‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor Ian Beattie, Ser Meryn Trant On Final Days On The Set, Valar Morghulis, Highlight Hollywood News

Ian Beattie’s ending on the set of “Game of Thrones” came at the hands of a little girl who hold grudges and carries many weapons.  The talented Northern Irish actor was wrapping up his time as Ser Meryn Trant, one of the hit HBO series’ many villains, and on the other, his last scenes depicted the character resorting to despicable new lows.  Fans agreed with Lady Arya Stark and hated Meryn Trant, the leader of the Kingsguard for the Baratheon king.
So, what did the actor think of his character’s death?  “I have to be honest with you, I was of two minds. David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are two pretty classy guys. They phone you to tell you “Valar Morghulis,” in this case “Meryn Morghulis,” so I have to say that the storyline the boys gave me, and the death scene, were absolutely spectacular. I cannot begin to tell you just how grateful I have been to David and Dan over the last five seasons to allow me to be part of such an incredible show, I mean, a real game-changer as far as I’m concerned when it comes to television.gameofthrones15_16 


“The death scene, as you say, was spectacular. The scenes before it were perhaps the most challenging of my career. Unusually, we film those three days in order, so we did the scenes in episode nine first and the first bit of episode 10 then the second bit of episode 10. They were filmed in order over three days, three of the best days of my career, followed immediately afterwards by just about the worst moment of my professional career — when [director] David Nutter said, “That’s a series wrap on Ian Beattie.” (laughs) That wasn’t much fun, but I’m just so grateful to them for to have me be a part of this show and to have given me such a spectacular sendoff,” said Ian Beattie.


When asked which were his favorite scenes in the series, Ian added, “I would have to say I enjoyed Tyrion’s trial because I was working with so many fabulous people, and [Meryn Trant] was such a despicable person as he put the boot into Tyrion, a person he didn’t like at all, and he thoroughly enjoyed that. Although it also coincided with my most embarrassing day on set. We were filming that scene over four days, and there were 500 extras, and there were hundreds of crew members. It was a huge-scale production, and on the first day I could not get a word out. I could not get one word right, and it was just ridiculously embarrassing. I actually had school friends who were extras and were laughing away at me terribly because I was fluffing line after line. I knew I was in trouble when Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a man who doesn’t feel anything for anybody, came over and said, “I really feel for you.” (laughs) However, I did say that when the closeup came on Thursday, I would know the speech, and when I was 90 I would know the speech, so we got that in one take. So that kind of resurrected me. I felt a bit better after that.”

“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO in April 2015, MINUS Ser Meryn Trant!  Winter Is Here!


Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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