Game of Thrones has such a diverse cast, made up of established actors and new faces that would soon become household names. The acting (for the most part) can be praised as one of the things that makes it the best thing on TV right now, but its cast haven’t been as picky with some of their other projects.
Here are the films that certain GoT actors would rather delete from their IMDb profiles…
Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)
The main offender: 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) – Though the first 300 was praised upon its release for being a manly, action-packed visual thrill ride, its follow up (eight years later!) was as bland as you can get, with everything good about the original stripped away to leave a dull, empty shell.
Other dishonourable mentions: The Cave (2005) – Released the same year as The Descent, this was the cave-dwelling horror film that knocked you out for a good night’s sleep due to boredom, as opposed to giving you nightmares.
Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen)
The main offender: Terminator Genisys (2015) – A genuinely terribly written, woefully acted, shockingly written snore of a film that had us wishing we could travel back in time to stop ourselves from watching it.
Other dishonourable mentions: Triassic Attack (2010) – This made-for-TV SyFi channel monster dinosaur movie is awful. It’s still better than Terminator Genisys.
Kit Harrington (Jon Snow)
The main offender: Pompeii (2014) – When your performance in a film is more unwatchable than Kiefer Sutherland eating the scenery with an awful English accent, you know you need to reconsider your career choices. It was directed by Paul WS Anderson, so what did you expect.
Other dishonourable mentions: Silent Hill: Revelations (2012) was the atrocious follow-up to the surprising average video game adaptation, with absolutely nothing redeemable or memorable about it, other than the fact the opening falling ash clouds looked really good in 3D in the cinema.
Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)
The main offender: Heatstroke (2013) – That Australian Outback, it’s a bloody awful place isn’t it? They also make bloody awful movies about it being a bloody awful place, this one stars Williams alongside Stephen Dorff (whatever happened to his career?) and Peter Stormare, who puts in one of his usually villainous turns.
Other dishonourable mentions: Luckily for Williams, her career is still fresh enough that she hasn’t been in any serious stinkers yet. Hopefully she can capitalise on her appearance in things like Doctor Who and the excellent TV movie Cyberbully and not make any future appearances on this list.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
The main offender: Gods of Egypt (2016) – Could this be this year’s biggest Hollywood flop? It could well be, with Coster-Waldau being just one of the massive cast responsible for this bizarre disaster.
Other dishonourable mentions: The Other Woman (2014) – A film that revolved around Coster-Waldau’s character cheating on three different women, this was less chick-flick and more chick-flop. See what we did there?
Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger)
The main offender: 12 Rounds (2009) – WWE Studios (makers of good wrestling, not good movies) present John Cena taking on Gillen’s arm dealer in an action film that stretches the meaning of the word action to its very limits. Just watch Die Hard With A Vengeance instead.
Other dishonourable mentions: In Blitz (2011) Gillen’s unusually performance as psychopath Blitz probably wouldn’t have been too bad, if it wasn’t wedged into another by-the-numbers, mindless action film against a grumbly, mumbly Jason Statham. Blackout (2008) is a horror film with a good premise – three people stuck in a lift, one of them is a killer – that falls on its face early and often.
Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
The main offender: Pixels (2015) – Adam Sandler is still allowed to make movies. If this wasn’t mind-blowing enough, the fact that he got to make a movie about computer games – that essentially rips off the plot of an episode of Futurama – and it’s THIS awful? Shame on you Mr Dinklage for being in this.
Other dishonourable mentions: Is starring in an Adam Sandler movie in 2015 not bad enough?
Sean Bean (Ned Stark)
The main offender: Jupiter Ascending (2015) – The Wachowskis’ ridiculous space opera has to be seen to be believed; full of terrible performances (Eddie Redmayne deserves to have his Oscar taken off him) and a story that makes absolutely no sense, this over-bloated shambles is a boulder on the rocky road of Sean Bean’s career.
Other dishonourable mentions: With appearances in previously named and shamed films such as Pixels and Silent Hill: Revelations, other poor career choices for Bean include Soldiers of Fortune (2012), The Hitcher (2007), Flightplan (2005) and Airborne (1998). Still, not bad for a guy who got his first onscreen credit in British cop soap The Bill.
Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)
The main offender: Ali G Indahouse (2002) – As shameful as anything that follows in Charles Dance’s CV may be, the ridiculous, embarrasing mess of the Ali G movie is without a doubt his lowest career dive. Just watch the video below, they actually made him do that.
Other dishonourable mentions: Thanks to Ali G, Dance’s appearances in Dracula Untold (2014), Patrick (2013) and the were-woeful Underworld franchise don’t seem that bad in comparison.