Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who we all know as Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones, covers June’s issue of Men’s Fitness. We may not remember it, seeing as the show has been so stingy having Nikolaj show any skin at all this season, but the guy has a great body beneath all that medieval garb, making him a perfect specimen for the fitness magazine.
The vast majority reads more like an ode to Game of Thrones than it does a highlight of Nikolaj’s workout routine, but it’s still an interesting enough read. Nikolaj, despite his huge role on the show, and the fact that he will forever retain cult icon status at fantasy conventions in the future, seems very opposed to reveling in the idea that he is, in fact, a celebrity.
What I have now is about the show and not about me. I’ve been working in this business for 20 years, and I’m very grateful for what I have, but it’s going to end sooner or later. Should I fall into a depression because I’m not going to have that kind of attention someday? I can’t allow that because it’s just stupid.
He also speaks about how uncomfortable he feels doing nude scenes – though he really hasn’t done any in a while, so…
Being butt naked is horrible because, well, you’re butt naked. As a guy, you have to wear things to cover your privates, and you feel like such an idiot because it looks stupid. And sex scenes when you’re completely naked? Oh, my god, it’s so uncomfortable. It’s just embarrassing on every level imaginable. I can’t ever look at the actress in the eyes again.
He’s funny, I definitely give him that. And quite charming. He speaks about how he never really blows a lot of money like other celebrities do, because the notion just seems ridiculous to him. I’d also quite forgotten that he will be starring in God’s of Egypt along Gerard Butler next year, but he speaks about getting in shape for that role and, lemme tell you, that movie had better make all kinds of money at the box office to be worth all that work.
The issue is out now. More pictures here after the jump