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