Jon Snow Ordered by Game of Thrones Bosses to "Stay Pale"

Jon Snow Ordered by Game of Thrones Bosses to "Stay Pale"

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Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, can't turn up to shoot with a tan, he reveals.

While it might be fun to be part of the cast of HBO's critically-acclaimed TV series, Game of Thrones, there are certain drawbacks to it as well. For Kit Harington who plays Ned's bastard son Jon Snow, it's having to constantly look like he hasn't seen sun in months. In an interview with Shortlist, Harintgon reveals some of the things he's mandated by the Game of Thrones' "bosses."

I can't turn up to shoot with a tan...They shove so much mud on your face it doesn't really matter anyway, but yeah, I have to stay pale.

Harington also reveals that for this year's Game of Thrones shoot, he'll be leaving the cold weather of Iceland for the first time and going to Croatia with the rest of the cast for a set visit.

I'm going to Croatia this year. I'm going to do a set visit because I'm sick and tired of them coming back and saying, "Oh we just finished on set and jumped into the sea - it was great!"

Finally, remember back in season 3 when Snow pranced around in his birthday suit? He was asked if he was worried whether his naked body double was out of shape.

The thing is, you have more of a hold over your character than you think. The painful part was watching someone running and walking for me. It's a wide shot and no one will ever notice, but if I think about season three, it bothers me.

Harington can currently be heard in How to Train Your Dragon 2, where he voices "Eret." He will next be seen in the British spy film Spooks where he will play Will Crombie. If you're a fan of the Game of Thrones, make sure you watch this trailer mashup of Disney's Frozen with Game of Thrones' season 4 trailer; and what Hodor wants to say if and when he's given a chance to say something other than his name in the HBO series.

Source: Shortlist

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My heart bleeds for him.

It seems like an incredibly dull interview if those are the highlights.

You know nothing of tanning, John Snow.

I wonder what the target audience is for this article. Nice that he's going on holiday. Good for him, but...was that really all there was to the interview?

The linked article on Shortlist is actually, well...better. Questions about voice acting and the Spooks series, while not particularly in-depth, are more interesting than focusing on his tan or lack of one.

If having a body double bothers him, couldn't he have just done the nude scenes himself? It's what 90% of the female cast have to do, as far as I can tell. Frankly, GoT needs more male nudity, and considering the fans' fondness for Mr. Harington, I don't think any of them would have complained.

Seriously, Game of Thrones needs more cock. Not even kidding.

If I remember correctly, he broke his ankle before shooting season 3 and that's why they used the body double

Anachronism:
If having a body double bothers him, couldn't he have just done the nude scenes himself? It's what 90% of the female cast have to do, as far as I can tell. Frankly, GoT needs more male nudity, and considering the fans' fondness for Mr. Harington, I don't think any of them would have complained.

Seriously, Game of Thrones needs more cock. Not even kidding.

So, what you're saying is that Game of Thrones needs more...

I'm pretty sure every major actor in any long-running TV show has similar instructions about what they have to look like.

I'm... yeah, this is one of the most superfluous "news" I've seen on the escapist, the original starts out with VO work and other stuff about his acting career but what seemed important for The Escapist is how he's not allowed to get a tan? really?....

REALLY?

First off, this counts as news?

Secondly, making someone look pale shouldn't be a problem for a competent make-up crew. Like, seriously; that's what make-up artists are for.

Just slap some baby powder on him and presto.

Yeah, the chap playing Hurley on Lost (I could open a new tab and look that name up... but nah) was instructed to not loose weight because of the time scale Lost worked on... which was tricky in that climate with all that exercise they were doing.

I'm going to assume that Croatia will be the backdrop for Dorne?

Jon Snow ordered to stay pale, gets a WoW account... :p

FrozenCones:
I'm going to assume that Croatia will be the backdrop for Dorne?

Croatia has been the backdrop for King's Landing since the start of the show (the town of Dubrovnik). Also, not really a good fit for Dorne, what with Dorne being a desert and Croatia not really...

What's so bad about being pale?

Anachronism:
If having a body double bothers him, couldn't he have just done the nude scenes himself? It's what 90% of the female cast have to do, as far as I can tell. Frankly, GoT needs more male nudity, and considering the fans' fondness for Mr. Harington, I don't think any of them would have complained.

Seriously, Game of Thrones needs more cock. Not even kidding.

Game of thrones is in dire need of more male nudity, i could not agree more. I think we can all agree (by all i mean every one who likes guys) that we wanted to see Jamie, snow, the viper, knight of the rose and his bf naked.

FrozenCones:
I'm going to assume that Croatia will be the backdrop for Dorne?

