King Arthur Star Charlie Hunnam Was Offered A Role In Game Of Thrones
"I was living next door to old Dinklage!"
The big-budget action fantasy King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters next week, and star Charlie Hunnam has now revealed that he was very close to appearing in another high-profile fantasy property--Game of Thrones.
Speaking to GameSpot, Hunnam explained that he was offered a part in HBO's hit show, but production conflicts meant that he had to turn the role down. "I was shooting Lost City of Z at the same time so I wasn't able to do it," he said. "But then I ended up shooting in Belfast, and I was living in a little housing complex. I was living next door to old Dinklage [Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in the show] and above me was [showrunner] David Benioff.
"I would see them going to work every day, and I thought, 'It could've been me.' Bad timing!"
Hunnam, who also starred in Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy, revealed that he was so upset that he couldn't appear in Game of Thrones that he never even asked which part he was being offered.
"I was so devastated I couldn't do it, I said 'You know what? Don't tell me anything about it.' I don't even know what role it was.
"I think it was was quite small--maybe three episodes--but significant. Not the last season, maybe the season before that."
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters on May 19. Game of Thrones, meanwhile, returns for Season 7 on Sunday, July 16--check out the latest trailer here.