Kit Harrington, who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones (which I am sure at least 95% of you reading this already know), proves once again that at one point in their lives celebrities were just regular people like the rest of us.
In a new interview with W magazine, Harrington recalls the tale of the bizarre event that took place the day before he was set to audition for his now iconic role.
And it all began when he decided to do what many of us do, and that was go get some grub at a McDonald’s.
“I had been in a fight the night before. I got in this fight with this guy at McDonald’s. I was with this girl I was sort of dating at the time. He quite quickly started to be really rude to the woman I was with, then he called her something like an ugly pig and I got up. I said, ‘No you can’t call her that, get up.’ So I called him up for a fight, which I had never done before.”
“He got up and he just kept [getting taller] and I realized that I had to, at that point, throw the first punch otherwise I’d look like a complete wimp. And I got battered.”
Turns out that his getting his ass beaten might have turned out to the best career move of his life.
“So then I went to the Jon Snow audition with a black eye, which I think that man who punched me in the face may have helped me get the job. So, if you’re watching, thank you!”
Awesome. Get into a fight, score the role of a lifetime.
Harington also discussed what it was like to play dead for so long on the show…
“Because I was lying down for so many hours, for two whole episodes, I fell asleep in the middle of a scene, and woke up…You know when you wake up and you don’t know quite where you are? There’s nothing scarier than waking up in the middle of Game of Thrones world, naked, and everyone standing over you and thinking, ‘Oh my god, I’ve died and I’ve actually ended up in Westeros.’ Of course, someone gets brought back from the dead and the first question anyone will ask is, ‘What did you see, what was there? Tell us, because this is the question on every human’s mind, throughout time, we need to know what happens.’ And, of course, there was nothing, which is the scariest thing you can hear, and it’s just another example of Thrones’ relentless punishment, to us as an audience. ‘You know what, you thought there was a heaven? There’s no heaven. Get over it.'”
Uh, yeah, I wouldn’t want to wake up there either.
Watch the entire interview below…
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