Updated April 22nd, 2024 at 15:44 IST

Kit Harington Is 'Not Interested' In Playing Heroic Roles After Game of Thrones

Kit Harington said ever since he wrapped up the shoot of Game of Thrones, he lost interest in playing the classic hero.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones | Image:AP News

British star Kit Harington rose to international prominence with his portrayal of the upright warrior Jon Snow, one of the pivotal characters in Game of Thrones. The HBO epic fantasy show debuted in 2011 and ran for 8 seasons concluding in 2019. Ever since the actor wrapped Game of Thrones, Harington said he seems to have lost interest in playing the classic hero.

Kit Harington expresses disinterest in playing a hero

In a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Harington talked about how it's tough to play a hero on screen today and that's why he has consciously sought to play “anti-hero-ish” roles post-GoT. 


Kit Harington in Game of Thrones


The actor said, “That is seemingly what I've been hunting a bit. If I look at the roles I've taken since playing an out-and-out hero in 'Game of Thrones,' I have to admit there seems to be some sort of pushback about playing a hero. I'm not so interested in heroic roles, and if I am, they have to be pretty anti-hero-ish..."


Kit Harington on his role in Blood For Dust

Harington got his wish in Rod Blackhurst's Blood for Dust, a neo-Western crime thriller set in snowy Montana. In his latest film, Harington plays Ricky, a sociopathic drug-slinging arms dealer sporting a handlebar moustache and gold chain. ''He's sort of a devil-on-the-shoulder character, the antagonist who's with you all the way through. He's like a good-time guy in a bad world. He doesn't want to have to face reality,'' he said about the role.



Kit Harington in Blood For Dust


People who successfully play classically heroic roles are ''very talented actors'', added Harington. "My heart goes out to people playing heroes. They're f****** hard to play and to make interesting. It is more fascinating as an actor, I think, to empathise with someone deeply faulted and wrong, to try and find your way into why they are doing these things. "(Playing) a guy who is doing all the right things and is driven by being good, it's harder to do that... But at the moment, I just find it more interesting looking for the f*****-up people," he said.



Published April 22nd, 2024 at 15:44 IST