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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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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.