Thanks to Chuckie for the new scans.
GQ Style (UK) – Spring-Summer 2013
WiC: And this year you filmed near a lake? Last year was on a glacier, but from the reports it was in a different location this year. How was it filming there compared to where you filmed last year?
Jon SnowKH: Yeah it was a different location. Last year we flew into Reykjavik and then we were in three different locations on the south coast. So we started on the furthest, which was by a big glacier, and then we worked our way back to Reykjavik, essentially. This year it was just the one location, we stayed at the one hotel. We flew to Reyjkavik and then flew 40 minute journey up to the north of the country. It’s quite big, Iceland. You don’t realize how big it is until you go there. It was a lake called Mývatn. A massive lake in the middle of the country. But the main difference was it was in the north of the country, so it was much colder. Snow was sort of up to our thighs.
It’s one of those gambles you take with filming in a place like Iceland, is that you go there for the beautiful scenery, but also you want the snow and blizzard-like conditions to show the harsh conditions north of the Wall. So the director has this toss-up; he goes and sees these beautiful locations and then you turn up on location and actually you can’t see any of the background because it’s so blizzard-like. And some scenes you want like that, to show the harsh conditions north of the Wall, and some scenes you actually want to show the beauty. So it’s a bit of a risk going to Iceland for those reasons. But I found this year was much harsher weather, much lower temperatures. It was amazing, as it was last year. I really can’t go on about Iceland enough, I’ve fallen in love with that country.
WiC: Do you find shooting on location is easier for you to get in character or do you prefer shooting in studio somewhere and have it be a little bit warmer?
KH: Strangely with this, a lot of the King’s Landings scenes, a lot of the scenes down south, they obviously go to Croatia and Morocco for those bits. A lot of the interiors are shot in Belfast in the Paint Hall. Whereas I found most of my stuff, I think I’ve been lucky, in that we’re always on location. It’s always some beautiful landscape somewhere. And personally I much prefer that because you are out in the open, out in an environment which is not a sterile studio. Even though the studios look incredible, the sets look amazing. Again this year I did very little which is studio based and I personally love that. I think as an actor, being in those kind of wild environments can only sort of help the scene, as it were.
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“Everyone always says you must have done it on set horse riding or running across glaciers or something cool,” sighs Harington about his shattered ankle. “I was an idiot. The ‘invincibility of youth’ and all that. I couldn’t even blame it on a film set. And I had avoided skiing for ages because I thought I’d break my ankle!”
Harington says the producers were “really great” about the situation. After all, with so many actors on the show, such unexpected challenges are pretty much inevitable. “I’m sure they were cursing my name behind my back,” he says. “I bought the line producer a nice bottle of whiskey because I felt so guilty.” Actors’ schedules were rearranged to give Harington maximum time to recover, and the Iceland shoot was pushed back a couple weeks. The production also occasionally used a double for a few scenes, such as showing Snow walking in the distance (the actor having “such distinctive hair” helped with the illusion, the producers semi-joked).
Thanks to Chuckie for the new scans.