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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!


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Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
He's bound to be great!

Where/when can we see these readings?
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
You can't.
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Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
Surely just a foot taller would be acceptable... ;)

Excellent news to have confirmed, however. He looks very impressive, and sounds like he's figuring out how to inhabit the character. Things are getting better and better!

Would it be outré of me to ask if a Director of Photography has been selected yet? It's one of the pieces of non-casting news that seems to be most wondered about at this stage.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Your Porage Oats video embed actually gave me an evangelical ad against atheism. Is that a quirk of my browser? It's possible that that particular video appeared elsewhere on my friends page and confused the real embed.

Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
The Porage Oats embed works fine for me.
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Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
I love him as an actor and I love The Hound. Yay!
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
A Great Sandor
Getting someone who can scary the bejesus out of you is excellent, but getting someone who can do that and then show vulnerability is priceless. I love this cast.

Would you go as far down as six inches taller for Gregor? I've heard interest from the 7ft tall actor contingent.
Sep. 24th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Re: A Great Sandor
yeah his name is Conan Stevens he even look like he could be McCann's brother
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Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Wow. He's a perfect choice. Reminds me a lot of Sean Connery in his younger days.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oh man, the Dog is my favorite and I love this guy.

This is going to be great.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
When In Doubt...
CGI. I mean, we all know Frodo wasn't -that- short in real life. who's to say it can't go the other way around?
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Is he going to play the part Scottish? Please say yes.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
You've written many words in this blog, but these are the only few that have actually gotten me excited.

Although if he wasn't the Hound, he could always play Hodor. I mean, there isn't THAT much of a difference between 'hodor' and 'yarp.'

That was a Hot Fuzz joke. If you don't get it, go watch the movie.
Sep. 23rd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Rory looks pretty danged close to what I imagined... I was thinking a cross between Rory and that scary soldier who gets bit on the cheek from Braveheart...

Great casting! Thanks for the updates. I love 'em!
Sep. 24th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Get the best actor for the role and then put him on a box.
Sep. 24th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
It seems like an excellent choice. Rory has such a great smile in that commercial, it's a shame we won't be seeing it on the show.
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