The casting of Pedro Pascal as the Red Viper in “Game of Thrones” is arguably the most exciting addition to Season 4. Oberyn Martell has been a fan-favorite character ever since he was introduced in George R.R. Martin‘s “A Storm of Swords” and it seems like that will translate to the small screen as well.
The new Season 4 trailer finally puts Pascal’s Red Viper front and center, and the Chilean actor looks like he’s perfectly suited for the part. Just hours after the trailer premiered, Zap2it chatted with Pascal at HBO’s Golden Globes after party about his experience shooting the new season.
“It was amazing. I don’t know what else to say,” he admits with a laugh. “It’s pretty epic.”
A tease of Oberyn’s fight with the Mountain (Hafthor Julius Bjornsson) is shown in the trailer, and it looks phenomenal. Pascal explains the type of training he had to go through for the fight and says that viewers will see a different type of combat from the Red Viper (a character from the Dorne region of Westeros) than they have from other characters.
“HBO set me up with an actual wushu master and he worked with Jackie Chan — I’m not kidding,” Pascal says. “It’s acrobatic martial arts. A lot of Jedi kind of moves. … I have some moves. I definitely know how to move around.”
He adds, “There was very extensive sort of rehearsals with the amazing stunt people and fight choreographers of the show.”
Fans have a lot of love for the character of the Red Viper, but Pascal says that didn’t give him any cause for concern in taking on the role. As it turns out, he’s been a huge fan of “Game of Thrones” for a while as well.
“I was a fan of the show before the audition ever came around. I was a proper watcher of the show. I was a big nerd for the show,” Pascal tells Zap2it. “To be honest with you, my like of it when I actually had to audition for it, it didn’t feel like an attainable thing because it shot so far away and it was nothing but brilliant European actors, so maybe that helped.”
He continues, “Going into it, I hadn’t really experienced anything like this because I wasn’t really as aware of a job as I was of this one. So going on set for the first time and actually acting with characters that I was so familiar with was definitely [exciting].”
“Game of Thrones” Season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.