Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is best known for his role as Jaime Lannister on the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” He’s often up against some dangerous adversaries and some formidable women. But none of the perils he has faced on that popular cable series compares to the wrath he faces from three women his characters foolishly has betrayed in the revenge comedy “The Other Woman.”
Lannister, 43, who is a happily married father of two in real life, recently spoke about playing the Lothario in the Nick Cassavetes-directed film, who gets his come-uppance from his wife (Leslie Mann), his girlfriend (Cameron Diaz) and his other girlfriend (Kate Upton, making her big screen debut), when they discover that he is a serial philanderer.
Q: When a guy cheats in real life, many of us immediately blame the woman. And yet, in this film, it’s so obvious to the audience that this guy is really just a big liar.
Coster-Waldau: Well, what does it tell about these women that they all fall for this kind of man?
Q: In “Game of Thrones,” you definitely come across some fierce enemies. How does that compare to what you go through in this movie, especially at the end, when the women exact revenge against you?
Coster-Waldau: (deadpan) They take their revenge and all he did was he wanted to give them pleasure. (He chuckles.) No, I mean, it doesn't really compare. I think he's a real prick, and he gets what he deserves. No question about it.
Q: How was it working with Cameron, Leslie and Kate?
Coster-Waldau: Oh, it was amazing. All three girls were amazing. Leslie and Cameron are very, very brilliant actors. They've done this for a long time. They have impeccable timing, and I really enjoyed it. They both knew how to, how do you say, keep a scene open as long as possible, to come up with ideas. And I really had to stay on my toes to keep up with them and try not to get in their way. I learned a lot from them.
Q: And Kate Upton. This is her first movie. What did you think of her performance?
Coster-Waldau: I was just absolutely amazed with how she pulled it off, because it's not easy playing the naïve, young, what do you call it, character. So yeah, it was a real thrill for me.
Q: I understand in your fight scene with Kate, she landed a few strikes on you, right?
Coster-Waldau: Yeah, she did. I was fine with it. I thought she did a terrific job. But I have to say I've never seen colors that beautiful (as the bruise I got).
Q: How long did the bruise last?
Coster-Waldau: I still have it. But it didn't hurt that much. Well, it did when she hit me. It was just something about the whole set-up that was so funny. Kate did exactly what she'd been told to do, and she did it full on. She gave it her best, and she's a strong girl.
Q: You were surrounded by all these females in this, which I’m sure is a change from your TV series.
Coster-Waldau: And of course, the writer, Melissa Stack, wrote a beautiful script. But also we should mention (director) Nick Cassavetes, who did an amazing job directing this. At least, for me, it was pretty good to have one guy to have fun with, because those girls are a force to be reckoned with. So, yeah, a shout-out to Nick.