Dorne will likely be in Spain. http://time.com/2950896/game-of-thrones-spain-dorne/

OT: Well that was pretty obvious. It's not like the Night's Watch have lots of vacation time in Essos.

also not able to cut his hair either.

A "Spooks" movie! That s very cool... I am looking forward to that
I couldn't care less for Harrington's pale ass

Jon Snow, White Walker and King of the North confirmed.

In other news, vote now on your favorite character before the premiere of the next season, if you are lucky George R. R. Martin will make an appearance in season 5 to personally stab your favorite character in the throat!

Grape_Nuts:
What's so bad about being pale?

Nothing, but its a definite restriction on his activities. No beach vacations for john snow

Oh boo hoo. Some actors go through a lot worse than not being able to tan in order to get into their character fully.

Anachronism:
If having a body double bothers him, couldn't he have just done the nude scenes himself? It's what 90% of the female cast have to do, as far as I can tell. Frankly, GoT needs more male nudity, and considering the fans' fondness for Mr. Harington, I don't think any of them would have complained.

Seriously, Game of Thrones needs more cock. Not even kidding.

He hurt himself around filming time and couldn't do it

From the Wiki:

"Harington broke his ankle in July 2012, in the gap between filming for Season 2 and Season 3. After a night of partying he realized he lost the keys to his flat, so he tried to climb into his first-floor window, then fell. As Harington explained: "Everyone always says you must have done it on set horse riding or running across glaciers or something cool...I was an idiot"

I heard he was meant to be a bit of a knob from someone working on it. This interview does not disprove that.

Anachronism:
If having a body double bothers him, couldn't he have just done the nude scenes himself? It's what 90% of the female cast have to do, as far as I can tell. Frankly, GoT needs more male nudity, and considering the fans' fondness for Mr. Harington, I don't think any of them would have complained.

Seriously, Game of Thrones needs more cock. Not even kidding.

I believe the double is primarily for action scenes, the actor's in good shape but that's not necessarily actually the same thing as being athletic or skilled enough for some of those fight scenes. Also, I believe that at one point he was injured.

This isn't unusual, stunt-work and stage combat are an extremely technical and focused specialty to the point that few of the specialists are actors to begin with, and those that are are usually obsessive enough about the technical parts to prefer not to waste their time being the guy doing the lines and brooding at the camera as well.

Jim_Callahan:

Anachronism:
If having a body double bothers him, couldn't he have just done the nude scenes himself? It's what 90% of the female cast have to do, as far as I can tell. Frankly, GoT needs more male nudity, and considering the fans' fondness for Mr. Harington, I don't think any of them would have complained.

Seriously, Game of Thrones needs more cock. Not even kidding.

I believe the double is primarily for action scenes, the actor's in good shape but that's not necessarily actually the same thing as being athletic or skilled enough for some of those fight scenes. Also, I believe that at one point he was injured.

This isn't unusual, stunt-work and stage combat are an extremely technical and focused specialty to the point that few of the specialists are actors to begin with, and those that are are usually obsessive enough about the technical parts to prefer not to waste their time being the guy doing the lines and brooding at the camera as well.

I heard him give an interview for Pompeii where he suggested that he did his own sword fight scenes at least.

Jim_Callahan:

Anachronism:
If having a body double bothers him, couldn't he have just done the nude scenes himself? It's what 90% of the female cast have to do, as far as I can tell. Frankly, GoT needs more male nudity, and considering the fans' fondness for Mr. Harington, I don't think any of them would have complained.

Seriously, Game of Thrones needs more cock. Not even kidding.

I believe the double is primarily for action scenes, the actor's in good shape but that's not necessarily actually the same thing as being athletic or skilled enough for some of those fight scenes. Also, I believe that at one point he was injured.

This isn't unusual, stunt-work and stage combat are an extremely technical and focused specialty to the point that few of the specialists are actors to begin with, and those that are are usually obsessive enough about the technical parts to prefer not to waste their time being the guy doing the lines and brooding at the camera as well.

Oh, I know all that, you don't generally want the expensive, big-name stars doing stunts and fight work which could get them injured. That stuff often gets handled by the second unit anyway, so the stunt guys can do the fighting while the actors are elsewhere doing the acting.

That's why I talked about body doubles rather than stunt doubles. You don't need a stunt double for a nude scene, unless you're having particularly acrobatic sex. Like I said, most of the female cast don't get doubles for their nude scenes, and considering that Jon's only had one, very brief nude scene to date, I'm still not sure why Harington couldn't have done it himself, even with a dodgy ankle.

 

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