When it comes to the hit HBO fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, there is not much that they can actually do anymore that will actually shock us as viewers. Sure, there are things that they could do which will surprise us but, when it comes to actually shocking us, they have pretty much done anything and everything already, in their four seasons of the show.

Game of Thrones has become renowned for showing a lot of nudity in a lot of their episodes and it looks like we are in for plenty more when Game of Thronesseason five hits our television screens next year. One character that we are going to see in the nude is Cersei Lannister, played by Lena Headey, with the character being disempowered and forced to walk down the street naked.

There has been plenty of talk about the Lena Headey nude scene in Game of Thrones season five, including the amount of money it cost to shoot. It was revealed that it cost $200,000 to shoot the scene, which was shot over four days. The reason for this is because shooting the scene attracted a big crowd, requiring extra security, while they also needed extra crew members, plus the local businesses had to be paid to close down during shooting.

That is not all though. The scene was shot in Croatia and they were hoping to shoot Lena Headey walking naked out of the Church of St. Nicholas, which would act as Cersei Lannister coming out of The Great Sept of Baelor. However, the Croatian film board refused to let it happen, so they had to shoot the scene with the Church in the background, then build a set to act as the inside. It all soon adds up.

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The Game Of Thrones crew can breathe a sigh of relief as they finally managed to film season five’s pivotal scene, in which Cersei Lannister walks through the streets naked, in Croatia yesterday as Lena Headey was spotted in action and it looks as though it was an intense mission with hundreds of extras and crew members spotted filling the streets of Dubrovnik.

After weeks of anticipation and a ban from the church, Lena, who plays the evil queen regent, and the rest of the Game Of Thrones cast and crew were able to execute the much-awaited scene in which Cersei emerges from a church completely naked and walks through the streets of the city back to the King’s Landing castle.

In a couple of photos posted on fan sites, large groups of people can be seen surrounding a bright pink umbrella which many claim Lena is standing under in the nude although, of course, she’s not exactly visible with the crew going to great lengths to keep it all under wraps. Other shots which have emerged from the day of shooting, features tons of extras flooding the streets and directors giving instructions.

The controversial “walk of shame” scene in question almost didn’t happen as town officials initially refused the GoT team the rights to film at the St. Nicholas church, in accordance with guidelines over sexuality being associated with the church. However, they had a change of heart when they realised how much income and jobs filming the scene would create and that it did, judging by the huge amount of people involved.

Lena has been hard at work on season five and was spotted last week shooting scenes with Callum Wharry who plays her youngest son and the new king, Tommen, and it looks as though tensions are heightened between the pair as they appeared to be having an argument, hinting it won’t exactly be a happy time for the Lannisters with her father, Tywin, now dead and her brother, Tyrion, on the run after killing him.

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Game Of Thrones stars Leda Headey and Natalie Dormer have joined global children’s charity PlanUK in their “Because I Am A Girl” campaign to stop violence against young girls.

According to PlanUK:

Face Up is part of the Because I Am A Girl campaign. It is running alongside our projects in some of the world’s poorest countries to end FGM and child marriage in a generation.

“At the Girl Summit in June this year, the UK government declared its commitment to ending child marriage and FGM in a generation. Adding your face to our campaign will show the public is right behind this pledge – and ensure politicians continue to prioritise this vital work.”

The campaign is to eradicate such atrocities as forced child marriage, female genital mutilation, and sexual assault. Though Game Of Thrones (mercifully) eschews the middle of those three, it’s a show that certainly delves into the first and third.

If you’re interested in learning more about the campaign yourself, check out their website here.

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Lena has started shooting for Season 5 already in Croatia and she was pictures on set with Dean-Charles Chapman.


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Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and Game Of Thrones‘ Charles Dance and Lena Headey have joined the cast. The film stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcoate, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, and Suki Waterhouse.

Screen Gems seems a strong match for this literary mash-up that begins with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th-century England, and is complicated by a full-on outbreak of zombies. That plot embellishment escaped Austen but was added by Seth Grahame-Smith, and it probably would have propelled me to actually finish Austen’s book had she thought of it in the first place. Latest script is by Steers.

The picture has been put together by Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity and Lauren Selig. Along with the Screen Gems deal, they’ve sold Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and Iceland to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sierra/Affinity is selling other international territories.

The film is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm and Sue Baden Powell. CAA packaged this one and brokered the deal.

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Seven years after she played Queen Gorgo in Zack Snyder’s 300, Lena Headey returns to the role in sequel 300: Rise Of An Empire.

Also starring Eva Green as the formidable Artemisia, plus Sullivan Stapleton as her adversary Themistocles, 300: ROAE transfers the action to the ocean for a series of stunning sea scraps.

We caught up with Headey to find out what it was like to return to the crazy world of 300…

How is it to return to the role of Queen Gorgo after seven years?
It was very nice to return. She’s slightly older. This time she holds a sword and has a different story.

Zack said this time your mandate was to fight…
Yeah, I was, like “Give me a fight. Come on.” You know, because the last movie I sat around while the boys did it all. And I’m a tomboy, so I was slightly jealous.

It’s like if someone came in the room in a ball gown I’d be, like, “Eh, it’s pretty.” [shrugs] And then if someone was, like, “I’m doing a big fight.” I’d be like, “I want to do that.” So I did a little one.

How was it to play off the first movie, to get into the script that that Kurt [Johnstad] and Zack [Snyder] crafted – that sets up this parallel storyline. It’s not really a sequel, it’s taking place around the same time.
It’s slicing it in a different way and it was kind of interesting for me because you didn’t really see the result of Gorgo losing Leonidas. In the original you have the moment where David Wenham’s character comes back and she finds out.

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