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Welcome to NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU ONLINE @ nikolajcosterwaldau.org an online resource dedicated to Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Currently being seen as Ser Jaime Lannister on the hugely successful HBO series Game of Thrones, Nikolaj has a varied film and television history. Included are the series New Amsterdam, Virtuality, and Blekingegade. Nikolaj's films include Mama, Black Hawk Down, Wimbledon, Vildspor in which Nikolaj wrote and directed, Enigma, Kingdom of Heaven, The Baker, A Thousand Times Goodnight, Gods of Egypt, Nattevagten and soon to be seen in Nattevagten 2. Nikolaj has also been named the UNDP Goodwill Ambassador to raise awareness and support United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, an action to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. If you're a fan of Nikolaj's please make this your best choice for all things pertaining to his career. This site has an explicit NO CANDIDS policy.

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


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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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Seems our Nikolaj is a wanted man…at least on the big screen. Nikolaj is in negotiations to star in the film Gods of Egypt. Article below:

Game of Thrones’ Coster-Waldau in Talks for Gods of Egypt

It looks like director Alex Proyas has cast the lead in his Ancient Egypt-based fantasy epic Gods of Egypt and it’s none other than Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for playing Jaime Lannister on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” who is in talks to star in the film being produced and distributed by Summit Entertainment.

Proyas is directing from an original screenplay by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, which tells the story of a common thief teaming with Gods on a magical quest. According to The Wrap, Coster-Waldau would play one of the gods in that equation, specifically Horus, God of the Sky, who teams with Hathor, the Goddess of Love, and the human thief to avenge the death of his father, Osiris.

Besides playing a big part in Season 3 of “Game of Thrones,” the Danish actor is coming off his roles in the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror movie Mama and the Tom Cruise sci-fi action flick Oblivion and is currently filming the comedy The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and director Nick Cassevetes.


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According to Cartermatt.com Nikolaj has confirmed he is about to begin shooting on season 4 on GAME OF THRONES next month. Here is the article below:

‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 spoilers: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau confirms start of filming

Just in case you wanted that extra confirmation as to when “Game of Thrones” season 4 was going to officially get going, we have it for you courtesy of a man who would surely know better than anyone else: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. The man has tragically seen his role reduced the past few weeks as some other storylines have taken precedence (see the Red Wedding), but pending something shocking in Sunday’s finale, he will probably stick around a while longer.

Speaking to TVLine, the Critics’ Choice TV Award nominee confirmed that the series will officially start filming again next month, presumably in their oh-so familiar environment of Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is where most of their crew hails from, and the soundstages are also present here for them to film their array of interior scenes.

As for where else we could see the cast heading to shoot, that remains somewhat of a mystery. Dubrovnik, Croatia seems to be a given, at least thanks to the fact that King’s Landing is always going to be important to the show. Morocco could be, depending on where Danaerys is placed around the time the new season starts up. As for Iceland, that’s sorely dependent on what happens with a number of characters.

We already imagine that the series is going to have a number of intriguing challenges to face once it moves into season 4: How do you try and recreate the excitement of the Red Wedding, the most devastating event of the series’ history, without feeling cheap or exploitative? It took seasons to build to that, and much of next season could therefore be rebuilding to something incredibly shocking down the road. This event also teaches us that just because we may or may not have read the books, the producers are still at liberty to make changes.

If you want to read one debate pertaining to “Game of Thrones” season 4 that does contain spoilers, just be sure to visit the link here.



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There’s a promo up for next week’s finale of season 3’s GAME OF THRONES. The title of the episode is Mhysa. In Old Valeryan it means Mother. Just a word on episode nine. I’m so sad at losing Robb (Richard Madden). I’ve loved both the character and the actor since the beginning and this is like losing Sean Bean all over again. The one thing I have to say is that Richard Madden has made a fan out of me. I think he has a great future ahead of him. I’m wishing nothing but the best and hope to see him again soon, though I’ll miss him as Robb. And what can be said about Michelle Fairley? She’s a great lady and without a doubt one of the main reasons I think Richard was so good. Having her to bounce off of each week. I’m so thrilled to have gotten to know these two wonderful actors. Kudos to them for a great run.



I’ve uploaded the soundtrack from season two of GAME OF THONES to the gallery. These files can be played in your default media player. Each file with the exception of three are in MP3 format. The final three files are the front and back cover scans and a digital booklet that can be read through Adobe Acrobat available for download here or your default reader program. Some really moving pieces on this one. My favourite I’d have to say is The Rains of Castomere performed by The National and sung by actor Jerome Flynn who plays Bronn, Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) protector. This piece was featured at the end of season two episode nine Blackwater. I’m embedding it here for your pleasure.

  • [ 024 ] MP3 TRACKS: GAME OF THRONES – ORIGINAL SEASON 2 SOUNDTRACK


THE RAINS OF CASTOMERE



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