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Take a Bow

No, take two. You've nailed two more correctly.

"The bloody lash knows what it's like to be dead. He's met his waterloo and been a casualty, and seen his share of apparitions too."

The bloody lash is Jhogo, one of Dany's bloodriders. He's the one she gives the whip too. In the series, he will be played by Londoner ELYES GABEL.

Gabel played Rob Cleaver in WATERLOO ROAD, 'Guppy' Sandhu in CASUALTY, and Vimal in APPARITIONS. In DEAD SET his character becomes a zombie, so he knows what it is like to be dead. You'll enjoy watching him as Dany's whip man. It is known.

(And for those of you who are keeping score, Dany's other bloodriders will be played by extras or featured extras, at least in season one).

"The horny-headed hammerhand is older than you might have thought, but too young to need a pacemaker, though he might have ridden on the ferry with Gerry. Another friend of our kraken's sister, he knows the doctor and the wizard too. Damned if he doesn't play what he calls football (not the real kind)."

You got this one very fast. Yes, the horny-headed hammerhand is Gendry, the armorer's apprenctice, who fashions a horned helm for himself, and is told that his hands were made for hammers. Portraying him in the series will be JOE DEMPSIE.

Yes, Dempsie is considerably older than Gendry in the books. David & Dan decided to age up the character, as with many of the children in the books (Robb, Jon, Dany, etc). Dempsie hails from Liverpool, on the Mersey, which is why you will find those references to Gerry and the Pacemakers in the clues (though he's still so young I doubt he knows who Gerry and the Pacemakers were). He's played in MERLIN and DOCTOR WHO, so he knows the wizard and the doctor, though he's perhaps best known for his role as Chris in SKINS. He's been on LILY ALLEN AND FRIENDS, and he was in THE DAMNED UNITED, a soccer movie. That's "football" for those parts of the world that don't know True Football.

So... two more bright young talents come to Westeros. I think you'll like 'em.


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Aug. 11th, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
True Football?
Before I tell you what you have already considered and dismissed like most American "Football" fans, the casting sounds great, and I am looking forward to watching the first of I hope many seasons... hopefully after a Dance of Dragons is released. Now on to the pointless (in good humour) diatribe.

I know you have a bias towards pig skin, but to call it "True Football" is somewhat silly. Face it George, they named the sport incorrectly.

American Football features players mostly running with, or throwing a oval shaped "ball" and the rare kick.

What the rest of the world knows as Football (and North Americans as Soccer) involves players running around kicking a round ball (actually a truncated icosahedron, but definitely better fits teh description of a ball) and rarely handling the ball (although a little more often where the goalkeeper is concerned).

Football/Soccer has the clear advantage over American "football" to be the "true Football": in 3 catagories.

1) Football/Soccer existed first and could claim the name "true football" on that alone.
2) Football/Soccer clearly involves the feet of players much more frequently for kicking the ball. (hence the FOOT in FOOTball.
3) Football/Soccer has a more ball shaped ball. (Hence the BALL in footBALL).

Well George, you are a smart guy, but you love your Football, and like most Men like us over the age of 12, are set in our ways. I doubt I persuaded you.
Aug. 11th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
Re: True Football?
You really shouldn't take this stuff so seriously.
Re: True Football? - bastun_ie - Aug. 11th, 2010 08:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: True Football? - gabri_h - Aug. 11th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: True Football? - eekoop - Aug. 11th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 11th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
You've been too busy perving on the ladies to answer the question your fans REALLY want to know about the HBO adaptation, so maybe you'll answer it now.

Will we finally get to see Loras and Renly together? (Or any other m/m scenes?)
Aug. 11th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
yay! I second that! Loras + Renly scenes?
(no subject) - princeopansies - Aug. 11th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of Joe's work, he'll be an excellent Gendry! As if I wasn't excited enough already!
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
ageing up
Hmm not sure why they'd age up Gendry so much... seeing the major character he mostly relates to hasn't been aged up (?) - Arya. Won't this be a bit creepy now?
Aug. 11th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Re: ageing up
I thought they did age her up in the books.

Hell, in the books Arya's like seven and Gendry's around his early teens if my memory doesn't fail me completely. Anyone "shipping" (as the cool kids say) them with each other or anyone at all is probably creepy enough as it is. :D
Re: ageing up - pimpstergust - Aug. 11th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
great cast! - part II
All cooked and severd while we sleep in this part of the world :P

Nice one for Dany! first Lancel now Jhogo, the girls are having their treat :)

I haven't seen them acting, but the look fits the characters, Joe has the 'stubborn face' I imagined for Gendry, although his body might need a bit of work? I mean, being a smith for a few years...

I'm so looking forward to see all these guys in action! :)
Aug. 11th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)

Aww, I was hoping they wouldn't age Gendry up. Now that scene with them rolling around in the forge will go from sweet/funny to kind of creepy.
Aug. 11th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
...for those parts of the world that don't know True Football.

I challenge thee Ser Martin for falsely naming my true love as "soccer"!
Aug. 11th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
Elyes Gabel...very nice. Been taking a shine to him in "Identity" as of late... Watch British TV and you know 2/3 of the cast:-))
Aug. 11th, 2010 08:03 am (UTC)
The casting has been amazing so far! I have not been disappointed once. Although, I am kind of choked that Kurtwood Smith will not be playing Tywin. Dance will be amazing though, so it's okay.

And to all of you who are blaming North America for coining the term Soccer, think again!


Aug. 11th, 2010 08:23 am (UTC)
I think most people are blaming North America for using "football" as an inappropiate name for a rugby derivative.
Aug. 11th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
I just now realized how many many characters you have in your world.. the casting for this series is really an epic accomplishment on its own.
Aug. 11th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
Dempsie doesn’t look like Gethin Anthony (Renly). In FFC, when she see Gendry, Brienne thinks he ’s Renly. The both actors need to be look-alike.
Aug. 11th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Gendry
OR that entire bit won't make or break the story.

Come on. If we can lose the Blackfish from season one (which still saddens me) we can probably lose a single line of thought from Brienne in a possible fourth season. ;)
Aug. 11th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
I actually managed to catch the cluepost just as it went up this time, and had the pleasure of watching the community over at WiC solving it in more or less real-time.

Dang, but that is some impressive work. :o
Aug. 11th, 2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
And they are handsome. I am pleased, most pleased indeed. I wonder when publicity photos will be released...
Aug. 11th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
Yay, it's Joe Dempsie!
Aug. 11th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Late night grammar mistake?
GRRM, late night grammar, or long day oversight? "He's the one she gives the whip too." I'm just giving you a hard time! :) Keep on keeping on!
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