Game Of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau posing for Details magazine cover story beautifully captured by fashion and celebrity photographer Mark Seliger. Styling courtesy of fashion stylist Benjamin Sturgill.
But Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, wearing jeans, a V-neck tee, and a hipster-ish leather string around his neck, couldn’t be more chipper. He has just ordered something in Danish from a pretty young waitress, the only other person riding out the storm in this café on the edge of the Baltic Sea. After she hurries off, Coster-Waldau leans back in his chair and flashes a grin so wide and white it would make Tom Cruise text his dentist. “You know that thing they say about Danes? How we’re the happiest people on earth?” he says with a contented chuckle. “It’s because we have low expectations. Don’t expect too much. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
And Coster-Waldau is surprised—very, very pleasantly—to find himself playing Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, HBO’s darkly mystical, shockingly violent, hugely popular drama about the struggle to rule the kingdom of Westeros (think Lord of the Rings’ Middle-earth, only with graphic violence, nudity, and incest). At 43, Coster-Waldau is no newcomer—he’s had roles of varying sizes in more than 30 films (including last year’s Oblivion, opposite Tom Cruise, and Mama, opposite Jessica Chastain) and even landed a series, Fox’s short-lived New Amsterdam. But he’s never been in anything like Thrones—few actors have.
By Benjamin Svetkey, Photographs by Mark Seliger / Read More: details.com