Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon says filming Sansa Stark rape scene was ‘worst day of my career’

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Actor Iwan Rheon, who performed Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, has mentioned that filming a controversial rape scene was ‘horrible’. The scene confirmed the marriage night time rape of Sansa Stark, and befell within the season 5 episode Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.

“It was the worst day of my career,” the actor mentioned in an interview, including that ‘nobody wanted to be there’. His character was finally killed off.

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He informed Metro, “That was horrible. Nobody wanted to be there. Nobody wants to do that, but if it’s telling a story then you have to tell it truthfully. They didn’t sensationalise it or anything. It was very, very hard watching. It’s a horrible thing that happens, unfortunately, and it shouldn’t be. It was the worst day of my career.”

He added, “Chopping someone’s finger off you don’t really see it, and when you’re doing like a close up, it’s a piece of plastic. We’re just acting, it’s not real. Then something like that where you’re in the actual reality of the situation is very difficult to deal with. It was a horrible, horrible day. This is something that we shouldn’t even have to worry about, because it’s something that shouldn’t exist in this world but unfortunately it does.”

This isn’t the primary time that Rheon has spoken concerning the scene. In a 2015 interview, he had mentioned, “Of all the terrible things Ramsey’s done — and there have been loads — that was by far the hardest to shoot. It was a horrible, horrendous thing to do, and I remember having a little moment in my trailer beforehand. I was like, ‘I’m not sure I can do this; actually , I really don’t want to do this’ – I was struggling, to be honest. But, in the end , I just had to pick myself up and get on with the job at hand – we both did, me and Sophie. After all, this sort of thing goes on in the world all the time – it’s our duty as actors to try and portray such things as truthfully as possible.”

Also learn: Emilia Clarke had ‘issues’ with sexual assault scene in Game of Thrones, George RR Martin slams change made to plot

Recently, stories of a number of feminine actors having complained concerning the show’s sexual violence have come to gentle. Actor Emilia Clarke is alleged to have raised her issues about her character Daenerys’ sexual assault with showrunners DB Weiss and David Benioff. Author George RR Martin mentioned that the scene, which didn’t happen in his supply novel, ‘made it worse, not better’.

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