What If Varys Was Really King Robert In ‘Game Of Thrones’?

By January 26, 2017

We’ve become so accustomed to various actors in various roles in film and television that it’s almost impossible to imagine them switched with someone else.

Probably the best example is from The Golden Girls from the 1980s. Betty White was originally considered for the role as the sex-craved southern charmer Blanche Devereaux, while Rue McClanahan was in-line to become the dim-witted Rose Nylund.

At the last minute, the producers made a switch, and the rest is history.

Now just imagine Conleth Hill, the Irish actor who goes bald to bring us the well-connected eunuch Varys in HBO’s Game of Thrones as someone totally different. You know, like King Robert Baratheon.

That’s something that could have indeed happened, Hill recently told The Huffington Post. In fact, when Hill first met with producers, he thought he had the part. That was until he saw actor Mark Addy follow him out of his audition.

“I came out of the meeting, which went all right, and looked who was in after me. Saw who it was, and went, ‘Well, he’d be all right for it.’

“And he was, and he got it. You know, that’s showbiz.”

Of course, Hill likely is happy casting went the way it did. Addy’s character was gone before the first season was over, while Varys was one of the last faces we saw to end the most recent season on HBO.

Hill just finished work on The Isle from actor-turned-director Matthew Butler Hart.

Game of Thrones will return with its penultimate season this summer.

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