15 Feb 2017 11:29 AM +00:00 UTC

Game of Thrones Almost Didn't Cast This Actor

Most of the actors in Game of Thrones have voiced their delight and appreciation for being in the cast of one of the hottest shows in town.

And while it's safe to say that even Varys, portrayed by Conleth Hill, sees it as an opportunity of a lifetime, there was a time when he almost didn't play the role of this master of disguise.

In an interview with The Arts Desk, he shared that he had originally auditioned for another role which he didn't get. But Hill somehow found his way back to the show when he was offered to play a different part.

Compared to other roles, Varys didn't use to have so many speaking lines, but Hill had a different method as to how he would make the most out of the opportunity.

"I just adopted the Linda Gray approach. In the first series of Dallas, she didn't have many lines and made the most of the screen time she had. There was a scene where Varys didn't have any lines but they cut away to him and I just gave a couple of filthy looks, just to make the most of it. If it's non-verbal, it doesn't mean it's non-communicative."

The good thing about Varys' role is that he was never in any big battles, which is why Hill gets to enjoy the perks of being in a grand cast with a pretty influential role, but none of the big tie-ups of long filming.

"So my fellow actors are up their oxters in mud and I just sit around a nice place and bitch with Peter Dinklage."

Still, if one recent Game of Thrones fan theory is true, then Varys may actually be playing a bigger role for someone with fewer speaking lines compared to the major cast.

Game of Thrones will be back in the summer for its seventh season on HBO.

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