Em entrevistas ao Access Hollywood e ao The Hollywood Reporter, Robert Aramayo falou sobre a experiência de interpretar um jovem Ned Stark na sexta temporada de Game of Thrones. O jovem ator inglês de 23 anos teve de dar corpo a uma personagem tornada icónica por Sean Bean.
Aramayo diz que se sente sortudo por poder desempenhar este papel e que adora a série:
I don’t think I can comprehend how lucky I am to be able to play such an iconic character, such a loved character,” the actor tells Access Hollywood. He says that he loves Game of Thrones. “It’s the only show that I watch religiously, and it was an honor and a gift to be able to be a part of it.
O ator disse que não tinha como objetivo imitar Sean Bean, por isso tentou perceber como seria Ned algumas décadas antes de o conhecermos.
He sounds very earthy and gritty and grounded and stuff, so I just had to sort of think about where that comes from in terms of your voice and sort of trying to find that within myself because the last thing that I wanted to do is sort of impersonate Sean. I didn’t want to do — in the strictness sense — an impersonation of the man. I wanted to think more about Ned, and him years before the Ned that we know so well and the things that a younger man possess that an older man has figured out. So, that was really where my work was situated was in figuring out the parameters that surrounded this scene, this moment in time.
Através de uma visão de Bran, vimos que Ned sobreviveu ao que aconteceu na Torre da Alegria porque Howland Reed apunhalou Arthur Dayne pelas costas. Aramayo acha que este ato irá ter um impacto Ned, um homem para quem a honra era bastante importante.
I do feel like that’s a lesson learned for Ned about like honor and beginning to sort of — because the told story is that Ned beat Arthur Dayne, which is of course, certainly in the portrayal [in ‘Oathbreaker’], kind of untrue, really. And I think that speaks to how honor began to sort of operate for Ned and I would argue that in the [subsequent] years, he would live his life from an honorable place, having been dishonored in this moment.”
Este foi o primeiro trabalho de Rob Aramayo em televisão, que disse que esta experiência foi “assustadora” mas que todos acabaram por ser simpáticos. Aramayo sabia bem o significado que a Torre da Alegria tem para os fãs, por isso deu tudo o que tinha na cena.
It was scary. I didn’t know what to expect, but thankfully everybody — everybody’s been very lovely. And when you do something like this, which is very sort of spoken about, the Tower of Joy is spoken a lot amongst fans of the show, and readers of the book — it’s a very heavily spoken about event in history, so you just endeavored to sort of like give it everything you’ve got and hope that the people who’ve been waiting for this scene, respond in – have gotten everything that they need from that scene.
O ator confessou ser um grande fã de Game of Thrones, série que acompanha desde que esta estreou. Ned era a sua personagem favorita e Rob não queria acreditar quando ele morreu.
I’ve watched the series since the beginning, since I was 17, with my dad. We were watching it from the beginning when it first aired in the U.K., and we were hooked,” he tells THR. “I’ve watched it ever since. Ned was always my favorite character. I was distraught when he left the show. I didn’t think it was possible. I didn’t think they could do that — killing such a well-loved character was such a shock to me. I’ve always felt very sad that Ned left the show so quickly. He was such an impactful character on the story, and still is to this day. I haven’t read the books, but I have a big circle of friends who are avid book readers, so that was very useful when I was cast in the role.”
Quando fez a audição para o papel, Aramayo não sabia que se tratava do papel de Ned Stark. Depois de saber que tinha sido escolhido, Rob viu toda a primeira temporada de novo, leu a cena da Torre da Alegria e teve a ajuda de um amigo, que leu os livros e lhe disse tudo o que tinha de saber.
I read the [Tower of Joy] scene in the books. My friend was kind enough to show it to me. My best friend is a very avid book reader, and he wrote down on four sheets of paper everything that I was not allowed to forget.
Sobre a luta que vimos no último episódio, Robert Aramayo disse que gravaram durante três ou quatro dias e que foi tudo intenso e nada fácil. Também falou sobre Luke Roberts, que interpretou Arthur Dayne, dizendo que ele foi “incrível”.
We all went through a bunch of training, which continued through our three- or four-day shoot in Spain. It was intense. It was not easy. I did not find it easy to shoot that fight sequence. It’s not an easy routine at all. And Luke Roberts [who plays Arther Dayne], he’s incredible, man. What a badass, dual-wielding swords and fighting four guys at the same time and dispatching three of them. It was fantastic to delve into that kind of work, because it’s the same…playing a moment in a fight is just like playing a moment as an actor. You have to have an intention. If your move’s getting blocked, you obviously can’t know that, just like when you’re playing a scene through dialogue. You can’t know the response your scene partner gives you is going to be the response you’ll get. You hope it is. Likewise, in a fight, if you’re going to chop somebody’s arm off or stab them in the gut — the intention is to chop that arm off or stab someone in the gut, and you have to play that intention fully. I didn’t expect it, but it takes a lot of skill in terms of acting to play. That’s why I feel the stunt team is so talented, that they can pull off telling you what you’re going for, that this is what you’re going for, and hopefully you’ll get it.
O quarto episódio da sexta temporada de Game of Thrones estreia no domingo na HBO e no dia seguinte no Syfy Portugal.