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Harington: I am pickier about roles


Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

Kit Harington plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

Kit Harington has admitted there was a time he was so excited about being an actor he would say yes to anything, but now he's getting choosier about roles.

The Game Of Thrones star - known all over the world as warrior Jon Snow - stars as a soldier in Testament Of Youth, the adaptation of Vera Brittain's timely memoir of loss and friendship during the First World War. And having enjoyed the part so much he is now looking for similar passion projects.

Kit admitted: "I'm getting pickier with projects now, which is strange.

"So far, it's been work, work, work. Do anything. And now it has to really show me something that I haven't done before. That's very broad, but I like the idea of characters with slowly twistable coils in them that get tighter and tighter and tighter and then they break.

"This wasn't that, but I like the idea of playing someone like that."

He added: " It was always terrifying in the first few years of having actually got a job, and thinking, 'This is going to disappear at any minute'. Now I'm learning to sit back and enjoy the work."

Since his breakthrough role in Game Of Thrones back in 2011, he has starred in action film Pompeii, voiced a part in How To Train Your Dragon 2, and will soon be seen in the upcoming Susan Sarandon film The Death And Life Of John F Donovan and the Spooks movie.

Kit admitted he was keen to do a contemporary piece.

"Last year was one of those years where I spent a long time as a gladiator or a warrior, or a man with a sword," he explained. "And I said to all my agents and team, 'I need to do something which is a bit more modern, which steps me into a place where I've got more room for character development', and this definitely did that."

:: Testament Of Youth is in cinemas now.

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