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Nicole   /   04.11.2012   /   0 Comments

Lots of politics in Game of Thrones:

Visiting Mexico, actors Kit Harington and Richard Madden, explained how the HBO series, is related to the real world.
Since it’s launch in 2011, the series Game of Thrones, has won followers around the world. However, the comparisons with other productions like Mad Men, Breaking Bad or The Sopranos did not wait because of the amount of drama and intrigues that their plots hold.

But for Richard Madden (Robb Stark) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow), two of the lead actors of the show, inspired by the A song of Ice and Fire series, of the author Geroge R. R. Martin, as the season progresses, that premiered April 1st worlwide, the comparison will no longer exist, since they will go deeper into the political side of the story.

“The show is about pilitics. Currently we live in a world in which this is a daily issue, and it’s a game in which we are all part of. It’s not about the people itself, it’s about power. But I also think that the success it’s got is because even though there is politics involved, there’s also fantasy and emotions, and people want to lose themselves in this world after their day by day”, Harington says in his interview with Función.

In this season, the plot produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for HBO, is based on an upcoming war to conquer the throne of Westeros.

“In the world of politics that we live in, we don’t see what happens behind close doors, we don’t know the conversations that take place between those that have the power. In the show we do, and that is why is so interesting to people to see how far are they willing to go to survive” Madden adds.

During their visit to promote the production, the actors agreed that in the series, that has already confirmed its third season,each and every explicit sex and violence scene is justificated, because it’s about telling a story in which “the animal instinct” that the human being has, is at surface.

“I never believed that television should be censored, I think we should be allowed to do what we want, not to stop the creativity. There’s gonna be people that are going to like it, and others that won’t, but in this case there’s reason to put all of those explicit sex and violence scenes, they are needed to portray this world”, affirms Harington.

“The violence and the sex is the world in which the characters live in, and in the one we live there’s also sex and violence. Some of the characters have a very developed animal instinct, but there are others who talk about loyalty and honor in the decisions they take. In many levels the characters reach out to people”, Madden added.

According to Harington, the series, contrary to what one might think, has a feminist overtone. 

“The way the women are treated, is a reflection of what happens when a man sees a girl. I think the show in some way is feminist, the most powerful, the strongest roles are for them”.

“(The women) are the most brutal of the show, the say the show is made for the men, but that is the falsest thing I’ve heard, because in the streets at least 60% of people who approche me to talk about GOT are women”, added Harington.

(source, thanks to Carolina for the translation)

Nicole   /   04.10.2012   /   1 Comment

Besides good looks and a Scottish accent, Richard Madden shares another trait with his Game of Thrones character, Robb Stark: a love of horses. But it didn’t start out that way.

“I didn’t know how to ride before I got the part,” he tells PEOPLE. “I actually ended up really enjoying it, and continue to do it [on my own].”

After learning he had landed the plum role on HBO’s epic series, Madden immediately began taking horseback riding lessons to successfully portray Stark, a highborn lord who grew up on horseback.

“That’s something that’s very natural to Robb,” Madden says. “I don’t want to be thinking about trying to keep a horse in check or trying to control him; I want it to be second nature to me so I can focus on doing the job.”

His appreciation for the animals has come around so much that Madden now enjoys squeezing in a ride when he’s not needed on set.

“Horses are these amazing creatures, and very cunning actually,” he says. “When I can, I’ll just jump on a horse and go for a race around in between scenes. It keeps the horses awake and it keeps me entertained too.”

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Nicole   /   04.09.2012   /   1 Comment

Last season, Game of Thrones embraced the tagline: Winter is Coming. For season two, winter has been replaced by war. And leading the charge is Richard Madden’s Robb Stark.

In the season two premiere, we caught up with Stark as he pontificated about his ruling future, grappled with the fate of a dangerous prisoner and felt the pressure crashing down on him like never before. According to Richard, it’s only going to get more intense for Robb as the season wears on.

In addition to revealing what lies ahead for another one of Thrones‘ would-be-king’s (romance! betrayal! war!), Richard opened up about the overwhelming fan reaction to this show, what excites him about this season two journey and the incredibly important decision he made about Robb’s chastity.

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Nicole   /   04.06.2012   /   1 Comment

THE INTERVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT THE SAGA ESPECIALLY THE THIRD BOOK

Scottish actor Richard Madden, 25, has broken into the spotlight by playing Robb Stark on HBO’s hit show, “Game of Thrones.” As the second season of the show continues, Stark, the eldest son of the beheaded Ned Stark (Sean Bean), has been declared “King in the North,” and has launched war against their sworn enemy, the Lannisters, who hold the Iron Throne. In this Q&A, Madden talks about his passion for the books, his character’s spectacular demise and what life-lessons one can learn from the show.

How did you first get involved with ‘Game of Thrones’?

I got a call from my agent to come in and do a reading. I kind of got psyched when I read about it. I thought, let me get into these books. I started the first book and I couldn’t put it down. I read the book about nine times. I delved into it as much as I could. I was very aware, right away, that the books had this big fan base. I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes who had ownership over that character. I tried to play the character as honest as I could.

