Spectators on this side of the pond are catching Joe Dempsie. The Nottingham-born native had his big break as a fun-loving, pleasure-seeking teenager several years ago in the popular English comedy drama Skins . However, many Americans first saw Dempsie as a dingy-looking blacksmith named Gendry – then a peripheral character – on HBO's Game of Thrones .
But times have changed, and Dempsie has become a fixture in pop culture, including some very important memes. In April, he returns for the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones in which Gendry has developed from a bastard blacksmith into a popular Iron Throne bidder. Later this year, in the second season of Deep State Dempsie will exchange his oversized hammer for a modest firearm. If you did not know Joe before, you should get to know him now.
Men's Health spoke with Dempsie about his wild last months, the evolution of his style and what to expect from Game of Thrones a massive final season.
MH: First of all, welcome back. We all cheered when Davos [in Flea Bottom] showed up and you turned your head. How was it to get that call back?
JD: Well, nothing about Game of Thrones is ever a matter of course. But when I left, showrunners David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] said, "Do not worry, we'll bring you back sometime; We just do not know exactly when. "Every year that has passed, I have really dealt with other things. I lowered my head and played different roles and trifles. It can almost be like that ̵
The Gendry Rowing Memes. Did you take shit from your friends?
I have to take some responsibility for it somehow. I saw the show like everyone else, as a fan. Every week there were tweets and questions about where Gendry was and what happened to him. And then at the end of the season I just tweeted: "still rowing". This species took on a life of its own and produced a whole subculture of memes that included a model of Gendry in the boat from the poster of Life of Pi with the tiger. It is never over. But it's a nice ego strike as an actor when you know that a character you play does not just disappear from people's memories.
Did the authors expect a physical preparation? During the first three seasons there are many sleeveless scenes (and this one scene without a shirt in Harenhall).
[Laughing] In Herenhall there is an incredibly senseless, shirtless scene. It was my first job, which required a kind of physical transformation. That's because at first I was not fit for the character. I was amazed that the role was offered to me, because the character description I had given before the audition stated that he was tall, muscular and with thick black hair. At the time, I was 5 & 8; 8 ", thin and had brown hair, so I said," Well, what's the point? "I will not understand this part, but they obviously saw something they felt like I could play it, so from that point it was:" Right, how did we shape you into the aesthetics we want? "
I knew I had to visit the gym before we even started anything in season [ed] And it was pretty good for me, because I already went to the gym anyway, I was trying to do it a bit more part of my routine But how many other people, until you really have a real one? If you know you're in front of millions of people, that's usually a pretty good idea too, is not it?
Originally, when they told me about it, they explained it by saying, "Basically he's forging a sword, but it's really hot – he's in the blazing heat – so he has it. I do not know if you're in the November already I was in Belfast, but there never was a fire in Belfast. Not to mention in November. So we arrived there and it all felt a bit stupid. The more general idea is that it's more about Aria than Gendry. Aria is entering an age when she notices something like that.
If you carry weapons or the blacksmith's hammer – are these fakes or do you actually lift heavy iron equipment?
When I came back, and on one of my first trips to Belfast, they said, "Okay, before you go, we should take you to the stunt department and show you the gun you will use this year." This is obviously one Moment for each actor, and you will be a bit dizzy and excited. I went around and saw a prototype of the hammer and thought that's pretty damn cool . And then the stunt guy said, "Right, so play a bit, swing a little bit. Well, this is just the prototype, so I'll tell you what to do: between now and at the beginning of the turning process, go to your local hardware store, get a sledgehammer, and spend your next few months in your garden or garden Garden is just a bit of practice – because if you have the right thing, it will be much harder. "So I did that. If anyone had seen me, they would have thought I was a certified psychopath swinging the sledgehammer in my yard.
The first day of shooting, when I wanted to use it As part of a battle sequence, they gave me a very foamy look. I thought, "Wait, I thought I should get bigger so I could wear the hammer?" And they said, "Oh, yes, we will not let you play a stun scene with a really heavy hammer, you will kill a stuntman! Oh, by the way, you have to make it look heavy." Now I'm stronger than me  tried to make a foam hammer look heavy.
You filmed in Belfast a couple of months ago Tell me about the day you finally read the last script
In the run-up to the eight-shoot There were a few dates in the diary where we would do a Belfast reading, and as these readings approached (and you yourself normally read [the script] yourself before you got there), we still had not received anything, and everyone was waiting and then I remember the day they fell into all our mailboxes, WhatsApp had that hustle and bustle, with people essentially hurrying home to read to start things and say to everyone else, "Okay, they're here; I will start reading tomorrow. Do not talk about what they are reading. Do not spoil it! "None of us wanted spoilers, even if we read and read the flippin thing. And when we did the reading, there were a few cast members – Kit [John Snow] and Liam Cunningham [Sir Davos] – who showed that they had not read anything. They wanted to see the story in real time while we all read it. It was a pretty emotional atmosphere. I remember John Bradley [Samwell Tarly] who said it was strange because it feels like the last day of school. But it is not; It's the first day of school – we have not started filming yet!
I know you can not tell us any details of the plot, but what was the reaction when you read all [the script]? Are you all in the same WhatsApp group – you, Emilia, Kit and all?
Yes, there is a big old WhatsApp group that we all talk to. I think reading these recent scripts has made everyone really aware that we should enjoy this time that we still have it. And the fact that David and Dan did such a good job – that's bittersweet. Joy and, I think, relief that they have managed to finish this show so fantastically. This is a frightening prospect for everyone … I think if the show ended like many people predicted online, it could be a bit of an anticlimax.