When Richard Madden was cast
in Disney’s live action “Cinderella” as Prince
Kit, he brought with him a certain amount of baggage from “Game of Thrones.”
After all, the last viewers saw of Madden in his then-biggest role was when he was brutally murdered at the Red Wedding
along with his mother, wife and unborn child.
Fortunately “Cinderella” offers Madden’s character a significantly happier ending than the one Robb Stark got. The 28-year-old actor is also aware that his new movie might act as wish fulfillment for fans of his “Thrones” character. “It’s karma, right?” he tells Zap2it
. “It’s like he had the really bad ending and now he gets the really good one.”
Madden acknowledges that he appreciated the fact one of his characters is getting a happy ending. “I was just kind of glad to be in something that I’m not worried my family’s going to get killed,” he says. “They don’t get murdered. It’s kind of nice to have something with a happy ending for a change.”
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“Cinderella” director Kenneth Branagh wasn’t very familiar with Madden’s work on “Game of Thrones” when he cast him for the role of the film’s Prince Charming, something that he utters “thank God” over. The casting conversations for “Cinderella”
were happening around the same time “Game of Thrones” Season 3 was beginning to air. Robb Stark’s infamous Red Wedding death
was taking place.
“We’re talking 18 months back, and so there was still a bit of the ‘don’t tell anybody’ or people were still in mourning or something, so it was a sensitive subject always around,” Branagh recalls.
He wasn’t familiar with leading lady Lily James
‘ famous role on “Downton Abbey”
either. “I didn’t want to get too caught up in either of those series for that very reason, at the time, in order not to be too referential,” Branagh says. “I knew that probably just because there are kings and queens and royals that probably we were going to dance around the material for both of them.”
Your fantasy that Branagh cast Robb from “Game of Thrones” and Rose from “Downton Abbey” because he was such a huge fan of both shows might be out the window, but fortunately the reason he did pick his leads is pretty great.
“They were intelligent, they were funny, they went through the process of getting the part with sanity and with humor. I liked that very much about the pair of them, and they were really good listeners,” he says. “I felt like if they could do that, that would be half the battle in creating chemistry is just the ability to listen with concentration, and they can and they do and the chemistry they produce is very excellent.”