It’s not every day you stop and think, “Wow, that Jaime Lannister — he’s just like us.” But this story about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the on-screen Jaime Lannister, might just change your mind. Or at least make you love the actor more.
Coster-Waldau was recently a guest on ABC News’ “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” and he shared a hilarious story about a prank he played on the Game of Thrones creators and writers Dan Weiss and David Beinoff. You might remember that in earlier series, Jaime had longer hair. Well, Coster-Waldau jokingly told them he was going to dramatically change up his look without permission.
“I wrote them this long letter where I pretended [to be] like a diva, saying, ‘Listen guys, I just feel as an artist I’m being left out. And I need my own integrity. I have to take control of my character,’” the actor told Travers. “‘Because Jaime is a soldier, I want him to have a buzz cut, so I’m going to go ahead and do that. And I hope you respect me as an artist that I have to do this. I’ll send you a picture when it’s done.’”
And Coster-Waldau delivered — kind of. The next day, he sent Weiss and Beinoff a picture of him with a buzzed haircut. But he didn’t tell them it was an old photo from 2009. So of course, they proceeded to totally flip out.
“They didn’t call me, but they called everyone else at HBO, to the top brass, and like freaking out completely,” he continued. “They had the hairstylist getting hold of wigs, because you can’t just make a wig in like 24 hours.”
Of course, the actor came clean and eventually revealed that he hadn’t actually touched his hair.
“It was amazing. It was a beautiful moment,” Coster-Waldau said. “I got them. I got them really bad.”
It was definitely worth the laugh, but still, the actor should be careful. Weiss and Beinoff are known for being pranksters themselves (they once successfully convinced Kit Harington he would have to wear a prosthetic mouth piece with a fixed grin for the rest of the series), and are probably waiting for the exact right moment to fire back with some mischief of their own.