15 “Game of Thrones” Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors

Game Of Thrones is one of the
most successful TV shows of the past decade, loved by millions of people. But
would it be the same if our favorite characters were played by other popular
actors?
Bright Side found out which
stars it was that turned down probably a life-changing role, and regret making
this decision. How would the show’s characters have looked if they had been
played by different people?
15. Cersei Lannister (Tricia
Helfer)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Tricia Helfer, best known for
her major role in the Battlestar Galactica television series, auditioned for
the part of Cersei. She revealed this in a post on her Twitter account for her
curious fans. She says she really enjoys reading the books and is genuinely
convinced that George R. R. Martin will soon publish the next instalment.
Tricia currently plays the wife of God in Lucifer.
14. King-Beyond-the-Wall
(Dominic West)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Dominic West turned down the
part of Mance Rayder because he was not enthusiastic about leaving his family
for a long period of time. However, Dominic regretted this decision when his
nephew said that Game of Thrones was the only great show on TV. By then it was
too late — the part had already been given to Ciarán Hinds.
13. Stannis Baratheon (Mark
Strong)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Strong hasn’t commented on his
possible participation in the series, but many people seem to believe he turned
down a role in Low Winter Sun. Unfortunately, this show was cut after the 1st
season. We think that Mark should’ve chosen Game Of Thrones instead, because
Stephen Dillane understood neither the series nor its success.
12. Daenerys Targaryen (Tamzin
Merchant)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors

Tamzin Merchant was cast in
the role of Daenerys Targaryen in August 2009, and was even filmed for the
original pilot episode. She later refused to be the Dragon Queen, offering no
comment as to why she decided to leave the project; we can only guess whether
it was the low quality of the first episode or her new role in The Tudors.
Interestingly, George R.R. Martin liked her performance in this show.
11. Sansa Stark (Izzy
Meikle-Small)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors

British actress Izzy
Meikle-Small at one time had almost secured the role of Sansa, but HBO
ultimately put down Sophie Turner for the part. She said that she wasn’t that
unhappy about this decision, because there’s a lot of nudity and her parents
would not appreciate that.
Let’s face it, a role in such
a huge project like this virtually guarantees a major career breakthrough for
any young actor. For example, after Game of Thrones Sophie Turner successfully
performed in the superhero movie X-Men: Apocalypse.
10. Catelyn Stark (Jennifer
Ehle)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
HBO originally cast Jennifer
Ehle as Catelyn Stark. Just like Tamzin Merchant, Ehle left the project right
after the shooting of the original pilot episode. Later she revealed that,
despite her love for the books, it was too soon after the birth of her daughter
to take part in such a long-running project. She chose real-life motherhood over
being someone’s mother on screen.
9. High Sparrow (Jared Harris)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
British actor Jared Harris was
really upset that the auditions for roles in Game Of Thrones and Westworld
weren’t very successful for him. The HBO producers preferred someone older
instead, but we believe Jared still has plenty of time to get his key role.
8. Renly Baratheon / Loras
Tyrell (Sam Heughan)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Scottish actor Sam Heughan
stars in the TV series Outlander. He auditioned 7 times for different roles in
Game Of Thrones — as Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell, and several members of the
Night’s Watch. Every time he was very close, but not close enough to get the
part. Sam is a big fan of the world of Westeros and eagerly awaits every new
episode.
Practice makes perfect, and
his auditions were not in vain — Sam got the lead in the popular Sony Pictures
Television drama series.
15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
7. Pypar (Danny Dyer)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
One of the most popular
Cockney actors, Danny Dyer was up for the role of Pypar three times, but never
made it to Westeros. His voice was reportedly the main issue; however, among
the rest of the British actors in the show, his accent surely wouldn’t even
have been noticed.
Who knows, maybe if Dyer
played Pypar, the character wouldn’t have died in the Battle of Castle Black.
6. Xaro Xhoan Daxos
(Mahershala Ali)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
“Wow, how could I have
ever turned down Mahershala Ali?” said Nina Gold, the Game Of Thrones
casting director. The Oscar Winning actor really wanted to make it in the
project and auditioned for the role of Qarthian merchant Xaro Xhoan Daxos.
In his interview with Jimmy
Kimmel, Ali said that those auditions were the worst ones of his career because
they didn’t give him a proper stool.
5. Waymar Royce (Jamie
Campbell Bower)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Jamie Campbell Bower, best
known for his role as Caius in The Twilight Saga, was confirmed in the role of
the brother of the Night’s Watch but left the project after the pilot episode.
We can only guess what made him leave — maybe it was the bad quality of the
pilot, or perhaps the fact that his character was the first to die in the
series.
4. Roslin Tully (Perdita
Weeks)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Perdita Weeks easily got the
part of Roslin Tully thanks to her experience with The Tudors. She was also
cast to play in The Heretics in Romania for 6 months, and turned down a part in
Game Of Thrones due to her busy schedule. Soon her project was postponed, and
she begged the Game Of Thrones producers to take her back but it was too late —
Alexandra Dowling had already joined the cast.
3. Melisandre, Red Priestess
(Gillian Anderson)

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Gillian Anderson never let on
as to what part she declined, but many people seem to believe it was none other
than Cersei Lannister. But we’re certain that the X-Files experience could’ve
helped her to perform the supernatural abilities of Melisandre extremely
vividly.
Her daughter couldn’t believe
she turned down Game Of Thrones. “But if I’m going to be spending that
amount of time working on something, I would rather be working with a director
like Martin Scorsese”, Anderson replied.
2. Jonathan Pryce

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Jonathan Pryce was brilliant
in his performance as High Sparrow, the religious zealot. He was offered the
chance to join the series in the beginning, but he didn’t feel like being a
part of the “dragons, dungeons and fantasy stuff“.
The growing popularity of Game
Of Thrones made Pryce change his mind. The actor said ”I’m still glad I said no
the first time round. I waited for High Sparrow.”
1. Brian Cox

15 "Game of Thrones" Characters Who Were Almost Played by Different Actors
Scottish actor Brian Cox
turned down a part in GoT in the early days because they weren’t prepared to
pay enough money. “Now they have more money. And I was silly. I was silly,
it was silly, because I’m a complete addict now”, says the actor. Now
greedy Brian only watches his friends’ acting in the show.
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SOURCE: BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.