What The Cast Of 'Game Of Thrones' Should Have Looked Like
I've said it before about Harry Potter, and I'll say it again. The books are always better. I'm sorry, but it's true. You get to use the author's description to make a character in your mind that is totally personal to you. It's almost like they're your own character that no-one else will ever see. And then the movie comes out and ruins it.
Luckily, there's now this thing called Photoshop which allows people to edit the televised characters into ones who look more like the description. Yeah, it's never going to quite be what you have in your head - but don't worry. That's just for you. Your own little secret.
Looper (and author Claire Williams) edited the cast and the results are awesome.
This video features them all, but we've put some highlights underneath too.
Book description: "Jon's eyes were a grey so dark they seemed almost black, but there was little they did not see. He was of an age with Robb, but they did not look alike. Jon was slender where Robb was muscular, dark where Robb was fair, graceful and quick where his half brother was strong and fast."
So it looks like the GOT casting department got this one pretty much bob on. Well done you.
The only editing they needed to do was to make him look a little younger and change his hair/eye colour.
The book description: "Catelyn had always thought Robb looked like her; like Bran and Rickon and Sansa, he had the Tully colouring, the auburn hair, the blue eyes."
The book description: "Daario Naharis was flamboyant even for a Tyroshi. His beard was cut into three prongs and dyed blue, the same colour as his eyes and the curly hair that fell to his collar. His pointed mustachios were painted gold."
Woah. This is weird.
The book description: "There came Ser Jaime Lannister with hair as bright as beaten gold, and there Sandor Clegane with his terrible burned face."
According to the book, Jaime is supposed to have bright gold hair and green cat-like eyes, WTH?!
The book description: "They dressed her in the wisps that Magister Illyrio had sent up, and then the gown, a deep plum silk to bring out the violet in her eyes... 'She's too skinny', Viserys said. His hair, the same silver-blond as hers, had been pulled back tightly behind his head and fastened with a dragonbone brooch."
Once again, not bad. Her eyes are supposed to be violet and all her hair should've been burnt off but hey. 9/10.
The book description: "Euron was the most comely of Lord Quellon's sons, and three years of exile had not changed that. His hair was still black as a midnight sea, with never a whitecap to be seen, and his face was still smooth and pale beneath his neat dark beard. A black leather patch covered Euron's left eye, but his right was blue as a summer sky. His smiling eye, thought Victarion. 'Crow's Eye', he said. 'King Crow's Eye, brother'. Euron smiled. His lips looked very dark in the lamplight, bruised and blue.'
So Euron was supposed to look like a pirate with blue lips. You learn something new every day.
The book description: "Tyrion Lannister, the youngest of Lord Tywin's brood and by far the ugliest. All that the gods had given to Cersei and Jaime, they had denied Tyrion. He was a dwarf, half his brother's height, struggling to keep pace on stunted legs. His head was too large for his body, with a brute's squashed-in face beneath a swollen shelf of brow. One green eye and one black one peered out from under a lank fall of hair so blond it seemed white. Jon watched him with fascination."
It'd be pretty difficult to show Tyrion with half a nose (he lost the majority of it in the Battle of the Blackwater) but the eye thing is kind of unforgivable. He's supposed to have one green and one black, what happened there?!
So anyway, the casting department have done a good job but you know, no-one's perfect.
Featured image credit: HBO/Claire Williams/Looper/YouTube