Iwan Rheon says Sansa Stark rape scene on Game of Thrones was the worst day of his career.
Iwan Rheon talked about the most awful day of his acting career when he shot a rape scene with Sophie Turner for the hit HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones.
Iwan played Ramsay Bolton, who had just married Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). On the night of their wedding, Bolton compelled Theon Greyjoy (played by Alfie Allen) to watch him rape his new bride.
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Speaking with Metro, the actor shared his experience of filming this particular scene.
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.
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.
The 35-year-old added,
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.
Back in 2017, Iwan admitted his portrayal of Ramsay Bolton was inspired by Heath Ledger‘s iconic performance as The Joker on The Dark Knight (2008).
Speaking of his inspiration, Iwan told The Independent:
Initially Heath Ledger’s Joker, then I kind of thought Dennis the Menace. It’s great to have that childlike glee in doing all these horrible things, and then Liam Gallagher’s attitude and walk. But you forget all that stuff after a while.
In addition, Rheon stated he’s nothing like his character. To be fair, that’s not too hard to figure out. Despite this, his mother (understandably) cannot watch him on Game of Thrones.
She wouldn’t really want to watch it. She finds it more difficult than fans to detach because no matter what costume I’m wearing, she still sees a little boy out there.
As a matter of fact, Iwan’s mother struggled with the British show Misfits, too, as she couldn’t accept the fact that they were all rude to Rheon’s character Simon.