Witcher actor Paul Bullion reveals why he refused to read the original book series before successfully getting the role of Lambert.
Before he was cast as Lambert The Witcher In Season 2, actor Paul Bullion avoided all original books of Netflix’s TV adaptation until he successfully got the role.
“I did not read the books until I got the role because I did not want to interfere in whatever I gave them in the audition room. It seemed because they remembered me back,” Bullion said in an interview with The Direct. When season 2’s production was kept very confidential in case of spoilers, Bullion relied on his acting instincts instead. “I had to guess a little bit who I was auditioning for, because everything was hidden,” the actor said.
When he was offered Lambert, Bullion finally dived into the fantasy franchise’s source material. So while reading Witcher book series, written by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and playing the popular video games, Bullion’s preparation eventually reset on his character’s insecurity and self-doubt. “I wanted to make sure I was not playing Lambert like an asshole for its sake. I made sure I grounded it in a sense of insecurity,” he added.
Bullion also clarified that his acting approach strived for an original portrayal of the distrustful Witcher by ignoring all previous portrayals. To explain Lambert’s cynical stubbornness, Bullion said, “I rooted him in normal human behavior in the sense that if anyone has been wronged by life, they have trust issues.” Furthermore, Bullion believed that Lambert’s nature can be traced back to his Witcher beginnings and said, “He’s good at it and he loves people around him, but he did not choose it. He has gone through these tracks, all of these really negative experiences. He’s kind. of like a veteran coming back from war. He has that mindset “I’ve seen some things you do not know half of it.”
During the filming, Bullion found particular inspiration from The Witcher‘s leading man, Henry Cavill, who describes him as a gentleman and a rewarding actor. He added further praise by pointing out Cavill’s passionate dedication to the series and constant support for his colleagues. As he remarked, “He was always there to get advice. He was always there to discuss details. He didn’t just want to show up and film, he wanted to be there to discuss the scenes in detail before. He really wanted to go over and filming. in addition to creating a camaraderie that was transferred to the screen. “
After expressing how much he loved playing Lambert, Bullion concluded by admitting that he hoped to stay in the series for a long time, promising: “I am committed to The Witcher there, as long as they want to use me. “
The Witcher‘s Season 2 is available for streaming on Netflix.
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Source: The Direct
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