If you watched the first episode of HBO’s new series ‘Game of Thrones’ – or even the first 14 minutes of the first episode – you probably had the same thought as me (and, based on how many people find my blog by googling ‘Game of Thrones Matt Damon’, myriad other viewers) – “wait, is that Matt Damon!??!”
I am speaking, of course, of this guy:
The snotty fur-wearing guy who met his fate while home viewers thought “wait, isn’t he on 30 Rock right now? Is that arc over? He was really good on that. But I guess this could have been filmed a while ago, maybe he’s friend with a writer or something – no, it can’t be him, that guy’s much younger. But it’s so dark, maybe?! No WAIT, from that angle that is TOTALLY MATT DAMON. Wait, is it?!?!”
Well, I am pleased to announce conclusively that that is not actually Matt Damon. It is, in fact, a British actor by the name of Rob Ostlere, seen here in a definitively non-starring-in-The-Bourne-Identity photo:
Or, in this adorable shot from his RADA resume, presumably a few years ago:
According to George R. R. Martin’s blog, he’s a recent grad of RADA (so maybe the photo’s just really old?) who came in to read for a few different roles and was impressive in all, so when they had to recast this role (the character name is Ser Waymar Royce, and apparently the original actor was Jamie Campbell Bower, who couldn’t come back to be re-decapitated by snowy woodland Imhoteps because he had to go star in the series ‘Camelot) they thought of him. This series has been extremely well cast, imho, so who knows, maybe we’ll be seeing much more of him. Like perhaps a charming movie about a young tough math genius, or an adventure series about casino heists.
But alas, we do know we won’t be seeing more of him on ‘Game of Thrones’. Unless, of course, he can find another way to, ahem, get ahead, if you get what I’m sayin’.