Richard Madden on going to extreme lengths during filming and watching Game of Thrones without the danger of being killed off
You come from Elderslie, a town between Glasgow and Paisley. Since Game of Thrones you’ve probably become the most famous son after William Wallace. Can you beat him?
My next challenge! But how can I be more famous than Mel Gibson?
The Red Wedding in Game of Thrones shocked the world. As an actor, did you feel a sense of achievement?
Most important was how we managed to keep it such a surprise. It’s in the book, it’s on the internet and so many people didn’t know it was going to happen.
Are you looking forward to watching series four not having to worry about who’s out to kill you?
I could not be more excited. When you’re in it, you read the scripts so many times, you know what’s going to happen inside out. I’ve got the joy of just being a viewer this time.
Are there any similarities between Game of Thrones and your new show Klondike?
It’s a story of your humanity and morality, how you survive when stakes couldn’t be higher and everything is life and death all day everyday.
It’s set during the Gold Rush?
On paper it’s about two guys that go up to the Yukon during the Gold Rush to make their fortune in 1897. It’s just a really great drama focusing on human beings in extreme situations.
Did you get in any extreme situations while filming?
I probably nearly died a couple of times. I did all my own stunts, threw myself into category four river rapids, got frostbite on my face. That hurt.
What’s the cure for frostbite on your face?
Lotions and potions. Filming Game of Thrones seemed tropical by the end of Klondike.
The character you play, Bill Haskell, was a real person. What did you find out about him?
I found out a lot about his strength. You had to be a warrior just to get to where they went. He was a man who never took the easy option. When there’s murder and greed and violence, at the point where anyone of us would become an animal and stab someone in the back or slit a man’s throat to save yours, there was that beautiful bit of humanity.
It’s like you’re describing modern day Paisley.
Exactly that. You don’t know what’s going to happen next.
Next up for you is Disney’s live action Cinderella. Prince Charming no less…
He’s a character that everyone has a conception of but what do we know about him? I’m trying to make him true and honest within a fairytale context. I need to pull my weight – there are some big players in that film: Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett plays the evil stepmother.
A slightly better cast than your average pantomime.
Although that’s what I thought it was when I got it through on my email, a panto in Poole then I realised, actually Kenneth Branagh is directing. Oh right, ok. I’ll read it then.
Will Richard Madden buckle under the pressure? Watch the Klondike star in our quick-fire 60 second interview!
It looks like Fox’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four” is getting closer to finalizing its cast.
Sources tell Variety that Simon Kinberg has finished rewriting the script and that the studio plans to begin testing thesps for the roles of Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic) and Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman) by the end of the month.
Teller was asked Tuesday in an interview at Sundance if he would be playing Richards. He replied that, “Yeah that should be happening in the next few weeks,” making it seem like the actor was already on board. But sources say the actor was misunderstood and that he is testing but isn’t the frontrunner or officially attached. Other actors expected to test for the part include “Game of Thrones’” Kit Harington and Richard Madden.
Kate Mara and Saoirse Ronan are expected to test for Sue Storm. Michael B. Jordan is attached to play Johnny Storm, but he is expected to test with the actors to see which group has the best chemistry.
Josh Trank is on board to direct the pic with Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Gregory Goodman serving as producers.
“The Fantastic Four” is slated to bow June 19, 2015.
Richard Madden has revealed how he risked life and limb to recreate the Klondike gold rush.
The Scot had to escape an avalanche by running towards it while filming the series, his first in North America.
And he was left hanging off a 9000ft mountain by a rope in a blizzard.
The former Game of Thrones star was thrown into raging rapids as he rafted down a river. And during filming of the epic Klondike, which premiered in the US two days ago, cameras froze at -38C.
Richard, who grew up in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, said: “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Klondike shows humans in the rawest form, where the stakes are literally life or death every day. Things are out of your control and how you react defines you as a person.”
Richard, 27, plays adventurer Bill Haskell, who escapes life behind a desk to join the 1890s Klondike gold rush to find fortune and love with entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney, played by Abbie Cornish.
Richard’s most frightening moment came as they were filming above the clouds.
He said: “At that altitude, the air is so thin you can’t breathe but we were having to run uphill towards an avalanche – for shelter. We were at our limits physically. I always try to be as fit as I can but this was definitely the most physical job I have ever had to do.”
The actors were roped together, hanging off a mountain and buffeted by a blizzard while saying their lines, .
Richard – who is dating Doctor Who’s Jenna-Louise Coleman – said: “As an actor, you don’t have to pretend – you are simply in the elements the character is experiencing. We were at the end of our tether. The weather has been brutal and there were points when we were on a frozen lake where the cold was intense, reinforced by four huge snow machines – so the snow was really hitting you in the face.”
Klondike was shot in Alberta, Canada, and part way through, the location had to be evacuated after flooding.
At one stage, Richard – who is being tipped for Hollywood stardom after winning the part of Prince Charming in Disney’s Cinderella opposite Downton Abbey’s Lily James – had to throw himself into dangerous river rapids.
The actor, who played Robb Stark in Game of Thrones, said: “I tried to convince myself that it’s just a big set and they can turn off these river rapids whenever they wanted.”
Executive producer on the six-hour series was Aliens director Ridley Scott. He said: “Shooting at minus 20C and even -38C, it is stultifyingly hard.”
Updated the gallery with a new twitter pic (outtake from the TV Guide SDCC photoshoot), new Klondike production stills and some new Klondike NYC Premiere photos thanks to Helen!