Kit Harington Embraces Dirtbag Role in 'Blood For Dust'

Kit Harington unveils a dramatic shift in acting style.

by Nouman Rasool
Kit Harington Embraces Dirtbag Role in 'Blood For Dust'
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Kit Harington is ready to bid his heroic role of Jon Snow in "Game of Thrones" goodbye and say hello to a grittier one in neo-Western "Blood for Dust." In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he expressed his excitement for a very different role.

In "Blood for Dust," Harington steps into the shoes of Ricky, a complex character embroiled in the murky worlds of drugs and arms trading. Working for a cartel, Ricky is a far cry from the noble Snow, bringing a fresh challenge to Harington's acting career.

"I rarely get the opportunity to play the Rickys of this world, the antagonistic dirtbag types," Harington explained. His excitement is palpable, especially as he stars opposite actor Scoot McNairy, whom he regards highly.

Embracing Complex Roles

To embody Ricky authentically, Harington has adopted a mustache and mastered an American accent, signaling his commitment to diversifying his acting repertoire.

Despite his recent role as Black Knight in the Marvel film "Eternals," which faced some backlash, it appears unlikely that Harington will return to that character. Instead, he finds fulfillment in more complex, flawed characters, as seen in "Blood for Dust." Harington's shift away from quintessential hero roles is deliberate.

He admits a growing disinterest in playing straightforward heroes, preferring characters with a darker, more anti-heroic edge. "There seems to be some sort of pushback about playing a hero," he said. The challenges of portraying a morally upright character are significant, and Harington expresses admiration for actors who excel in such roles.

However, for him, the allure lies in exploring characters with morally ambiguous, even troubled personas. "Blood for Dust" promises to reveal a new side of Harington that audiences have yet to see. Theatrically, the film opens April 19th - a good window into the actor's developing craft and pursuit of roles that push back against the normative bounds of heroism.

Although this is a new project that expands the artistic landscape for Harrington, it also does so for the fans, giving them a chance to see their dearest actor from an entirely new angle.As Harington himself puts it, he is now "hunting a bit" for the complex and the unconventional in his roles, turning away from the archetype of the hero to embrace the beautifully flawed and fundamentally human.