“Game of Thrones” is being bashed around a lot lately by actors who are part of the popular fantasy TV series. After Ian McShane recently dismissed the show as just “tits and dragons,” actor Stephen Dillane, who played Stannis Baratheon from the second through to the fifth season, recently said he did the show mostly for money.
In an interview with RadioTimes, Dillane says that “Game of Thrones” is too “hardcore” and “brutal” for his tastes and that he had no interest in appearing in the hugely popular TV series had it not been for the money. He also added to have not found any professional or personal satisfaction from starring as Stannis Baratheon.
“It’s pretty brutal I couldn’t watch much of that anyway. It’s hardcore. Too tough for me … It’s just too painful,” Dillane told RadioTimes. “It’s pretty intense, quite overwhelming, the whole world of it is pretty overwhelming,” he added.
Dillane emphasised that “money is the main thing I got out of it.” Before going on to do some damage control, he went on to say “It’s an odd situation. There is a kind of etiquette around these things. I think it’s extraordinary. I am not dismissing it at all.” That last part was probably meant for the HBO bosses who would be concerned, in the future, about casting another actor not interested in the project, just the cash.
In fact, Dillane had told basically the same things to French magazine Liberation, which was translated by The Independent. “I do not regret having done Game of Thrones, but I have nothing to say. I understood neither the series nor its success when I was attending. The experience was very strange, it passed under my nose. For a role like it to me, I must get interested could, which was not really the case. I was a bit overwhelmed.” When asked why he took on the role, he had replied, after a long silence – “Among other things, for the money.”
In Season 5, Stephen Dillane’s character Stannis was killed offscreen by Brienne of Tarth played by Gwendoline Christie after he was defeated in battle. Speaking to RadioTimes, he also said that he won’t be coming back. “As far as I know [Stannis is dead], yeah.”