Enzo Cilenti says his Yezzan is more humorous
From Sansa’s horrifying rape to Jaime’s secret mission in Dorne, the TV series has been taking the characters in a very different direction to the original A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So it should come as no surprise to fans of the novels that one of the more colourful characters from the books has been radically changed for the HBO drama.
According to one of the show’s stars, slave owner Yezzan zo Qaggaz from Yunkai will be very different to the man in the original source material.
In the books Yezzan is described as morbidly obese with yellowy eyes and smelling of urine after a contracting a disease in Sothoryos that left him incontinent and terminally ill.
However British actor Enzo Cilenti, who made his first appearance as Yezzan in last night\'s episode The Gift, said that fans will be seeing a “different take” on the character.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Enzo said: "You can expect a very different take from what’s in the book. I believe he’s physically huge and fat and smells of urine."
"I’m not fat, I do smell of urine but that probably won’t come across on the telly other than other characters – other actors – wrinkling up their faces around me,” the 40-year-old star added.
He explained that he emphasised certain aspects of the character from the novels and made him “more human”.
“I think he became a bit more humorous than I thought he was on the page. I thought I was going to get told off for mucking around,” Enzo said.
Along with his role as Yezzan in Game of Thrones, Enzo is starring in the BBC One fantasy series Jonathan Strange And Mr Norrell as Childermass.
The Bradford-born actor has had roles in numerous film and TV shows over the best part of two decades, most recently appearing in Wolf Hall, The Theory of Everything and The Rum Diary.
He will be appearing in the upcoming BBC adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover starring Thrones actor Richard Madden and Holliday Grainger.
Despite his busy work schedule, Enzo is also busy fundraising and has set himself the “stupidly difficult” challenge of cycling up Mont Ventoux three times in one day.
Riding on a tandem bike with his father Peter, the pair will be riding up the French mountain in a bid to raise money for the charity Parkinson’s UK.
Peter, 64, was diagnosed in October 2012, but Enzo says it has become harder from him to do physical activities and go out.
But both father and son enjoy cycling and decided that it would be a good way to raise money for the charity.
“It’s quite a natural thing to do and quite a stupid thing to do,” Enzo explained, going on to say: “Let’s do it in the most stupidly difficult way”.
It is estimated that one person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s every hour in the UK, with around 127,000 people living with the disease in Britain.
The actor admitted that he was “bricking it” but said it gave him the chance to spend time with his father.
They will be climbing more than the equivalent of going from Base Camp to Mount Everest in a day.
The cyclists will be battling against the elements that will include scorching temperatures and extreme winds.
It is a certainly an ambitious feat to attempt given that it has claimed lives in the past. British cyclist Tom Simpson died in 1967 after he collapsed half a mile from the summit.
This isn’t the first time Enzo’s taken on such a physically demanding fundraising challenge. He previously cycled from London to Edinburgh in a day. He raised under £5,000 and wanted to do “significantly more” this time.
“I’m looking forward to it. It will be stupidly unpleasant and stupidly uncomfortable but worthwhile,” Enzo said.
Enzo and his father Peter will be cycling up Mont Ventoux on Saturday June 20.
For more information about Parkinson’s UK visit www.parkinsons.org.uk
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