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Game of Thrones Trivia # 18: Read On To Know Who Audited For Which Part (Photo Credit: Wikipedia & Games of Throne)
Game of Throne is arguably one of the best shows (which can rule out the final season if you want) we’ve seen on TV in a long, long time. The multi-million dollar show has a huge cast, so it’s easy to say that several actors auditioned for the roles but didn’t get them.
While we know a lot of Hollywood names were doing their best for roles, did you know that some actors who actually landed a GOT gig got turned down for other characters too? Well it is true. Rejected or mismatched schedules, some Thrones cast members made it through to show after more than one attempt.
So keep scrolling down for a look at the interesting castings that could have happened in Game Of Thrones. Did you also know that three GOT actors auditioned for Kit Harrington’s Jon Snow? Below is who they are.
Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton) – Jon Snow
We all know Iwan Rheon as the evil and bloodthirsty Ramsay Bolton from Game Of Thrones. While playing this character with a hideous core to perfection, did you know that he originally wanted to play the good guys? According to the actor himself, he said he was in the finals for Jon Snow’s role with Kit Harrington.
Speaking to Interview magazine, he said, “I think it was between Kit and me, which is pretty crazy. It could have turned out so differently. I would be dead now. I think you made the right choice, it would have been a completely different Jon Snow if I had played him. “
Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) – Melisandre
We all know Natalie Dormer as the beautiful and clever (after all, in her short life she was engaged to one and married to two kings) Margaery Tyrell. Interestingly, this wasn’t the first Game Of Thrones role she auditioned for. In the book Fire Cannot Kill a Dragon, James Hibberd spoke to the Game of Thrones cast about the characters they auditioned for but didn’t get.
During that chat, Natalie revealed, “I auditioned for Melisandre.” She added, “Then I got a call from my agent who said, ‘They loved you but want you to audition for another role.’ And I think, ‘Damn it, that Melisandre part looks damn cool!’ “The Game of Thrones actress also said,” Carice [van Houten] did a great job, but I always had to giggle on the couch when a Melisandre scene came up. “
Liam Cunningham (Davros Seaworth) – Ser Jorah
Liam Cunningham aka Ser Davros Seaworth – a man who went from being a pirate to King Jon Snow’s right-hand man on the series – originally had an entirely different role. While speaking with GQ, Liam refrained from naming the character he was first called after, but said it was one from the first season of Game Of Thrones.
Talking about the role, he remembered the moment he was about to say no to the show when he was first contacted and said, “They contacted me and said, ‘It’s dragons’ and I said : ‘Stop right there’ and they said, ‘It’s HBO’ and I said, ‘Send me the script.’ “He added,” I read the script and the hair came up on my neck. I ran back to my agent and said, ‘Get me in there right now.’ “
Conleth Hill (Varys) – King Robert Baratheon
If Conleth Hill aka Varys – the eunuch, spider, and master of the whisperers on the King’s Little Council – had gotten the role he auditioned for first, he wouldn’t have brought it to life after season one. Although Varys is manipulative, he originally auditioned for the naive and bold Robert Baratheon, the former king.
In a later conversation with the Huffington Post, this Game Of Thrones actor said that he thinks Mark Addy, who later won the role of Robert, was the right decision. He added, “I have to say that I got out of the meeting, which went well, and looked who was behind me, saw who it was.” [Addy], and said, ‘Well he’d be fine’ and he was and he got it. You know, this is showbiz. “
Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy) – Jon Snow
The loyal (though not always) Theon Greyjoy would have been written by someone else if Alfie Allen had got the first Game Of Thrones role he auditioned for. As reported by metro.co.uk, Alfie, who was a Ward of House Stark before becoming Ramsay’s broken pet, Reek, was
auditioned for the lead role of the show – Jon Snow. The show’s showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff said when they revealed that Alfie had actually read for the role, they said, “Well, he’s great … but he’s not quite Jon Snow. ‘”
Joe Dempsie (Gendry) – Jon Snow
Another actor who auditioned for the role of Jon Snow was Joe Dempsie aka Gendry – the bastard son of Robert Baratheon. Speaking to Left Lion, Joe revealed, “I auditioned for the role of Jon Snow first and obviously didn’t get it. I have been called back to various roles across the board. I’d played two or three different roles and every time I didn’t get them I thought, “I don’t get those parts, they obviously think I’m bullshit.”
He continued, “At one point I auditioned for Gendry and I thought the first audition went just fine, but the recall was probably one of the worst auditions I’ve ever done before I went to the second audition.”
Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) – Cersei Lannister
We all love – well, not love, but you have the feeling of Carice Van Houten as the Red Priestess Melisandre from Games Of Thrones. While she served as a close advisor to Stannis Baratheon, brought Jon Snow back to life, made it to Aryan Stark’s list, and more, did you know that she actually wanted to play another character on the fantasy show?
Speaking to Vulture in 2012, Carice announced that she had been asked to audition for the role of Cersei Lannister, but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts. She told the publication, “I thought the queen was going to play a great role, and” [the producers] asked me to audition, but I couldn’t because I was shooting something else. “
Eugene Simon (Lancel Lannister) – Joffrey Baratheon
Eugene Simon aka Lancel Lannister – the first cousin of Jaime, Tyrion and Cercei Lannister, had a different role in mind when he first auditioned for Game of Thrones. The character, who had an incest relationship with Cersei, reportedly wanted to play her son before joining the religious movement known as the Sparrows.
You read that right! Eugene, who died in wildfire, could have suffered a more cruel fate on the show if he ended up getting the role he wanted as first King Joffrey Baratheon.
Conan Stevens (Gregor Clegane) – Khal Drogo
Can you imagine anyone other than Jason Momoa playing Khal Drogo in Game Of Thrones? Well, we can’t do as much as we try. Interestingly, Conan Stevens aka Gregor Clegane actually auditioned the mountain for Khal Drogo just to put his name on the map. According to a What Culture report, Gregor wasn’t in the pilot episode of Game Of Thrones, so Conan auditioned for the role of Khal Drogo in hopes that other roles would pop up and producers would think of him. It hit the mark!
Would you have wished for any of these characters above to play the first Game Of Thrones roles they auditioned for? Let us know in the comments.
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