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May 1, 2013 6PM EST

Q&A with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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    Having completed 3 seasons, what is the most significant change you like about Jaime?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Meeting Brienne has had a huge impact and probably more than he's aware of and I think if I had to pick one thing that's most significant I would say that it would have to be Brienne of Tarth.

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    Which quality of Jaime do you hate and like the most?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Well, it's a difficult one because often they go hand in hand. His pride sometimes gets him into trouble but it's also a trait I like about him. When he finally reveals the truth of the killing of the Mad King you go, "Why the hell didn't you mention this before?" But his pride got int he way but I totally understand why he didn't because he knew that it wouldn't make a difference. That, you know, in the eye of the world he was still an oath breaker.

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    If you, as a person, were to have to interact with Jaime, how do you think that would go?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I would like him very much if I just met him pre-loss of hand. I would think, what a self righteous, arrogant prick. But I mean, he has such a sense of entitlement about him and he knows how to push people's buttons and he does. But I would say to him, "C'mon, take it easy." Then I would tell him to get a hair cut. He's got this whole Prince Charming life going on. Just go get a hair cut.

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    Except the Lannisters, which is your favourite house?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    The Tarth House if there is such a house.

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    Was it difficult to you to inerpret your character? What can you say about Jaime Lannister?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Was it difficult? No...it's challenging in a very good way because there's source material and the world of George RR Martin is so great and amazing and 3 dimensional, it's unbelievable. And Dan and D.B. and team of writers, what they've done in adapting it. It's such a joy to work on. It's so well written that the biggest worry is not to mess it up. It's a great challenge, I don't find it hard. What can I say about Jamie? What I said before, if I met him at a bar, I'm sure I'd like him. I know why he is the way he is. I can relate and understand what a difficult life he's had. He's grown up without a mother, with a dominant father figure. He's close to his siblings and he fell in love with the one person that he just should have not fallen in love with - his twin sister - it's just so complicated. It made his life so difficult. For him, challenging things, but for me, the actor, it's a big treasure chest of goodies to dive into. And I ilek the fact that when GRRM created it, all of the characters are very human and to the extremes but I can still relate to them and I can relate to people having preconceived notions. All these things, we can relate to. Every son has a father and everyone has issues with our parents. Of course, his are extreme issues because Tywin is quite something but that's what I love about it. And I think that's why people love the show. Even though it's a make believe show, what the characters go through.

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    What is your favorite genre? Fantasy, political drama, science fiction...? Do you ever watch Danish television shows?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Yes, I do watch Danish television show. I just watched this show called Borgen. I like good writing. I love political dramas. I love good story-telling. The only thing I find difficult to watch - horror movies - not that I don't' like them. Like The Shining, it's one of my favorite movies, but it's terrifying. I feel like I've watched a marathon afterwards.

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    If you had the chance to play any other character on the show, who would it be ?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I think all the characters are great but I don't think I'd want to play any other character than Jamie. That's just the character I play and I love that character. Maybe Daenerys? I could do a good Daenerys, I think? Fly with the dragons. But no, Jamie's the one.

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    In the war of 5 kings, whom would you bend the knee to?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    None. I don't think we have any good candidates as it is. I mean, I would think it would be interesting to see young Bran grow up and become something...that would be interesting, anyway.

  • Q

    What has been the most rewarding part of being in the Game of Thrones cast?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Working with all of these amazing people and becoming friends and getting to know the crew, the cast. Dan and David. The people. That's the most rewarding thing. I've been working for 20 yrs and you know, it's really rare that the fans share the enthusiasm of the work. And since Game of Thrones has become so popular, it's a real thrill to share your own enthusiasm with so many people. Just the fact that we're doing what we do now, it's thrilling for me. That there are so many people who are willing to take time out of their day to ask these questions and are as passionate as we are. It's a privilege.

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    How did you become interested in portraying Jaime Lannister? Was there something that attracted you about the character? #HBOCollege #Vandy

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Yes. There was quite a few things. I met with Dan and David and they told me the whole story. They mentioned the ending of Episode 1 and it got me really excited because it was so dark and twisted and so interesting. They told me about being Kingslayer and the whole situation. I saw right away that it would be an amazing part to play. You could just smell the quality oozing through them. I've had experienced feelings like that before but they didn't happen, unfortunately, but this time I got lucky. I still feel very lucky to work with them.

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    Do you see Jaime more as a 'player' or a 'puppet' in the Game of thrones?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Neither, really. Definitely he has, up until this point, been a man, King's Guard, a soldier. Has done things he didn't awnt to do. But he does not want to be a player. Of course he is a player, he's a Lannister, a son of Tywin. As much as he doesn't, he's a player whether he likes it or not. I think he has no interest in playing the Game of Thrones but he's very loyal to his family but also, right now, he's in a moment transition. There's a scene with Tywin in the end of Season 1 where Tywin says, "I need you to be the man you were always meant to be" and I think he's on his way to becoming a man in his own right. It's going to be interesting to see if that's the man that Tywin wants him to be

  • Q

    What would you name your sword?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Benjamin.

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    Do you think Jaime loves or pities Tyrion? If you say both, what is the more powerful emotion?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I think he loves Tyrion. I don't think he pities him. I think he REALLY loves his brother and I think Tyrion is the one that he's closest to and the one that gets him the most. He doesn't pity his brother.

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    Does Jaime's character development make him hard to play? Does you have to change how to portray him or was it natural development?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    The more secrets and twists in a character the better. I wouldn't want to play any other character on the show. Obviously things happen in Jaime's life that deeply affect him but the writing is brilliant in making it feel natural.

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    Do you like the idea that Jaime is becoming a more sympathetic character this season?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I have always liked Jaime. I think it's very much a question of learning more about him.

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    How many times did you take the shot where your hand was cut off?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I cannot remember. The night we shot that part of the scene I was literally sick as a dog so it is all a bit of a blur.

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    After last week's episode, did you find yourself thinking "I hope Jaime never has to meet those dragons!"

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I hope he gets to met those dragons!

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    I love Jaime Lannister so much. Is that wrong?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    No.

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    Do you find yourself becoming more and more like Jamie as time passes?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    No.

  • Q

    If you could have control over ice or fire which would you choose?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Depends on the drink

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    What was the funniest moment on the set?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    There have been quite a few. Gwendoline Christie is a very funny lady

  • Q

    Do you think Jaime relates to Brienne in way, since they both are prejudged by everyone? Kisses from Brazil!

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I do think he relates to Brienne and that he understands her better than maybe he wants to admit.

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    Do you think you will find it difficult to act your future scenes without naturally using your right hand?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Any obstacle is great for an actor and for Jaime to lose his hand, his sword hand, couldn't be a greater obstacle.

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    Thanks again for joining us Nikolaj. Would you like to say anything to your fans as we close out today’s Q&A?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    Thank you so much for showing up in front of your computer. I'm very, very grateful for all of the questions and all of the enthusiasm and support that the show is getting. It's not something that any of us take for granted so thank you and have a great day.

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    Thanks for joining us for today's Q&A Nikolaj. How do you feel about the growth of your character from season one through season three?

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says:

    I feel great about this.When we started out and shot the pilot and got the season pick up i was really hoping we would get to Season 3 because I knew that this was the season where a lot of things would be revealed about Jamie so I feel great about it.

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