How many actors out there would pinpoint their death scene as the highlight of a shooting day? Pascal did exactly that on the latest episode of “Hot Ones,” laying out his perspective of the thrilling fight that certainly made an impact – in terms of all its head-crushing nastiness, of course. As he humorously put it:
“I got my head crushed in, it was the best part of the day. It was so hot when we were shooting that scene. You know, [Björnsson’s] over me and he puts his thumbs into my eyes and they’ve got piping — tubing — through his body into his forearms to his thumbs and just pumping this, like, cool blood. And so gentle, like the gentlest guy ever.”
As amusing as it is to note the juxtaposition between Björnsson’s physicality and his downright gentlemanly behavior when he was, well, gouging out Oberyn’s eyes with his thumbs, the real treat of this segment comes when Pascal admits that he was “dead asleep” during the final wide shot of the sequence.
“Because it was so hot and this stuff was so cooling to the touch and you had to be really, really still, and that was the most relaxing … And knowing also that we had gotten to the end of this sort of four-day fight that we were shooting out there, it was very cathartic, and I went into the deepest sleep I’ve been in.”
The next time you revisit one of the best and brutal fight scenes in the entire series, always keep in mind that none of your anxiety was ever shared by Pascal himself, happily snoring away under loads of fake gore. Oberyn himself would approve.