‘I was naive’ about that rape scene, says ‘Thrones’ Kingslayer
April 7, 2015 - accent chair
There are dual people — and they competence be a customarily dual — who are not partial of a tellurian cult examination “Game of Thrones.”
“Well, who knows, they contend they don’t,” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says of his 14- and 11-year-old daughters.
The girls have a good excuse: It competence be unfortunate to see their father slicing by life with such a cracked cold compass (while somehow remaining likable) on a HBO series. The Danish actor, 44, plays a formidable and enthralling “Kingslayer” Jaime Lannister, who’s been navigating his character’s incestuous attribute with twin sister Cersei given Episode 1.
Coster-Waldau knew now he wanted a purpose when he initial review for a show, whose fifth deteriorate debuts Apr 12. While a actor couldn’t fathom how a network would interpret George R.R. Martin’s extravagantly renouned books into a TV show, he was certain Jaime would be a torpedo part.
“Everyone only thinks of him as this dishonorable, implicitly ill bastard,” he says. “And afterwards all a things with Brienne [the cold womanlike knight] happened, and it was like, ‘Oh, wait, he’s indeed unequivocally nice. He’s got a heart.’ ”
But oh, a discuss — Jaime and Cersei’s attribute took a serious spin final deteriorate with that stage — a “was it or wasn’t it rape” beside a box of their murdered son Joffrey. (The outcome among viewers was clear: It was.)
“It took a while to hang my conduct around it,” Nikolaj admits. “I approaching controversy, though not for those reasons. we suspicion a fact that we were carrying sex in front of a passed child would kind of weird people out.” The actors discussed a stage before filming and approaching exhilarated fan debate. “But we suspicion it was utterly transparent that these dual people are in a unequivocally dysfunctional relationship,” he says. “I theory we were only being naive.”
It’s startling only how sensitively humorous and respectful Coster-Waldau is in person, as accessible as he is calculating and manipulative on a show. Yet a actor, who speaks with a amiable Danish accent, is so reserved, he seems on a corner of excitability while we discuss during a Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. With no food or coffee to fiddle with during a list off a hotel lobby, he fidgets in his chair — uncrossing his legs, disposition forward, afterwards re-crossing his legs. He’s as preoccupied with his “GOT” impression as we are, and thinks Jaime reached new levels of romantic abyss when his palm was gruesomely lopped off in Season 3.
“The universe identifies him as an extraordinary swordsman,” explains Coster-Waldau, “and when we take that away, he has to reinvent himself, kind of find out who he wants to be.” The actor now wears a prosthetic mold on set, that he takes off between scenes. Why? “Within 7 seconds it gets good and soppy and sweaty in there.”
Aside from his strike show, Coster-Waldau has also seemed in cinema like “Oblivion” and “Black Hawk Down,” and will seem in a arriving epic anticipation film “Gods of Egypt,” out in 2016. But these tough-guy tools are a distant cry from a child who grew adult on a tiny island in a south of Denmark. He was bashful flourishing up, always perplexing to acquire attention, and not during all a fighting type.
“I was customarily a male subsequent to a male who was fighting,” he laughs. “I was backup.” At age 6, a actor says, his classmates goaded him into fighting a strongest child in a class, “but he kind of sat on me, and that was it.”
A splinter of that artless girl remains. When Louis C.K. complimented him during a Emmys, “instead of being cool, we said, ‘Thank you, and we only have to contend I’m a biggest fan. If there’s anything, ever . . . we would adore to only make coffee on a set of your show,’ ” Coster-Waldau laughs. “You could see he felt ill examination me make a dope of myself; he was so disappointed!” When it’s suggested that maybe Louis C.K. would tell a opposite story about that meeting, a actor shakes his head. “I’m certain he wouldn’t,” he deadpans. “So greatfully don’t ask him.”
After high school, Coster-Waldau attended a Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance, that incited him into a triple threat. Well, arrange of. While he confirms that he can indeed dance and sing, “I would be unequivocally wrong to assign anyone to watch me dance or sing.” Still, with all of that ballet experience, maybe casting producers should cruise his dance ability for destiny roles? “If we do a Baryshnikov bio,” he says, “I’m going to be assembly member 425 in that movie.”
While he swears girls didn’t like him when he was younger — afterwards clarifies, “I would only assume they didn’t” — Coster-Waldau now lives north of Copenhagen with his mother of 17 years, Nukaka. The span met while behaving a radio play together. “It was unequivocally adore during initial steer — for me,” he says. “Not for her. It took awhile for her.”
