Apple TV+’s post-apocalyptic fantasy show See seems like Apple’s attempt to tap into the fandom of Game of Thrones (or, at least, the seasons up until the last two when everyone loved it.) Jason Momoa starred in both shows. His pick for a personal favorite? See. Here’s why.
“Nothing compares to Game of Thrones,” Momoa admitted. “To me, it’s one of the greatest shows of recent history. You know, this is [the] first season. There’s so many different worlds… this doesn’t really compare. But personally? This is better for me.”
As he explains, it’s because he gets to play a much bigger role here. That means showing a lot more range. “Drogo really doesn’t say much,” he said, describing his memorable Game of Thrones role. “He falls in love for a second, then he dies. A lot of people connected with that, it was a great role, but that series is its own realm. This is not that. It’s its own world and it’s beautiful.”
“I don’t like comparing the two, the only thing they have in common is I’m in both,” he continued. “But personally, I can do a lot of great… I get to talk, I get to speak English – it’s pretty fun. I get to smile and fall in love, and it lasts more than eight episodes. So I’m pretty excited.”
See will improve representation for blind actors
The interview also discussed the importance of representation when it comes to blind actors. Momoa said the show is at the “forefront” of pushing this mission.
See actress Marilee Talkington, who is legally blind, said that more representation for blind actors is “long overdue.” “Hopefully this will create opportunities for blind actors to come on board,” she said. “They need the training, they need the exposure. See is a place that if we stick and we do some seasons, certainly they will be coming more and more into the primary characters, so we’re sort of seeding the ground for that to happen.
Co-star Alfre Woodard said that there are more visually impaired or blind people working on See than, “there have ever been on a production.”
However, not all actors on the production were blind. This meant that they needed to carry out extensive training in order to be able to convincingly act on the show. “For a solid month all we did was do blindness training, not just the primary cast, but all the stunt people, all the background actors,” said Woodard. “We all had to learn the language of how to navigate the world without sight.”
“For a month [we had] all kinds of exercises: how to use how to use a stick, how to echolocate, how to use your other senses – smell, taste and touch,” she continued. “To figure your way around a room or a situation that normally you would depend on your eyes to do, and then we had to translate just the glimpse of that new language into how we incorporate it into our acting style.”
See Jason Momoa and others on Apple TV+
See will be among the first wave of shows on Apple TV+. The streaming service launches tomorrow, priced $4.99 per month. However, people who buy a new iPhone, iPad or Mac get a free year’s subscription as part of their purchase. Apple Music subscribers on the Student plan also get Apple TV+ bundled in.
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