Category: Interviews

Esquire (June/July 2017) Interview & Photoshoot

Kit Harington Already Died Once

He’s the face of television’s most obsessed-over show. His hair alone has more fans than most actors. But as Game of Thrones enters its second-to-last season, Harington faces a dilemma: To enter the next phase of his career, must he leave Jon Snow behind?

Kit Harington has bobbleheads on the brain. “I have to approve a new one every day,” he says. “I’m not joking. I’m asked, ‘Are you happy with how this looks?’ I’m like, ‘It’s a fucking bobblehead—what do you want me to say?’ ”

To be fair to the product designers, capturing in plastic the hirsute attributes that have become the obsession of Harington’s many millions of fans probably requires a level of attention reserved for conservators at the Louvre. And soon they’ll no longer have a live model: Harington is counting down the days until he can get a proper shave and a haircut. The time, as it happens, has nearly come: He has one last shoot day for the seventh and penultimate season of Game of Thrones, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For now, the scruffy face of one of pop culture’s defining franchises is sitting across from me in a back booth at a restaurant in New York’s East Village. He arrived smelling faintly of a freshly smoked cigarette and wearing celebrity camouflage: thick-frame glasses and a baseball cap, which is doing its meager best to contain his unruly jet-black mop.

The hair will soon disappear, along with, in 2018, the show that made Harington famous. But what will live on is the outsized, tormented spirit of Jon Snow, the frostbitten hero he’s played for the better part of a decade: the brooding bastard prince who’s lost everyone closest to him; who was stabbed to death at the end of season five and then resurrected in season six; and who will confront the possible annihilation of every living thing in season seven.

Harington understands that his likeness will be mass-produced and hawked while the suits still have the chance to make a buck. But time is running out. “Without saying whether I make it to the last season,” he says, despite widespread reports that HBO extended his contract at $1.1 million per episode through the final thirteen episodes—seven this season, six in the next—”we’ve been trying to say goodbye to the show this year.” That means saying goodbye to Jon Snow, too.

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Game of Thrones cast: Season 7’s faster pace will stun you

Kit Harington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reveal a big difference this year on GoT

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was shocked when he read the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts: “I’m like, ‘Already? Now?! What?!’”

The Jaime Lannister actor (and other members of the HBO hit’s cast) say fans should similarly brace themselves: The upcoming season is an intense and fast ride. The pace of the series, they say, has noticeably ramped up from previous years. In fact, season 7 doesn’t play quite like any other season of the show.

“I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace,” Coster-Waldau says. “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to … a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”

Agrees Jon Snow actor Kit Harington: “This season is really different than any other season because it’s accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on Thrones … it’s so different than what everybody is used to. It’s quite exciting.”

Now, fans are probably thinking the fast pace is because there are fewer episodes — seven this year instead of the customary 10 (and then there’s an eighth-and-final season still to come). But that’s actually not the case, the show’s writers say. “Things are moving faster because in the world of these characters the war that they’ve been waiting for is upon them,” showrunner Dan Weiss explains. “The conflicts that have been building the past six years are upon them and those facts give them a sense of urgency that makes [the characters] move faster.”

Put another way: Between Daenerys and her army sailing toward Westeros, the Night King and his army of the dead descending from the North and the Starks aggressively retaking Winterfell … there are multiple storm-of-swords battle fronts all coming together at the same time.

“For a long time we’ve been talking about ‘the wars to come,’” showrunner David Benioff says. “Well, that war is pretty much here. So it’s really about trying to find a way to make the storytelling work without feeling like we’re rushing it — you still want to give characters their due, and pretty much all the characters that are now left are all important characters. Even the ones who might have started out as relatively minor characters have become significant in their own right.”

Adds co-executive producer Bryan Cogman: “There are White Walkers and dragons and once they start to come together the story has to go where it goes.”

And where does the story go, exactly? Well, Monday’s dragon war photo gives you some idea. And, previously, actor Iain Glen, who plays Ser Jorah, claimed the season 7 scripts were the best ones yet.

