Matt Smith Criticizes “Home of the Dragons” Intercourse Scenes

Matt Smith performs Prince Daemon Targaryen, the presumed inheritor to the Targaryens’ Iron Throne, in “Home of the Dragon,” HBO’s prequel to “Recreation of Thrones.” Apparently, the function got here with some challenges — together with too many intercourse scenes, which resulted in some pushback from the actor.

“You do end up asking, ‘Do we want one other intercourse scene?'” Smith mentioned in an Aug. 4 interview with Rolling Stone UK. “They usually’re like, ‘Yeah, we do.’ I assume it’s important to ask your self: ‘What are you doing? Are you representing the books, or are you diluting the books to characterize the time [we’re living in]?’ And I truly suppose it is your job to characterize the books in truth and actually, as they have been written.” For Smith, the intercourse in the end felt a bit extreme. “Yeah — barely an excessive amount of, for those who ask me,” he mentioned when requested about whether or not he spends quite a lot of time within the bed room on display screen.

One other problem was the difficulty of sustaining the Targaryens’ attribute blond hair. “It took an hour and 1 / 4 to placed on day by day,” Smith mentioned. “I used to be like, ‘Clearly the Targaryens are recognized for his or her blonde hair — however cannot we simply give them some highlights?'” Nonetheless, the prince was a wealthy character for Smith to sink his tooth into. “He is form of an outsider,” Smith mentioned. “He is not black and white, there are shades of gray with him, which is what me about him.”

Smith, who turned well-known taking part in the Physician on “Physician Who,” had solely good issues to say about Ncuti Gatwa, who will play the present’s subsequent Physician. “[H]e’s going to be fabulous,” he mentioned. Smith additionally had optimistic issues to say about his function on “The Crown,” the place he performs the late Prince Philip. “Once I acquired the half, my granddad, who was very anti-royal, mentioned, ‘You are not taking part in that bloody berk, are you?’ And I would at all times had the same antipathy in the direction of them, I suppose,” he mentioned. “However there was a braveness and a defiance and a humour to Philip — which acquired him into hassle, and was at instances ill-judged — however at the very least he was himself. And God, is not that refreshing, at the moment? That he was himself, not some polished model of one thing.”

Smith can be taking part in out a really completely different form of royal expertise in “Home of the Dragon,” which premieres on Aug. 22.

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