Thanks to Caliope for the link.
I was hugely impressed with your fighting skills in this. You had so many different styles of fighting and so many different kinds of encounters and you were just on top of it all of the time. So how did you learn how to fight and were these different fighting skills or weapons than you had before?
I love it. I wouldn’t have done this movie if I did not like sword fighting but I know I am good at it. I think I am fine to say that. I really enjoy it. And it is a wonderful process learning to fight because I’d never done anything quite like this and so I had to go to gladiator school for training. It went on for four weeks and they gave me two weapons. I had to start learning the other hand on how to fight. What happens is you slowly learn these fights in stages, stage by stage and you build up and then they get so fast and so fluid that they just look like a dance where you are clocking steps and that is when you have to put the intention back in. You say to yourself, “I go for the strike here and now I see the opening there, and now I’m going to go for a thrust there.” It is a dance but it is also a dialogue. I find you can lose yourself in an acting sense in a fight far more easily than you can in a dialogue scene and I love that about it. We try as actor all the time, we strive just to completely sort of lose ourselves in the moment and we never quite get there but in a fight you can do it in seconds that is what I love about it.
When you were growing up what were the movies where you said, “This is what I want to do?”
“Romeo and Juliet,” that was a big marker for me and seeing DiCaprio do that was fantastic. There is a brilliant movie called “25th Hour.” It was written by David Benioff who wrote “Thrones.” When I get drunk I always start quoting that speech. It was plays more than anything really and I saw two plays that were big markers in my career. When I was about 14 I saw “Waiting for Godot” and I absolutely adored it. I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread and it made me pick up drama. The other one was “Hamlet” that I saw when I was 17 which made me want to go to drama school and that was Ben Wishaw playing Hamlet and he was just mesmerizing. He is the only person that has ever made me tongue-tied when I met him. I didn’t know what to say and went very red around the face and sort of had to walk off. He is a hero of mine.
Read the full interview on beliefnet.
A few years before starting his multi-year stint as Jon Snow on HBO’s massively successful fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” Kit Harington was just another 18-year-old Brit, backpacking down the East Coast of the United States, looking for a warm bed but facing dwindling funds on the last stop of his trip, which happened to be Washington. Every cheap room seemed to be booked, and it was getting late when he made finally made his way to a hostel.
And where is he now? The 27-year-old is headlining his first movie, the disaster epic “Pompeii,” where he dons little more than a leather kilt and eye-poppingly chiseled abs. He plays Milo, a gladiator who thinks he’ll face his biggest challenges in the arena, not realizing that Mount Vesuvius is about to blow. Harington came back to Washington this week and admitted that the Mandarin Oriental was quite the upgrade over the digs during his last visit.
“I watched the first episode, and I was so hooked, I watched the first two seasons in 48 hours, like a nonstop ‘Game of Thrones’-a-thon,” he said by phone from London. “And I think it’s a wonderful, wonderful series and a wonderful cast, but for me in the 48 hours of the condensed first two seasons, the person who really jumped out was Kit Harington playing Jon Snow. I thought this guy was just a movie star waiting to explode.”
Read the full article on The Washington Post.
“I seem to follow carnage, or carnage follows me,” says Harington. “This movie came about because of Game of Thrones, there’s no doubt about it. The show started this big bloody mess off. And it has carried on.”
Pompeii director Anderson says he was turned on to Game of Thrones by his wife and made it through two seasons in 48 hours. “For me, Kit was the man that stood out. He was the one I thought was the movie star waiting to happen.”
Read the full article on USA Today.
Kit Harington Italia is organising a little promo project for Pompeii:
The ones who go to the cinema and find the film poster can take a picture of themselves with it and then send it to our FB page, in order to create a photo album and then a video, that will be sent to the official accounts of Pompeii and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
Would you like to joins us?
If you would like to participate, please visit their Pompeii Project Facebook.
Kit will be appearing on Live with Michael and Kelly this morning, Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight and The Queen Latifah Show on Thursday. Check your local listings for full details. We will post videos as they become available.
Thanks to Nicole for the new additions! Enjoy!
“Pompeii” Special Screening – January 27, 2014