Thursday, July 15, 2010

Game of Thrones casting: Conleth Hill to play Varys

The Chicago Tribune's journalist, and avid A Song of Ice and Fire fan (I might add), Mo Ryan is reporting that Conleth Hill is set to play Lord Varys aka "The Spider" or as I like call him: Westeros' answer to the Gestapo.

A Wiki of Ice and Fire describes him as
Lord Varys, called "the Spider", is the enigmatic member of the small council and Master of Whisperers, or spymaster, for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms. A bald, fat eunuch of stylish dress, he usually affects a fawning, effeminate personality to hide his true feelings and motives. In keeping with this act, he often refers to spies as his "little birds". Many nobles he associates with find him distasteful and untrustworthy. He is a master of disguise, and knows many secret passages within the Red Keep.
That's right, Varys is a fat, dickless bastard, but don't the description fool you, he is a master at what he does, which is knowing what each and every person is up to in King's Landing. There isn't a lot that happens in KL that Varys is not aware of. His information gathering prowess has made him one of the most powerful men in King's Landing and even Westeros. Though he helps the King's Hand, Eddard Stark, it is unclear as to where Varys' loyalties lie and motivates him which makes him one of the most intriguing characters in the series.

Playing him will be an actor from the United Kingdom by the name of Conleth Hill.

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Hill seems to primarily a stage actor (which seems to be a theme for all the actors being cast) though he does have a slew of television credits in the UK though this will be his first appearance for an American audience. Here is hoping, he does does justice to one of the most fascinating characters in A Song of Ice and Fire . From watching some videos of his work, it appears as if Conleth is quite a versatile actor, and that should help him out while playing Varys. Maybe, this could be a talented actor's breakthrough role.

Oh George has confirmed the casting and also given his thoughts on Conleth.
Born in Northern Ireland, in County Antrim, Hill has done his share of televison and film, but is probably best known for his work in the theatre, which ranges from serious drama to musical comedy, and everything in between, including roles in THE PRODUCERS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, WAITING FOR GODOT, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. He's appeared on stages in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Toronto, and on Broadway, where he was nominated for a Tony Award for best actor. Hill has also twice been awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award, once for best actor, once for best supporting actor.

He has his own website at http://www.conlethhill.com/ where you can find out a lot more about him, and even see some amazing video clips. Hill, like Varys, is quite a chameleon, an actor who truly disappears inside the characters he portrays, more than capable not only of bringing the slimy, simpering eunuch to life, but also of showing us all the other faces of King's Landing's master of whisperers.

With Varys, Littlefinger, Grand Maester Pycelle, and Ser Barristan all cast, King Robert's small council lacks only Lord Renly... and he'll be joining them soon. (Sorry, you will need to wait for season two for Stannis, off brooding on Dragonstone). It is going to be amazing to see all these actors sitting down together at the council table...
He is completely right, now that all the pieces are coming together and shooting is set to begin it's setting in that we will get to see the books performed on screen. It feels amazing for me as a fan, I can only imagine what George feels like.

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