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And Here's Petyr

The big casting news I was hinting about yesterday broke even before I finished hinting, in THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:


So there you have it. Petyr Baelish, master of coin for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, will be played by the amazing Irish actor AIDAN GILLEN. (("Big news about a small digit," get it?))

Gillen is best known to American audiences for his superb turn on THE WIRE, where he played Tommy Carcetti, an ambitious city councilman who runs for mayor for Baltimore... and loses most of his ideals along the way. Carcetti was a brilliantly written character, and Gillen played him brilliantly, painting a vivid picture of a charming, intelligent, well intentioned man slowly seduced by power. And he did it all with a Baltimore accent that was so convincing that I never doubted for a moment that he was American... and was startled to learn, when he first came in to read for Littlefinger, that he was actually Dublin born and presently lives in London.

British audiences knew him first for his role as Stuart Alan Jones in QUEER AS FOLK, but he has extensive credits in both television and stage. He's a winner of the IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award), and has been nominated for a BAFTA and a Tony.

He should make for a perfect Littlefinger, and I look forward eagerly to seeing what he does with the role.


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Jul. 14th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
This is definitely the best news ever. :)
Jul. 14th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
Thats so awesome. I can't think of a better choice.
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Jul. 14th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
I always catch myself measuring the actors up to the image I have of them in my head and can only guess that you must as well. How are they in relation to what you were picturing when you were writing the books? I would think it has to be exciting when an actor really fits what you'd envisioned and possibly frustrating when they don't.
Jul. 14th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
One of my favorite characters from A Game of Thrones played by one of the best actors on "The Wire"?

I'm going to sally forth to my happy place now. *grin*
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
I kept thinking of a younger Saul Rubinek sort of character, but this is _extraordinarily_ good casting.
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
It's always fun when someone you never would have thought of in a million years is cast in a role you love and it's suddenly gobsmackingly obvious how perfect they are for it.

He was freaking amazing in The Wire, one of my favorite characters on the show, and I didn't know until I read your post just now that he wasn't American. I'm reminded of how shocked I was the first time I heard Idris Elba in an interview having only know him as Stringer Bell.
Jul. 14th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
I didn't know he was in The Wire, only seen him in QAF. I really have to watch The Wire some day...
Jul. 14th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
He was epic on The Wire, a great, great fit.
Jul. 14th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
As a huge WIRE fan, I have to say this a pretty damn inspired choice.
Jul. 14th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Sorry if the subject has been hit before, but it just occurred to me: what sort of accents will the characters be using in the show? I never paid attention to the voices in my head while I was reading (har har), but you seem to be amassing a healthy variety of natural dialects.
Jul. 14th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
More of a highly convincing generic East Coast accent than Baltimore (Balmer) accent, but either way it was still very convincing, and not everyone in Balmer, M'rlin' speaks with a full-blown Balmer accent, so it was fine. You probably have to be from there to be finely attuned to the differences.

I too assumed he was American until I saw him in an interview once and hear his natural accent (same with Dominick West and Idris Elba from that show).

Aiden Gillen was probably my own personal favorite choice for Littlefinger, so yeah, I'm very pleased with this casting.
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Yes, Aidan himself said somewhere that they agreed NOT to try for a genuine Baltimore accent as it was so difficult to get right. He's always done very convincing US accents and he has the Queen's accent bang on.(Law and Order: Trial by Jury) In fact his Dublin accent is now nearly gone a lot of the time!
Jul. 14th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
Holy crap, lol, I had no idea he was Irish. LOVED him in The Wire!
Jul. 14th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
casting too perfect?
Man I am so excited about all three of the new cast members. Normally in a series I know, only one or two cast members even resemble what I picture them to be. Almost everyone cast has been perfect! I'm starting to wonder if the casting is based purely off of looks. I'm joking but only slightly, I want the series to be great so badly.
Jul. 14th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
I was so happy when I heard about this! He's always been a favorite for Littlefinger.
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