Source: EW

Kit Harington’s nonchalant response to that BIG Game of Thrones fan theory

Season 6 was a victorious season for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) after his brutal betrayal in season 5. He was resurrected, then reunited with his sister Sansa (Sophie Turner) who helped him win the Battle of the Bastards and retake their childhood home, Winterfell. Finally, in the season 6 finale “The Winds of Winter,” Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sight gave fans some long awaited answers pertaining to Jon Snow’s royal parentage.

After all these satisfying moments for Jon, fans began to crave the ultimate fan theory even more. Lucky for us, The Huffington Post asked actor Kit Harington for his thoughts!

“The Prince That Was Promised” is perhaps the largest, most anticipated fan theory of Game of Thrones. In short, the Prince that was promised is a prophesied hero, a legend in Westeros. Before his resurrection, many fans assumed this would be Jon.

So what does Harington himself think of this awe-inspiring theory?

I think you have to wait and see what happens this year, and if we find out anything more about Jon. I think Jon would hate the term ‘The Prince That Was Promised.’ If someone turned to him and said, ‘You’re The Prince That Was Promised,’ he just wouldn’t pay much attention. That’s what I love about him, so I don’t really care about it either. You know, I think that’s what’s great about him. He’s got very little ego on him.

That lack of ego is precisely what makes Jon so fit to rule and further adds to the possibility that he could be The Prince.

Be sure to check out Huffington Post for the full theory break-down!

Source: Watchers on the Wall

Kit Harington Says Not Knowing How ‘Game of Thrones’ Will End Is ‘Amazing’

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.

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Kit Harington Promises ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 7 Will ‘Break Boundaries’

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

Exclusive: Kit Harington talks ‘ambitious’ ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7

The wait is over — winter is [almost] here!

Fans will still have to hang on for a few more months before “Game of Thrones” returns for season 7. The show announced Thursday via Facebook live that the return date is July 16.

Shortly after the big reveal, Kit Harington spoke to ABC News about the new season, calling it “much grander” than anything fans have seen before.

“[Season 7 has] so much more ambition,” he said while promoting his new film “Brimstone” out in theaters tomorrow. “There are less episodes this year, so they spent more money on those episodes. So, the whole scale of it is up.”

The new season will have 7 episodes instead of the usual 10.

In fact, Harington, who plays the incomparable Jon Snow, touched on the final two seasons, 7 and 8, and said he wants to see the show go out “with a bang.”

“That has to happen at the end of ‘Thrones,’ this season and next season,” he said. “It has to go into places TV hasn’t been.”

As for how fans will receive the highly-anticipated comeback after last year’s big reveal that Harington’s Snow had come back from the dead, he admits he’s always surprised at the positive reactions from the “Thrones” masses.

“I’m such a big cynic, I film a scene and [think] it’s gonna be a terrible scene,” he said. “Then when everyone loves it, I’m happy.”

With the big release date earlier in the day, fans literally helped the show melt a block of ice by typing “fire” into the comments to reveal the date. There were more than 100,000 fans on the stream right after it began and millions of views by the time the July 16 date had thawed out.

Viewers left off at the end of season 6 with Emilia Clarke’s Daenerys in search of the Iron Throne, while Lena Headey’s Cersei had just pulled off one of the most sinister revenge plots in history, reclaiming the top spot in Westeros. And then there’s also Snow, who should play a big part in the mix of things.

Source: ABC News

Kit Harington for TheWrap

New interview for TheWrap, you can read more in this link and watch a behind the scenes video.

For years there have been fan theories about Jon Snow’s true parentage, and now it appears that the main theory is true: His mother is Lyanna Stark, Ned Stark’s brother, and his father is Rhaegar Targaryen. Do you have your own theories about what that’s going to mean in the long run?
I do, and I never really like expressing them. If I say what my theory is, then some people will take it as gospel because I play the character. And I also find it unhelpful in playing the character to theorize about it, because he doesn’t think too much about it. If he gets to know that truth at some point, which I hope he will, it will be a really fascinating moment to play.

