Jerome Flynn: I’d put Game of Thrones in the bracket of “American twaddle” before joining the epic show

The British actor who plays Bronn reveals he had doubts about the fantasy drama until he met the producers and cast, and saw the scale and ambition of the "wonderful" programme

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It turns out Jerome Flynn was sceptical about joining hit show Game of Thrones, in which he plays tough-talking sellsword Bronn. “I’d put it in the bracket of American twaddle,” the actor tells Radio Times in the latest issue of the magazine. “I had a picture of dying a terrible death, a selling-my-soul kind of feeling.”

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The actor says that his ideas about the HBO show were “very naive” but that meeting the producers changed his mind. “I got an idea of what it meant to them, and the scale of the production. Then the cast turned up, and I realised this was epic. Wonderful to be part of.”

Now about to start filming the fourth series of Ripper Street, the BBC show that was cancelled and then picked up by Amazon after fans worked hard to save it, Flynn also discusses the importance of protests. “You know, the power of campaigning is having a very – thank God – deep political effect. And it works in TV as well: There are hundreds and thousands of people who feel the same way. It keeps the establishment on its toes.”

Flynn also tells Radio Times about what it was like to be one half of Simon Cowell’s 1990s pop duo Robson and Jerome. “It was like jumping on a Disney ride… we just about got out in time.”

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Read the full interview with Jerome Flynn in the new issue of Radio Times, on sale from Tuesday 21st July.