Mackenzie Crook has revealed that he is relishing playing a baddie in Game Of Thrones because he’s normally ‘the geeky, goofy character’.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star portrays wildling Orell, who has been described as a nasty piece of work, in the third series of Sky’s fantasy show.
“It’s great to be able to play a character like that because I’m quite often the geeky, goofy character. That’s kind of what I’m often called on to play,” he told Access Hollywood.
“I don’t know how I got into character. It’s so beautifully written that you just read the lines and you know exactly where you’re supposed to be, what you’re doing. It didn’t take an awful lot of going away and thinking about the character, because it’s all there and it’s so beautifully written.”
The 41-year-old actor said his character isn’t entirely villainous.
“I don’t think he’s evil. He’s not an evil character, but he’s very suspicious of Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and doesn’t believe him and he doesn’t like him being in the wildling group. He’s not going to give him an easy time,” he explained.
Mackenzie, who also starred as geeky Gareth in The Office, admitted his Game Of Thrones role has had its challenges.
“I think I probably go on about this too much – how exhausting it was for me, because actors don’t often have a hard time, don’t often have cause for complaint, really. But it was relentless, like really gruelling work. And brilliant. It’s exhilarating, but yeah, really tough,” he said.