Kit Harington had his work cut out for him while shooting Game of Thrones‘ Season 6 premiere (Sunday, 9/8c on HBO). Although the episode called for the actor to literally play dead (Jon Snow is, after all, really, truly deceased), co-star Liam Cunningham insists to TVLine that Harington’s performance required a fair amount of skill.
“He gives good corpse,” deadpans Cunningham, before adding, “It’s a pig of a job being a dead body. It’s really difficult, especially for elongated scenes. To just be there and not breathe.
“And you get forgotten about [by the] crew,” he continues. “Nobody talks to you. They step over you. It’s a really weird dynamic. You’re ignored and dead.” And terrorized.
Cunningham, whose character Ser Davos shares scenes with dead Jon Snow in Sunday’s opener, admits to “having a bit of fun” with Harington while the cameras were rolling. “I flicked his beautiful [hair] a bit,” he recalls with a smirk. “You always have to have a bit of fun if somebody is dead in a scene. That’s a red rag to a bull for an actor. You do a little poking. You do things to annoy the actor. It’s your job. You have to utilize the opportunity. You have to get through the day.”