HBO drama paid up to $50,000 per day to film a scene featuring Lena Headey.
George R.R. Martin fans have known the scene involving Lena Headey's character Cersei Lannister was coming sooner than later in the hit HBO series "Game of Thrones.' Details have finally emerged about the filming of the scandalous episode, and it sounds like the scene will be even more intense than the version in the book.
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The scene in question comes from the novel “A Dance of Dragons” and involves a “walk of shame” for Cersei after trying to frame Margaery Tyrell for adultery. After being arrested, Cersei has her head shaved and is forced to make a penance walk -- in the nude -- from the Great Sept to the Red Keep.
Shooting the scene over four days was very expensive. TMZ’s sources say that it cost the producers $50,000 a day since over 200 security guards were hired to keep an eye on the set.
They also had to pay shop owners to close their doors for the days and even banned cell phones. People even signed confidentiality agreements that said anyone who spilled the beans on the scene would be sued for $250,000.
TMZ reports that only four crew members were actually on the scene to film the sequence.
And the shoot was almost scrapped because the local film commission in Dubrovnik wouldn't grant a filming permit because the Church of St. Nicholas didn't approve.
However, they amended their decision on the basis Lena didn't disrobe in the church, and a fake religious set was built instead.
Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, and will return for a fifth season in the spring of 2015.