Transcript for Why 'Game of Thrones' Star Kit Harington Isn't Comfortable Being Called a Heartthrob
I know what I'm going to be doing Sunday night along with millions of other fans we'll watch the premiere of season five of "Game of thrones" on HBO and the british actor kit Harington is one of the breakout stars of the series. One of my favorite characters, he plays Jon snow who is passionate about defending humans from some rather unsavory cashes and kit is here with us in times square this morning. Great to meet you. Especially after having watched you for so many seasons. If fact, when my wife saw that you were on the show this morning I got a text that said Jon snow with about 75 exclamation points after it. So you have said that this is going to be a particularly wild season. But this is a show with a high, high body count so how could this season be particularly wild? Yeah, we have to keep upping the bar. That's the hard thing with the show. It started season one with a high body count with big shocks and twists so it's a kind of meat of how do you keep that excitement going? How do you keep people end stained and it's sort of telling a gripping story. It's trying to be truthful to the idea that we set out to start that not the good people don't win and that anyone can die at any point. Then sometimes the bad people can become good people. It's a wild show. And go back to being bad people. Exactly. Kind of like life. Let me just point out -- I'm not referring to anybody specific. I just want to be clear. Let me point out we have a clip from the upcoming season and Jon snow tries to persuade the leader of the free folk to work together on -- against their common enemy. Take a look. You penitentiary your life convincing 90 clans to come together for the first time in history. The ice river clans, even the giants. Life's work uniting them. You didn't do it for power. You didn't do it for glory. You brought them together to save them because none of hem will survive the winter if they're north of the wall. Isn't their survival more important than your pride? You know, as we've discussed this is a show with an extremely high body count. How do you know from episode to episode whether you're going to survive? Well, you see, I -- I kind of -- I find that out last minute each season, you know, but I sort of read the books so I know generally what happens but this season I didn't, you know, as far as I read with the books so I kind of -- it was big new surprises came up. Is it true you actually only read the parts of the descriptions that involve you so that you can maintain the element of surprise? This year. This year. This year I did so this year I don't know what happens in the rest of the season for anyone. So I don't know who's dead, who is alive. I stopped any other act of telling moo he what happened in that part of the story. So I'm going to be watching it, you know, as sort of fan would now this year rather than knowing what happen sfwld Sunday night when we all sit down to watch you'll be doing the same thing with an approaching the same level of ignorance about what's going to happen. See if I actually like the show, you know. You want to take that back? No. Okay, fine. Said with the confidence of a man who knows his character doesn't die so let me ask you this. You made a little news recently because you complained a little bit about being described as a hunk which from this side of the conversation seems like a high class problem. So what is the problem with being described as a hunk. You know, I do get into trouble for that. One of those things you say something and you didn't realize people would jump on it. So I kind of decided I'm going to be a good little hunk and shut up from now. You know what, I think you're going to have a long career. A long career. You know, one other question, is it true that it says in your contract you can't cut your hair? It's sort of -- whenever I return to the show it has to -- I have to return with the same appearance so I can cut it as long as I'm back to a place if and when I go back to the show that I look like this so I kind of just keep it long. So we can show people at home. I believe we have a picture of you in a new film where you do have short hair. Which film is had? This is "Testament of youth" which comes out in June over in the U.S. And about the first world war. It's a very sort of harrowing tale and I had to wear a wig for it actually. You did. It's a short wig so it was -- that was a new experience. I haven't had short hair for a long time. One last question from somebody on Facebook. We put out a call for questions and one of the interesting questions we got from Molly Bernstein. Have you kept in touch with any of the cast members that have been killed off? We have a tradition on "Thrones," Molly, when they're dead we just don't talk to them anymore. Dead to us. Dead to me. The coal, cold world. It's a cold word. Your character doesn't crack a lot of jokes on the show so it's fun to see that you are funny in person. He's not got a lot to joke about. No, he doesn't. Not going very well for him. The white walkers don't appreciate humor. It's weird. Great to meet you. Keep being a perfect little hunk. We appreciate that and "Game of thrones," season five starts this Sunday on HBO and coming
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