Jim Broadbent Didn’t Catch Up on “Game of Thrones” Before Filming
Last fall, we learned that Jim Broadbent (Professor Horace Slughorn) would be joining the lengthy list of Harry Potter actors who also appear in Game of Thrones, which includes Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks/Osha), David Bradley (Argus Filch/Walder Frey), Michelle Fairley (Mrs. Granger/Catelyn Stark), and Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore/Mance Rayder). (You can see an even more complete list here.)
This week, Broadbent told the Evening Standard that he didn’t have time to catch up on the first six seasons of the show before filming his part in the seventh. But it sounds like he may be planning on becoming more familiar with the series soon:
I hadn’t seen much of it before, but I’ve got the full box-set now. Seventy hours of TV to watch. I didn’t have time to watch it all before … that’s going to be a long weekend or two.
Broadbent’s character has not been officially announced but is suspected to be Maester Marwyn, whom Sam is waiting to meet at the end of Season 6 to inform about the threat from north of the Wall.
Broadbent recently attended the premiere of his new film The Sense of An Ending, in which he plays Tony Webster, who “is forced to revisit his past when he finds a letter he wrote as a schoolboy.”
I loved the character, I recognised him — same age, same sort of cultural background, all-male circles at sixth form, a bunch of smart-arse boys together. There’s an awful lot that I recognise about Tony Webster, but he’s not me. We’re different enough to make it interesting.
The busy actor was also seen filming this week in Harrogate, England, along with Hugh Grant, for the upcoming Paddington 2, in which he plays Mr. Gruber.
You can check out the trailer for The Sense of an Ending below.