By Patrick Yacco
Originally published on Advocate.com March 26 2014 4:07 PM ET
In separate interviews, Game of Thrones actors Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, and Carice van Houten have all voiced their support for the show to feature more scenes with male nudity.
The topic was brought up in a GQ interview with Harrington, who portrays Jon Snow. The British actor believed that it was fair for all the actors, regardless of gender, to be required to disrobe if necessary. "It's only right," stated Harrington, "if you're going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that." Fans may also be shocked to learn that the production team relied on a "butt double" during an sex scene last season. Harrington had broken his ankle before production began, and a similar-looking raven-haired crew member stood in for Jon Snow’s derriere.
Peter Dinklage was recently asked by Entertainment Weekly as to whether or not his character, Tyrion Lannister, would ever have a nude scene. Dinklage, who's frequently required to act in scenes with prostitutes and mercenaries, said he hasn't "read a script yet where there is one. But if it's appropriate for the material, [he'll] definitely go to the gym."
Finally, Carice van Houten, Thrones' mysterious sorceress Melisandre, flat out told the U.K.'s Independent that there should be more male nudity, and added the caveat that "it has to be functional. … But in general that's not what I like about the show, not the sex per se but the nudity is part of life."
This isn't the first time that actors have talked about nudity in the Emmy Award winning program. Finn Jones, who plays gay knight Loras Tyrrell on the show, chimed in earlier this year that Thrones needed more "hot gay sex."
Whether or not more male flesh is flashed on screen remains to be seen, but anyone interested in finding out can tune in to the show’s upcoming season premiere April 6.