You heard it here first: Kit Harington is doing stuff!
Not only is the hirsute heartthrob gearing up for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones (Season Five! Three months away! Insert snazzy and age-appropriate “Get Hype”-ish exclamation!)… he’s making the interview rounds for his film Testament of Youth.
But of course the only thing anyone ever wants to talk about is Game of Thrones.
Because it’s Game of Thrones. C’mon.
(I mean, I’m not saying that specifically because this is a Game of Thrones fan site. Which, you know, should probably be taken into consideration. But look, GoT has infiltrated the pop culture psyche like no HBO show ever has before it. Tony Soprano can go Hodor himself, for all the world cares.)
So yeah, we have it right here–your latest Kit Harington news! Like hey! Look! Here’s the fact that he was on set more than any other GoT actor this season (thanks, The Independent!), or the fact that he kinda wants to play Batman (thanks, MTV!)–with the caveat that it would be camp.
(Could you see Kit whipping out the shark repellent? Am I dating you guys with that reference? HERE. You’re welcome.)
(If Kit’s a goofier Batman, who gets to play Joker? This is a serious question. And don’t give me Jared Leto.)
But all this stuff actually brings me to a more salient topic, in my mind.
Some people (and by some people I mean Kit) have said that Kit’s getting a lit-tle tired of always answering GoT questions, or responding to GoT-themed wisecracks. Yeah, that can be a thing. Hell, walking down the streets of London Towne could be brutal. “Hey, Kit, YOU KNOW NOTHING! Ha ha!” “Hey, Kit, you’re a BASTARD! Bazinga!” “Hey, Kit, get a haircut, even though you can’t, contractually, and get a REAL job!” “Hey, Christopher, get a REAL name!” Etc.
Now I’m not here to play amateur psychologist (though I will), but for someone who came up in the acting world heralded for his skills (see: Warhorse) rather than his looks (see: everything after), people going on and on about this one thing could be a little twitch-inducing. So he gets a little irked from time to time. I get it.
Some people don’t. Some people react almost violently when a beloved actor in a beloved show says that, no, everything is not always peaches and cream in my Successful Acting Life. Kit seems to warily walk the thin line between “I want to be taken seriously” and “I don’t want to come off as pretentious.” And that can be hard. But a lot of people, with their barely-scraping-by lives or their ho-hum nine-to-fivers… they don’t wanna hear it. They take umbrage that anyone who was dealt as sweet a hand as most of these actors might not be giddy with glee 24/7.
(Insider tip: Success does not make one happy, or if it does, it’s temporary at best. Really, 99% of The People are usually swinging on a pendulum somewhere between happy and not, and their vocations have very little to do with it. The end.)
Others feel what has been described to me as a “quick stab of panic” whenever they get to see the cracks or frayed edges appear in an otherwise harmonious cast of a beloved series. It’s basically why people always ask the “How do you get along with Fellow Actor X” question; it’s generally not, as some contend, a quest for dirt, but rather a subliminal plea for continued harmony. If there’s no infighting, (limited) logic says that the Show Will Go On. People look for assurance in many different ways; this is one of them.
And yeah, it’s always good to know the cast of your favorite show gets on well. Could you imagine the fandom implosion if Sophie and Maisie started sniping each other on Twitter? Lord have mercy…
And Kit? He’s fine. Personally, I freaking love the guy. Not just because he was, to me, one of the most quietly engaging actors I’ve ever spoken to prior to an interview (though that helps), but because of how well he inhabits the furry black boots of one of ASoIaF’s most iconic characters. And say what you want about a misstep or two (partsofseason2coughcough)… he owned last season’s episode 9, Watchers on the Wall, and crushed my poor Axey heart with his hinterland burial of Ygritte in episode 10. That was it, he gave me all I needed to see. Dude will get free beer at my house for the rest of his life, if he wants it.
What am I getting at? Well, clearly, you needed your weekly Kit Harington news. Duh. But I’m actually curious, gentle readers and Gatewatch loyalists…
Where do you stand on the “X actor is not always happy with Y” topic? Is this something that means something to you? Or is it all just added to the pile of dreck that fills up your counterculture-inundated minds, distracting you from actual important events… like the IMAX presentation of season 4’s last two episodes on the 30th of this month (I’ll be there with bells on), or even greater, world-affecting events, such as TWoW’s noncommittal but eventual release?
Fill up the comments with your opinions on this, that, or Rygar’s Penis jokes, I don’t care which. But either way, be heard!