Even though we personally feel as though Stephen Dillane did a great job as Stannis Baratheon on Game of Thrones, he seems to disagree. Do you know the saying about being your own worst critic? With him, it certainly seems as though it’s true.
While speaking on this subject within a new interview with The Times of Britain, Dillane made clear many of his misgivings towards the show and subsequently his own performance as Stannis:
“I’ve flicked [the show] on [since leaving] to see if I could figure out what was going on, but I couldn’t … Liam Cunningham [Ser Davos Seaworth] is so passionate about the show. He invests in it in a way I think is quite moving, but it wasn’t my experience. I was entirely dependent on Liam to tell me what the scenes were about — I didn’t know what I was doing until we’d finished filming and it was too late. The damage had been done. I thought no one would believe in me and I was rather disheartened by the end. I felt I’d built the castle on non-existent foundations.”
The only thing in which we agree with Dillane on is the end of Stannis’ time on the show left a little bit to be desired; yet, we would argue that the rest of his time on the show was nothing short of extraordinary and he brought a lot of fire and passion to a part that he really was not all that familiar with. He clearly didn’t know the source material all that well, but sometimes that’s better and can give a fresh perspective to a character.
As hard as Dillane may be on himself for some of his scenes, one thing that we would mention is that it’s better to have a humble performer than someone absolutely convinced that they are the gift that keeps on giving. He’s obviously hard on himself, but if this is a performance that he’s not altogether proud of, we’d certainly love to see one that he thinks was a home run. How good would he be then?
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