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Jamie Auditioned for HBO's 'Game of Thrones'
Reports have begun trickling in from Starfury's Cylon Attack convention held this past weekend. One very interesting piece of information jumped out at me this morning that I felt needed to be shared immediately. An attendee at the convention, Jackie, spoke with Jamie and posted this interesting bit of news at a A Song of Fire and Ice Forum:

Just back from Cylon Attack (a BSG convention in London). I spoke to Jamie Bamber and while he was talking about work opportunities I'd asked him if he'd heard of the HBO project Game of Thrones (thinking he'd be good in it). He nodded and said he'd actually auditioned for that show already. Surprised I asked him which part. He said "the baddie, you know the one that sleeps with his sister" and then stated he didn't get the part. He was curious how I knew about the project and I had to explain it was a set of books etc.

The role of Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones ultimately went to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. As the pilot was being cast, I read posts by several bloggers who commented Jamie could be a good fit for the role. Jackie speculated in her post that Jamie's height may have played against him because the character is supposed to be tall, though I doubt that was the deciding factor.

In Game of Thrones news at Westros.org, another poster speculates we could yet see Jamie in the series:

That said, we know from remarks from GRRM and from at least one actor that has auditioned that the audition process leads them to keeping in mind actors for future roles. If the series goes forward, we may well see Bamber in a secondary role later on.

While I'm disappointed Jamie did not get the role, I'm also a fan of Nicolaj and can't say I'm displeased with his casting.

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 1st, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Given what happened with Virtuality, maybe this was Nikolaj's karma returning. ;) (Then again, he died in the pilot, heh.)

There's a particular series in development that part of me would kill - KILL - to see Jamie get. Part of me is really nervous about it, though.

callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: December 1st, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
What series? **iz nosy** :)

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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 1st, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
"Undercovers," JJ Abrams' married-spies series that he's developing now. I mean, IT'S JJ - and he's directing the pilot, and no matter how astray "Alias" went eventually, that pilot is still one of the best things I've ever seen on TV. The major mitigating factor, of course, is that he set it up at NBC. *facepalm* Doesn't inspire confidence that it'll hit the airwaves in the best possible condition, if at all. (Yeah, he's the hottest guy in town these days, but if they could stab John Wells in the back then all bets are off.)
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: December 1st, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Oh yes I read about that! Honestly though the description called for someone with a really active sense of humor I think, and not that I don't think Jamie has one, but...I'm not sure they would think of him for the charming/jokester type. (But then again, that's why they call it acting!)

In my wild fantasies they would cancel Fringe and JJ would cast Joshua Jackson and Katee Sackhoff (or possibly Kristin Bell).
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 1st, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
NOOOOOOOOO. You cannot have my Peter. *bats hands away* ;)

Re: the sense of humor - exactly, it seemed to me like the perfect sort of role where he'd get to try flexing that muscle for a change. (What? It's a metaphor. Hurrrrr.) And it's not like he's not hilarious in real life, because he is. (Extremely dry sense of humor, but that's my favorite kind. It's an acquired taste. ;) )
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: December 1st, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
But he was my Pacey first! Hee. And he has like nothing to do as Peter, just gripe at his dad too often. Sigh. He's so much more charming than that show will let him be.

As for dry humor...I just have the feeling that's not what they want for this, but who knows. I'm happy to bite my tongue if they cast him.
zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: December 1st, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Heh, I've actually been quite pleased that they dialed back Peter's snark a tiny bit from where it was in the early stages of S1; it was a little jarring in the context of the rest of the show's tone, though Josh is effortless at it. And knowing what we know now, it makes sense that he's a bit darker (though he doesn't quite know why yet.) Anyway, who is to say he won't get to do it eventually?; if they follow through on the promise of multiple parallel universes, there could be another Peter who is a real charm-the-knickers-off-ya.

Sorry, back on topic. If JJ doesn't cast Jamie, maybe I'll have to get off my ass and write the treatment for the show I was talking to my friend about the other day. The one we want to write for him and Felicia Day. I'm not making the most of being unemployed if I'm not trying to sell a treatment in this town. ;)
callmeonetrack From: callmeonetrack Date: December 1st, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't know if Fringe is going to last long enough for them to get to the good stuff! (I'm not a huge procedural fan anyway though and would much rather see him in something with a lot more character development.)

Ooh nice. Heh. Make the most of it! Get Jamie working (stateside) again! And uh Joss Whedon's in need of a job too now. Just saying. :)
brokenmnemonic From: brokenmnemonic Date: December 1st, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
It's a shame Jamie didn't get the part, and not just because he and Lena Headley would look very good together... in a truly disturbing way given the repective character paths in the books.

I wonder if we'll be lucky enough to have Jamie take on one of the other roles...
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leelust From: leelust Date: December 1st, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I don't know that CW guy but if they'd cast Jamie it'd be awesome. Oh, well...
xwacky From: xwacky Date: December 1st, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Sorry to bug you, but I'm staring at your icon here. Is it Dean Winchester by any chance? \o/
xwacky From: xwacky Date: December 1st, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Frak! I'm completely and utterly disappointed that Jamie didn't get the role. A long time ago, before I even know what is "A Song of Fire and Ice", I saw a fantasy casting by roadrunnerdm where she casted Jamie as Jaime Lannister (and his sister Anastasia as Cersei), which ultimately piqued my interest in the series.

When they announced who would play Jaime for the HBO adaptation, I can't say I didn't experience a pang of wistfulness. Now that I know Jamie had auditioned for the role, I fear my disappointment would hinder my ability to watch the show.

And I agree with you that Jamie's height played to his advantage here. :(
zefire2 From: zefire2 Date: December 1st, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
... Well I see your point about why both actors would be good in the roles; but that would be *way* icky.
xwacky From: xwacky Date: December 1st, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I completely agree with you on the *icky* part. Not that I don't like Anastasia, but I just never pictured her as Cersei, while I did sorta kinda imagined Jamie as Jaime when I read the book. *_*
From: leeloo86 Date: December 1st, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Ah that's really annoying, I haven't read the books myself but a friend has and it caught my attention (esp. with Lena Headey and Sean Bean in it).
I'm sure Nikolaj will be good, but I'd rather never have known about Jamie auditioning ;)

But it's true that they often use actors they've already seen in the audition process. (Didn't Trucco audition for Lee?) Has anyone read the books, is one of the chracters in the later books suitable for Jamie?
zefire2 From: zefire2 Date: December 1st, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
When I was reading the books I kept picturing 'Lee' as that character. That is too bad that he didn't get it, but then again he is a pretty squiky character.
ragdoll From: ragdoll Date: December 2nd, 2009 03:30 am (UTC) (Link Me)
To be honest, I am happy Jamie didn't get the role of Jaime. I never thought that he would've been a good fit, partially due to his height. Plus I honestly wouldn't want him playing such a messed up character as Ser Jaime. I do think Nicolaj will be brilliant in the role -- and definitely hope Jamie will get another role -- the story is so complex and has so many great characters that there must be a place for him.
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