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Conleth Hill, who plays Varys on Game of Thrones, recently spoke to Huffington Post and revealed that he originally auditioned for the role of Robert Baratheon. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

HP: Another rumor says you originally tried out for King Robert Baratheon on “Game of Thrones.”

CH: It is true, to be honest, but I have to say that I came out of the meeting, which went all right, and looked who was in after me, saw who it was, and went, “Well, he’d be all right for it,” and he was, and he got it. You know, that’s showbiz.

HP: So then you had to read for Varys, too?

CH: I read for it, parts of the dungeon scene with Ned and the chest scene where he explains how he was made from sort of a slave to the security of Westeros, and I think once I had already accepted the part, they said, “How do you feel about shaving your head?”

HP: What’s been the weirdest fan experience you’ve had so far?

CH: I’ve been very lucky. Most “Game of Thrones” fans are well-mannered and courteous. I have no trouble taking photos with people if they want it. I think the weirdest one was someone came running toward me with their hand in my crotch area, saying, “I wanted to see if something’s really there.”

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