seen him as a bad guy before. Of course his actions have been very brutal, but I’ve never seen him as a baddie doing something horrible just because he likes it. It’s more the fact that we all have the capability within us to do stupid things — horrible things.


Cute article on GAME OF THRONES ‘dads’ from NBC on this Father’s Day.

Good dads are rarer than dragons on ‘Game of Thrones’

Dragons. Swords. Battles. Adventures. Castles. “Game of Thrones” has plenty of these, but it also has a lot of fathers. And like the other characters that fill out the series, the dads are human — in other words, they’re flawed.

No one’s perfect no matter how hard they might try, but in the world of “Thrones,” it’s obvious that some papas try a heck of a lot harder than others to be as close to being the perfect dad as possible. So as we raise a sword in honor of all dads, we take a look at the fathers of “GoT” to see who deserves an extra hug and kiss on the cheek.

The good
It’s a little sad to say, but there are really only two truly good dads on “Game of Thrones”: Ned Stark and Davos Seaworth, and papas out there can certainly look to these two as examples of how to parent.

Both men clearly love their children and have their best interests at heart. The illiterate Onion Knight was born incredibly poor, and worked as a smuggler who slowly rose to the ranks of King Stannis’ Hand by being loyal and honest — good virtues, both. Everything he did, he did so that his sons could have a better life than he had, and become the educated lords he hopes for them to be.

As for Ned Stark, in a world where sons are valued over daughters, he loved all of his children equally regardless of their gender, whether they were trueborn or not. He accepted his kids as they were and encouraged them to follow their passions. (How many dads in Westeros would let their little girls learn the art of sword fighting over embroidery and songs?) When unpleasant life lessons came up, he didn’t shy away. And perhaps most important, through his actions, he taught them that it is always best to do what is right and honorable — even if that meant literally losing one’s head.

The mediocre
Forgot Stannis Baratheon is a daddy, did you? It’s pretty easy to do, seeing as how daughter Shireen is hidden away. (Is it because of her greyscale? Teach her that looks aren’t everything!) But it does appear that he loves the little girl, despite rarely seeing her. And don’t forget he fathered the shadow assassin — thanks to Melisandre — a creature that soon killed his brother Renley.

The bad
It almost seems silly to count Robert Baratheon and Jaime Lannister as dads. Yes, they fathered children — a lot of children, in King Robert’s case — but that was about it. Neither man actually parented much. (Though we suppose Jaime had a good excuse for not stepping up, seeing as how incest and treason are frowned upon.) When the king did do his fatherly duties, it was obvious he’d rather be off drinking and hunting. He didn’t bother to teach “his” royal kids right from wrong, and left the realm with Mad King Joffrey upon his death. And “Uncle” Jaime never had much to do with his “niece” and “nephews” at all.

Then there’s Randyll Tarly. Sure, viewers haven’t met him, but they’ve heard of him through son Sam, a member of the Night’s Watch. And it’s Sam’s presence on The Wall that makes Lord Tarly such a bad dad. As the well-read crow tells Jon Snow in season one, the mighty lord was disgusted that his firstborn son was more interested in books than manlier pastimes, and gave him a choice between The Wall or a “hunting accident.” Way to love your kid unconditionally.

Bad dads can’t be discussed without a mention of Tywin Lannister, the biggest lion of Casterly Rock. Some might argue he’s beyond bad, that he’s the baddest of the bad, but hear us out about why he’s merely just plain bad. Yes, he’s a power-hungry lord who very obviously plays favorites with his children. (Is your name Jaime? No? Sorry, he doesn’t really care about you.) But everything he does, he does to secure power, wealth and glory for Lannisters. ALL Lannisters. That includes Tyrion, whom he very clearly despises. And as much as he might hate his youngest son, he not only let the child live (albeit blaming him for his beloved wife’s death as she birthed Tyrion), but let him live as a lord. That’s got to count for something.

The worst
Yes, there really are worse dads than Tywin on “Game of Thrones,” and their names are Balon Greyjoy and Craster. (You nearly forgot about them, didn’t you?)

Balon at first didn’t seem too terrible. He obviously loves and supports his daughter, Yara, who is anything but a traditional lady. But the same affection was denied son Theon, whom he considers more Stark than Greyjoy despite the young man’s sacking of Winterfell to regain his father’s love. Even worse, when Ramsay Bolton sent captive Theon’s manhood back to his papa, Balon declared that since his son can no longer further the Greyjoy line, he was useless. Harsh.

