TV Series Are Banning “Game of Thrones” Actors from Auditioning

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Game of Thrones” cast member reveals they are getting banned from auditioning from other shows.

There are a ton of benefits of landing a role on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. In fact, the leading cast gets paid $500,000 per episode. But it seems one of the underlying issues with landing such a prominent role is that it may limit your future opportunities. In fact, one star claimed that other series are “banning” GOT actors from auditioning due to fears they are too strongly associated with the HBO, otherwise known as typecast.

Speaking at MCM Comic-Con Birmingham, actor Ian Beattie (who played the extremely nasty Ser Meryn Trant in Game of Thrones) explained that he was not able to audition for an unnamed show “based on a video game” because he’d starred in Game of Thrones.

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Emilia Clarke at the HBO’s third season premiere of “Game of Thrones” held at the TCL Chinese Theater in in Los Angeles, United States, March 18, 2013. – Image (Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com)

“It’s quite unusual because there was another show, that I’d rather not name if you don’t mind, which was auditioning. It’s based on a video game and I can’t remember if Amazon or Netflix were doing it. But at the bottom of the casting call: ‘No Game of Thrones actors’,” Beattie said.

“And that’s not the first time that’s happened,” he continued. “And I’m thinking, there’s some pretty bloody good actors in Game of Thrones. What the heck? But they did not want any form of brand recognition. That’s to do with the identity of the show. This is obviously a show that sees itself as a Game of Thrones-type show.

“It isn’t out yet, it’s being made I think as we speak. So they obviously don’t want any crossover whatsoever, which is fair enough. I won’t be watching it, but OK.”

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