Fantasy book series are big business for television at the moment and the market is so good that actors are flocking to these high profile projects, but for some it can take multiple auditions before they finally snag that dream role in a solid television fantasy epic.
Sam Heughan, who plays Jamie Fraser in Starz latest hit fantasy series ‘Outlander’ has recently revealed that he had at least seven auditions for ‘Game Of Thrones’ before he went up for the lead in Ron D. Moores new fantasy epic.
In his recent interview with Vulture the actor revealed that he went up for the roles of Renly Baratheon, Loras Tyrell and members of the Night’s Watch.
“I auditioned for Game of Thrones seven times! Loads of times,” Heughan revealed.
“I auditioned for Renly, Loras, some of the members of the Night’s Watch. And I’d always get so close! I’d be like, ‘Guys, just give me a sword!’
“Everyone was going in for those parts. But you know, it’s funny about those things. You’re up for so many things, and coming from those auditions, and testing on other shows, I had more experience, more experience with the process.”
Heughan is not bitter about not getting these roles because he feels that going up for them gave him the added confidence he needed to secure his role of Scottish warrior Jamie Fraser.
“I don’t know, something about this one just felt right. This part felt different. I knew this character. I felt a connection with him. I knew where he had come from. And I was excited to work with Ron [D Moore].”
The fantasy romance series follows a combat nurse from 1945 who is swept back in time to 1743.