Doc Brown & the Kingslayer at Middle East Comic Con
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau tells us his weirdest fan moment, while Christopher Lloyd dishes on the chances of another Back To The Future.
Middle East Film and Comic Con might be over for another year (sigh) but we’re still reliving the glory days of getting to rub shoulders with some of the biggest stars of film and TV.
What’s On sat down with the Kingslayer himself, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones, before talking 80s nostalgia and a Dubai to-do list with Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown in Back to the Future). Here’s what they had to say…
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister in Game Of Thrones
What have you got planned while you’re in Dubai? Unfortunately I’m not here for very long – I fly out on Saturday morning. But I’m hoping to get out and see some of the city while I’m here.
Game of Thrones fans are a very passionate bunch. What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done? What always surprises me is when people are really nervous. Sometimes they’re shaking or crying, and then they feel embarrassed and get even more nervous. One of the weirdest things was when I was at the gym, and I was in the shower and a fan asked me for a picture.
Wow. Did you oblige? I asked him to wait until after I got dressed.
We think you’re going to see some passionate fans at Comic Con this weekend. That’s what I love about these things. People come out, it’s a hobby for them, and it’s a chance to express themselves. We all have masks we wear, we all show a different side of ourselves. So to come to one of these conventions and dress up in a costume – for one thing it’s fun, but for another thing, it’s a way of expressing yourself. It’s liberating, and I think that’s great.
Are you looking forward to meeting your fans in Dubai? This is my second Comic Con – I’ve also been to San Diego Comic Con with the rest of the Game of Thrones cast, and I love these events. Everyone who comes to these things is full of passion, and they have fun, and it’s such a great time to engage with the fans.
Can you give us any Game of Thrones spoilers? No, I’m sorry, I can’t give you any spoilers.
What can we expect from you in the future? Well, I have a prison movie coming out soon called Shot Caller, which I’m very proud of. I’m shooting another movie this summer. You know, I try to mix it up.
Christopher Lloyd, aka Doc Brown in Back to the Future
Welcome! How are you enjoying Dubai so far? Oh, it’s fabulous. I’ve never been before, it’s my first time here. I’m staying until next Friday, and I have a lot of things to see and do.
What have you got planned? Well, my fiancee wants to go skiing. We’re also planning a desert safari, and tomorrow night we’re having dinner at the Burj Khalifa, in At.Mosphere.
How are you enjoying Comic Con so far? You know, seeing all the fans is… it’s really good.
Back to the Future is over three decades old. Did you ever imagine when you were first filming, that 30 years later, you’d still have so many passionate fans of all ages? It really is amazing, how it keeps going on. The people who saw it in 1985, they grew up and had kids, then their kids had kids, and so the fanbase just keeps growing.
Why do you think it still holds such a strong place in people’s hearts? There’s a lot of love and joy that went into that movie. And time travel I think is a subject that everyone can relate to… the idea of wanting to go back in time to change something, or wanting to go to some point in the future. And the whole trilogy really works on that concept. And then the relationship between Doc and Marty, and Marty’s relationship with his family… there’s something for everyone to relate to. And you know, it’s so well written.
In the film world, there’s so much nostalgia – Star Wars is big again, and there’s a new Ghostbusters film coming up. Do you think we’ll ever return to the universe of Back to the Future? I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything specific about that happening, because I think when we finished the third picture, there was a sense that we’d done it – we did it. We’ve had such great success with the three we’ve done, the challenge is to come up with a script that could do as well as the other three did.
Sometimes you see a film that becomes very successful, and then the sequel is disappointing. We wouldn’t want that to happen. But maybe we’ll come up with one.
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