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7.5 Foot Tall Actor Required For Ser Gregor Clegane "The Mountain That Rides" For HBO TV Series

Tuesday, 06 March 2007

A 7.5 Foot Tall Actor is needed to play Ser Gregor Clegane "The Mountain That Rides" in the TV adaption of the fantasy book series "A Song Of Ice And Fire" by George R. R. Martin.

HBO has purchased the rights to the series as the books are too long and too indepth to be made into a 3 hour movie. Rumour is that it is to be written and exec produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Gregor Clegane is a huge knight a result of experiments by Qyburn who was working on a master project to build an "undefeatable champion" . He ordered a massive suit of armor, too huge to be worn by any human, for this purpose. His extended experiments on Gregor Clegane seem to factor into the size of his final creation. Gregor Clegane is a demented, sadistic, calculating killer. (Incorrect, see what I get from summarising others websites - see correction in the article)

Now where are they going to find someone who can play a 7.5 foot tall knight?

(UPDATE: This is the article that sparked interest amongst the fans and ended up with me actually playing Ser Gregor Clegane in the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones", I wrote this on a very, very long shot. i could not have done it without the help of the fans).

That's a hard one, someone to play Ser Gregor Clegane "The Mountain That Rides", 7 1/2 feet tall with experience, ability to fight and move, hmmm...

Let us list the traits this actor would need and see if we can come up with someone:

1. The Actor Would Have To Be Tall, Preferrably Extremely Tall


2. He Would Have To Be Big And Strong As Well As Tall 

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3. He would have to be proficient in Sword fighting and other medieval style hand to hand combat.  

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4. A background in Fantasy or swords & sorcery would be advantageous

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5. Acting Experience

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6.  Intelligent enough to be able to portray the character correctly and not as a brute

 Mensa Membership Would Qualify... right?


7. Available to work for an extended period in America on the TV series  

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8. Able to speak English Fluently For An American Audience

    ie No heavily accented Russian accents. I wonder if a slight Australian accent would be OK

Comment from Alex H.:

As to the Aussie accent, it's a plus: the show will be shot in Northern Ireland, with a primarily British and Irish cast, so it's an American accent that would sound truly out of place. Your typical American HBO viewer probably can't tell Aussie from Cockney, and since Gregor's father was a servant (Lord Lannister's Master of Hounds, to be precise) raised to noble rank after saving his Lord's life, the Cleganes are more likely to have a lower-class kind of accent rather than the Received Pronunciation the characters from the established noble families will probably use.



9. Able to ride horses

    20 years ago I could, I am sure I could pick it up quickly if need be 


10. I want to work in a Song Of Ice and Fire, just call me for an audition as GREGOR CLEGANE!


Corrections from Alex H.:

By the by, your information page on the role is a bit inaccurate; Gregor's great size and vicious nature were natural, not the result of any experiment. He became the subject of the fallen Maester Qyburn's experiments only after being mortally wounded and poisoned in a duel against the brother of Princess Elia, the woman he'd raped and then murdered along with her infant son during the Sack of King's Landing. At the end of "A Feast for Crows," the last book in the series to be published, Qyburn implied his experiment had succeeded, so I expect we'll be seeing more of The Mountain That Rides even after his apparent death (assuming Martin ever finishes writing the long-delayed fifth book, "A Dance with Dragons").



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