In a new video interview with W, Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington recalls showing up at his audition for the role of Jon Snow with a black eye. He recounts being at McDonald's with a ladyfriend the night before the audition and sitting at the same table with a stranger, who then started insulting Harington's friend. At a certain point, Harington decided he'd had enough and invited the gentleman to fight.
That's when the man, who'd been seated throughout the whole exchange, stood up, and Harington realized just how very tall he was. Harington threw the first punch, but proceeded to get "battered," (English-speak for having your ass handed to you with a side of fries) and turned up at the audition the next day with a black eye. But Jon Snow is a tough character, and Harington thinks that the bruise might have helped him get the job. So, thanks for that, asshole stranger!
Harington also talks a bit about playing a dead person:
Because I was lying down for so many hours, for two whole episodes, I fell asleep in the middle of a scene, and woke up…You know when you wake up and you don't know quite where you are? There's nothing scarier than waking up in the middle of Game of Thrones world, naked, and everyone standing over you and thinking, "Oh my god, I've died and I've actually ended up in Westeros.". . . Of course, someone gets brought back from the dead and the first question anyone will ask is, "What did you see, what was there? Tell us, because this is the question on every human's mind, throughout time, we need to know what happens." And, of course, there was nothing, which is the scariest thing you can hear, and it's just another example of Thrones' relentless punishment, to us as an audience. "You know what, you thought there was a heaven? There's no heaven. Get over it."
Ah, nothing like a bit of telly to put you in a cheerful mood!