We’re W ’ nott iin Wes­teros any­more...

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He may play in­ces­tu­ous vil­lain Jaime Lannister on Game Of Thrones, but Niko­laj Coster-wal­dau’s trans­for­ma­tion into an inked gang­ster is his mean­est role yet – and as far away from fan­tasy as you could imag­ine. In Shot Caller, Niko­laj plays Ja­cob Har­lon, a suc­cess­ful stock­bro­ker who takes on a new life as ruth­less thug Money af­ter a fa­tal DUI ac­ci­dent sends him down the rab­bit hole of the Amer­i­can prison sys­tem. It’s there he be­comes caught be­tween two ri­val gangs, ul­ti­mately link­ing up with white su­prem­a­cists, and prov­ing his cred by slaugh­ter­ing a snitch. Tog­gling be­tween two time pe­ri­ods – dur­ing Ja­cob’s ini­ti­a­tion into the sys­tem and a decade af­ter – Shot Caller ex­plores how a good fam­ily man can be­come the bad guy. Though Niko­laj says he found it dif­fi­cult to trans­form into Money, it was noth­ing a few visits to real-life prisons – and a lot of trips to the gym – didn’t sort out. Not that Niko­laj en­joyed adding 10kg to his nat­u­rally lean frame. “There is some­thing... hor­ri­ble about eat­ing more than you think you need when you’re al­ready full,” he says. As for what it’s like be­hind bars, well, he def­i­nitely got a wake-up call... “Prison is not like The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion or Or­ange Is the New Black, which is very good by the way – I watch it with my two sis­ters,” laughs Niko­laj. is out Novem­ber 30

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