There has been a little controversy recently in Seville, Spain, where scenes from the
upcoming fifth season of “Game of Thrones” are being filmed, as Jaime Lannister had to pay to get on set at the Alcázar Palace. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the Danish hunky actor who plays Jaime Lannister, has now increased his already high popularity in Spain.
Filming of scenes for the fifth season of Game of Thrones started Monday in Seville and certain sections of the city’s iconic Alcázar Palace have been cordoned off to prevent tourists getting access to (and sight of) the set and its famous actors. The Alcázar Palace is a royal palace, originally a Moorish fort, and is well protected due to its heritage. Rather amusingly, security is maybe a tad too tight, as when Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, tried to get access to the Alcázar Palace, whoever was on duty didn’t recognize him, and asked for his ticket before allowing him to enter.
Rather than make a scene, the hunky actor merely turned around, headed to the ticket office and paid 9.50 euros ($12.00) as his admission fee to the Palace.
According to one of the staff who checks tickets on entry at the Alcázar Palace, Coster-Waldau didn’t say anything, he just politely obliged and bought his way in. This is, of course, rather reminiscent of the TV show itself where the Lannister family motto is “A Lannister always pays his debts,” and in this case he did indeed.
The beautiful Alcázar Palace is one of a couple of different locations in Andalucia, Spain being used as a location in the show, with Seville appearing in the part of the rather harsh desert region of Dorne and several scenes in Osuna, a city in Seville province. While Seville is the perfect location for filming the scenes in Game of Thrones, it was, however, a tad strange that Jaime Lannister had to pay to enter the set.
Locals in Seville have had much excitement, managing to take selfies or photos of themselves with the stars or extras from the show and posting them to Twitter. The fact that scenes from Game of Thrones are being filmed in the region has even generated a flamenco version of the famous theme song, included below:
With the current economic crisis in Spain, along with rampant unemployment, the fact that Game of Thrones is being filmed in Spanish locations has been a boon for many, even though the daily rates are only a mere 50 euros ($63) a day. Of course, for many of the extras, who just love the show itself, it is an exciting experience too.
Naturally, on the other side of the crisis spectrum, the fact that the show is being filmed in Spain also caught the eye and imagination of con artists. As reported earlier on Guardian Liberty Voice, some bright sparks set up a telephone scam where, through the use of a fake website, they convinced people to phone in about an audition as an extra. Meanwhile, all the call did was to get applicants to hold on, at premium phone rates, until they were given a more valid email address to contact Fresco Film, the company hired to find extras for the show.
After netting themselves around 100,000 euros ($134,000), and many complaints from those scammed, the crooks were finally tracked down and arrested. However, it was a rather more legal, if unnecessary, fee Jaime Lannister had to pay to enter the set of Game of Thrones in Seville, for which locals were grateful and no harm was done.
By Anne Sewell
Plaza de España and Alcázar in Seville, Spain CC BY-ND 2.0 Scott Anderson
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau CC-by-SA Suzi Pratt