Before fending for their lives throughout every threatening absurdity that ensues on Game of Thrones, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, and Rory McCann had to vie for their respective roles as Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, and The Hound on Game of Thrones.
Prior to their emergence as their characters on the HBO hit show, the three future co-stars had to show casting directors Nina Gold and Robert Sterne their ability to deliver dramatics! Although the actors' audition tapes have been around for quite some time, people, including us here at Hollywood.com, are just stumbling across them now. And are they ever impressive!
Prior to undergoing abuse at the hand of a**hole King Joffrey, a petite Sophie Turner showed up to her audition for stuck-up Sansa with a slightly messy head of strawberry blonde hair. And if you love Arya's badass eagerness on the show, you're going to get a kick out of watching all the sass Maisie Williams delivers while trying to snag her future role. And yeah, she's pretty effing adorable too! Despite their young ages, these Stark sisters sure know how to impress a casting director… and us GOT fans too for that matter!
Before the GOT make-up crew painted his ugly wound on his face, a very-bearded Rory McCann tried out for his role as Sandor Clegane, better known as The Hound. After hearing his husky, yet utterly intimidating vocals and watching his mesmerizing charisma, we too would totally hand over the part of Arya's kidnapper to Rory!
Watching these stars' auditions is a great distraction as we restlessly await the next series of Game of Thrones.
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The trio, along with several other celebrities, will discuss the story of Great Britain and Ireland in new documentary The British, starting with the Roman invasion.
Mirren will tackle the topic of William Shakespeare, and she insists The Bard's work is the perfect way of explaining what it means to be British.
She says, "If you wanted to teach someone who knew absolutely nothing about the British people, it would be very good to guide them to Shakespeare.
"You could see the foolishness, the humour, the brutality - it's all in almost every play."
The series will air in the U.K. in September (12).
We live in a dark time—dangers are plenty, evil is epidemic. But keeping these treacheries at bay is a colossal force of good. A dominating falcon of purity, might and wonder. And a pretty good actor, too. Of course I am referring to the masterful Liam Neeson—an actor who has delivered fantasy, historical drama, and action-packed excitement with a charm and fervor unparalleled in contemporary cinema.
This Friday, Neeson will reaffirm his apex of indomitability via a subarctic faceoff with a ravenous wolf pack in The Grey. And though perhaps there is nothing more quintessentially Neeson than a plot like this, the actor’s life and career have taken him through a variety of characters and worlds, dating back to his pre-performing days in Ireland.
Neeson’s career prior to acting is famously colorful. The young man supported himself as a forklift operator, a truck driver, and, most interestingly, a boxer. Neeson has stated publicly that he recalls giving up professional fighting shortly after undertaking a match with a broken nose, which caused him to black out.
Although he had been experienced with stage acting from an early age, Neeson’s first film role came at age twenty-nine, in 1981. Neeson played Sir Gaiwan in John Boorman’s Excalibur, a film that starred Helen Mirren and Nigel Terry.
Six years later, Neeson earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of a deaf and mute Vietnam veteran in Suspect, opposite Cher and Dennis Quaid. But the actor’s name really came to the public’s attention after the 1990 action/sci-fi, Darkman. Neeson played a mentally unstable scientist who adopted the masked vigilante persona of “Darkman” after suffering grotesque disfigurement at the hands of a group of criminals.
Through the ‘90s, Neeson’s career flourished. He and his wife Natasha Richardson starred alongside Jodie Foster in Nell. But the role to which Neeson truly owes his years of celebration is Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. Since 1994, there has, arguably, not been a single movie that has lived up to the terrific power that Schindler’s List embodied—this is due to the heavy subject matter and the artistic vision of director Spielberg, but also in no small part to the magnificent performance of Neeson as the hero to the Jewish people that was Oskar Schindler.
After this, Neeson found praise for roles like the title character in the period piece Michael Collins, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. Three years later, Neeson lived out every young boy’s dream by engaging in battle alongside Obi Wan Kenobi as the sage Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
The turn of the century rewarded Neeson with a slew of intriguing roles. The biopic film Kinsey proved that the actor who has come to be synonymous with bravado and might could also play intellectual, introspective and progressive characters.
Again, Neeson signed on for a dream role of children anywhere: playing the first major villain in Christopher Nolan’s magnificent reimagining of the Batman universe: Ra’s a Ghul (passing himself off as a role model to the Dark Knight until his malevolent intentions are eventually discovered) in 2005’s Batman Begins.
Finally, we recall with enthusiasm the exciting action thriller Taken, in which Neeson had a grand old time touring Europe on a quest to rescue his daughter from a dastardly kidnapping ring. Whereas another performer might have carried this role as your run-of-the-mill action hero, Neeson’s special flair made Taken one of the most fun and adventurous pictures of 2008.
And now, we await The Grey, which promises both the wily adventure and introspective nature of which Neeson has proven himself an expert. Beyond this, we can predict more fun, more excitement, more drama, more history…there is nothing that can stop Liam Neeson. Not Sith Lords. Not the sexually conservative. Not wolves. Nothing.
Well, I guess Batman kind of did…but that doesn’t count.
What is your favorite Liam Neeson movie? Tell us your thoughts below!
The Backstreet Boys, that is. Band member A.J. McLean returned from treatment for depression and alcohol abuse, resuming the popular boy band's "Black & Blue World Tour 2001" Friday night. The tour was put on hold July 9 when McLean entered an undisclosed treatment center. The group has 23 concert dates left on the tour.
French actor Philippe Leotard, who worked with many top French directors, died Saturday in a Paris clinic at age 60. The cause of death was not confirmed, although he has spent many years battling alcohol and drug abuse. Leotard won the prestigious Cesar award for best actor, the French equivalent to the Oscar, for his 1983 film The Balance.
The Venice Film Festival, which kicks off this Wednesday, will for the first time highlight not only top Hollywood films but more innovative, fringe cinema with two competitions--the Golden Lion and Cinema of the Present awards. Nicole Kidman, Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese will be among the celebrities attending.
Irish band U2 played in its home country Saturday to the biggest audience ever in Ireland. In an emotionally charged concert, the 80,000 adoring fans packed a huge field north of Dublin. U2 had not played in Ireland since 1997.
A publicist for Warner Bros. Television denied reports in British newspapers that British pop singer Sophie Ellis Bextor was set to join the popular sitcom Friends. The original report said Bextor would be replacing British actress Helen Baxendale in the role of Ross Geller's (David Schwimmer) former wife Emily.
Chris Tucker, co-star of the recent hit Rush Hour 2, will be joining a congressional delegation that will visit Africa next week. Tucker will join six members of Congress and about 30 business leaders during a stop in Nigeria. The delegation is visiting four West African nations to promote business, trade, improved health care and democracy.