Have you always wanted to see Jon Snow in a very exposing leather outfit? Well, today is your lucky day! And just to make it even better, he also worked on his physique… quite a lot.
The picture above shows actor Kit Harington, best known for his role in Game of Thrones, taking on the role of Milo; a gladiator who ends up in Pompeii in a particularly fiery year. Entertainment Weekly had a talk with him about his experiences while filming for the upcoming film Pompeii, and here are some of the highlights!
“This is the first scene you see me in,” he explained, referring to the picture. “It’s set in London, in fact, and it’s a scene where my character is a gladiator fighting in an arena. That’s his gladiator look. It’s a costume I don’t actually wear for the rest of the film, but it’s an establishing one.”
But, if he’s fighting in London, then how does he end up near Mount Vesuvius? “Milo is a Celt who is enslaved when he is a child and his family is killed,” Harington explained. “There’s a time cut that happens in the movie where you see me go from a child to a man, and you realise he’s been a gladiator for a long time. Eventually, he’s taken to Pompeii.”
Once he gets there, he falls for a beautiful rich girl called Cassia, played by Emily Browning, and the rest of the film follows their story until the volcano erupts.
"There’s some beautiful scenes in there," he added.
Harington also talked about the comparison between Milo and Jon Snow, revealing that they are quite similar in some ways.
“He’s a good swordsman and a good fighter, and quite brooding, which is all of what Jon Snow is, and he doesn’t really speak a hell of a lot, even though I’ve got a lot of screen time. He kind of keeps himself to himself.”
“The differences, and why I was interested in the role,” he continued, “were that Milo is completely set on vengeance rather than honour and justice. He’s an angry, angry man who doesn’t care what he does. For a large part of the film, he’s driven by pure rage.”
When the interview turned to director Paul Anderson, it soon appeared that Harington hadn’t been forced into the physical transformation. In fact, it was the actor’s suggestion:
“The first thing I said to him was, ‘Look, I’m playing a gladiator. I feel there should be a physical transformation, if he’s as strong as you say in the script. Maybe I should sort of tone up for that?’ So I went into quite a heavy training regime five weeks before filming. I started by bulking up and then when I got out there I had four weeks to shred down and get toned. It’s a full-time job that you have to carry on for the whole of the movie. I was on a very severe diet and training six days a week.”
“It’s the best shape I’ve been in,” he added, “and I was hell-bent on getting in a certain way. When you get into that sort of training regime, it becomes addictive.”
Unfortunately, fans still have to wait a couple of months before they can see Harington’s fine-tuned body in 3D: the film is scheduled for release in February 2014. Until then, we’ll just have to stick to the pictures!