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The White Knight

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The ranks are filling out on HBO's GAME OF THRONES.

Ser Barristan Selmy, Barristan the Bold, the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, will be played by Ulsterman IAN MCELHINNEY, Belfast born and bred.

Ser Barristan is a veteran of tournament and battle, and McElhinney a veteran of stage and screen who has been acting professionally since 1981. He was a pope on THE TUDORS, a captain on HORATIO HORNBLOWER, a priest, a doctor, a detective... though I believe this is his first turn as a knight. He's no stranger to the Paint Hall, though; the huge shipyard soundstage where we'll be doing much of our filming was also the place where they built the CITY OF EMBER, in which he had a role.



McElhinney is another terrific addition to our cast. He's a splendid actor, and his readings captured all of Ser Barristan's dignity and nobility. I can't wait to see him in his Kingsguard armor and long white cloak.

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dmoira
Jul. 15th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
I imagined Barristan with higher cheekbones, but I am excited to see Mr. McElhinney is otherwise, as I would imagine the squire.
silverjaime
Jul. 15th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
Love Ian McElhinney! And he's an alumni of my old school as well. I'm sure he's thrilled to be getting such a great gig at home!
He's a good director as well - his direction of wife Marie Jones' play "Stones in His Pockets" was brilliant.
mishmarlayla
Jul. 15th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
wow nice!!
gonna be awesome!
cailin_t
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:40 am (UTC)
hmm, this one will take some getting used to. this isn't at all how i pictured selmy.
lady_of_payne
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
I love him too
astro_tiger
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
excellent!
silar31
Jul. 15th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Oh, brilliant! Just as I pictured Ser Barristan.

Mr. Martin, the number of times that people have commented on these casting posts with "just as I pictured him/her..." and variations of same is a huge compliment to your descriptive powers in the books, and I hope you take them as such. :)
palecur
Jul. 15th, 2010 03:06 pm (UTC)
more like barristan the old amirite
silkeno
Jul. 15th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Accents
With news of all these international actors taking roles in the production, I was wondering about what accents will be used.
I still remember the odd way in which accents were used in the LotR movies. The international actors were all trained in British accents, but the regional UK accents that were used seemed quite random.
For example, Sean Bean used his own Northern English accent, the actor who played Pippin used his own natural accent, which is Scottish, the American actor who played Sam was trained in a West country accent (a lighter version of what most people know as a classic 'pirate' accent) and everyone else pretty much used the same generic English middle class accent no matter if they were from Gondor, Rivendell or Bag End.

I think a big production like this is a perfect chance to add an extra layer of believability by giving characters from the same area appropriate and consistent accents. For example, I've always imagined the wildings having Scottish accents (even though your Wall was not build by Hadrian)
Of course it goes without saying that I won't want to hear any American accents, they worked perfectly in Pulp Fiction, but just sound wrong in fantasy.
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grrm
Jul. 15th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Pleased to "meet" you.

Have fun standing in.
jwwalsh16
Jul. 15th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
He was great in the Hornblower series.
gmcivor
Jul. 18th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
game of thrones
Hi hope you don't mind me asking but do children in Northern Ireland have an opportunity to audition for the game of thrones. My daughter is 14 years old and has previous experience in TV and film and would like to audition.
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