As bad a dad as the Lord of Pyke is, Craster could beat him for title of the worst. The wildling fathers daughters of his wives, and when the girls are old enough, marries them and sires more daughters to repeat the endless cycle. As for the boys he fathers, they face an even more dire future: Craster leaves them in the snowy woods for the White Walkers to take. It doesn’t get much worse than that.


Another article for you. I’m trying to clean up the press for season three and the finale. I know you don’t mind reading about Nikolaj. I never get tired of it.

‘Game of Thrones’ finale will be a ‘tricky homecoming’

By Jennifer Vineyard, Special to CNN
updated 1:54 PM EDT, Sat June 8, 2013

(CNN) — With fans still reeling from last Sunday’s Red Wedding episode, “The Rains of Castamere,” the third season of “Game of Thrones” comes to a close this weekend, and no one is waiting with more bated breath for that than Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer on the HBO program. “Even though I’ve read all the scripts, I wasn’t around when they shot all of it,” he reminded CNN. “So one of the things that’s great about this show is that I can actually watch it and enjoy it, despite knowing what’s going to happen.”

Coster-Waldau, who recently appeared in the Tom Cruise film “Oblivion” and is shooting “The Other Woman,” a romantic comedy with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann, finds the most interesting aspect of watching “Game of Thrones” is being able to reassess the constantly shifting scales of morality in a world where no one character is completely a hero or a villain (save for perhaps Joffrey?). Daenerys Targaryen, for instance, might be the Mother of Dragons and liberating slaves, “but she’s burning down cities! She’s killing all these other people!” he laughed. “I’m sure a lot of those guards are just guys with families.”

The Starks and their men, he pointed out, committed their own share of atrocities, even if they were portrayed as a more honorable family than the Lannisters. “One of my favorite scenes with Brienne (played by Gwendoline Christie) was last season, when we come across three girls hanging,” Coster-Waldau recalled. “Brienne kills the Stark guards, because they had just raped these women for no reason, because they thought it was within their rights.”

If Ned Stark’s beheading in season one and the Red Wedding in season three taught us anything, Coster-Waldau said, it should be to look at the chain of consequences of each character’s actions. For instance, Catelyn didn’t fully investigate a claim of attempted murder and arrested the wrong man, starting a war. And Robb broke a treaty of arranged marriage that was meant to broker an ally. “In our world, for our morals, he did the right thing — he married for love,” Coster-Waldau said. “But it was a selfish thing to do, because when he did that, they lost the support of part of the army and prolonged the war and thousands more were killed.” The Red Wedding, as brutal as it was to see certain characters get slaughtered, had an unseen consequence: “It stopped the war. The war is over. A lot more people were saved.”

Of course, a Lannister would be in support of the Red Wedding — the Lannisters had a little something to do with it, hence Roose Bolton’s statement before killing someone, “The Lannisters send their regards.” Still, Coster-Waldau finds it interesting to gauge fan response and see which actions on the show provoke the more extreme reactions. He was surprised to see more people were disgusted in season one that Jaime Lannister “was having sex with his own sister than that he pushed a kid out a window.” “I thought, ‘Well, he’s in love with her, and I wouldn’t want that in my own life, but they’re two consenting adults,'” he said. “I would think you’d be more upset about him trying to kill a kid.”

In a subsequent episode, fans were in an uproar about Ned Stark killing a direwolf (Sansa’s direwolf Lady was punished in place of Arya’s Nymeria, since she had been forced to run off after attacking Joffrey). “In the scene right before that, you saw (Joffrey’s guard) the Hound riding in with the butcher’s boy (Micah) on his horse. He had just killed this little innocent kid, and no one was upset at that,” Coster-Waldau said. “But then this mystical creature was killed, and that was crossing a line. That was shocking for people: ‘How could they kill an innocent animal?'” (Were fans more upset that Robb’s direwolf Grey Wind was killed in his kennel than his men at their table?)

At this point in the show, the perception of Coster-Waldau’s own character — formerly considered a villain — is shifting to the point where fans are rooting for him. Since losing his hand, Jaime Lannister has also become more sympathetic, “because it’s such an obstacle and forces such a change in him.” His speech to Brienne, about how he killed the Mad King to save the city, also changes the meaning of his moniker, the Kingslayer, which had been used as a pejorative. “I think he sees that as his finest moment,” Coster-Waldau said. “He did break his vow to protect the king, but there was no way he could not break it. He had to. And he’s had to live with that choice ever since.”

