‘I’ve heard won­der­ful things about In­dia’

Kris­tian Nairn, who plays Hodor in GOT, is ex­cited about com­ing here

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Leisure - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

North­ern Ir­ish ac­tor and mu­si­cian Kris­tian

Nairn (above) owes a lot to the char­ac­ter of Hodor in pop­u­lar Amer­i­can pe­riod drama Game Of Thrones. Here are ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view with the 39-year-old, who will be at­tend­ing the Delhi Comic- Con in ecem­ber.

How ex­cited are you to come to In­dia? Game Of Thrones has a mas­sive fan fol­low­ing here. Will you be meet­ing fans as well?

I’ve heard won­der­ful things about In­dia and its amaz­ing peo­ple... I can’t help but be ex­cited. I’ve also heard that the peo­ple are po­lite, friendly and very in­ter­ested in GOT.

Hodor has made you fa­mous world­wide. How im­por­tant has this char­ac­ter been for you?

Be­fore Game of Thrones, I was al­ready work­ing as a DJ and mu­si­cian, but this really changed ev­ery­thing. I’m im­mensely grate­ful for all the op­por­tu­ni­ties I get nowa­days be­cause of the show, and I think I’ve been very lucky in­deed.

What do you think makes Hodor so loved by all?

I think that in all of Wes­teros, there are very few gen­uinely nice, self­less peo­ple, and Hodor is very much both of those things. Also, ev­ery­thing in GOT is so dark and se­ri­ous, it’s nice that he can bring a smile to peo­ple’s faces in the mid­dle of all that. I do think it was really nice to see him use his strength in sea­son 4 though, through Bran’s Warg­ing.

There have been many talks of adapt­ing GOT for au­di­ences in dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Do you think it will work?

No idea, really! The show we do it­self is an adap­ta­tion from the book. Maybe to go back to the ac­tual source ma­te­rial and adapt it dif­fer­ently from that (could work). I don’t think it’d work to do a version based on the show that has al­ready been done.

You must be aware about the trolls and memes that peo­ple make based on the show. Do you have any favourites?

I never imag­ined there would be so many. I re­mem­ber one year, there was an amaz­ing set of GOT Xmas cards, which I definitely sent to my friends and fam­ily! I also like some of the mash-up ones ... like Hodor vs Poke­mon and Hodor vs Hulk!

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