Meet Ian Whyte: The Actor Who Has Played Four Different Characters on Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones is, of course, one of the biggest shows in television history. Over the course of its eight seasons (only seven of which we've seen), hundreds—if not thousands—of extremely talented actors have worked tirelessly during long shoots to bring the world of Westeros, and the characters you love, to life. While Ian Whyte may not be one of the show's leads, he's played an integral part of the cast since the series' earliest days—and holds the record for most characters played in Game of Thrones.

The 47-year-old Welsh actor and stuntman began his Game of Thrones gig playing a White Walker in the show's first two seasons and was one of three actors to play Ser Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. The Mountain, in season two. In season 3, he played an unnamed giant, then moved on to playing yet another giant—Wun Wun the Wildling—in season 5.

Whyte, who stands 7 feet 1 inch, didn't start out as an actor. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he began his career as a basketball player for the Newcastle Eagles. After retiring as an athlete, he turned to acting and stunt work as a career. He played a Predator in AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and had major roles in Clash of the Titans (2010) and Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012).

Given his popularity with Game of Thrones's team, we wouldn’t be surprised if we see him again in the new season—maybe even playing a record fifth character.

A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

J.K. Rowling Reveals How San Francisco Inspired Major Harry Potter Location

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Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

The award-winning play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is about to open at the Curran Theater in San Francisco. The two-part drama takes place 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and depicts Harry’s life as his son, Albus, is about to begin school at Hogwarts.

J.K. Rowling has pointed out that San Francisco had a deep influence on the original Harry Potter novels, SFGate reports. In the video below, Rowling talks about how Alcatraz, the infamous former prison, inspired her creation of Azkaban.

"[San Francisco] is a very distinctive, special place—I love the feel of it, I love the architecture,” Rowling said. “I've actually said this before, but Azkaban is a combination of Alcatraz and Abbadon, which is an old word for hell. I squeezed those words together. The idea of the rock in the middle of the ocean was directly inspired by a visit to Alcatraz."

With its mist and Gothic mood, it’s no wonder this slice of San Francisco inspired a big part of the Harry Potter world.

[h/t SFGate]

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