Actress Rebecca Van Cleave finally breaks silence about her bold 3 day performance for the Game of Thrones.
Every Game of Thrones fan was glued to the screen to watch the finale of Season 5 and the most shocking moment was obviously the assassination of John Snow. However the most disturbing moment came long before the credits rolled and that was Cersei Lannister’s nude walk of shame.
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Yes the Queen Mother was forced to walk naked through all of Kings Landing. Cersei Lannister was forced by the High Sparrow and his religious cult to atone for her sins of adultery and incest and so had to walk naked in the city in front of an angry mob. The mob threw food, sewage and other liquids on her and by the time she arrived to the Red Keep she had been covered in filth and was bleeding from her feet and head.
However the shocking part about the walk is that it wasn’t performed nude by Lena Headey but by a double. Now we will introduce you to actress Rebecca Van Cleave who worked closely with Lena during the first three days it took to shoot the now infamous naked walk of shame.
According to the actress she performed the scene completely naked while Lena wore a beige shift during filming. Later CGI was used to combine the two shots putting Lena’s face on Van Cleave’s body.
Van Cleave in an interview to EW stated that this shot was one of the scariest and most wonderful experiences she could have imagined. She explained that she could never even imagine being in Dubrovnik surrounded by hundreds of extras and crew members throwing food at her.
Now many people want to know that why did Lena refused to do the walk of shame naked and the foremost reason is that she was pregnant at the time. Apart from being pregnant Lena also wanted to focus on the emotions in the scene rather than her nude body. Lena even opted to remain out of the casting process and in an interview stated that she doesn’t do casting and is anyone is brave enough to do such a scene she will applaud it.
The shot is a six minute long scene and while filming it Lena walked Van Cleave through each shot in order to explain to her all the emotions that Cersei Lannister was feeling. Van Cleave praised Lena and stated that she was so good about walking beside her and explaining to her al the emotions that Cersei was feeling.
Moreover Van Cleave also revealed that some parts of the shooting were difficult. She stated that the moments when things were being thrown at her wasn’t good and that she could also start to feel what Cersei would have felt which took her into the character.
When Van Cleave was asked what she had felt when she saw the scene in the finale she explained that it was very emotional. According to her this has been the hardest thing that she has ever done but it has also been the best experience of her life.
Van Cleave even disagreed with Lena’s critics who were quite critical of Lena for using a body double. Van Cleave stated that she doesn’t agree with anyone who says that having a body double detracts from the scene and Lena has put her heart and soul into the scene. All people should be worried about is the final product which was just amazing.