RUL­ING with an IRON FIST

Af­ter play­ing knight lo­ras tyrell in Game of Thrones, Finn Jones takes on the role of A su­per­hero in An All new Ac­tion- packed mar­vel series

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Finn Jones, an ac­tor on the brink of big things thanks to the up­com­ing series Iron Fist, can’t quite put a fin­ger on why he chose to pur­sue his craft as a liv­ing. “It’s never been a con­scious de­ci­sion,” the 28- year- old Brit said dur­ing a re­cent tele­phone call from Man­hat­tan. “Act­ing was just some­thing that I did,” he said. “I started do­ing it when I was a kid. Some things you’re driven to do and you don’t know why, and this is just one of those things to me.”

Jones isn’t ar­riv­ing at Iron Fist as an un­known. He spent six sea­sons play­ing Lo­ras Tyrell on Game of Thrones ( 20112016). He won’t be back, though — as fans of the showknow, Lo­ras, his beloved sis­ter Mar­gaery ( Natalie Dormer) and oth­ers died when Cer­sei ( Lena Headey) out­played ev­ery­one and in­cin­er­ated them in a wild­fire ex­plo­sion. The ac­tor called the show a game- changer.

“I was young when I started,” he said, “and I went through my 20s on the show, and I grew up a lot dur­ing that time. I think the real thing I took from that is the peo­ple I met and the friends I made.

“Ob­vi­ously, the show is a hit as well, an­de­v­ery­onewatch­esit, frompro­duc­ers and cast­ing di­rec­tors to di­rec­tors,” Jones added.

No doubt Game of Thrones paved the way for Jones to land the lead role in Iron Fist. Net­flix will drop the en­tire 13episode first sea­son today ( March 17), with the show fol­low­ing the stream­ing ser­vice’s pre­vi­ous Mar­vel- based su­per­hero sagas, Jes­sica Jones, Dare­devil and Luke Cage. Iron Fist will be fol­lowed later this year by The De­fend­ers, an eightepisode team series fea­tur­ing the he­roes from all four shows join­ing forces.

Jones ad­mit­ted t hat, prior t o be­com­ing in­volved with the show, he “didn’t re­ally know too much” about Iron Fist, cre­ated for Mar­vel Comics by

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