An actor who has become a firm fixture in Game of Thrones, has revealed how you can increase your own chances of appearing on the show…
Denis Halligan came across the – now mammoth – show as a relatively unknown project and decided to audition, reports The Independent.
He has now played a whole host of roles including Nico in season 1 and one of Arya’s kidnappers along with Thoros in season 3.
Extras can’t really talk about much of what happens on set due to strict non-disclosure agreements, and Denis says some of the time even he didn’t know what was going on.
He told The Independent:
This will sound weird, but during filming I didn’t know where I was most of the time!
A car would come to pick us up at 5:30am and drive us to the set. So a lot of the time, I just didn’t know where I was for filming.
Denis also said that – although it sounds fun – the filming schedule can be pretty tough.
A standard day is 12 hours. I’d typically start at 5:30am, kicking off with an hour in costume.
One of the most intense days was filming the fight in season 3 between The Hound and Beric Dondarrion. In the final cut, it lasts just a few minutes in the episode but for filming we had to shoot every single day for a week.
Although Denis has a background in acting, he says a growing number of extras have no acting experience – they’re just die-hard fans.
And his advice for anyone who fancies appearing in the next series:
Grow your hair! I had long hair anyway – I looked a bit medieval!
Also, keep an eye out for open casting calls which are advertised on Facebook and local media. They have big, open calls that you can enter.
One potential problem though – you have to be based in Northern Ireland:
There was one guy I worked with recently though who was from London and relocated to Belfast during filming just to do it, that’s real commitment.
So there you go – grow your hair, move to Northern Ireland and keep your ear to the ground. An affinity for dragons and a thirst for blood will probably be handy too…