As Brienne and Jaime make their way to King’s Landing in the finale, the Lannisters are in a state of flux. Does Jaime even still love Cersei, who he dedicated his life to, now that he’s developed a new relationship based on mutual respect? “His relationship with Cersei is not a very healthy relationship, because it’s all on her terms,” Coster-Waldau noted. “And for the first time in his life, he’s been together with another adult who is so unlike the world of King’s Landing, who says what she means, who does what she says, who walks the walk. He sees something in Brienne that he might have feared or lost in himself.” A sense of honor, perhaps. A sense of dedication. “Losing his hand, he’s been forced to reconsider everything.” But don’t expect that relationship to be resolved in the final hour of this season, because as any good season finale will do, Coster-Waldau said, “it will provide closure, and it will set up next year. But it will make for a tricky homecoming, that’s for sure!”


I love how Nikolaj defends Jaime. Well someone’s got to, right? Read on.

“Game of Thrones”‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: Jaime’s “not a bad guy”

The actor who plays Jaime Lannister talks bears, Brienne and how he acts without a hand
Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 11:00 AM CST
By Willa Paskin

This season on “Game of Thrones,” Jaime Lannister has a lost hand, fought a bear, and made a friend, all while taking a long, filthy journey, usually in captivity, across Westeros. Tonight, the third season of the show ends, with Jaime poised to finally make it back to King’s Landing — a King’s Landing sure to be buzzing with the the brutal events of last week’s Red Wedding. On the occasion of the finale, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Danish actor who plays him, spoke with me about Jaime’s friendship with Brienne, the character’s “core values,” all the places mud can hide on the human body, and acting with a bear.

How has it been to act without a hand?

It’s a little complicated, actually. I have three to four versions [of no hand]. The one in really wide shots, I can use my own hand. We can just hide that. That’s the easiest. But as soon as we get in closer, we can’t do that, so then they have a couple of fake arms that I put on just above my elbow. And then I have to hide my own arm down my pants, in my crack, and that’s a little uncomfortable. And then of course there was the scene we did in the bath, and that was a third version where I spent two hours having this arm attached, again above my elbow, but as a real second limb. And then a few times — there’s a shot where I walk from the back and they have to use CGI to remove my real arm, so I was wearing this green glove. I hope they come up with something smart for the next season.

We were first introduced to Jaime, in season one, with him shoving Bran out a window, but over the course of this season, he has become much more sympathetic.

One of the things I like about the show is that you start out and you see them all one way, but it’s complicated. The Starks are kind of our heroes and the Lannisters are the baddies, and in many ways they still are. But, imagine the story, if we started years before, and this is the story of the beautiful but impossible love of Cersei and Jaime. We’ve got the movie of these guys, who get each other, but they’ve been forced apart for so long. Finally they meet in this tower and they have the most heartbreaking moment. And then this little guy we haven’t really seen shows up and we’ve been told this kid Bran is a little monster by other characters, a little monster like Joffrey. And we’ve also been told that he kills all these dogs, he’s a dog-killer. And we know that if Bran tells anyone about this Cersei will die, all the beautiful kids that Jaime and Cersei have, and also, by the way, this whole orphanage they’ve all been raising, they will all die. The fact that Jaime pushes this little monster out the window and tries to kill him — he didn’t have a choice. It was either this little monster kid, or all these orphans and Cersei. One of the things I love about that scene is when Jaime says, “The things I do for love” and then he pushes Bran out. He’s not proud of it, but at the time he knows there are no other options. He knows that if Bran tells anyone, it’s over. He’s going to die, she’s going to die. It would mean the end of the Lannister family. It’s not because he’s an evil psychopath. It’s not something he’s proud of, but he has to do it.

My point is just he’s not a bad guy in my world. I’m not saying he’s a good guy. He’s just a human being. He’s a human being who’s put in a world where choices can have extreme consequences, where he has been forced to deal with life and death, and that’s made him who he is.

But I also think he’s come from a ridiculous world of privilege, and because of what happened with the Mad King, and because of his secrecy with Cersei, he’s lost a lot of his core values, if you will. And I think meeting Brienne kind of reawakens potentially what he could have been. I think of what his father says in season one. He says, “I want you to become the man you were always supposed to be.” I think maybe that could happen now. I’m not sure it’s the same vision that Tywin has, but hopefully that’s what will happen.

