Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of Game of Thrones was quite unforgettable. The show catapulted the actor to fame and from thereon, he went on to star in series like Narcos and The Mandalorian.
But have you ever wondered how Pedro Pascal actually landed the role of Oberyn? It so didn’t fall into his lap and he had to convince a friend to send his audition to David Benioff’s wife. Benioff, as you all know, was one of the writers and directors of the wildly popular GOT.
Benioff spilled the beans about Pascal’s audition in his recent interview with Variety. Much to our surprise, he revealed how the audition was “an iPhone selfie audition”.
“And this wasn’t one of the new-fangled iPhones with the fancy cameras. It looked like shit; it was shot vertical; the whole thing was very amateurish. Except for the performance, which was intense and believable and just right.”
Why Pedro Pascal was chosen to play Oberyn
In the conversation, David explained what the showmakers were looking for in an actor to play Oberyn. And well, we have to admit, no one matches the description as well as Pedro Pascal does.
“That was such a tricky role to cast,” the director began. “We were looking for an actor with charisma, s—– energy, physical menace and depth.”
“He had to be seductive to both men and women; he had to be someone the audience could believe as a killer. Oberyn has a core of white-hot rage that motivates him, and we wanted someone who could convey that anger but also be funny, when called upon, and sensitive, when called upon.”
On the actor’s rise to stardom
“Once we saw the entire season there was no doubt Pedro was going to be a star,” David said. He added how he feels Pedro Pascal deserved more recognition for how brilliantly he played the Red Viper in Game of Thrones.
“But Dan and I were thrilled that we gave Pedro a job that helped his ascent, because he’s an absolute gem of an actor and a man.”
As for his rise to fame, David had just the answer. “He figures out who the character really is and then he portrays that man, scouring off all falsehood.”
“Plus, he’s really f—ing handsome.”