Game of Thrones Alum Forced to Reshoot New Movie Because Puberty Kicked In

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Game of Thrones is undoubtedly one of the most followed television shows right now and most sought-after jobs in the business. Everyone wants to be part of the growing phenomenon and be in-the-know about all of their favorite characters. Although we should be used to some of the best characters dying during basc each episode, it still hurts when we realize that the end of their story has come. One of the worst deaths of season six was — SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! — when Rickon Stark, the younger brother to hero Jon Snow, faced his demise. Just as Rickon and Jon were about to reach each other, Ramsay cuts the family reunion short by shooting the youngster with an arrow, leaving us heartbroken

The actor who brought the young Stark to life, Art Parkinson, was on Game of Thrones from the ages of 10 to 14 and has since taken on tons of new roles. We got to sit down and talk with Art all about his thoughts on Rickon’s death, his brand-new movie Kubo and the Two Strings and why voice acting has been his biggest challenge. Oh, and OF COURSE we had to ask the teen why his GoT character didn’t zig-zag while he was running away, which could’ve prevented his passing.

“I get this question all the time and my first answer is that I didn’t write the script,” he said while laughing. “I feel like he would have wound up the same way though, he had to get to that side of Jon Snow anyway and it was honestly a little bit of a game Ramsay was playing. It’s been demonstrated in the show and in GoT history that he is very diabolical, he could have shot me whenever he wanted to but he waited.”

Remember how Max Carver from Teen Wolf found out his character was going to die over the phone? Almost the exact same thing happened to Art.

“They rang me before we got the scripts and they were like, ‘Okay Art, you’re going to die this season.’ And I was like, ‘Ah, okay; it’s come.’ There were only two short seasons left anyway, and I really enjoyed the time I was there. It is like history to me, but it’s also the place I want to go back and hang out in. Whenever I was done filming I would be like, ‘Let’s go back on set!’ It was exciting point of my life. It was a more amateur role for me, but I’m excited to now be carrying on with these more mature roles.”

Although we may no longer be seeing Rickon on our screens, we will definitely be seeing a lot more Art. His newest movie Kubo and the Two Strings is his debut animated film where he worked alongside superstars Matthew McConaughey and Charlize Theron. The film focuses on young Kubo, who must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior. Along the way he comes across Monkey and Beetle who lead him in his quest and help him defeat his evil grandfather and aunts.Being his first voice-over work, Art found it challenging compared to his past work.

“It’s hard to do animation; way harder. From an acting standpoint, you’re not in the costume and not figuratively of physically in the shoes of the character and able to experience the character. You have the puppets propped up everywhere and illustrations all over the room to help you get in the mindset, it’s still difficult. It’s more mentally challenging. Halfway through recording, I went away to film San Andreas and then I came back and my voice had completely dropped. We had to do a lot of work to patch up my voice throughout so that was one of the most difficult moments.”

Thankfully, the hard work paid off and Kubo and the Two Strings has had nonstop rave reviews. We’ll admit that we may or may not have even shed a tear or two during a shocking plot twist that you HAVE to see for yourself. Art had tons of memorable moments on set, including a time he had to eat sushi all day.

“There was one scene where we were on the boat eating fish, so they got me a thing of sushi and we were eating it all day to get the sound just right. I had some tea and I would just eat five pieces of sushi and then mix tea with it and just chew it loudly, the sound was absolutely horrible. [Director] Travis Knight told me that the man who was editing the sound was kind of heaving the whole time because it was just me chewing and making that gross noise.”

With work done in TV, film and now voice-over animation on his resume, Art is looking forward to continuing to start new projects and challenge himself even more.

“This new project that’s coming up, Zoo, I’m really looking forward to it. I get to work with baby elephants which is so exciting. To keep it calm, they keep all the elephants together so there’s going to be a bunch of baby baby elephants running around my feet.”

Baby elephants? Sign us up!

Don’t forget to check out Art’s new movie Kubo and the Two Strings when it hits theaters on August 19!


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