His friendship with Brienne has been really humanizing and very sweet.

The writers have done a great job with that. I think one of the things that was nice is that you did sense that relationship was building. When I watch it, of course I’m biased, but it didn’t feel forced. And I think that relationship means even more than he himself is probably aware of. The fact that he now risked his whole life to save her — I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have believed you if you’d told him, “Dude, you’re going to risk your life for someone you’ve never met before, who’s outside the family.” So that’s a huge thing, that’s a huge change.

And I think his being away from that family has been good for him. It’s been a very tough time. He’s been chained up for so long, he’s come from a world of privilege and he’s basically been sitting in his own shit for so long, and he’s had to deal with that. And the thing with the hand, it’s such a monumental thing that forces him to reevaluate and reidentify who he is. Do you say that, reidentify? Rediscover! That was the word. Rediscover his identity.

How was it to shoot that Brienne rescue scene with the bear? It looked awesome.

That was an amazing scene. It was quite something. We shot all the stuff with the bear pit and all the extras in Belfast. But we didn’t have a bear there. There were no bears in Europe that could do the job. Apparently, there was only one place where we could find a bear that was good enough, and that was in L.A. Well, we met him in L.A., but he’s kept in Utah I think. But anyway, Bart the Bear the Second was his name, and he’s a bit of a diva, but he did an amazing job. And it was really one of those things where you just go, “This is crazy. I’m standing with a real bear on this set. How the hell did that happen?” But when I saw the scene, I thought it was an amazing sequence. When you see Brienne in the pit with the bear, clearly a real bear, you kind of go, “That’s crazy!” But it’s such an important moment for Jaime, because you don’t jump into a bear pit to fight a bear. It’s crazy.

And afterwards, Jaime got some of his swag back.

I know, I was so happy he got to say that line to Locke. When he leaves, he says, “Sorry about the sapphires.” It was nice. We kind of need him to get his groove back, as you will. Even though this guy has this depression with his hand, he’s still the same guy and he still has his wit, so I was just thrilled to see that he still had that.

During the many, many scenes this season when you were covered in mud, was it really mud?

I do have scenes where I’m fighting guys in mud, and of course it’s mud. It never ceases to amaze me once I finally get back to the hotel late at night and I have a shower to see how much could still be hidden around the various parts of your body. But on the face, I think the makeup is called mud, but they have to control it. It’s some kind of makeup that looks like dirt. There’s the scene where I arrive at Roose Bolton’s and they put me into this pool of dirty water. That was just dirty, muddy water. I love it when it’s the real thing, because then you just deal with that and you don’t have to worry about anything. Sometimes makeup can get in the way. If you’re too specific with changing a hair, it can be really frustrating. But hopefully Jaime will get back to King’s Landing and I’ll have a real bath. I was talking about this on set one day, I was like, “The smell of Jaime after months and months of captivity, where he’s basically sitting in his own shit, wow, that just must be really baad.”

Do you watch the show in real time?

Yeah, I do watch the show. I saw it on Sunday.

People had really strong reactions to the last episode. How was it for you?

Well, I knew it was coming. I thought the whole ending was so powerful. I spoke to the actors about the scene and how it’d been to shoot it and of course it was the way it looked, gruesome and very emotional. A friend showed me a collection of videos of people who have filmed their friends and family watching those last five minutes, and it was almost touching to see how invested people are in the show and the characters. The reaction to these deaths, they took it very personal. Which is great. One of the things I love about the show is that it’s heartbreaking at times, it shows no mercy, but at the same time it does make sense. It is truthful to itself. Even though everybody loved Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley, they had to go, because that’s what was right for the story. I’ll miss them as colleagues and I’m going to miss them as characters, but the show, it’s what sets it apart, in many ways.

You know Jaime’s future, right?

Yeah, I know what happens. I don’t know what happens after book five. Only George and the guys, the writers, know, but up until that point I do know what happens. I’ve read the first three books, and the fourth I’m waiting. I don’t wanna jinx it. I’m waiting until we shoot that.

At the current pace — two seasons per book — there could be 9 more seasons.

Yeah, we’re using two seasons for book three and I think the rest would be one season per book, but who knows? I don’t, thank God, make those calls. But I hope we get to go a long time.


