Matt Smith talks about the downside of filming ‘House of the Dragon’

This is the Matt Smith you rarely see.

The 39-year-old British actor has taken on his most daring role yet in the upcoming HBO series. Dragon Houselong awaited prequel to Game of Thrones debuts locally on Binge as well as Foxtel 22 August.

Smith, who is best known for being the youngest actor to headline Doctor Who from 2010 to 2014, as well as his Emmy-nominated role as Prince Philip on the Netflix series. Crownincluded in Thrones-sphere as Prince Daemon Targaryen.

The main antagonist is Damon, the impulsive, power-hungry brother of King Viserys I Targaryen (Paddy Considine) in a world set approximately 200 years before the events of There is.

Joining a franchise that has received universal recognition, Thrones was reason enough to jump on board, it was the character’s complexities that attracted Smith the most.

“I thought he was really interesting and unknowable. And I thought I could add something to it,” says Smith.

“I think you always feel an element of edginess permeating every part, it seemed like something a little out of the box with anything I’ve done before, which is why I was attracted to it.”

It doesn’t mean he loved every minute of it.

Smith says the nature of this production had a strong physical and emotional impact on him. From sitting in the makeup chair for two hours trying on the iconic Targaryen gray wig to waiting in hot heavy armor.

“It was a great privilege to be away from something like this, but it was also debilitating. It was a tough shoot. And it was a year after Covid, and it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t just bells and whistles,” he says.

“And this type of show, it has so many characters. There’s a lot of chatter on set.”

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Admittedly, Smith feels overwhelmed on every set, saying his roles become his “only focus”.

So how does he stay sane?

Pint of Guinness, watch football. Going to the gym, doing normal activities, walking the dog, well, [I would] just go and do something that has nothing to do with blonde wigs and swords,” he says.

Few kits are as dynamic as this one. Game of Thrones Won an Emmy Award for Huge Action Scenes. “Battle of the Bastards” season six (director HotD directed by Miguel Sapochnik) is as exciting as it gets.

Although rehearsing such fights to perfection can be risky.

French actor Fabien Frankel, who played Sir Kristen Cole in the prequel, says he nearly hurt the moneymaker, Smith’s charming face.

“I punched Matt in the face at our first rehearsal,” Frankel says. “My sword wounded him in the head. We didn’t even really know each other.

Smith intervenes: “It was your shield that hit my sword.”

Although they laugh about it now, Frankel genuinely feared that he would be “fired.”

“It was like you didn’t want to hurt Matt Smith,” he says.

Smith was one of millions of unbending Thrones fans who have watched all of its eight seasons.

He says he considers it a privilege to be accepted into the world of New Age Westeros, but of course such a legacy comes at a high stakes.

“But ultimately, it’s good pressure,” says Smith.

“It had its own cultural imprint. And his success will never be repeated.

“There is a huge fan base there. They love it. And we’ll try to present something original and interesting and move the story forward even if we’re moving it backwards.”

‘House of the Dragon’ premieres from the US on Binge and Foxtel on August 22.

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