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Why Is ‘Game of Thrones’ a Black Hole for Actors?

Coming off his biggest season of Game of Thrones, actor Richard Dormer (who plays Beric Dondarrion) is fatigued. Fighting off white walkers has got him feeling beat. In fact, when BBC One offered Dormer a leading role in the new thriller Rellik (from the creators of the amazing The Missing), Dormer almost turned it down because of Game of Thrones.


Speaking to Digital Spy, Dormer said:


I’d never read anything like [Rellik]. I thought it was very original, so it was spellbinding reading this thing and seeing it in my head. But I actually said I didn’t want to do it, because I was too tired. We were doing that epic fight sequence in Thrones at the time [from episode 7.06, ‘Beyond the Wall‘] and I just thought, ‘I can’t do this, I’m going to drop dead, I need time off…’


It wouldn’t be the first time an actor’s time on Game of Thrones lead to major career decisions. Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) decided acting on screen wasn’t for him after his time on GOT. When he spoke to Entertainment Weekly in 2014 (around the time Joff croaked), Gleeson said of his early retirement:


I’ve been acting since age 8. I just stopped enjoying it as much as I used to. And now there’s the prospect of doing it for a living, whereas up until now it was always something I did for recreation with my friends, or in the summer for some fun. I enjoyed it. When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.


Luckily, Richard Dormer’s turn as the fiery-sword-wielding, Lord-of-Light-worshipping badass hasn’t made him retire from acting. It’ll be interesting to see if relics from his performance on GOT will be seen in Rellik.


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