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Kit Harington reveals why he nearly quit acting after Game of Thrones

Published: 21/Sep/2020 0:19

by Theo Salaun

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Superstar actor Kit Harington is beloved for his role as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, but he has recently opened up and explained that the duress of the show nearly caused him to retire from the trade altogether. 

Game of Thrones first aired on HBO in April 2011 and ended in May 2019, lasting for a full 73 nearly one-hour-long episodes and proving a true test of its actors’ physical and mental endurance. For Harington, who played a central role as Snow from Season 1 all the way to Season 8, that toll proved nearly too heavy to bear.

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Born into a thespian, gender-fluid household, the renowned Game of Thrones star was a perfect fit for the emotionally self-reflective, brooding character that helped propel his career into the limelight. But quarantine has allowed the actor to reflect and he has subsequently opened up about how burdened he began to feel by the end of the series.

As expressed in an interview with Telegraph’s Gavanndra Hodge, the sheer breadth of HBO’s global phenomenon coupled with Harington’s own relationship with gender politics made the 33-year-old actor consider retirement.

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Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, whose relationship plays a pivotal role in Game of Thrones’ later seasons.

“It has been interesting — going through lockdown, getting over this TV show, where, by the end of it, I didn’t know if I wanted to be an actor anymore,” he said.

As Harington explains, he and the entire cast loved filming the series for the first few seasons, with him personally reaching a peak of joy in Season 3, in which he met his now-wife, Rose Leslie (known to GoT fans as Ygritte).

But by the later seasons, he was simply reaching his limits: “I cried a lot in the last season, just out of sheer fatigue.”

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Ygritte and Snow, whose on-screen romance segued into a real-world marriage.

That openness toward emotion plays a legitimate role in the fatigue he felt, as the actor continues on to relate his experience playing a heroic masculine archetype to his upbringing and current perspective. His mother was a playwright and introduced her sons to both theater and the immaterial lines between male and female.

Citing his experiences receiving dolls and Polly Pockets instead of their boy-focused counterparts, Harington reveals that his upbringing “was very gender fluid from the word go.”

And, understandably, all this factors heavily into his current perspectives as he is deeply conscious of inherited male trauma and the problematic natures inherent to hyper-masculinity.

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A young Snow, as he and much of the GoT cast grew up acting in the global hit series.

Despite seeking to bring added elements of self-reflection and emotional openness to Snow, the actor remained fatigued by spending the majority of his 20’s playing a role so deeply embedded in masculine archetypes. But, upon reflection, he does not want to quit acting, simply to retire from playing such roles.

“Having portrayed a man who was silent, who was heroic, I feel going forward that is a role I don’t want to play anymore. It is not a masculine role that the world needs to see much more of.”

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Cosplayer celebrates Halloween as Pennywise with horrifying female twist

Published: 23/Oct/2020 0:20

by Michael Gwilliam

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As Halloween draws closer, cosplayers are getting into the spirit by dressing up as some of the classic horror characters from history and Pennywise from Stephen King’s It is perfect for the occasion.

Cosplayer Bloodraven decided to show off her take on the demonic clown in a series of images taken at a photoshoot.

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If you didn’t know better, the cosplay would look like it was ripped right from the movie considering how impressive it is.

All of the iconic character’s facial traits are present with some minor adjustments to fit Bloodraven’s female figure.

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The red nose and lines over the mouth to the cheekbones remain intact, but instead of a nasty hairdo, Bloodraven decided her take would be more feminine.

To pull this off, she added some bows in her hair while still matching the villain’s bright orange style.

Moving onto her attire, the dress remains consistent with some minor tweaks to make it her own. There’s a bit more pink to the ensemble that make it stand out.

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Overall, it’s a frightening take on Pennywise and a compelling case that the character could be female in a future reboot.

Aside from the clown, Bloodraven has also cosplayed as many characters from anime, movies, games and more.

Her works include Midnight from My Hero Academia, Mary Saotome from Kakegurui, Death Note’s Misa Amane, and Overwatch’s DPS hero Ashe to name a few.

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With so much variety to her cosplays, there’s no telling who Bloodraven will transform into next or if she has any more fun cosplays up her sleeve in time for Halloween.

We can’t wait to see what she decides to do next.

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