GAME OF THRONES is over for another year, sadly. While I wasn’t too thrilled about the finale, the only bright spot was seeing Jaime finally return to King’s Landing with Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) in tow. I loved the response from that guy pulling the cart thinking Jaime a “Country boy….” Too funny. Did he realize this was his Captain of the Kingsgaurd? I was very mad at the fact there was no allowance for an embrace between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime. I really wanted to see how Cersei would play out the reunion considering Jaime’s obvious state. I really do wish The Rains of Catamere had been the final episode. Mhysa felt more like it should have led to the events in The Red Wedding, and end it on the shocker of Catelyn’s (Michelle Fairley) throat slitting. But then I’m not the showrunners, am I? Dammit! A couple of extras for you in this posting. I’ve included the soundtrack for season three composed by Ramin Djawadi. While included here for you to listen, you are encouraged to go out and purchase the soundtrack. In fact, please do. The other extra is an interview with GAME OF THRONES author and executive producer George R. R. Martin on the 06/06/2013 episode of The Conan O’Brien show. I had wanted to get this up before the finale but I was having mundo hosting issues. Now they’ve been resolved I’m providing it now. Enjoy.

    – 06/06/2013 – CONAN O’BRIEN

According to the LATIMES, the scheduled online chat with Nikolaj has been postponed. No news on rescheduling it. I’ll keep you posted if I hear anything.

Nikolaj is comparing Joffrey to the popstars of today. I had hoped he meant Pop Tarts, but nope. Here’s the article.

Game Of Thrones Star Compares King Joffrey To Today’s Popstars: ‘He’s A Little Monster!’

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reckons the King is too powerful for his own good

By Joanna Crawley On June 8, 2013

By Joanna Crawley On June 8, 2013
Game Of Thrones Star Compares King Joffrey To Today’s Popstars: ‘He’s A Little Monster!’

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reckons the King is too powerful for his own good

Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has defended one of the hit show’s most hated character’s, King Joffrey (played by Jack Gleeson), insisting he’s just gone power crazy, much like today’s crop of popstars!

Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, joked to Access Hollywood that the evil boy-king’s behaviour could be compared to certain teen superstars today, we wonder who on earth he’s talking about….

“Joffrey is a very different individual. There’s no question he’s a little monster, he’s a little psychopath, but, if you look [at people] like young popstars, or if you become very powerful … a lot of people look up to you for guidance,” Coster-Waldau argued.

He went on to say: “When you’re just a teenager, it’s not easy. It’s kind of a recipe for disaster.”

The actor also revealed Game of Thrones’ third season, which draws to a close this weekend in the US and on Monday in the UK, has been his favourite so far, because his own character Jaime has made the transition for from villain to hero.

“It’s been a great season to shoot. It’s been so much fun,” he gushed. “I’ve enjoyed it from the beginning, but of course, I was hoping that we would make it to this season because there would be a payoff for some of the stuff we set up early.”

The actor continued: “With Jaime you have this extreme beginning, and I know at the same time that the reason he pushed Bran out the window is not because he’s an evil psychopath, but because he’s actually trying to protect the woman he loves and her children. ”

“[The audience doesn’t] know that for a long time, but that is slowly revealed. And also, I just love him as a character. There’s nothing better for an actor than to have secrets and he has so many secrets – big ones, small ones, like existential secrets.”

The HBO show shocked viewers last week with it’s bloody end to the penultimate episode of the season. Author George RR Martin has been defending his decision to kill off key characters in an interview this week, insisting he wants to keep fans afraid for their favourite characters’ fates…


Nikolaj sat down with Access Hollywood to discuss many things regarding the season three finale of GAME OF THRONES, Jaime’s character arc this season and the brutal exit of original cast members Richard Madden (Robb Stark) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) after the infamous Red Wedding. Check it out below.

Game Of Thrones Q&A: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Talks The Red Wedding, Jaime Lannister’s Big Season 3

First Published: June 6, 2013 7:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau attends the Costume Institute Gala for the ‘PUNK: Chaos to Couture’ exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, on May 6, 2013Caption While “Game of Thrones” has recently been responsible for a lot of tears, one of the biggest delights in Season 3 has been watching the development of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jaime Lannister.

