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Sorry, no casting puzzles for you today.

Offers are out on quite a few parts, both major and minor, but I'm not aware of any deals closing besides the ones already announced. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe next week. Who knows? These things can take time.

Meanwhile, readings and auditions continue for a lot of other roles, and I've been reviewing tapes when I can. Lots and lots of kids of late. Mycah. Rickon. Tommen. Myrcella. Casting kids is really tough, especially when they only have a very few lines. Sometimes you get lucky and find someone like Maisie or Sophie or Isaac, with acting chops far beyond their years, a real instinct for the art. Those are the rare exceptions. Most kids... well, they can look great, and they try hard, and maybe in a few years they will be terrific... but right now, they're just kids reciting lines. They never become the character. So the search goes on. But I've got every confidence that David and Dan and Nina will turn up someone great, even for the small parts (and maybe we already have, I haven't finished reviewing all the kids yet, not even close).

The auditions for the part of Ser Ilyn Payne are the strangest I've even been witness to. Ser Ilyn has no tongue and no lines, of course, so the actors just have to stand there and look mean & scary, reacting to the dialogue of other characters being read to them by the casting assistants. No words to work with, just their mouth, eyes, facial expressions. Talk about challenging.

I know there are aspiring actors and actresses reading this. You guys have all my empathy. It's a tough, tough profession you've chosen. Good luck to all of you.


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Jun. 30th, 2010 06:39 am (UTC)
so excited for this series. =)
Jun. 30th, 2010 07:33 am (UTC)
Sounds like some interesting things to go through for this series. I really am just...ecstatic about seeing this. *bounces in chair*
Jun. 30th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
David Bradley as Payne
I am no big harry potter fan. Mostly because the books are just mediocre. But, a few years ago after just reading about Ser Jaime and Ser Ilyn sparring, my wife talked me into watching a Harry Potter movie. Ever since then I see Ilyn Payne as a near perfect match to Argus Filch (had to look that up) or David Bradley (actor who played him)
Anyone Agree?
How about you George? Filch for Payne?
Jun. 30th, 2010 07:37 am (UTC)
I hadn't really considered the physical difficulties of casting the "right" Ilyn Payne or a number of other future characters (like Ser Gregor). You're sure bringing that home.
Jun. 30th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
Just as a bit of a preface, I'm talking about all "child" characters in the Song of Ice and Fire novels here, not just the ones you mentioned (in part to avoid spoilers for those who haven't read them yet, I wouldn't want to ruin things for them).

I imagine that casting the kids is particularly difficult in some cases because, while they are minor parts in the first book (which from your comments I've gotten the sense is the general story line for the first season, with changes as there always are when turning books into t.v. or film), not all of those characters are so minor in the later books, and some of them become rather key in the third or fourth ones. So you have to find kids who can handle those parts. And also, I imagine the show is also looking for kids who aren't going to suddenly start looking twenty at fourteen, since you don't know if the series will go beyond the first book and if it does, how long that will take. Which has to be frustrating, especially when casting "minor" parts that have the potential to become semi-main characters if the show goes on long enough.

I'm sure that the people who have it will do a fantastic job. They have so far with the casting that has been announced, plus HBO has a history of well-cast television shows. It just has got to be a headache.

Also, I apologize if this is incoherent, it's after 3:30am here and I'm not all the way awake.
Jun. 30th, 2010 09:53 am (UTC)
:) Its really both funny and impressive to imagine an audition for Ilyn Payne. I could imagine its hard to keep being serious in this situation...
Jun. 30th, 2010 10:21 am (UTC)
>> The auditions for the part of Ser Ilyn Payne are the strangest I've ever been witness to. Ser Ilyn has no tongue and no lines, of course, so the actors just have to stand there and look mean & scary <<

This is the funniest thing I`ve read in months. :-)
Jun. 30th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
I, an Actor.
Believe me darling you are SOOOO right, and I am only trying to be an extra. What the real actors have to go through heaven knows sweetie.

Now I am off to polish my imaginary Oscar.
Jun. 30th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
Do they have to do the tongue-clack laugh?
Jun. 30th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
"No words to work with, just their mouth, eyes, facial expressions."

One of the finest pieces of acting I've ever seen was by Conrad Veidt in The Man Who Laughs. His mouth was pulled into an unnatural rictus for the part, thereby rendering the lower half of his face useless for expression. He could only act with his eyes, and he did an outstanding job of it.
Jun. 30th, 2010 11:58 am (UTC)
Sorry if you've answered this 1000 times, but how will the Others be portrayed? I am not savvy enough to know if this is an obvious CGI issue or if you (and the rest of the HBO team) have something else in mind.

I am super relieved to know that the actors you all are selecting will be very good and should capture at least some of the magic of your characters (a tall order, of course). But I am still nervous about the oft-overlooked sound effects! Thinking about the Others makes me hope that their voices truly do sound like cracking ice! I hope the Mountain's voice does indeed sound like breaking rocks! I know I know, nothing can live up to our imaginations....
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
I bet Javier Bardem could pull off a mean Sir Ilyn Payne.
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Feel bad for actors
Man, when a writer tells another profession THEY have it tough, you know it's true.
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
Wow - wish that we could watch the audition tapes with you! The Ser Ilyn Payne auditions sound fascinating.
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:03 pm (UTC)
I wonder, has there been any thought put in to how they will handle the children's aging during the filming between seasons? I remember on the Lost TV series that they had to write out the role of Walt because he was aging faster than the character in the show was supposed to be. Obviously they can't write out some of the primary child characters in these books. What happens in 3-4 seasons when Bran or Arya are that much older, but their characters were only to have aged a year or two at most. Kids grow and change really fast in that pre-teen to teen age range.
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