Dean-Charles Chapman Was Threatened by a Game of Thrones Fan
You were at the BAFTAs last weekend —
just this weekend. -Literally yesterday.
-Yesterday. And Sam Mendes,
the director of your film, won. That must have been exciting.
-Yeah, it was. Honestly, it makes me so proud
that everyone is getting awards and stuff.
It’s brilliant. -It’s very nice.
And this was a situation where I heard you went to
a party at Kensington Palace. -Yeah. -Is that as exciting
as it sounds? -It is. You know, some of
the royals stay there. It’s beautiful.
Got a lot of history about it. But they didn’t have beer
-So I had Roger Deakins, who’s our cinematographer,
walking around, trying to look for beer
all night. So was I.
-[ Laughs ] That seems — do you think
they ever have beer there, or is it just like a no-no.
-I don’t know. They should. It was just a lot of
champagne, wine. -Yeah, see,
they try to show off. They’re like, “Oh, champagne.” Nobody wants
a second glass of champagne. -No!
-Maybe on your way in the door. But then you want to
get into the beer situation. -Exactly, yeah.
-People might not — I was saying backstage, I was
a huge “Game of Thrones” fan. And yet, when I watched “1917,”
I did not make the connection that you were King Tommen
on “Game of Thrones.” There you are, right there.
[ Cheers and applause ] So, you’ve — You’ve been — Obviously, you’ve been
at award shows before, because you were
on a show like that. But were there people,
through this award season, as you go around, that you’ve
been excited to meet? -Yeah, to be honest, I haven’t
personally met him yet, but Robert De Niro.
-Yeah, De Niro. -I’ve seen him out and about,
everywhere we go. I just haven’t had the
confidence to walk up to him. But, mate, love you.
-Yeah. [ Laughter ]
-He’s brilliant. He’s honestly
my favorite actor. -He’s the best actor
of all time. I’ve been lucky enough
to meet him. He’s very — this is weird —
he doesn’t — he’s a little shy. And he doesn’t like —
I mean, his whole life has been people coming up
and saying, “You’re so great.” Right?
-Yeah. -So I think you got to flip
and you got to walk up and go, “Hey, I’m great.”
[ Laughter ] -I’m gonna try that.
-Yeah, just try it. Be like, “I know people tell you
you’re great all the time. I just want you to know,
I’m great.” -“I’m great.”
-“And I’m coming for you.” [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] You have —
I mean, “Game of Thrones,” fan base is pretty intense.
Have they — Did people ever come up to you
and give you either a nice time or a hard time?
-A bit of both, to be honest. I think, with Tommen,
I think a lot of people have mixed emotions about him.
-Yeah. -9 times out of 10,
people like him. You know, think he’s cute,
sweet, innocent. But then this one guy
came up to me and was like, “I just want to
punch you in the face.” [ Laughter ] And I was just like, “Thanks.”
[ Laughter ] But, yeah,
it’s amazing, that fan base. It’s just, you know, everybody
knows what it is, and it’s good. -You — This film is
a technical achievement, I think
it’s very safe to say. And Roger Deakins obviously did
an incredible job. I wonder — Obviously,
there were incredible sets, and you get to see the acting
as you’re going through it and you’re filming it. But when you saw
the finished product, were you as blown away
as people like me, who hadn’t seen any of it?
-I really was, because we filmed it
in one continuous shot. And obviously, we hadn’t seen all the scenes stitched
together. The first time watching it,
it was only a rough cut. There wasn’t a score
over the top of it. But I didn’t realize
how immersive it would be, because it genuinely is, like,
an experience when you watch the film.
And you feel like you’re there with the characters.
And it really allows you to just become fully immersed
in the story and what’s going on
with the characters. It got me.
Made me quite emotional. -And you — It’s so intense
and stressful to watch. That’s not giving anything away
about the film. And you and your costar —
you’re are kind of on camera the whole time.
There’s no — You guys couldn’t, like,
take many breaks, as far as, like, “I’m gonna
mail in this part of the movie,” because — Was it intense to do
because of that sense that it was gonna
basically be presented as this one continuous shot?
-It was. It was something we had to
rehearse for six months for. With film or theater
or anything — anything really —
actors, you don’t usually rehearse that much.
So we found ourselves every day in character, you know,
trying to deliver this message in enemy territory.
And it was, you know — It was intense, but I was
just so thankful to be there. And it’s such a great story
and a great character. -Yeah. It certainly paid off. I know you did some research,
as well, and found out — Did you not —
Were you not aware that your great-grandfather
had served in World War I? -No, never.
I actually — When I got the part,
I asked my mum and dad to see if they had stories,
if they knew. They didn’t really know. So they asked
their mums and dads and went through
the line of the family. And then they came back and
said, “Yeah, there’s this book called
‘The Western Front Diaries,’ which is snippets
of diary entries of soldiers
who fought in the war.” And my great-great-grandfather
David Henry Peers fought in the war, and
he has a diary in that book. And he talks about
how he fought in the cavalry. And he was shot one day
when he was in no-man’s-land, and was paralyzed,
and he was basically bleeding out for four days,
trying to survive. And he survived the war. And I don’t know
if you guys have it, but in England,
we have this Remembrance Day. So, we wear poppies to
remember the First World War and anyone who served. And he worked
in the first poppy factory to open in London, till he died. -That’s incredible.
Well, that’s an amazing story. And this is an amazing film that
tells a great story, as well. Congratulations on it.
I’m so glad it’s getting the attention it deserves.
And really nice to meet you and have you here.
-Thanks, man. -Dean-Charles Chapman,