Because “Game of Thrones” films in Northern Ireland, Spain and Croatia — divided from his family — he admits it’s formidable to conduct his work/life balance. But when he’s home, he creates time for cards and boardgames like Cluedo with his mother and kids, as good as roving towering bikes and personification soccer with friends. And he writes — many recently a play co-written with a friend.
He also tries to make a many of his work travel. While filming a Cameron Diaz rom-com “The Other Woman,” he stayed in Brooklyn Heights, and fell in adore with a Brooklyn Promenade, a café on Henry Street, and a Fat Cat bar in a West Village. But he doesn’t get to revisit New York as most as he would like. “It’s a best city,” he says. “It is one of a few places I’ve left to where it exceeded expectations. Everyone’s expectancy of New York is so big, and afterwards we go, ‘Oh, it unequivocally is like no other place on Earth!’ ”
But don’t count him in with those New York fashionistas. When it comes to clothing, a male who plays Jaime Lannister says, “I have no idea. No idea. Can we only write that he has no idea?”
Coster-Waldau is being overly modest. Today, he’s in Hugo Boss jeans, some Lanvin sneakers he was given on a film set and a gray competition shirt he picked adult in Venice Beach. For red-carpet functions, he enlists a assistance of stylist Ilaria Urbinati, wowing in Ferragamo and Brunello Cucinelli suits. But in his downtime, he’s a jeans-and-T-shirt kind of guy. “It is formidable for me to spend too most income on clothes,” he admits.
He did splurge on a high-fashion squeeze for a new talk-show appearance: a John Varvatos suede jacket. “I can’t remember how most it was,” he says, “but we felt like, ‘How will we ever be means to clear this?’ But we felt we had to demeanour cold and feel cool. And we did. It did a trick.”
When a new deteriorate of “Game of Thrones” begins, Coster-Waldau will be examination it right along with us, online around HBO GO. He’s clever not to trickle any secrets, though he looks brazen to following Cersei’s plotline (“It’s so messed up”) and he misses operative with Charles Dance, who played his father, Tywin, who was murdered on a opposite kind of bench — a porcelain kind.
But hey, that’s how a uncover goes: You never know when someone will get a ax . . . or a sword, a poison or a crossbow. In fact, says Coster-Waldau, “For all we know, we competence already be off a show.” And if his time does come soon? Well, he’d skip his friends and a work. “But it’s a pursuit — not my family,” he says. “It’s not a finish of a world.”
Fashion Editor: Serena French, Photographer: Jim Wright/Atelier Management, Stylist: Warren Alfie Baker during The Only Agency, Groomer: Erica Sauer with The Wall Group regulating Kevin Murphy and Murad, Location: The Rose Hotel, 15 Rose Ave., Venice, Calif.; therosehotelvenice.com
Photo Shoot by Jim Wright
Fashion Credits for initial double photo: (Left) Blazer, $1,895, and pants, $395, both during billyreid.com; Shirt, $1,250 during brioni.com; Sunglasses, $280 during Oliver Peoples, 812 Madison Ave. (Right) Shirt, $1,110, and trousers, $925, both during brioni.com; Louis Leeman leather-and-canvas shoes, $650 during saksfifthavenue.com; Jaeger-LeCoultre watch, Nikolaj’s own
Fashion Credits for second double photo: (Left) Dolce Gabbana bomber, $5,145, and Sacai trousers, $785, both during barneys.com; Shirt, $675 during brunellocucinelli.com; Paul Smith sunglasses, $300 during Oliver Peoples; Louis Leeman penny loafers, $625 during saksfifthavenue.com (Right) Blazer, $248 during brooksbrothers.com; Shirt, $525 during brunellocucinelli.com; Jeans, $220 during acnestudios.com; Belt (similar style), $190 during barneys.com
Fashion Credits for third double photo: (Left) Z Zegna blazer, $995, and T-shirt, $195, both during saksfifthavenue.com; Band of Outsiders pants, $295 during barneys.com; “Chuck Taylor” sneakers, $50 during converse.com; Socks, $4.90 during uniqlo.com (Right) Prada polo shirt, $1,020 during barneys.com; Trousers, $169.50 during clubmonaco.com; “Gaston” belt (similar style), $95 during reiss.com