Paddy Considine’s oxygen levels dropped during the death scene | Entertainment
Paddy Considine’s oxygen levels dropped to dangerous levels while re-enacting his death scenes in House of the Dragon.
The 24 Hour Party People star played King Viserys in the Game of Thrones spin-off and the tragic monarch met a slow decline as he contracted an illness that caused his flesh to rot – Paddy says , he’s slowing down. His deep breathing to depict the character’s final moments made him feel genuinely sick.
He told Variety: “Playing someone who’s dying is a weird thing, especially when they’re dying for a long time. If you do this over a period of several days and the breathing is shallow, my oxygen levels started to drop.”
“I had to be picked up from the set and taken out to fresh air regularly because I almost passed out. It’s almost as if your brain is starting to tell your body that you are sick. It’s really quite strange.”
The role of the dying monarch also had an emotional impact on the actor, as it reminded him of his own father’s death from cancer – and he initially refused to watch the scenes when the show aired in the UK.
He added: “My wife and daughter watched the eighth episode when it aired in the UK. I was in another room because I didn’t want to see her. My wife says, ‘You did the work. You have to see her’.” and she showed me the episode. The end when he [King Viserys] When I lay in bed it was very shocking to me because I looked like my father’s picture when he died of cancer. The picture of him.
Paddy also emphasized that he loved starring in House of the Dragon and was disappointed that his character was killed off after only one season.
He added, “When Season 2 comes around I wish my mates well, but there’s a hint of jealousy about it. Because I’m like, ‘Ah, I can’t live through it again’. But at least I managed to tell a full story. He had a beginning and an end. And the ending was pretty spectacular.