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As Sandor Clegane, the Hound...

... yes, it's Rory McCann, a wonderful Scots actor.

Most of you figured that out weeks ago, of course. Mea culpa. My clues were much too obvious this time around, especially the spelling of "porage," which yielded up the secret to anyone who googled the word. If I had gone with "porridge," that might have created a few more hours of mystery at least.

Here's the Scotts Porage Oats commercial from which the clue was taken:

As for my second clue, "the dog is green," well, that one was pretty easy to find as well, once you found McCann's name from the "porage" reference:

It wasn't either of those that won Rory the role, however. Nor was it his performance in HOT FUZZ, a movie that I've heard good things about but never seen. His look had a lot to do with it, though. A lot of good actors auditioned for the role, and several gave really first class readings... but simply did not have the physicality the part demands. Sandor needs to be a big guy, powerful and threatening, someone who looks like he could break you in half. Rory is all of that and more.

Mostly, though, it was his readings. We had other good ones, yes, but none to touch his. One of the scenes in the side was Sandor's scene with Sansa, where he tells her how his face came to be scarred. In the space of a few lines, Rory had me terrified (where he roars, "Look at me," and makes her look at his face), made me chuckle (when he says no, the burns weren't dragonflame), and brought a tear to my eye (when he tells his story). After I saw that, I knew he was Sandor... and David, Dan, and Tom all agreed.

I think you'll going to love him as the Hound.

Of course, if we go to series, now we're going to have to find someone a foot and a half taller to play his brother. Now THAT will be difficult!


Sep. 24th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)
Re: A Great Sandor
since George brought it up... Rory's reading truly affected us - I startled when he demanded that Sansa look at him - a scene I know deeply - a few moments later, for the first time in all the years of reading and re-reading the books, I actually felt compassion for Sandor. Now that's acting! I've never understood those who have some sort of attachment to Sandor being a 'wounded bad boy' who could find the good side of the force by the love a good woman (Sansa). But I think Rory could have that sort of attraction for viewers if D&D give him a chance.
Sep. 24th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: A Great Sandor
Thanks for that, Parris!

Sandor has always been one of my favorite characters. While, like you, the idea of him as a romantic figure is slightly alien to me, I've always felt there's been an element of tragedy to him. The idea that Rory will be able to bring all of his facets to light only heightens my anticipation.

Hearing these reactions to the readings from you and George really cement my feelings that this cast is going to be excellent!
Sep. 24th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: A Great Sandor
That's my take on Sandor as well.

And, great to hear your reactions, George and Parris! Can't wait for the series. The people at HBO would be fools to let it slip past them.


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