Tuesday 16 January 2018

Riviera actor Iwan Rheon says scripts changed ‘quite a lot’ from when he first read them

Riviera - Series 01
First look images.
Iwan Rheon as Adam.
Riviera - Series 01 First look images. Iwan Rheon as Adam.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Riviera star Iwan Rheon has revealed the original scripts for the show were "very different" to the scripts he ended up shooting.

The new Sky Atlantic series boasted co-creator Neil Jordan and novelist John Banville as the co-writers of the first two episodes, but Jordan recently distanced himself from the project.

''The two episodes we wrote together were reworked by others, after I pulled out," the Irish director said.

He did not agree with the introduction of some of the raunchier scenes.

"They were changed, to my huge surprise and considerable upset," the director explained.  ''There were various sexual scenes introduced into the story and a lot of very expository dialogue. I objected in the strongest terms possible."

"It's being described as 'Dynasty-sur-Mer'," he added. "It was quite distressing for John and for myself, the way it proceeded."

Riviera - Series 01
Iwan Rheon as Adam Clios.
Riviera - Series 01 Iwan Rheon as Adam Clios.

Now actor Rheon, who plays Adam Clios, said the series is quite different to what he originally read.

"It was actually very different when I first read it. But that’s how these shows go," he told Digital Spy.

"They were still writing as we were filming. You have to expect things to change, because the writers come up with different ideas of how they want the series to go.

"So yeah, it did change, quite a lot actually, from when I first read it, but that’s something I’ve grown accustomed to now."

He added, "It’s quite rare on a television series that you get the entire set of scripts [for a series] before you start shooting."

The 32-year-old star is enjoying the change from playing violent villain Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones.

"I think it’s important for me to try and fit some non-psychopathic, non-villain roles in there, if I can! Obviously, when someone sees you do something, they want you to do that same thing again."

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