Jon Snow is an all-Westerosi badass, but real-world Kit Harington is willing to throw down when necessary, too. For instance, the night before his Game of Thrones audition, he tells W magazine, he and the woman he was “sort of dating at the time” paid a late-night visit to Mickey D’s, but it was crowded, so they ended up joining another table.
But, Harington explains, one of the men in that group “quickly started being rude to the girl I was with, calling her names. We were like, ‘We’ll just finish our food, we don’t need trouble.’ Then he called her like an ‘ugly pig’ or something worse, and I got up and said: ‘No no no, you can’t call her that. Get up.’”
This was Harington’s first time trying to fight some rando, and, unfortunately, (boy, this sounds familiar) he vastly underestimated what he was up against:
Of course he’d been sat down the whole time. And he got up, and he just … kept … going. And I realized at that point that I had to throw the first punch, otherwise I’d look like a complete wimp.
In the end, the big guy won, but Harington perhaps got the biggest prize. “So then I went to the Jon Snow audition with a black eye,” Harington concedes, although he admits his wounds ended up being a net plus: “I think that man who punched me in the face may have helped me get the job, so if you’re watching, thank you.”