Scottish actor Graham McTavish is king of the franchises.
He’s been in hit sci-fi and fantasy diversifications (“The Hobbit,” “Outlander”), he’s entered the Marvel world (in animated type) and he’s at the moment in two juggernaut reveals concurrently: as Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Harrold Westerling, in the already renewed “Game of Thrones” spinoff “House of the Dragon” (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO) and as Sigismund Dijkstra in “The Witcher” (Netflix), at the moment filming Season 3.
McTavish, 61, spoke to The Post about his profession.
Were your roles in these franchises a deliberate alternative?
Yes, it’s a marketing campaign of world domination. If it’s acquired a sword in it, and a cloak, and possibly a candle, and a horse, I’m there. I sleep with these issues by my mattress. Well, possibly not the horse. But I’m very in tune with my kind of fantastical self. I like these issues, I’ve all the time been a giant sci-fi and fantasy fan. Really, it’s simply the way it’s labored out. The final 10 to 12 years, it’s been one fantasy after one other. I’m filming “The Witcher” in London at the second. I had the weird expertise of filming “The Witcher“ throughout the day, after which actually having to get become my outfit for the premiere for “House of the Dragon.” It was very odd. Literally shedding one character to go and speak about one other.
Were you a fan of “Game of Thrones” earlier than getting forged in “House of the Dragon?”
Oh sure, completely. So I used to be excited to be half of that world. I keep in mind I acquired the information, and I used to be with my kids at the time, they’re 10 and 15. And their first query was, “Do you get to experience a dragon?” I had to disappoint them as a result of I didn’t. But I spent lots of time round [dragons]. It’s an odd factor, as a result of clearly you’re having them represented in all kinds of unusual methods on set — one of which was actually a laser pen on the roof that we’d take a look at, and that might be the dragon flying round. We use our creativeness all the time after we’re appearing, however in a state of affairs like that, you may have to battle towards the intuition to really feel a bit of silly, taking a look at a tennis ball on the finish of a stick and attempting to think about that that may be a fire-breathing dragon. It was nice enjoyable, although.
When I walked into the throne room, it was simply me and Milly Alcock, who plays the young Rhaenyra — and once you see that iconic Iron Throne when you’re standing there in a go well with of armor with a giant sword, little or no appearing is required. You simply immerse your self in that world.
You had been additionally in “The Hobbit” movies. Are you planning to watch the “Lord of the Rings” TV present?
Oh yeah, I’m going to be very to see how it’s. When you’ve been half of that Middle Earth fandom, you get a bit of proprietary, you need to see how that legacy is being sorted. So I feel I’m not going to be alone amongst the forged of “The Hobbit” or “The Lord of the Rings.” We’ll all be tuning in.
What are you able to share about Season 3 of “The Witcher“?
I can’t share any of the plot, however I can say that I’m having a beautiful time. It is mostly a pretty forged. There’s lots of laughter on that set, and Henry Cavill is a beautiful man to work with. It’s nice; [my character] Sigismund Dijkstra is a crafty, manipulative particular person. He has an agenda, he won’t be deflected from it [and] we will anticipate a bit of extra of that from him.
And there’s extra of your travel docuseries “Men in Kilts” along with your “Outlander” co-star Sam Heughan?
Season 2 is ready in New Zealand. I spend half of my time there as a result of that’s the place my kids are, so Sam [Heughan] joined me and we drove round the nation from high to backside. If you thought I used to be scared in Season 1, wait till you see how scared I get in Season 2. [Sam] is decided to — I don’t know, give me a coronary heart assault, everlasting PTSD, nightmares. It looks as if his objective in life is to cut back me to tears as typically as potential.