Nude scenes are no actor's cup of tea. In addition to exposing their hearts and minds with each episode, many actors are asked to share their body with audiences to move the story forward. And for actors in shows like HBO's Game of Thrones, it seems like a nude scene is almost inevitable. It even happened for everyone's favorite simpleton Hodor back in Season 1. And now the actor has opened up about why it was such a terrible experience.
Actor Kristian Nairn played Hodor on Game of Thrones from the very first episode, to his horrifying death in Season 6. He recently revealed which scenes were the hardest to film, and it looks like his brief nude scene was the worst. He said,
Obviously the death scene and the nude scene, which was probably the most traumatic day of my life. I never thought I would be parading round Carryduff in the nip without being arrested at least! I had added layers of humiliation - we had this massive prosthetic and it had to be attached to my body with glue and it's actually glued into your own region. That did not come out quickly, I'm telling you! I felt sorry for the make-up girl - these things you suffer for your art! That was one of the worst and funniest experiences.
Yeah, this seems awkward for a myriad of reasons. So let's break down Kristian Nairn's statement to the Belfast Telegraph.
For those of you who don't remember, Hodor's scene in the buff took place all the way back in Season 1. The episode "The Pointy End" saw Bran with Osha after Robb leaves Winterfell to begin his rebellion. While he prayed at the heart tree, Hodor emerges after bathing nearby. But the poor guy forget to get dressed, and his fancy parts are seen dangling, which Osha appreciates.
As a reminder check out the scene below, but it's definitely NSFW.
Well, that was awkward.
In order for Kristian Nairn to maintain his privacy and dignity, the makeup folks attached a prothetic penis for him to wear during this scene. It was this prothesis, combined with his understandable trepidations, that made the scene such a nightmare for the actor to film. It's uncomfortable enough to be naked with a fake penis on film, but someone needed to attach and detach the... "unit" from the actor. That's one way to get close with your crew members.
Game of Thrones will return to HBO on July 16, 2017, but without our buddy Hodor. Be sure to check out our summer premier list, and don't miss your favorite shows' return to the small screen!