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The “Game of Thrones” star has a key role in “Brimstone,” the bleak, violent and uncompromising Western from Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven (now in select theaters and available On Demand/Digital HD). The film slowly, over the course of four in-film “chapters,” unveils the grim circumstances in which a young, mute frontier midwife and mother (Dakota Fanning) finds herself the target of an obsessed and unrelenting fire-and-brimstone preacher (Guy Pearce). Harington plays Samuel, a wounded cowboy running from trouble, who receives shelter from the 14-year-old Liz (Emilia Jones) and leaves a lasting mark on the girl as her life descends into horror.
Once again, Harington treads into territory that unflinchingly explores violence, brutality, and their aftereffects, much like the HBO fantasy series he’s best known for. After wrapping filming on the upcoming seventh season, he admits that he’s still marveling on how the show has moved forward so strongly, without a new volume in the epic A Song of Ice and Fire” series to shape it.
Moviefone: “Brimstone” is quite an amazing piece of filmmaking, and I imagine it was a very easy “yes” for you to get involved. But what were the specific motivators for you? What were the things you saw in the character and in the story that really got you excited creatively?
Kit Harington: I’ll be honest: I read the script a while before I joined it. Then, as sometimes happens, the role went to someone else. It went to Robert Pattinson. I kind of put it to bed in my head. Then whatever happened happened, and I came aboard very late.
I think first and foremost, I really wanted this role from the get-go because the script was so strong. It was so interesting. It was so surreal. It wasn’t really specific to any kind of genre.
It takes a pretty unflinching look at violence and its consequences, and also very dark elements of sexuality, and both are things that you’re also familiar with from “Game of Thrones.” Why are these things, do you feel, important to explore artistically for you right now?
I think I’ve always been an advocate of going to really disturbing places in the dramas that we see, and to places of real violence. It could be a very controversial and very difficult subject to tackle on film, especially violence against women, and making sure that we’re not trying to use it as just a plot device.
And I think this piece was really about a young woman’s fortitude, and her journey through very tough and difficult and brutal things happen that in her life, and I feel that was a story that was worth telling.
The King in the North tells HuffPost the wait is worth it.
This is why Kit Harington is King in the North.
Along with the rest of the world on Thursday, we sat patiently waiting for “Game of Thrones” to melt a block of ice on Facebook to reveal the Season 7 release date. A tortuous couple of failed Facebook Live streams later, we finally got our answer.
As the ice was melting (literally), The Huffington Post asked Harington over the phone if Season 7 was worth it.
“Yes, I’m gonna say, ‘Yes.’ I mean I hope it is. I certainly did more this season than I’ve ever done. I think every actor on it did more action, had more action, had more scenes,” he said. “They really focused it because less characters are coming in, and they’re focusing in on the existing ones, and there are lots of people who cross paths, and that’s something that I think the audience has been waiting for for a long time.”
(Hmmm, what characters have we been waiting a “long time” to cross paths?)
(Khal it maybe?)
Harington continued, “They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s gonna be much bigger in scale, the CGI … we’re trying new things, experimenting with new camera techniques. I think we’re trying to break boundaries and push past boundaries in these final two seasons.”
Was he done yet? Oh, hells Snow.
“You have to live up to the hype that’s surrounded the show and the worst thing would be to end without really pushing and trying new things. Even if it’s a failure, at least trying to go out with a bang,” Harington added.
Despite what happens in the final two seasons, Harington is aware that he’ll never totally get away from Jon Snow.
The actor is now appearing in the Western-horror movie “Brimstone.” Through chapters, the movie reveals the haunting and horrific struggle of a woman (Dakota Fanning), who is tormented and pursued by a mysterious preacher (Guy Pearce). Harington plays Samuel, an antihero who may get a bit of redemption, but he knows some fans will still see him as his “Game of Thrones” character.
Harington said, “Most roles I go into I have the same appearance, so you’re never going to drift completely away from a viewer who’s watched ‘Thrones’ and loves ‘Thrones.’ They’re always going to see an element of me, which is the character of Jon Snow. I’m never going to get away from that so, for me, I don’t try and fight against a character like Jon Snow.”
Still, Harington explained that he actively seeks out a variety of different roles.
“I spend half the year playing a surly hero, and the other half of the year I quite like trying a different type of character, and this, he’s a short but powerful part of the film in the girl’s life, and he’s an antihero, but she changes him and he leaves the film trying to save her. I found that really interesting,” said Harington. “Brief but really interesting character development to explore.”
Taking on those new parts can be challenging. Harington said a shake-up in the casting gave him only one day to prepare for “Brimstone.”
“I was on a plane about 24 hours after being offered the part, desperately trying to make quick choices about who this character was. Usually you have a couple of months getting into character. I had very limited time. I didn’t have a lot of time with the accent, so I made a choice, and it’s probably horribly inaccurate, but it helped me gloss who he might be,” said the actor.
At least his “Game of Thrones” castmate, Carice van Houten, who also stars in “Brimstone,” had a hug waiting for him when he arrived.
Hey, Jon Snow didn’t have time to prepare to be King in the North either, and that worked out pretty well for him.
Source: The Huffington Post
Another good news for Brimstone: the film has been officially selected for the competition of the 73rd Venice Film Festival. So congratulations once more to the cast and crew! 😉
The president of the jury at this year’s festival, that runs from from August 31 to September 10, will be filmmaker Sam Mendes and is being dedicated to recently deceased directors Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Cimino.
I’m also adding to the gallery the first production still of the film with Kit (and also actress Emilia Jones) published by the festival’s official twitter:
The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival‘s lineup was announced today in a press conference and Martin Koolhoven‘s western thriller with Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington and Carice van Houten was selected for a Special Presentation, like many other titles. The festival runs from September 08-18. Congratulations to the cast and crew 🙂