He began his journey as the smarmy Kingslayer who pushed young Bran Stark out of a window for accidentally seeing something he shouldn’t have, and later, ruthlessly killed his own kin (Alton Lannister) to try and escape Stark custody. But then, along came Gwendoline Christie’s Brienne of Tarth, and things began to change.

Watching Jaime develop this season (and hopefully, those award show voting bodies have been watching too) has been fascinating.

For the first time, viewers saw Nikolaj’s character do something heroic for someone he wasn’t related to, and it happened more than once. He saved Brienne — this female knight who confused, challenged and intrigued him — from a brutal assault, and later, from a fight with a bear in a pit.

But most fascinating of all was when he shared the origins of his Kingslayer nickname with Brienne, a story Nikolaj told AccessHollywood.com in a new interview, he doesn’t think Jaime has told his twin sister.

The Danish actor took a break from filming “The Other Woman” (with Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann) to chat with Access about some of the big moments his character went through this season, and hint at this Sunday’s Season 3 finale. But first, even though he wasn’t there, we addressed The Red Wedding.

AccessHollywood.com: Were you around when they filmed The Red Wedding?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: No, but I spoke to the guys when they shot it, and apparently it was quite an emotional thing because, you know, two of our original cast members kind of left the series in a very, very brutal way. David Nutter, who’s the director of [it], he’s absolutely brilliant, but they did say it was very, a very strange feeling on set.

Access: Were you and Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne, filming afterwards and had to deal with a sad crew?

Nikolaj: We were shooting after and before. It’s been a weird season for us ‘cause we have kind of been on our own little journey. … On a personal level, you bond, you become friends with crew members and the other cast, so that’s always sad to [see people] leave, but that’s kind of what this business is.

Access: Poor Robb!

Nikolaj: I know. ‘The Lannisters send their regards.’ … It’s unfair, right? He’s such a young man and he’s been thrown into this as being the King In the North and all that. It’s interesting to see these young kings. Joffrey is very different individual. There’s no question he’s a little monster, he’s a little psychopath, but, you look at them and if you look [at them] like young pop stars, or if you become very powerful … a lot of people look up to you for guidance. When you’re just a teenager, it’s not easy. It’s kind of a recipe for disaster. Now what was the horrible thing Robb did? He didn’t do anything really horrible. He fell in love with a woman.

Access: So Jaime is on his way back to King’s Landing with another kingslayer, or presumed kingslayer. There’s a man at King’s Landing who thinks Brienne is a kingslayer. Can we expect more heroics from Jaime should she need them?

Nikolaj: (Laughs) You’re gonna have to wait and see. There’s only episode left and it’s one of those episodes that are — it’s always a tricky one because you want some kind of ending of this year, and at the same time you want to set up next year. You want people, hopefully, to leave the year like, ‘Oh what a great season!’ And at the same time, ‘Oh I can’t wait for the next year.’ So who knows if we make it back, but if we did, I’m sure it would leave more questions than answers.

Access: Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff] have said that they sold this part to you, telling you that you had to stick with Jaime for a few season and the character would start revealing himself. As an actor then, how do you feel about the season?

Nikolaj: It’s been a great season to shoot. It’s been so much fun. I’ve enjoyed it from the beginning, but of course, I was hoping that we would make it to this season because there would be a payoff for some of the stuff we set up early.

Access: For you!

Nikolaj: Exactly. With Jaime you have this extreme beginning, and I know at the same time that the reason he pushed Bran out the window is not because he’s an evil psychopath, but because he’s actually trying to protect the woman he loves and her children. [The audience doesn’t] know that for a long time, but that is slowly revealed. And also, I just love him as a character. There’s nothing better for an actor than to have secrets and he has so many secrets — big ones, small ones, like existential secrets. And then of course on top of that, you have the whole Lannister dynamic and you have Tywin who is ‘dad from hell,’ but at the same time, he’s your dad and there’s no question that Jaime loves and respects him and he looks up to his dad, but it’s a very dysfunctional family. … And then, of course, the big reveal [about why he killed the Mad King] and meeting Brienne. Yeah, this season has — to answer your question — has been a lot of fun.

Access: This season has been so good.

Nikolaj: I think it’s very well written and I think what makes it good is most people, at some level, are able to identify with Jaime because we all know the feeling of being misunderstood to a certain degree, or the feeling that everybody thinks they know who you are and inside you feel [like], ‘Hang on a second! That’s not me! Why do you keep putting me in that box! That’s not me!’

