Funny how Ned Stark is now a cautionary tale ….

I guess being beheaded will do that to you, heh.

Stannis: When Eddard Stark learned the truth he told only me. I’d not make the same mistake. Send copies of that letter to every corners of the realms, from the harbors to the Wall. The time has come to choose. Let no man claim ignorance as an excuse.

Tyrion: I don’t like threats.
Varys: Who threatened you?
Tyrion: I’m not Ned Stark, I understand the way this game is played.
Varys: Ned Stark was a man of honor.
Tyrion: I am not. Threaten me again, and I’ll have thrown into the sea.

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Game of Thrones Actors in Real Life

From New York Daily News, a slide-show comparing the actors’ look in the show and in real life. I put them side-by-side for easier comparison:

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). Wow, she looks mesmerizing with her dark hair.

Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa).

Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).

Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). In this case, it’s the opposite of Clarke; the blond hair fits Headey better.

Ned Stark (Sean Bean).

Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).

Jamie Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

Anna Karenina (2012) Photos

As I expected, Aaron Johnson as Vronsky looks like an immature, sulky teenage boy. What is this? Tolstoy for tweenies? And the hair reminds me of Skeeter in The Help, and not in a good way.

Keira Knightley looks sufficiently tragic as Anna, but let’s wait and see how she does, acting-wise.

Okay, I was wrong before, Jude Law does look old enough to play Karenin. The beard helps, and of course the receeding hairline. Wow, I really hadn’t noticed he’s grown so …. mature.

Weird, this looks like they are dancing on stage, instead of during a ball or a party.

Other actresses who played Anna in the past:

Vivien Leigh in Anna Karenina (1948 film)

Sophie Marceau in Anna Karenina (1997 film). Yup, that’s Sean Bean as Vronsky. Call me shallow, but I’d much, much rather have this Vronsky.

Helen McCrory in Anna Karenina (2000 TV miniseries).