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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 03:25 pm (UTC)
I'd say Vinnie Jones
for the role of Ser Ilyn. The boy can do an evil face. And, since England is out of the World Cup, he doesn't have to watch the tele, all the time in the world to go auditioning. BTW: the Dutch will clinch it (World Cup) this year. It is written...... (so I hope!)
Jul. 6th, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
Re: I'd say Vinnie Jones
Vinnie Jones is Welsh so doubt he was supporting England anyway. :)

Agree, that there would certainly be worse choices for Ser Ilyn though.
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
The casting for Payne should definitely include that creepy throat noise he makes to laugh. Anyone that can make that terrifying should get the role!

Oh, and George. My friend and I often joke of putting you on a diet and taking care of you, just so that you will finish this series. Exercise, gets lots of sleep, and eat a balanced diet! Or we'll chop of your balls and feed them to the goats!
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Ilyn Payne would really be quite difficult. Talk about control!
I'll bet that one of the most fun parts to play must be Daario Naharis. He's like a more flamboyant Captain Jack Sparrow with 10 times the swagger. But he wouldn't be cast before the 3rd season, right?
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
A gaffer I once worked with told me that the two worst things to deal with on set were children and animals.

You've really found the perfect balance of agony with this production.
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Speaking of animals on set...
Do we know if any of the ravens/wolves/etc will be live animals, or all CG? Or some of each?
Re: Speaking of animals on set... - grrm - Jun. 30th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Do you expect that Dance will come out on Kindle at the same time it is first published or at some other time?

PS - Very excited to hear you are inching ever closer to publication.

PPS - I don't think I am looking forward to my lowly Browns meeting your Jets in Week 10.
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Question
I have already asked him a couple of time, and the answer was "probably". I really hope it does, it's my only chance to read it as soon as it comes out. Otherwise I would likely miss it, like I have done with Warriors*.

Different from Warriors the book will come out in Italian sooner or later, and I will be able to read it after one year or so. But, if the electronic version will not arrive, I'd expect many people will just download it from the Iron Islands' Pirates instead of waiting one year.

*I can't buy a paper version, George's writing is clear but somehow flourished for a nonnative and I sometime need a vocabulary: on a Kindle it's easy, on paper it's too boring. Since Tor's doesn't allow the selling of Warriors' e-book to Europe, I will miss it.
Re: Question - vikjha - Jun. 30th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
My eldest son introduced me to A Song of Fire and Ice. I'm busy with A Storm of Swords Book 2. What enjoyment! I'm amazed that one person can weave all these plots and characters together into this wonderful epic. Love the characters - good and evil. Thank you G RR M for the enjoyment (and escapism) provided by your books!
Jun. 30th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)

Any chance the climax of ASoFaI includes a tense confrontation between Hodor and Ilyn Payne?
Jun. 30th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ser Ilyn Payne? thats easy:

version 1 - Scary one
Nikolai Valuev (IF you can get him)

deep set eyes (thoughtful and kind on occasion) - check
grim pockmarked face - check
looks like death - check

He is so menacing, he would not need to speak. ever

version 2 - Easier on the eyes
Oleg Taktarov

deep set pale eyes - yes
can make scary sounds (as predator) - yes
looks manacing off a horse -yes

Jul. 1st, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Wow, I've never seen a picture of someone without a forehead before.
Jun. 30th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
He may not say a word but casting the wrong Sir Ilyn Payne could ruin some key scenes of GOT, so good to hear it is being taken seriously (and silently) :)
Jul. 1st, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to see who will be cast as Brienne. How goes the search Mr. Martin? I sometimes wish I could call her on the phone and tell her what a great person she is. While you review auditions for Brienne I suggest listening to Neil Young's "Heart of Gold", 'cause that's what you must be looking for!
Jul. 1st, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Uh... Brienne does not appear until A CLASH OF KINGS, so there is no search ongoing. We'll be looking for her second season. Assuming we get a second season. Come back in a year.

The same goes for Stannis, Melisandre, Maester Cressen, Shireen, Patchface, Pyat Pree, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, Quaithe, Qhorin Halfhand, Ygritte, Rattleshirt, and many more.
Jul. 1st, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
I started watching Deadwood last night, which I seem to remember was a favorite of yours. I'm not sure what the hell is going one yet, but I love the dark, gritty tone of the show. I really hope the GoT series can do something similar, especially those barely lit saloon scenes. I was pretending they were in an inn in Westeros (which now that I think of it was probably why I had no idea what was going on).
Jul. 1st, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Cool to hear George is so involved in this...but...is that a tiger cub he's holding in his picture!?
Jul. 3rd, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)

In my mind's eye, Ilyn Payne has always been (a taller leaner) Andrew Divoff. Scars, pockmarks and all.
Jul. 3rd, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)

...and my wife has just suggested Ray Stevenson, though he would almost assuredly be too expensive for bit-part work.
Jul. 8th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
Casting for GOT
Just started the books, I love them. Now I find out there's an HBO show! Bravo sir! I would love to audition for any of the female roles especially Meera Reed, I would relish that part. Any suggestions or contact info you could share with me or my agent would be mightily appreciated Thanks for getting my imagination revved up.
~Jaz Moore
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