Game of Thrones is no stranger to recasting it’s actors. We have seen that in the past they have recast actors who played the characters of The Mountain, Myrcella Baratheon, Tommen Baratheon, Beric Dondarrion and many others. Another notable character who was recast was Daario Naharis.
Daario was first introduced in season 3 and the character was played by Ed Skrein. However, in season 4, he was replaced by the Dutch actor Michiel Huisman. Earlier it was reported that Ed Skrein was replaced as he was going to star in the new Transporter movie and as Daario’s role was going to gain more importance, the show creators didn’t want any clashes in the schedule.
That’s what we were made to believe, untill now. Ed Skrein talked about his Game of Thrones role with Entertainment Weekly and he revealed the reason for leaving the show and the reason is interesting. Here’s what he said:
No. I mean, it wasn’t. That’s what been reported in the press but it was a lot more political than that. My plan was to stay with Game of Thrones for the long haul. That was always my plan. I would have loved to. It was a wonderful experience, but politics led to us parting ways. And from there I just said, “Okay, look forward, be positive. Keep calm and carry on.” That’s my mentality when things go well, so I stay grounded and not get to overwhelmed by the hype, and it’s my mentality when the plans change.
Ed Skrein starred in The Transporter Refueled and also in Deadpool. Take a look at the trailers. He does look very different from his Game of Thrones character.