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The Knight of Flowers

I suppose I could still hint around about this... something about holly and oaks and a bill, I guess... but it seems rather pointless, since (1) you guys would solve such hints in about twelve seconds, and (2) the answer has already leaked out on Twitter and has been picked up by some of the fan sites.

So instead I'll just confirm the reports. We have our Knight of Flowers. The part of Ser Loras Tyrell in the HBO series GAME OF THRONES will be played by Finn Jones.

Jones is a talented young British actor whose previous credits include the long-running British soap opera HOLLYOAKS and a cop show called THE BILL. I haven't seen either of those myself, but I have seen Finn's audition for Ser Loras (the scene where Loras confront Jaime and Brienne at the gates of the Red Keep), which was terrific.

(There's a YouTube video with clips for those who might be interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOsUFwKxAPk There's also a YouTube fan video from a young lady who seems to be madly in love with him, which I guess just goes to show that (1) he's a great choice, and (2) Sansa isn't the only one. That one you'll need to find for your own selves, however).

So... House Tyrell is now represented in the GAME OF THRONES.

I should mention, by the way, that the earlier report of Finn Jones' casting was somewhat premature. At the time the news leaked out, via tweet, Jones had been cast and had been approved by HBO, but the deal had not yet closed. In fact, it was not until this morning that HBO officially informed me that the deal was set. Which is why nothing has been said until now. You have to understand the way the process works, folks. Many audition, they are winnowed down to a few finalists, a choice is finally made after much internal discussion and weighing of alternatives, the choice is submitted to HBO for approval, approval is given (or sometimes, rarely, not -- in which case it is back to square one)... and then negotiations begin with the actor's agents.

But not every deal closes. Sometimes you can't get together on the money. Sometimes there is a problem with the dates and shooting schedule. Sometimes, in between the audition and the callback and the final offer, the actor gets another job... a movie or another TV show (you and I may think it mad, but truth is, most actors would prefer, say, a lead in another production to a supporting part in ours)... and elects to take that instead. Lots of things can happen.

And no one wants to announce an actor, only to have the negotiations dead end for one reason or another, or the actor withdraw. Which is why I will never post anything here until the deal is closed. So keep that in mind the next time you hear a rumor on Twitter.

There should be more casting news soon, by the way. Another five or six parts have been cast and approved... but the negotiations are still ongoing with the actors in question and their representatives, so I will say no more. You'll have to wait. (But David and Dan and Nina have found some great people, so the wait will be well worth it).

Today belongs to Finn Jones. Three cheers for bold Ser Loras!


Jun. 19th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
That sort of thing does happen as well to some soap opera actors, but it's usually the ones who have great success on soaps, ironically. They can't then get out of that "hole" once they made that kind of name for themselves. It's not a bad gig, though, some of them make a LOT of money doing those shows, but it stunts their creative career in many cases. The ones who go on to bigger things usually are actors who's characters don't catch on and so they get written off the show. Then later they make it in either mainstream, major TV shows or film when nobody remembers them from the soap world.

What I hear a lot, though, from actors is that soaps are a great training ground because you have to shoot every day for a very extended season, so you get a huge amount of experience.

I know two former soap actors. One, Peter Love, was a big star on two major soap operas in the States. He's a fantastic actor, and even teaches acting in Hollywood these days (I think he's still doing that). But I think because he was so well known in the soap world it really kept him from having a bigger career.

My other friend, Tim V. Murphy, was on an Irish TV soap opera and was pretty famous there. He's now in the states and getting some decent roles in movies like MacGruber and Appaloosa. He's not famous here by any means, but he's still out and about getting some good work. I really want him to get a role in Thrones, he's got an amazing look for it and he's from Ireland (not N. Ireland, though), which might help.
Jun. 19th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC)
I believe UK soaps don't pay very well. But, that's acting in the UK, it's generally much lower paid than the States. And Hollyoaks is... about the bottom rung of the ladder in UK Soap terms.

(They apparently have an upcoming storyline where an alien will visit, and nobody will believe its really an alien, until he flies off up into the sky, in a strange sort of pastiche of K-Pax.)

... needless to say the rumour is Hollyoaks is on the verge of cancellation. :)

And yes... This HBO series could be very good for British/Irish/Scottish actors, with Sean Bean, there could be a big demand for exotic Celtic accents. I can imagine the people of the North having northern/scottish accents. The bog people sounding welsh. The River people being Irish.

Would Americans generally pick up on these accents do you think?
Jun. 20th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
In my own experience, I'd say your average American viewer can parse English accents, and "non-English UK accent", but a lot have trouble noting the difference between, say, Irish and Scottish accents, beyond "English accent that sounds funny".

I've traveled fairly extensively in the UK and Scotland and watch a ton of BBC programing and I still can generally only get a vague sense of northern or southern and maybe an idea of social class with English accents, and differentiate Scottish, Irish and Welsh, too. But I'd say that's not common among the American audience at all.
Jun. 20th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Mmm, interesting. Doesn't entirely surprise me. My own awareness of American accents is that generally they all sound the same to me. (With the exception of Southern accents.)


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