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Danish star Pilou Asbæk was a die-hard Game of Thrones fan before he was cast in the series, but admitted feeling disappointed when he finally made it onto set. In a recent interview, the HBO epic’s bloodthirsty baddie outlined what he would have changed about his time as Euron Greyjoy.
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Former Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk has confessed ‘the magic disappeared’ when he got in front of the camera as Westeros’s most feared pirate, Euron Greyjoy.
Asbæk appeared in nine episodes across the show’s final three seasons, but fans may be shocked to learn the star only had about 20 minutes of screentime.
Speaking to The Times, the star recalled the demands he had for showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss when he first signed on.
He explained: “I said, ‘So you guys have written him like this. Would you mind if I made the costumes a little bit more swag, a little bit more like Keith Richards?”
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“I don’t mean in expression, I mean in he doesn’t give a s**t.”’
Despite his limited presence in the series, Euron nevertheless made a huge impact on the course of the series.
Not only did his army take down Rhaegal, one of the three dragons under the command of Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke), he also became the lover of Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).
Like his on-screen counterpart, George R.R. Martin’s version of Euron doesn’t appear in the original books until a little later.
Even so, the ruthless pirate plays a major role in the fourth book in the series, A Feast for Crows, alongside his brother, Victarion’s point-of-view chapters.
He is also expected to return in the upcoming six instalment, The Winds of Winter, as confirmed in sample chapters released ahead of the novel’s impending release.
Unfortunately, Asbæk felt his airtime in HBO’s adaptation wasn’t representative of his character’s role in Martin’s epic series.
He continued: “On a personal note, do I wish my character was a little bit closer to the books? Do I wish my character had a little bit more screen time?”
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“F**k, yes, it’s the biggest show in the world. You want to be the lead.”
When the divisive final season of Thrones finally aired in 2019, many devotees to the original saga criticised the series for pushing certain characters to the sidelines.
As showrunners Benioff and Weiss overtook Martin’s original vision for A Song of Ice and Fire after season five, readers are hoping the fantasy author can provide a more satisfying ending for the favourite characters.
Although Asbæk didn’t get as much play as Euron as he may have wanted, he also understood why some of his character’s best moments didn’t make the final cut.
He added: “But that’s not the job. The job is to do the character and not what your ego tells you to do.”
Thankfully, the Danish star has shown no signs of slowing down after his memorable appearance in the latter seasons of Game of Thrones.
He recently appeared alongside Marvel star Anthony Mackie in Netflix’s Outside the Wire, and will also co-star with Sylvester Stallone in upcoming superhero thriller, Samaritan.
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