Kit Harington Auditioned for "Game of Thrones" With a Black Eye

Actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones," talks about how he auditioned for the role, why he always thinks his character is getting killed off, and more in an intimate video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 6/27/2016

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Starring: Kit Harington

Transcript

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Do you remember the audition for Jon Snow?
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I had a black eye.
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I'd been in a fight the night before.
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I'd got in this fight, with this guy in McDonald's.
00:13
I went into the McDonald's with this girl
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I was sort of dating at the time.
00:17
And it was late at night, and there was no seats.
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I asked this guy, and this girl he was with,
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if we could sit on the same table as them,
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and they said, Yes.
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We sat down,
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and quite quickly he started being really rude
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to the girl I was with.
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Calling her names, and we were like,
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We'll just finish our food.
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We don't want any trouble.
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And then he called her something,
00:34
like an ugly pig or something worse.
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And I got up and said,
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No, no, no you can't call her that. Get up.
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So I called him up for a fight,
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which I'd never done before.
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And of course he'd been sat down the whole time,
00:44
so he got up and he just kept going.
00:46
(off-screen laughing)
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And I just kind of realized,
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that I had to at that point throw the first punch.
00:51
Otherwise I'd look like a complete wimp.
00:53
And I got battered.
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So then I went to the Jon Snow audition,
00:56
with a black eye.
00:57
Which I think that man who punched me in the face
00:59
may have helped me get the job.
01:00
So, if you're watching, thank you.
01:03
I think there were a couple of weeks
01:04
where I thought I was gonna die.
01:05
There were a couple of weeks, when I thought,
01:07
you know I got the scripts and I read them.
01:09
I thought maybe, you know maybe this is it.
01:11
And then I was told.
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I was one of the first people to be told.
01:14
Then I had to keep this massive secret from everybody.
01:17
Friends, family.
01:19
If there's anything better than being alive in reality
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it's being alive fictionally as well.
01:23
We did thousands upon thousands of takes,
01:26
'cause it's such a key moment I think of me going,
01:28
(gasp) like that.
01:29
They wanted that over and over again,
01:31
and I had to kind of say,
01:32
I don't know how else to do it now guys.
01:34
Because I was lying down for so many hours,
01:37
for two whole episodes.
01:38
I remember I fell asleep in the middle of a scene.
01:42
And woke up, and you know when you wake up,
01:44
and you don't know quite where you are.
01:46
There's nothing scarier than waking up
01:48
in the middle of Game of Thrones world.
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Naked.
01:50
And everyone standing over you, and you think,
01:52
Oh my God, I've died
01:53
And I've actually ended up in Westeros.
01:56
(laughs)
01:57
Of course someone gets brought back from the dead
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and the first question anyone will ask, anyone, is,
02:02
What did you see? What was there?
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Tell us, because this is the question
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on every human's mind,
02:07
throughout time.
02:08
We need to know what happens.
02:11
And of course, there was nothing.
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Which is the scariest thing you can hear.
02:15
And it's just another example
02:16
of Thrones' relentless punishment
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to us as an audience.
02:22
You know what, you thought there was a heaven,
02:23
there's no heaven.
02:24
Get over it.
02:25
My birthday's the day after Christmas.
02:27
So it's always the same.
02:29
My whole family just descends on my birthday
02:31
and I get no attention.
02:33
I like attention.
02:34
So, I always end up getting really grumpy
02:36
and selfish on my birthday.
02:39
I think I got a Harry Potter Cluedo set last year.
02:42
(laughs)
02:43
A. I'm not 10 years old and
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B. That is such a token effort mom and dad
02:49
I just don't get enough attention.
02:50
But then I never get enough attention, just generally.
02:52
What am I talking about I don't get enough attention?
02:55
What do I want?