The 10 most embarrassing films starring Game of Thrones actors
Game of Thrones may be widely considered one of the best things on TV at the moment, but that doesn’t mean its cast members have had the best track record when it comes to their other projects. Mostly starring in low grade fantasy / action films, our favourite GoT actors’ extracurricular exploits have certainly left something to be desired. Here are the ten most embarrassing titles that Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and co. would rather we’d forgotten about. We haven’t, of course.
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who fell asleep during this truly abysmal Adam Sandler film which, in spite of a promising premise and $88 million budget, was panned as a “shallow”, “dimwitted”, “lazy”, and even “an overwhelmingly sad experience” by critics. Dat wig though.
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
Triassic Attack (2010)
Before the dragons, Emilia Clarke faced dinosaurs rampaging through a small American town after a Native man accidentally resurrected them from a fossilised state. A straight-to-TV SyFy original, at least this movie didn’t take itself too seriously. Emilia, you’re forgiven. Or you were, before Terminator Genisys came out…
Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
Okay, we’ll admit it. We went to see Pompeii – but only to watch the pretty pictures. Because who wouldn’t want to watch a scantily clad Kit Harington play a slave turned invincible gladiator, racing against time to save the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant from an impending volcano? Don’t pretend like you’re above it.
Sean Bean (Ned Stark)
Jupiter Ascending (2015)
Ooooooh dear. What can we say about the Wachowskis’ horribly overblown Australian-American space opera that had Eddie Redmayne looking like this? To be fair, it’s probably not even the worst film that Sean Bean’s been in. It goes up against Soldiers of Fortune (2012), The Hitcher (2007), Airborne (1998), and the aforementioned Pixels. But what makes Jupiter Ascending stand out is how it aimed so high and landed so, so low.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
Gods of Egypt (2016)
Considering the overwhelming failure that was Jupiter Ascending, it’s incredible that a film like this year’s Gods of Egypt even managed to get made. Yet another Australian-American monstrosity, critics have deemed this self-indulgent, Gerard Butler-led CG fantasy ‘ridiculous’, ‘offensive’, and ‘like the lobby of a Donald Trump building; it looks ever so expensive and amazingly cheap at the same time’. We were certain from the trailer that it would turn out to be a spoof. Still, Coster-Waldau manages to look hot with just one eye, so that’s something. And at least it only cost the studio $140.7 million…
Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)
Dracula Untold (2014)
Charles Dance is another one of those actually-quite-decent actors with a whole catalogue of awful movies under his belt. We’ve chosen to feature Dracula Untold out of Dance’s more disreputable titles purely because his role as ‘Master Vampire’ was just so cringeworthy. He’ll next be starring on the big screen alongside his former Game of Thrones co-star Emilia Clarke in Me Before You, which might be okay, but probably won’t be.
Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
The Forest (2016)
This B-grade horror sees Dormer play twin sisters – one of whom finds herself investigating the disappearance of the other in Japan. While we’d hoped to be pleasantly surprised by this one, it managed to be as tasteless and insensitive as we’d feared when exploiting/exoticising Japan’s Aokigahara forest; a notoriously frequent suicide spot for anguished locals. An ultimately inexcusable, offensive waste of time.
Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark)
Barely Lethal (2015)
It should be rule #1 of show business; if someone offers you a role alongside Jessica Alba post-2005, you turn it down. Especially if said role is in a film about a teenage special ops agent who fakes her own death and enrols herself as a high school exchange student in the hopes of having a normal adolescence. Turner, what were you thinking?!
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Like so many surprise hits, Zack Snyder’s 300 received the unfortunate and unnecessary sequel treatment eight years too late, by which time countless other films had overtaken what had made the original so impressive. The resulting followup was naught but an empty exercise in blood, gore, and tired aesthetics.
Kit Harington and Sean Bean
Silent Hill: Revelations (2012)
This unforgivably terrible follow-up to the first Silent Hill movie in 2006 was a Game of Thrones double whammy, starring both Jon Snow and his maybe/maybe not father, Ned Stark. The film currently holds a 5% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is so utterly worthless that its distributors have done nothing to take down its numerous ‘full movie’ uploads from YouTube.
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