‘Game of Thrones’ hit a ratings high on Sunday, with 6.3 million viewers. Are you surprised at how intense fan interest has been?

I don’t know how surprised I was. When I got the Season 1 sketch, I knew the show would be very good. The writers didn’t patronize me as an actor or patronize the viewers. They don’t write a line for something that can be done with a look. We ask a lot of the audience. We ask them to keep up and look for the subtleties. David and Don [writers and creators David Benioff and D. B. Weiss] worked amazingly hard, and the actors, there’s no weak link the chain. Everyone’s at the top of their game. It’s a really great story and it’s very relatable.

High-quality television shows can really tell a story in much longer form that movies can. Do you think TV has surpassed film as the superior storytelling medium?

I look at the show like a 10-hour movie. There’s a lot of actors and you have so much more time to tell a story and get to know a character. ‘Game of Thrones’ couldn’t be a movie. There’s too much in it. You couldn’t do it justice. You have to let everyone into this world. Plant the seeds early and get the payoffs later.

[Spoiler alert: Do not read further in this interview if you have not read “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in the series, “The Song of Fire and Ice.”]

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Nicole   /   02.20.2012   /   1 Comment

“To be totally honest, buying clothes is out of necessity. I have endless supplies of pants and socks because filming overruns and I don’t have time to go to the laundrette so I end up buying more,” grins an infallibly dressed Richard Madden.

Best known for his captivating portrayal of Robb Stark in leading fantasy drama Game of Thrones – and not to forget for knocking the likes of Gerard Butler clean out of the water winning Best Dressed Man at the Scottish style awards – Richard remains perplexed as to how he scooped such a prize: “When I dress myself it’s definitely not well planned. It’s like shit, I need a shirt for now, so I’ll go into the shop and find something and then afterwards think ‘you bought that….really…why!?’ Horrible mistake!”

Today classic, understated and dashing as ever, dressed head to toe in black apart from the charcoal trench in tow, the glistening grandiose of London’s Soho Hotel couldn’t be further removed from the actors onscreen sword-laden, horseback rampages through a reminiscently medieval landscape.

“As soon as I put on my costume my physicality instantly is changed because I have to walk a certain way, that and the fact that I’m in the accent all the time really helps me get into character.”

A fantasy tale of warring families and avenging warriors, the hit television series based on the bestselling novel A Song of Ice and Fire by American author George RR Martin, sees Richard find his footing as a coming-of-age King, following the death of his father (Sean Bean).

“Sean’s an actor that knows what he’s doing in front of the camera, you can just watch him and he’s got it all in his eyes. My character follows his character so much and looks up to him it kind of mirrors me being a young actor looking up to someone who’s loads of stuff.”

Returning to our screens this April for its second season, Game of Thrones is already on everyone’s lips and the show’s second offering promises to deliver an equal level of cult hype and acclaim.

“It’s been great how many people have really tuned into it, people who don’t usually like the genre. That’s what I get a lot of the time, people saying I’m not into any of that but I love the show. This season you go deeper into a lot of the characters. Robb Stark has more confidence – he’s learning by doing – we have a little love story or two, there are some new faces, some people get more evil, some get smarter and of course there’s a bit of death thrown in their too.”

Pausing momentarily with the arrival of more coffee, Richard shakes his head in jests: “Musicians get beers and ice buckets when they do anything press related, that’s what I want!” He laughs. “On a serious note, I’m definitely not one of those actors who just want honey and lemon and think if they act like an athlete their performance will be better. To be honest going to the gym is the last thing I want to do every day, but I have to because my character has topless scenes and is meant to be fit and I need to convey that to the audience.”

It is clear that attention to detail is important to the rising star. Although his character’s journey is already mapped out in the novels, Richard explains he doesn’t read ahead, allowing the audience discover his character with him. He is also very selective about which roles he chooses to play: “Things have just jumped for me which has been nice but I’ve tried to keep it as diverse as I can. I try not to play parts that I’ve done before or that aren’t particularly interesting to me. I feel if I’m not that interested in it then an audience won’t be either.”

The result has seen Richard unleash his talent on many a role from classic characters like Romeo to a gay paramedic in Sirens, most recently gracing our screens as Captain Weir in the BBC’s adaptation of Birdsong, alongside Burberry’s new muse, Eddie Redmayne.

Unlike his ubiquitous co-star, the unassuming Scotsman has so far shied away from the flashlight of fame: “I’m terrified of a still camera but if it’s rolling I’m fine. Whenever I’ve done any photo shoots in the past we’ve had a really good photographer who’s helped me A LOT! I just become instantly terrified, totally aware of my face and body and I just crumble and hate it. I don’t know how to do it,” he smiles. “I have huge respect for people like Eddie who can!”

That’s not to say the twenty-five-year-old can’t stomach a challenge. Currently on hiatus from filming Game of Thrones he hopes to secure a ‘more adult male’ role in his next show of versatility: “I always take some time trying to find the right thing for me. I’ve been playing young men for years so I’d like to try a late twenties masculine character in a really meaty drama, I think that will test me as an actor. I want to push myself at the moment. It’s all about what catches me and what’s going to make me work…!”

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