So it was very nice that they saw past that and took a chance anyway."So were you required to bulk up for the part? A car comes and picks me up in the morning, takes me to the gym at Pinewood Studios, there's a personal trainer who gives me my workout, he puts me on a high protein diet... "Gendry had quite a small role in season one, but has been far more prominent this year - has it been fun developing the character? In season one, you kind of got the feeling that it was going to be a really exciting and popular show."Yeah, they said, 'We'd like you to hit the gym and put on a bit of muscle,' and, interestingly enough, it was at the same time that Nick Hoult had got a part in ."We were having this conversation about these parts and I told him I had to go to the gym. But I literally had about three filming days and they were over in Malta, so I didn't really get to know anyone very well when I was out there."You don't really feel like you can get as caught up in the build-up and the hype as you would if you felt you had a more significant role to play in it.So it was great to feel more involved this time round and to actually meet everyone."I was in Belfast for the second season, which is where the bulk of filming takes place.
The remarkable thing that I've noticed is how far that show has travelled, it's aired all over the world."It's more foreign people now who stop and say hello to you, because it might have been on recently over there so it's fresher in their minds.
Nicholas Hoult Probably the person most familiar to everyone, Nick Hoult has made a name for himself both in the UK and the US in recent years, starring in movies like A Single Man and X-Men: First Class.
He is also the face of Tom Ford eyewear as of spring 2010.
It was a really nice process, actually, even though you're auditioning for these different parts."You're not thinking, 'God, what am I doing wrong? I really want to be involved in this', it just seemed like the creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss had identified people that they wanted to work with, and then it was just a case of which piece of the jigsaw you fitted."It all worked out really well in the end, because a couple of the parts I'd auditioned for before aren't anywhere near as interesting as Gendry becomes, in the end.
When they were originally casting for the pilot - which they shot a good year-and-a-half before the series - I actually auditioned for the role of Jon Snow."I didn't get very far and then when the series was commissioned, I auditioned for another two roles, before eventually being cast as Gendry.
So I was really lucky to get spotted."Also, at the time of casting, I didn't possess the physical attributes they were looking for.I was supposed to be tall, muscular with thick black hair - and I was none of those things! they just told me to be bigger by the time I arrived on set,' - so we had very different bulking up experiences!"I read book two before we started shooting season two, but I've got a friend who's read all the books anyway - he was a bit of a nut before the series even came out, so I asked him about what happens to me."I don't think my character's ever particularly prominent in any of the novels, but from what I gather, [the writers] are quite open to going 'off-book' if you like and writing new storylines for certain characters that maybe aren't explored as deeply in the books as they might be."So it might be a bit redundant for me to read the books now anyway, because I think there might actually be new stuff planned, as far as Gendry's concerned." is something that you should never say never to.I think for all of us it was such an important shared experience and it came in a really crucial time in all of our lives - our formative years were spent making it."I don't think any of us could turn it down completely, but I would be skeptical as to how they would ever do that [return appearance] with me.I suppose now might be a good time to go back - if you'd have asked me the same question a year ago, I would probably have said that I wouldn't be interested, because I was still trying to get some more dramatic roles and move away from that character a little bit."But I think the idea to revisit the old characters is a really nice way to round the series off.They've got some really interesting stuff planned, from what I hear."Do you find that people still associate you with Chris? I still don't get stopped about anything else anywhere near as much as .