Daniel Portman, aka squire Podrick Payne on “Game of Thrones,” is revealing his #metoo moment.
The actor claims he’s been groped by several unruly fans who can’t “separate reality from fiction,” in an interview with Esquire.
“I’ve been grabbed by so many …” says Portman, whose character Pod is known for being a, shall we say, generous lover. “What can you do? You know? Obviously, tell them not to do it.”
In a scene from episode three of Season 3, Tyrion Lannister sends Pod a gift of three prostitutes, all of whom refuse payment because they enjoyed his company so much. Henceforth, he became known as “Sex God Pod” to many fans, who would go on to write essays speculating on his skills in the sack.
Apparently, this scene changed everything for the 27-year-old actor, who tells Esquire, “When you tell a 20-year-old actor, who’s sort of stumbled onto this big TV show, that all of a sudden you’re meant to be Casanova, people all over the world wonder whether or not it’s true. I would be lying if I said that that hadn’t been fun.”
But Portman says his fans’ quest to determine whether Pod’s prowess was inspired from real life got old pretty fast.
“In this day and age you’d think that people would be able to separate reality from fiction,” says Portman. “I don’t want to say it comes with the territory, but, you know, people are crazy about it. It’s certainly not cool.”
At the end of the day, though, Portman says he’d much rather have played Sex God Pod than some of the other characters — namely Theon Greyjoy.
“It’s really not a bad thing, to be tied to your character,” he says. “Some guy had his d–k cut off.”
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