Kit Harington’s facial hair made headlines around the world when he took a razor to it last week, but the actor can’t understand why.
Pictures of the Game Of Thrones star looking fresh-faced after a performance of his play Doctor Faustus left fans in a meltdown over whether this meant his character Jon Snow is really dead.
— Jon Snow (@LordSnow) June 1, 2016
— blueszephyr (@Zeniah1312) June 3, 2016
So apparently Kit Harington shaved his beard which pretty much means Jon Snow is dead
— Aaron Washington (@Doc_Wash) June 2, 2016
Kit, who apparently finds the whole thing comical, has now answered exactly why his hirsute look had to go – but he left viewers hanging about Jon’s fate.
“I’m amazed that it makes (the news). My publicist sent me some press, and it was in the Independent and the Telegraph!” he told Digital Spy.
“These are mainstream publications writing about someone’s beard being shaved! Hair grows back and actors have to change their look all the time. I find it consistently entertaining.”
He said he lost his beard for a ‘shave test’.
Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game Of Thrones (HBO Enterprises/Sky Atlantic)
“For my next job I have to work out how quickly I can grow a beard. To do that, I have to shave. So I’m not having to take selfies everyday, it’s not fun!”
But he said ‘it helped’ not to be recognised all the time.
He said: “It was quite nice. I guess I’m associated with a look, so having shaved there was less being noticed, so that was quite fun.”
Speaking about fans taking pictures of him half-naked on stage in Doctor Faustus, Kit said on the whole they had been ‘very respectful’.
Kit Harington stars in Doctor Faustus (PA)
He said: “Of course you can’t stop everyone, but the ushers do a great job.
“People take pictures every day after the show, I’m not bothered about that. I would prefer them not to bother the show for people around them, that’s my main thing.”
Doctor Faustus continues until June 25 at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre.