‘Jaime Lan­nis­ter’ from GoT fawns over Aishwarya at Cannes

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IT WAS a trib­ute to the world’s most beau­ti­ful woman by the Lan­nis­ter most women would fight a duel for. “You want to click a picture with me and her?” asked Jaime, the knight of the Kings­guard, point­ing to a picture of ac­tor and for­mer Miss In­dia Aishwarya Rai.

Incest, blood­shed and shrewd­ness aside, Jaime Lan­nis­ter is best known for his ir­re­sistible charm. But un­like his cult on­screen char­ac­ter Niko­laj Coster-Wal­dau is sim­ply the def­i­ni­tion of hu­mil­ity. In­dia To­day caught up with the 47-year-old ‘king slayer’ from the world’s most pop­u­lar se­ries Game of Thrones at the L’Oréal lounge in Cannes.

When In­dia To­day TV in­formed Niko­laj that Ash walked the Cannes red car­pet for the 17th time, he said, “Seven­teen years! Wow! That’s quite some­thing and she is so stun­ning. She is the global am­bas­sador, isn’t she?” Niko­laj was seen on­the red car­pet with Ash be­hind on Sun­day. The beach lounge was cor­doned off as it served as Niko­laj’s wait­ing area be­fore he ap­peared on a live TV show. At first, he seemed a bit dif­fer­ent as the sec­ond-smartest Lan­nis­ter (be­hind Tyrion) had nour­ished a thick beard for the much-hyped last sea­son. This wasn’t a sched­uled in­ter­view. He had se­cu­rity around.

As daft and ir­ri­tat­ing as it may sound, when this cor­re­spon­dent asked, “May I have a picture with you?” Niko­laj said, “Yes, let’s do that; let’s take a picture,” he said. “When will your show be back?”. A gen­er­ous non-GoT type laugh fol­lowed, “Next year, 2019.” His tone had changed too as he seemed ex­cited. A mere men­tion of the show trans­ported Niko­laj on-set. GoT will fi­nally end next year and Niko­laj was quite vis­i­bly at­tached to the fan­tasy drama se­ries. Niko­laj has been part of GoT for the last nine years and Jaime Lan­nis­ter is one of those rare char­ac­ters who sur­vived the bru­tal­ity which be­came the USP of the un­for­giv­ing show.

With a warm smile and nos­tal­gia in his eyes, he knew what was com­ing next. “What hap­pens next, any spoil­ers?” He just laughed that one off. Which is his favourite se­ries of all time? Break­ing Bad? “Yes, of course, I have seen Break­ing Bad; it’s re­ally good. I love it,” he said.

Game of Thrones ac­tor Niko­laj Coster-Wal­dau poses with Aishwarya Rai’s (also left) picture in the back­ground at Cannes.

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