It turns out that Nikolaj Coster-Waldau isn’t HBO’s ‘golden boy’ as the Game of Thrones superstar royally pissed off the network. Known for playing Jaime Lannister, the live-action version of Shrek 2‘s Prince Charming has come a long way from banging his sister in the towers of Winterfell.
Game of Thrones is known for its sense of community, and with the show being a major part of our lives for the past eight years, it’s easy to imagine all the jokes and banter the cast has on set. However, it turns out that Coster-Waldau took one practical joke too far and was nearly sued by the big bosses.
In the early days of the ice and fire epic, Jaime was remembered for his flowing blonde hair. We also saw him go through his dishevelled prisoner days, a short back and sides, and his new grizzled look for Season 8. Speaking to Digital Spy, the 48-year-old explained how a prank with his luscious locks could’ve got him fired.
“There’d been a lot of talk about Jaime’s hair in the early seasons – his long golden locks,” admitted Coster-Waldau. “Once he lost his hand, I thought he should maybe have a haircut. And then I thought, ‘Why don’t I just pretend?'”
He the hatched a master plan to fool execs. The star continued: “This is five, six seasons ago – I sent them an old picture where I had a buzz cut. I sent a long letter where I explained I’d taken control of my character and I want to be respected. I said that my integrity as an artist was at stake!”
Unfortunately, the network failed to see the funny side of this. After he “didn’t hear anything” from the powers that be, there was a panicked call before he flew back to Belfast to carry on filming.
“I was in the car from the airport. The first AD said, ‘Do you have any hair?’ Then he explained how poor Kevin – who is the head of hair – had been frantically trying to build a wig with what he had, which wasn’t a lot.”
“I said, ‘It’s just a joke! Did you really believe?’ They all believed it. They’d also called my manager. HBO had started to talk about suing me and it had gotten out of control.”
Thankfully, he didn’t get fired and Jaime continues to be one of the Seven Kingdom’s biggest players. After losing his hand in Season 3, the former Kingsguard toured Westeros with Brienne of Tarth, returned to the family at King’s Landing, and famously parted ways with his sister/lover in the Season 7 finale.
Fans are already tipping Jaime for some sort of heroic sacrifice in the final six episodes and also think he could be the Valonqar who topples Cersei from her throne. At least his hair will look good while doing it!
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