Game of Thrones has reportedly cast its first Indian actor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, in the role of a royal.
Mukesh, 33, has appeared in many Hindi-language films and impressed stunt director Greg Powell with his performance in family drama Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’s action scenes.
Powell, known for his work on the Harry Potter franchise, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fast and Furious 6, offered Mukesh the part, according to the Mumbai Mirror.
“Greg has directed two sword fighting sequences in PRDP for which I had to train for over a month in order to get the stance and wrist movements right,” Mukesh told the local paper.
“He seemed pretty impressed with all the hard work I put in and made the offer when we were shooting for the climax scene a few months ago.”
Mukesh, himself a big Thrones fan, added that a producer is expected to approach him for further discussions later this month.
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
Shocking Game of Thrones scenes
1/9 Sansa/Ramsey rape scene
Season 5, episode 6: Fans were outraged as the episode ended with Sansa Stark being brutally raped by her new husband, Ramsey. The camera soon panned to Theon as he watched on, terrified.
2/9 Shireen burns at the stake
Season 5, episode 9:Stannis burns his daughter Shireen at the stake after Red Priestess Melisandre advises him to make a sacrifice to gain more power
3/9 Theon gets his penis chopped off
Season 3, episode 10: While being tortured by Ramsey, Theon Greyjoy goes through all sorts of pain. The most horrible though is when his penis is cut off and then sent to his family.
4/9 George Bush’s head on spike
Season 1, episode 10: According to the directors, they couldn’t get enough prosthetic heads made up for the show and ended up using the spare one’s lying around. One of those just happened to be the fake head of George Bush, which eventually ended up on a spike.
5/9 Joffrey murders two prostitutes
Season 2, episode 4: In one of his most violent moments, Joffrey finds himself with two prostitutes in his room and the most disgusting thing he can think to do with them, uses them as living targets.
6/9 The Red Wedding
Season 3, episode 9: It was the turning point for the entire show. Just as everyone thought it was going the Starks way, they nearly all end up murdered in one of the bloodiest episodes of any TV series ever.
7/9 Rat torture
Season 2, episode 4: Torture is a pretty common occurrence on Game of Thrones, but none were quite a bad as this. In the scene a bucket of rats is put to a man’s chest and then heated up with a flame so they must eat through the man to escape. Terrifying.
8/9 Mountain head explosion
Season 4, episode 8: Just as everything was going Oberyn Martell’s way, it all literally blew up in his face. The warrior ended up looking like a squashed watermelon in one of the most awful scenes in the entire series.
9/9 Theon botched beheading
Season 2, episode 6: Beheadings: In one of the more gruesome beheadings, Theon strikes Ser Rodrick Cassel not just once but four times in the neck, finally taking it all the way off with a kick.
He is also willing to take part in nude scenes, which the show is known for, so long as it is required for his character. “I have gone nude for Jail so why not for this?” he said. “I am not intimidated by it as an actor.”
Thrones is hugely popular in India, with fans often coming up with imaginative Bollywood versions of the show and creating their own mash-ups.
Mukesh’s full name has been the subject of Twitter jokes for the past year, and these have started again in force after the Thrones announcement. Some fans are suggesting that Iron Throne contender Daenerys should have named her three dragons Neil, Nitin and Mukesh. It’s all very silly.
Game of Thrones is expected to return next spring, although it may arrive later than hoped.
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