House Of The Dragon star Rhys Ifans said acting in the Game Of Thrones prequel was a great opportunity to work with the “incredibly talented” actors he admires including Matt Smith and Paddy. Considine and Olivia Cooke.
His all-star cast and series’ creators walked the red carpet on Monday in Leicester Square, ahead of the show’s premiere on Sky.
House Of The Dragon is a fantasy story based on Fire And Blood by author George RR Martin, set 200 years before the events of Game Of Thrones.
The HBO television series chronicles the beginning of the end of House Targaryen and the events leading up to the Targaryen Civil War, known as the Dance of the Dragons.
Ex-Time Lord and The Crown star Smith plays Prince Daemon Targaryen, King Viserys’ younger brother and heir to the throne, while Cooke plays Alicent Hightower.
Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans, 55, who plays Cooke’s on-screen father and King Otto Hightower’s hand, told PA news agency: “It’s amazing when you know you’re about to be working with someone. extremely talented.
“I think what defines a great actor is creative generosity and every actor I’ve worked with on this show has that limit.
“As a result, we became very close as actors, which is beautiful.”
He added: “I heard on the course that I was going to do it, I got a script and read a few episodes.
“I think Paddy Considine, Matt Smith and Olivia Cooke were on board, three actors that I really admire, they obviously read it and liked it, so I thought ‘if they’re in, I’m in. ‘.
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“It’s been a great opportunity to work with some quality talent.”
The big-name series also stars Steve Toussaint, Line Of Duty, Doctor Who and Death In Paradise actor Steve Toussaint, who plays Lord Corlys Velaryon, a famous maritime explorer who built the house into a seat of power and wealth.
He told the PA news agency: “It’s a bit scary at first because you think ‘Oh my gosh, Rhys, Paddy, Olivia, Matt’ but then you realize that we all have the same insecurities, it’s fun. knowing them. Mankind.
“When you walk into the set and see all the great work that’s been done, it’s a bit shocking, but the actual acting work is exactly the same, you look into another actor’s eyes, draw the truth from them.”
The British actor, originally from Barbadia, said he was subjected to racist abuse online after being cast as a character described as having fair skin, ghostly pale hair and colored eyes purple in the book, but are described as black aristocrats with long silver eyes. in the series.
He told the PA news agency: “I won’t shy away from talking about it, it’s a fact, certainly people have let it know that they are not happy under the uncertainty.
“There are shows on TV that I don’t watch, there are actors I don’t like, but I don’t feel the need to broadcast that show to anyone, I just don’t watch them.
“If you feel the need to promote to the world that you don’t like the show or in fact, like some, contact me on my timeline and let me know how much you don’t want me to know. . You’re in there then something is wrong with your life, you need to get out and do something about it.
“If that’s what you have to do then you’re missing something and I feel sorry for you.”
The film also stars Emma D’Arcy, who plays Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, the king’s firstborn, pure Valyrian blood and a dragon rider, Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, and Eve. Best, who plays Princess Rhaenys Velaryon in the new series.
Speaking of the cast, host Ryan Condal told PA news agency: “It’s like having a garage full of Ferraris, everyone is having fun driving around.
“They all make me look better as a writer, they are all great to work with, they are smart, most of them come from the stage, so they really get into the work. of character.”
A replica of the Iron Throne from the series, erected outside the Tower of London last week, was also featured at Monday’s premiere with the stars taking turns posing on it.
Co-creator Martin, who served as an executive producer on the series, was forced to miss the world premiere of the HBO series House Of The Dragon on July 28 after testing positive for Covid- 19 and did not appear at the London premiere.
House Of The Dragon will air on Sky and streaming service Now from August 22.
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