• Jason Momoa’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Gallantry … Sort of … Maybe. Or Not

    Surge Summary: During the first season of Game of Thrones, Emilia Clarke concedes the nude scenes she was forced to endure were difficult. Co-star Jason Momoa reportedly was sensitive to her, tried to help make the process more comfortable for her – but there he was, still going along with them. She praises him for his kindness. But why didn’t he press his concerns even more?

    In what is apparently supposed to be a luminous paean to Hollywood’s version of chivalry, Aol.com’s Jennifer Kline passes along actress Emilia Clarke’s encomium’s to her Game of Thrones co-star Jason Momoa for helping her work her way through the difficulties of on-screen nudity and potentially-gratuitous sex scenes.

    Clarke was 23 when she first began working on the HBO series, “and I have no idea what I’m doing … I’d been on a film set twice before then, and now I’m on a film set completely naked with all of these people,” she said on Armchair Expert, recalling season 1 of the series. Her character’s first sex scene is more like a rape; subsequent episodes showcase less unsettling, but still quite graphic, sex scenes with Khal Drogo, played by Jason Momoa.

    While working on the more disturbing scenes, “he was crying more than I was!” Clarke said of Momoa. “He took care of me in an environment, I didn’t know I need to be taken care of … He was so kind and considerate and cared about me as a human being.”

    Clarke says Momoa set the standard for acceptable on-set behavior, advocating for her before she felt capable of standing up for herself. Between takes or after scenes would wrap, she remembers him repeatedly calling over to the crew, “Could we get her a f–king robe? Could we get her a g[—-]mn robe? She’s shivering!”

    So, he felt bad about this young woman’s having to bare her all in front of the cameras? A decision which would expose her to the gawping gazes of millions of male viewers? And he nobly insisted someone cover her up once the filming stopped? Good for him.

    Color me relatively unimpressed.

    Did it ever occur to him to suggest, “Can’t we do this scene without stripping her clothes off her? Without displaying her for all the world to see?” Or, “Isn’t there a more tasteful, restrained way to get across this plot point?” And perhaps, if ultimately necessary, “I’m not going to have anything to do with this!”

    Clarke allows the first season “was definitely hard. Which is why the scenes, when I got to do them with Jason, were wonderful, because he was like, ‘No, sweetie, this isn’t okay.'”

    It wasn’t “okay”? Where were his meaningful, no-budging objections then?

    Instead, it seems his demands for a robe for his unclad fellow actor – after the take was finished — was what Tinsel Town regards as gentlemanly courtliness.

    Clarke is a decade older now and admits she’s learned how to challenge filmmakers who insist on what she feels are gratuitous nude scenes; those that go beyond what makes sense for a role. Some, she says, have attempted to sway her by saying, “‘You don’t want to disappoint your Game of Thrones fans.’ And I’m like, ‘f–k you.'”

    So, the English actress has gained a hard lesson. She was taken advantage of as a younger thespian eager to make it in the entertainment world and might not allow it to happen now. Jason Momoa, on the other hand, is seven years older than her. He felt badly ten years ago when this nonsense was originally taking place and he tried to shield her, at least a bit. Grab her a robe.

    Some would argue, however, that was hardly enough.

    H/T: Aol.com/Jennifer Kline

    Image: Adapted from: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=61336711

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