So are you now waiting and wondering when Jon Snow is going to die for good?
[Laughs] Yeah. But here’s the thing: I feel like one of the safest people on Thrones now. Maybe I shouldn’t say that. He could die next season, but I felt very safe this season. Because if I come back to life in Episode 2, it would be awful storytelling if you kill me in Episode 4. So I felt a bit cocky this season.

Kit Harington enjoyed playing a “psychotic and unpredictable” villain in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

If there’s one thing that Call of Duty has excelled at, it’s attracting Hollywood’s greatest talent to portray some of the most diabolical villains in video game history. Kevin Spacey as Jonathan Irons in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Lance Henriksen as General Shepherd in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Kevin Gage as Captain Gabriel T. Rorke in Call of Duty: Ghosts are just a few examples of bad guys with big plans and even bigger Hollywood talent attached to them.

This year the tradition continues in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare with Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington shedding his good guy persona to portray Admiral Salen Kotch the leader of the Settlement Defense Front. Thing is, there’s always been a shade of grey when it comes to the bad guys of Call of Duty. General Shepherd sought to restore America to a position of authority on a global stage, while Irons was concerned with fighting a war in a more efficient manner without the interference of politicians who had yet to experience the horror of war first-hand.
And then there’s Salen Kotch. A leader for a new frontier beyond Earth, Kotch may just be as mad as a hatter. “You know what excited me about it was the villain. I don’t get to play villains very often, I’ve never played a villain before,” Kit Harington said in a video interview.

That was the first thing that excited me about it, and I came into the room thinking ‘I’ll do this villain thing,; I’ll do this kind of classic Bond villain thing. And as it went on it became a really interesting role. Like all best villains, [he’s] psychotic and unpredictable. I really enjoyed playing psychotic and unpredictable.

My take on Admiral Kotch is that he has an element of the dictator about him. He’s an invading commander, he’s someone who wants to control a whole race of people and he feels that he’s entitled to do that. He’s also not afraid of death. That makes him incredibly terrifying. But i think what was great with Salen Kotch is that he’s a madman. I found that very fun to play.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare gets properly psycho (IN SPACE!) on November 4.

Source: Lazy Gamer

Kit Harington defends theatregoers criticised for eating and talking

Game of Thrones actor who starred in West End show Doctor Faustus says prejudice towards younger fans could kill theatre

Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones star who found himself at the centre of a row over theatre audiences’ behaviour this week, has said criticising young fans could kill theatre.

Harington rejected claims made by the award-winning theatre producer Richard Jordan in The Stage newspaper that audiences had behaved inappropriately at the final night of Harington’s Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York theatre.

Harington, who rose to fame as Jon Snow in the TV series, said: “I am afraid that if the theatre is going to die of anything it will be from exactly this type of stereotyping and prejudice aimed towards a new and younger generation of theatregoers.

“I have been a theatregoer since childhood and I didn’t feel that our audiences were disrespectful in the slightest. In the whole run of 10 weeks I can count one time that a phone went off in the audience.

“Of course pictures were occasionally taken, as unfortunately cannot be avoided in any audience anywhere today, but on the whole it was not a huge amount and definitely not off-putting as a performer. I found our audiences to be hugely enthusiastic, energised and responsive. I can’t think of a greater support I’ve had as an actor on the stage.”

Jordan had said that television audiences enticed to the West End by big stars were ruining the experience for others by talking, eating loudly and answering their mobile phones.

“What amazed me most was this audience, many of them Game of Thrones fans, could see nothing wrong in talking, eating and taking pictures throughout the show – or complaining when asked to stop,” he wrote in the Stage.

“A couple saw nothing wrong in producing from their bag a box of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets and a large side of fries. At the interval, they had popped out and purchased these to consume through the second half.

“Munching certainly seemed to be the order of the day. The couple to my left ate their way through a large tub of popcorn during act I, while the couple on my right chomped through a packet of crisps. It was like listening to eating in Dolby Stereo, and sadly at the expense of being able to properly hear the lines being spoken on stage.”

Source: The Guardian