Un­for­get­table mo­ments

Game Of Thrones ac­tors talk about their favourite episodes.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Tv - Baelor By LUAINE LEE Leo plays the tough com­edy club owner and im­pre­saria in I’m Dy­ing Up Here .— Hand­out The Door

John Bradley (Samwell Tarly)

“De­spite all the grand­stand­ing, some of the record break­ing THERE’S some­thing to be said about hav­ing noth­ing. Ac­cord­ing to ac­tress Melissa Leo, grow­ing up with­out made her the woman she is to­day.

Leo, who earned an Academy Award for her role as the fight man­ager-mother in The Fighter, says: “I had a great bless­ing in that I grew up in a fam­ily with very lit­tle means. So when as a young ac­tor I got hun­gry, it was not un­fa­mil­iar.

“That will­ing­ness to do with­out, that will­ing­ness (to know) it wasn’t about hav­ing what­ever I wanted to eat in a day, it was what I NEEDED to eat in a day. That’s how I was brought up. That is ab­so­lutely what gets me sit­ting here to­day.”

Ac­tu­ally what gets her sit­ting here to­day is an­other mouth-gap­ing per­for­mance by Leo. She plays the tough com­edy club owner and im­pre­saria in I’m Dy­ing Up Here.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Jim Car­rey, the se­ries is about the bur­geon­ing comics of the 1970s – many of whom are the top rib-tick­lers of to­day. Though loosely dis­guised, many of them are recog­nis­able. And while the leg­endary Mitzi Shore ran Hol­ly­wood’s fa­mous Com­edy Club in those days, Leo in­sists she’s not play­ing Shore. se­quences, my favourite episode is still Episode Nine of Sea­son One (ti­tled Baelor) with the Ned Stark be­head­ing. That was the mo­ment when the world saw that this show is dif­fer­ent.

“There are cer­tain rules that are ap­plied on TV, film and stage plays as well, where no mat­ter how con­fus­ing it gets, you have one char­ac­ter that says, ‘Take my hand and I will lead you through all this’, the moral cen­tre of the show.

“You think you have that (with) Ned Stark as the de­pend­able char­ac­ter who is go­ing to make ev­ery­thing OK ... Then by Episode Nine, he is gone, and all bets are off. Lit­er­ally no­body is safe.

“I have to say my first re­sponse when I was in­vited into the show and saw the script and read it, I was de­lighted. But I was SO sur­prised they were ask­ing me to play Goldie. So I was a lit­tle daunted. And there’s a pi­lot episode scene where I’m hav­ing co­caine and am quite riled, I thought, ‘Ewwww, I don’t know ...”

But Leo in­sists it’s the roles that frighten her the most that she rel­ishes. “When we feel that fear that we can’t do some­thing, it needs to

“Once you re­alise that, you get what kind of un­pre­dictable and volatile world this is ... That was the turn­ing point where you re­alise you are not watch­ing a safe and con­ven­tional piece of TV. You are watch­ing some­thing more dan­ger­ous than that.” Liam Cun­ning­ham (Davos Sea­worth)

“Bat­tle Of The Bas­tards (Episode Nine, Sea­son Six) was ex­tra­or­di­nary. be done, I think,” says Leo who’s wear­ing a tweedy jacket with black stripes, a black lace top, draped by four neck­laces.

“Be­cause we wouldn’t be afraid if it weren’t so im­por­tant. And so then you just screw your courage to the stick­ing post and march for­ward. I ref­er­ence my up­bring­ing of not hav­ing much. You can­not have any­thing if you keep skirt­ing around the fire. When you go through that blaze that’s when the gifts ar­rive. When you skirt round

“I also re­ally loved when we did the bat­tle in Black­wa­ter (Episode Nine, Sea­son Two) be­cause for many of the scenes, there wasn’t a lot said. There was bril­liant cam­er­a­work and bril­liant di­rec­tion.

And Neil Mar­shall, who is an old friend of mine, di­rected that, and he’s never done tele­vi­sion be­fore. The re­sult of that, I thought, was just bril­liant.

“And then you see the red wed­ding episode (The Rains Of Cas­tamere, Episode Nine, Sea­son Three). What! It was ex­tra­or­di­nary. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, there are a cou­ple of episodes per sea­son where you’re gonna go, ‘Does it get any bet­ter?’”

Ai­dan Gillen (Pe­tyr ‘Lit­tlefin­ger’ Bael­ish)

“The episode The Door (Episode Five, Sea­son Six) is my favourite.

“I am sure I am not alone on this. It just came at you, all at once, from two dif­fer­ent places, a very emo­tional way that was wrench­ing and the way they told that story, tech­ni­cally, was re­ally sur­pris­ing.

“Be­cause I felt like I was pulled apart: I was re­ally thrilled at the cin­e­matic process that was hap­pen­ing right there but at the same time be­ing gut­ted. So for me, it would be that one.”

Sea­son Seven pre­mieres to­mor­row at 9am on HBO (Astro Ch 411).

The episode in Sea­son One, which set the tone for the show, had many more shock­ing deaths since then. — Pho­tos: HBO

is un­for­get­table as we learn Hodor’s back­story.

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