Exclusive: Julian Glover On His Legendary Roles And Game Of Thrones Season 3
Yesterday we brought you a chat with Ioan Gruffudd at AdventureCon this past weekend in Knoxville, and today we have another talk with one of the stars in attendance- the legendary Julian Glover. You may know Julian Glover from his role in any number of iconic series and franchises. He had a turn as a Bond Villain, he was in Star Wars, Doctor Who (twice), he voiced the spider Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and he is currently seen as Grand Maester Pycelle in Game of Thrones which is currently filming its third season. Mr. Glover commented on what it is like to be connected with so many popular properties as well as commenting on what we can expect from him this season on Thrones.
You’ve been in all kinds of movies. You were in James Bond, you’ve been in Doctor Who twice, you were in Star Wars. The list goes on. As you work with all these iconic franchises, looking back, what’s that like for you?
Of course you don’t realize when you start, when you do the first one you don’t realize it’s going to be a franchise. When you do the second one, you don’t realize it’s going to be a three part franchise. Then you do a fourth one. Then you suddenly do the voice of a spider in a film for children [Harry Potter]. You say “my God, I’ve been in four major franchises.” I think I’m the only actor who has been in all those. I really wish I had done Star Trek. If I had done Star Trek that would sort of make the set. I think I am the only actor, although actors have been in two of them but not three or four. So I’m lucky, that’s how it feels.
That’s five! That’s turning into an iconic series now.
What’s it like playing that character for you?
It’s wonderful playing that character. He’s, as you know and you’re readers will know, he’s this old bloke that’s sort of an adviser to the throne, constantly loyal to whoever’s on the throne. I got bored with playing that very early on. I went to the writers and said I want something more than this, either something more to do or development of the character. They gave me the development which you well know. I won’t talk about now in case people haven’t seen it, it’s a very nice twist of the tale. I’m really delighted to do it. I was filming only three days ago in Croatia with Charles Dance, Tywin.
Is there anything you can tell us about the upcoming season now? Anything you can tease?
I’m not allowed to tell you the story I’m afraid. You know that when our scripts come to us, they have a confidentiality thing and our names are printed right across the script. No one else can see your script. They know that because people would have read the book. It’s very faithful to the books, as you well know. Its quiet right too. The author, the two writers of the series Dan [Weiss] and David [Benioff], very sensibly brought the author in, not as an adviser, but he has to sort of pass everything which doesn’t usually happen. It’s very sensible of him. My development of character was not in the book, but he’s passed it because he thinks it’s such a good idea. It does deal with the main story of course. Working on the series has been a great delight except that beard on all day, which is really uncomfortable. Apart from that, it’s lovely.
The last scene I just did in episode 3 of series four, my scene with Tywin is a very, very good one. I’m delighted with it. He’s fishing. Tywin is fishing and I come down to talk to him [he said with a smile].
It was an honor to speak to a living legend. That term gets thrown around a lot, but with all that Mr. Glover has appeared in its safe to apply that term to him. Glover certainly got the character development he wanted in season 2 and he seemed to be very excited about filming several scenes for Thrones this season,so I would expect to see even more Pycelle.