If you're one of the few people left in this world who still doesn't watch Game of Thrones, this list may be your final incentive to pick up an HBO subscription. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is one of the many break-out stars of the hit fantasy drama. And if you feel like there's too many characters or actors to keep up with on this show, Coster-Waldau is the one you should prioritize. Although already a famous face in his native country, Denmark, Coster-Waldau is just starting to get some major Hollywood spotlights shone on him in recent years. With his stand-out role as bad boy/good boy Jaime Lannister, Coster-Waldau is gearing up to be Hollywood's next European boyfriend.There's a lot to to learn about the 45-year-old actor. Coster-Waldau's stories from his life in Denmark, quotes about his family, Game of Thrones anecdotes, and on-set sex secrets are more than enough to turn even the most resistant into a Game of Thrones binge -watcher. For your convenience, and to fuel our shameless GoT obsession, we've gathered all the greatest and most interesting facts and trivia to outline Coster-Waldau's road to Hollywood history. Get to know who Nikolaj Coster-Waldau really is and give yourself that final incentive to travel to Westeros. Here are 20 interesting facts you may not know about Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Kate Upton Bruised His Butt
During the filming of The Other Woman with Kate Upton, the model was told to whip Coster-Waldau in a racy sex scene. Unfortunately, Upton acted a little too rough and whipped Coster-Waldau harder than he expected, leaving him with a nasty, purple and black bruise. Coster-Waldau showed Chelsea Handler a picture of his butt bruise during a spot on her show. According to Coster-Waldau, despite protests that Upton chill out on the whip, the director encouraged her to continue. And the scene didn't even make the final cut of the film...
His British Accent Is Fake
Although Coster-Waldau sports a British accent for his character on Game of Thrones, he isn't a Brit himself. Coster-Waldau actually grew up Denmark and is of Danish origin. British accents can be difficult for actors, but Nikolaj pulls it off well. Living in London and intensive theater training has left Nikolaj with the necessary talent to pull it off.
He Injured a Rib on Set
During a fight scene with Noah Taylor, who plays Locke, Coster-Waldau's character is supposed to get kicked in the chest. Despite wearing a protective guard, Taylor was just shy of the vest and managed to deck Nikolaj in the ribcage. He retold the story in an interview, stating, "He just missed it, and so he got the rib instead. I had a bruised rib for a while. I'm pretty sure that is the take they used, because there is a realism to my reaction that you can't fake."
He Learned a Lot About Amputees
After Jaime Lannister gets his hand chopped off, Coster-Waldau was forced to wear an artificial amputee costume piece. But to better understand the mental and physical sensations of losing a limb, Coster-Waldau read up on amputee survivors, especially veterans of war. After learning about the trauma and struggles these individuals go through, Nikolaj worked those emotions into his own character.