OF ‘GAME OF THRONES’ ON HBO
Though it wasn’t a surprise when you filmed your final “Game of Thrones” scene as Tyrion Lannister, was it still an emotional wallop for you when you actually did it?
Yeah. I knew it was coming, and I was about one of the last people to wrap up. I think the whole season and series wrapped up the following day. There was a lot of smoke in the air and a lot of sand in our shoes, but it was beautifully intimate, too. It wasn’t a big, big scene.
These are not only the most talented people I know, but they’ve also become my really close friends. It’s not just saying goodbye to a TV show, it’s saying goodbye to a life over there (in Ireland, where the series was filmed). I really felt welcome over there; maybe it’s my Irish ancestry, but I’ll miss it terribly.
As for your home life, how was it for you to be based overseas for such long stretches of time during production of the series?
I live in New York, so I didn’t get to go home as much as others who live in London or other parts of Europe. I got to know my way over there, and it’s a really lovely and beautiful place. I was sad to see the whole thing end.
Now that “Game of Thrones” is over in terms of filming it, what do you see in store for you?
As much as I love Tyrion – and he’s probably the greatest character I’ll ever portray – it’s always nice to do something completely unique. (Last year’s HBO movie “My Dinner With Herve” was) the first time I’ve played a living, breathing person, so that was pretty daunting. I would bring everything I have in mind to HBO if I could ... but then, I think I’d be on it way too much!