‘Game Of Thrones’ Star On Euron Greyjoy’s Journey From Page To Screen

Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbæk talks about adapting Euron Greyjoy from the books to screen and the epic battle in last week's episode "Stormborn."

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Game of Thrones has never had any problem introducing antagonistic characters that fans just love to hate. One of the latest is Euron Greyjoy, played by Pilou Asbæk. The character was introduced just last season, but he has already more than proved his villainy, especially in this past week’s episode “Stormborn.”

During a recent interview with THR, Asbæk spoke about adapting his character from the books to screen and the epic battle that took place in “Stormborn”:

“It was fun, man. I knew it when I read the scripts. When you get a chance to read the whole storyline, you start to have an idea: ‘What am I a part of?’ I knew I was a part of Game of Thrones. I’ve seen all the episodes. I was a massive fan for five seasons. I haven’t seen seasons six and seven though, because now I know all of the tricks, and I want to see it when it’s all done, and I don’t want to have to sit there and wonder, ‘Why did you do that?’ It’s still a positive experience. For me, I knew that in the second episode, he was going to be brutal. He’s going to kill the Sand Snakes with their own weapons. So let’s make him charming in episode one. Let’s make him fun. I’ve called him a ‘douchebag,’ and he is, but I love the guy. I think he’s funny. Whenever you create a character that’s based on the books and based on [author George R.R.] Martin’s ideas, with all respect to the Euron Greyjoy of the books, you have to do something else. It’s very difficult to do an adaptation of people’s imagination. I can never satisfy all the readers of Martin’s books. I can never create a 100% accurate image of your idea or your version of a character. But I can do the best I can and show as many different sides of this character as possible. And that’s what I wanted to doin season seven.”

To be fair, the Euron Greyjoy of George R.R. Martin’s novels is pretty different. In the books, he is a more mystical character, using magic, and he always has a warlock or two by his side, which could the shroud of mist that accompanied his ships in the latest episode. He also wears an eyepatch and is known to cut out the tongues of his crew. True to the books or not, Asbæk sure does seem to have fun playing this character.

Asbæk also spoke about how Euron compares to previous villains like Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton:

“But he’s human, too. And that’s the interesting part of my job. In Game of Thrones, there have been some iconic villains: Joffrey (Jack Gleeson), Ramsay (Iwan Rheon), just to name a few. They have been so iconic. They have been the definition of evil. I love how they created those characters. I can’t do the same thing. I have to do something else. I wanted to create a guy who is going to invite you out for a drink, sleep with your wife, and slap you afterwards. And maybe not even slap you: he would probably just kill you. (Laughs.) He wouldn’t even blink. He wouldn’t even flinch. It’s in his DNA. It’s his nature.”

Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, Aidan Gillen as Petyr Baelish, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Carice van Houten as Melisandre, Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Maisie Williams as Arya Stark, Conleth Hill as Varys, Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane, Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran Stark, Jerome Flynn as Bronn, Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont, Hannah Murray as Gilly.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm EDT/PDT on HBO.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter