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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 an his GAME OF THRONES co-star Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) are in the latest edition of VMan Magazine. I’m going to see if I can get a hold of it at the newstands for HQ scans for the gallery, but until I do I have the online version for you. Of his character Nikolaj had this to say:

Nikolaj, on relating to his character Jaime Lannister: “I am very different from Jaime, but I do understand him and why he acts the way he does. You cannot excuse pushing a kid out a window, and I don’t think Jaime would, but he believed that he was left with no option. I relate to being ready to go to extremes to protect my children. And I think Jaime for all his arrogance and sarcasm — is a man of strong morals. You just have to do a bit of digging to find them.”

The article went on to further state: [NOTE: Typos are the responsibility of the source, not this webmaster ]

ALL THE KING’S MEN

THE WILD SUCCESS OF HBO’S GAME OF THRONES HAS REWRITTEN THE LAWS OF THE TELEVISION DRAMA, DUE LARGELY TO ITS BRILLIANT SOURCE MATERIAL AND ITS DASHING, MASTERLY CAST

PHOTOGRAPHY CUNEYT AKEROGLU FASHION TOBY GRIMDITCH TEXT JUSTIN TAYLOR

Game of Thrones—which you probably know as a bloody, sexy, thrillingly unpredictable HBO drama now in its second season—started life as a novel by George R.R. Martin, the first in a projected trilogy called A Song of Ice and Fire. It was published in 1996 (a year before Harry Potter came out in the U.K., two years before it hit the States) and did pretty well for itself. The follow- up, A Clash of Kings, came out in 1999 and eventually made the New York Times best-seller list. By the time the third book, A Storm of Swords, debuted as a best seller, in 2000, Martin had realized he was going to need more than three books to tell his story of dragons, pal- ace intrigue, dynastic wars, smugglers, slave revolts, religious fanatics, international relations, incest, the undead, and maybe a snowbound apocalypse. A Feast for Crows came out in 2005 and was another best seller, even though it pissed off a significant chunk of his fan base. The problem, basically, was that Martin’s vision had gotten so big that the next installment no longer fit into a single book. He decided to break his story into two 900-plus-page books that would take place more or less simultaneously. Feast is set in the more familiar territory of Westeros, but almost all of its protagonists are characters whom fans regard as bit-players. All the major storylines from Clash, meanwhile, were left untold until Martin finally finished the companion volume, A Dance with Dragons, which came out in 2011—an 11-year cliffhanger! (And you thought almost two years between seasons of Mad Men was bad.)

So why have people stuck around? To put it as simply as I know how: because it’s worth it. Fans bitched and moaned on message boards, and some even tried to confront Martin directly, but when Dance came out they lined up around the block because the Ice and Fire story—whether in book or TV form—is spellbinding. It’s gritty, it’s dirty (sometimes filthy), it keeps you guess- ing, and it feels real. Unlike classic fantasy, where you can figure out who lives and dies based on the color of their armor or the amount of screen time they get (spoiler alert: Harry Potter and Frodo Baggins both live), Martin’s world is more like a sexed-up medieval version of The Wire: you get to know a wide range of characters and factions, each with their own agenda and sense of eth- ics (or lack thereof), and the master narrative unfolds almost anthropologically, as the aggregate effect of everyone’s shifting alignments and competing inter- ests. HBO has done a remarkable job of retaining that all-seeing, all-over-the-place feeling (the story comes to span multiple continents) while doing a lot of stream- lining, without which adaptation would be impossible. Weirdly, the books almost feel like a director’s cut of the show—you get all the same major characters and plot points plus extra helpings of back- and side-stories from extended or deleted scenes.

Another thing that makes Thrones like The Wire is you get the feeling that no character is safe. Viewers of sea- son one remember the “Holy shit!” moment when (okay, real spoiler alert this time) eddard Stark is executed at King’s landing. Here was the nearest thing the show had to a main character, and suddenly he was gone, and it wasn’t even the season finale. I can’t help but wonder how the show will handle the later books. The idea is that each season is based on its corresponding novel in the series, and that’ll be fine through book/season three, but if they try to reproduce the narrative split of books four and five, the show will be canceled. For bet- ter or worse, TV audiences—and, more importantly, TV executives—are not half as loyal as hardcore fantasy nerds. So it’ll be interesting to see how they handle that, as well as the ongoing expansion of the world in which the story is set. (You might have noticed that the map shown during the opening credits had a lot more places on it in season two than it did in season one. Geography is coming!) Major characters will die, minor characters will become major, battles will be waged and won (or lost), and daenerys Targaryen’s baby dragons won’t stay babies forever. What I mean is that one way or another there’s a lot more “Holy shit!” in store.

