‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Is Over Hero Roles: ‘More Interesting Looking For The F***ed Up People’

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Game of Thrones” actor Kit Harington is best known for playing the series protagonist in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning fantasy drama series, but he says he’s excited to take on villain roles in the future. 

The 37-year-old won over hearts portraying Jon Snow on “GOT.” He took on a very different role for the neo-Western crime thriller “Blood for Dust,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2023 and will be released in theaters on April 19. The movie features Harington playing a sociopathic, cocaine-selling arms dealer.

“He’s sort of a devil-on-the-shoulder character, the antagonist who’s with you all the way through,” the British actor told Entertainment Weekly of the role. “He’s like a good-time guy in a bad world. He doesn’t want to have to face reality.”

“I rarely get the opportunity to play the Rickys of this world, the antagonistic dirtbag types, and I was excited to be presented with that opposite an actor like Scoot,” Harington continued. “So that was the kind of pull, and then Rod, the director, had such a clear idea of what he wanted to do and had it so well planned that I just felt very much in safe hands. It felt well put together. And then it’s all about growing a big old mustache and adopting a seriously American accent.”

The celeb told the outlet he’d been seeking a different type of role since “GOT” concluded in 2019.

“That is seemingly what I’ve been hunting a bit,” Harington said. “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.”


“My heart goes out to people playing heroes,” he continued. “They’re f***ing hard to play and to make interesting. It is more fascinating as an actor, I think, to empathize 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. And I think people who do it successfully, who play classically heroic roles, are very talented actors. But at the moment, I just find it more interesting looking for the f***ed-up people.”

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