Access: Brienne really stripped Jaime down this season. He got to reveal who he was in front of her. Do you think he is a different person now?

Nikolaj: I don’t think he is going to start telling the story of The Mad King to like [anyone], like a bit of small talk in a conversation. I’m pretty sure that this was a huge thing for him, and it’s definitely gonna change him that he was able to reveal this. But, I also think that it tells the story of the relationship he’s formed with Brienne ‘cause I don’t think he’s ever told Cersei this story. I don’t think he could, for various reasons, but I think Brienne is — it means more to him than he even begins to understand. … He’s forced, basically, to deal with things that he might not have had to deal with before. Suddenly he can’t be the guy he was. There’s simply no way he can go back to being the best swordsman in Westeros. He no longer has that. In a way he’s closer to his brother now in many ways.

Access: So Brienne and Jaime… It’s something different. Jaime has always been so family oriented. He joined the Kingsguard at a really young age and the only female he’s ever had a romantic relationship with is his sister. Is this situation Jaime sort of having his first ever real relationship with a non-Lannister?

Nikolaj: Yeah! I think that’s a very good observation and I thought a lot about that myself. I’m sure this is the first time he’s spent that much time with anyone as an adult outside the family where it’s just been two human beings, where it’s not been about, ‘I’m the Lannister.’ Yeah, absolutely. And then the fact that she’s a woman, that’s also unique, and the fact that she is who she is, that she couldn’t care less about whether or not he was rich, poor, noble or whatever. There’s a reason why she’s with him, and that is she needs to get him there [to King’s Landing] because she promised that. … For him… that’s such a big deal to actually be an adult with someone.

Access: You and Gwendoline have fun on set, but she told us that when you shot the hot tub scene, you were really great to her, because she’d never done that type of thing on film before. Did you know that was her first time doing a nude scene on television?

Nikolaj: Yeah. We talked about it and also, I have to say, Alex Graves, the director, did a great job. … They allowed us to go out on the set before they finished the set and … we had a long talk in the empty bathtub, just me and Gwen and Alex and just talking about the whole thing. I raised all the practical stuff, the nudity — how much are you gonna show and with Gwen, what are you comfortable with, because it’s such a powerful moment in the scene where she stands up and she’s naked, but I think it’s also such a great choice that you don’t get to see Jaime’s [bits]… because it’s not about that. They can keep that for the brothel scenes.

[This scene is] about a powerful woman who [is] standing up for herself. But, of course, we had to talk about these things because even though they’re not gonna shoot it, she’s gonna be naked in front of me … It’s always a little embarrassing to be naked in front of someone whose not your boyfriend or girlfriend or wife or lover. … So we talked about that and it was very important for me… because emotionally, it’s a difficult scene and he has to kind of reveal himself in a way that he’s never done before. So I also wanted to feel really safe, if you will. And Gwen, she’s the best, she’s just the best to work with and I think one of the main reasons that the scene works is because [of] her acting. Even though she doesn’t say that much, the reaction shot and her reactions to what he says, kind of gives the show the emotional depth. She’s like helping the audience understand how big this reveal is that Jaime gives.

“Game of Thrones” concludes its third season on Sunday night at 9 PM on HBO.

— Jolie Lash


Want to chat with NIkolaj? Join him in a live chat on Monday after the GAME OF THRONES season finale. Information below.

‘Game of Thrones’: Join a live chat Monday with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

By Martin Miller

June 6, 2013, 5:43 p.m.

Well, that was one wedding the Kingslayer was probably glad he missed. Or was it? Ask him yourself when “Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joins us for a live online chat at Monday noon PDT.

As much as anyone on the show, and maybe on television, Coster-Waldau’s character has undergone quite a personal transformation. In the first season of HBO’s hit genre show, his character (Jamie Lannister) was known for his unmatched skill as a swordsman, sleeping with his evil sister, and pushing a Stark boy out of a high castle window.

Now, in the third season, the one-handed Lannister has viewers going weepy for his acts of nobility and bravery, and his strangely sweet relationship with Amazon-warrior Brienne, whom he rescued from a gladiator battle with a bear. (Wonder what ol’ sis is going to think about those apples?)

So, if you were freaked out by last week’s Red Wedding episode or you wonder where this Sunday’s season finale will leave the Kingslayer and his new lady friend, have your questions ready and we’ll do our best to get to them.


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