 



A new addition to the gallery. Nikolaj appeared in the April 2012 issue of Details magazine touting his work-out regime. He claims he hates sitting on an exercise bike or treadmill. It makes him bored. In the article he talks about his love of bicycling and shares a recipe his wife Nukaka has for an energy inducing smoothie. You can read the full article at the link below to the press section as well as view the original scan. I’m including the video off of Youtube.

  • [ 708 ] SCREENCAPS: DETAILS APRIL 2012 – MEET NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU
  • [ 001 ] PRESS SCAN: DETAILS APRIL 2012 – MEET NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU
  • [ 001 ] PRESS ADDITION: DETAILS APRIL 2012 – MEET NIKOLAJ COSTER-WALDAU



I have a review of Nikolaj’s film HEADHUNTERS. The link to the full article below the cut.

The true stars of this film are the cat and mouse – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Clas) and Aksel Hennie (Roger). Coster-Waldau is a familiar face to television viewers as he starred in the short-lived Fox series “New Amsterdam” and, more importantly, is a series regular on the HBO cult favorite “Game of Thrones.” Coster-Waldau, beautiful to behold, portrays an alpha dog who has never been challenged successfully and knows how to take out any enemy blocking his path. Never has a man this handsome been this frightening. He is breathtakingly suave, sophisticated and deadly; you can’t take your eyes off him even as you try unsuccessfully to get your bearings.

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I subscribe to a news feed on Nikolaj so I have a lot coming in on a regular basis, but it’s easy to weed out the good interviews with the bad. Here is a fun interview where Nikolaj discusses both GAME OF THRONES and his new film HEADHUNTERS just opening now. I’ll have the screencaps for HEADHUNTERS up soon. Keep watch. In the meantime, here is a preview of what Nikolaj has to say. You can read the rest by clicking on the link.

GQ: Roger Brown is terrified of dogs. Do you have any similar irrational phobias? I know he is scared of your dog.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau: When I was a kid I was always afraid of small dogs, because they always seemed like the ones that would attack. Either they wanted to bite you or they wanted to fuck you, and I didn’t like that. And the irony, of course, [is that] my family, we have two dogs and they’re two tiny, little, very sweet dogs. What else? Small spaces; I’m not good with small spaces. But animals, no. Snakes? No, I don’t like—I think it’s kind of the usual suspects.

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I have a couple of new articles for you. Both are from Canadian magazines. They don’t mention Nikolaj by name but they do have some interesting things to say about season two. Enjoy.

  • [ 002 ] SCANS: MARCH/APRIL 2012 COMMUNICATION MAGAZINE – GAME OF THRONES
  • [ 003 ] SCANS: MARCH 2012 ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE – A CLASH OF KINGS

 
  



I was initially going to separate this into two different posts but I decided to do an inclusive one. There’s a huge update on GAME OF THRONES. I’m trying to get the backlog of things I’ve had for a while all cleaned out in time for season two to begin April 1. So I took the time to get all the promos, trailers, incidental interviews and other things capped up and delivered to the gallery for you. Also, I was able to get the Entertainment Weekly magazine with the four covers from GAME OF THRONES. Since this is a Nikolaj Coster-Waldau site, I only bought the one with Nikolaj and his on-screen sister Lena Headey on the cover. I hope you enjoy. A note on NCWO Media site. I’ve been having issues with uploading due to some troubles on the server side, which is another way of saying it’s my host’s fault. When I can I’ll be uploading those videos and will make a separate post regarding those. Sorry. (insert frowny face here)

  • [ 2738 ] SCREENCAPS: GAME OF THRONES PERIPHERALS
  • [ 0012 ] MAGAZINE SCANS: 03/23/2012 – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY RETURN OF THE KINGS

    
   
 



I have three more images from Nikolaj’s Entertainment Weekly photoshoot. He’s looking lovely as usual.

  



I have a new article with Nikolaj on season two of GAME OF THRONES. Here he talks about the infamous twincest scenes as well as what to expect in season two. Below is a teaser.

Nikolaj: Well I think most people just go… “Eurrgggh, that’s weird! I don’t want to have sex with my sister aarrggh… unless they look like Lena Headey!” (chuckles) No it’s like again, most people find it pretty disgusting, as do I, just the idea, the thought of it. But its not that many years ago that it was kind of normal especially in royal families that you would marry cousins. The families would stay together and keep the blood within. We even have it in this show where the other family, the Targaryen’s, would marry brother and sister so… it’s a story… and I think within this world it makes sense.

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