'Game of Thrones' star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on the Battle of the Blackwater
There’s something strange about seeing Jaime Lannister walk the red carpet at an Internet awards show. “Yeah. I’m gonna kill someone, probably,” Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau joked to EW when we mentioned the cognitive dissonance his appearance inspired. But the man who plays the Kingslayer had good reason to attend last night’s Webby Awards: He was on hand to accept an award on behalf of Greenland.com, the official website of his wife Nukaaka’s homeland. (His five-word speech: “Things I do for love,” spoken in his wife’s native Greenlandic.)
Coster-Waldau also knows a thing or two about dealing with the denizens of the web; he told another reporter that shortly after he was cast on Thrones, he made the mistake of reading a fan site’s message board. “There was a whole long discussion about my nose, which was just not acceptable to some hardcore fans,” he recalled with a smile. “They read the books, and this guy was supposed to be good looking, and with that nose, it just ruined it for them.”
The actor can understand those initial objections; after all, he’s also a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. Still, he doesn’t object to the liberties that Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have taken with the books — especially when it comes to his character’s storyline.”The thing about Jaime Lannister — in Book 2, he’s got one scene. So it makes sense to speed that story up a bit,” he told EW, referring to this past Sunday’s episode. “I think the writers, Benioff and Weiss and the rest of the team have done an amazing job [choosing what to condense],” he continued.
Coster-Waldau also thinks they’ve done a great job with this Sunday’s “huge” battle scene — even if he’s a little bummed that he didn’t get to appear in it. “I can’t wait to see it,” he enthused, noting that while he hasn’t watched the scene itself yet, he did spot a few of the sets: “They’re just amazing.”
And if the Kingslayer is impressed, you know this is gonna be good.
Game of Thrones
HBO's epic fantasy drama based on George R.R. Martin's novel series 'A Song of Ice and Fire.'