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The head-turning Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie is a towering 6ft 3in tall and admits she often felt she couldn’t relate to women on the big screen because of her Amazonian frame, but is now relishing the opportunity to play a tough, fierce warrior in the medieval fantasy drama.

She said: “It’s really vitally important to me the way women are portrayed. As someone who has always felt at times pretty genderless because of my size, it interests me to challenge ideas of prejudice and femininity, and what it is to be a woman.”

The towering actress reveals that she had numerous setbacks in her career before landing a prized role as Brienne of Tarth in the hit show, adding: “I found it so frustrating, particularly at the beginning, because I would be told, ‘Sorry love, you’re too tall.’ At one stage I was like, ‘I’ll give this another six months and if this persists, ‘I’ll become a nun.’ “

For her role as warrior Brienne, Gwendoline trained how to fight with swords and ride horses and says it’s “empowering” to know she can “break a man’s nose with my elbow.”

"I do all my own stunts and come away with bruises and scratches. After one scene I was absolutely covered in bruises all down one leg and up one arm. But it’s worth it. It’s quite fun. I enjoy knocking around with the boys."

I cannot get enough of this woman. She deserves all the awards.

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62 Things the Avengers are Not Allowed to Do.

  • 1. Tony is not allowed to replace the entire contents of the cafeteria with pop-tarts just because Thor has declared it the ‘food of the gods.’
  • 2. Natasha is not allowed to interrogate new S.H.I.E.L.D. employees and dispose of the ones she deems unworthy.
  • 3. Clint is not allowed to continue insisting that is the final step of the interview process to terrified new hires.
  • 4. Tony is not allowed to broadcast sing-along songs into the Hulk-cage, no matter amusing he finds teaching Hulk “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around”
  • 5. Clint is not allowed to put the security feed of the Hulk’s Teddy Bear dance on Youtube.
  • 6. Bruce is not allowed to hack into personnel files to look up blackmail material on Director Fury.
  • 7. Tony is not allowed to insist that he’s already done so and that Fury’s middle name is Rainbow Sprinkles…. Because it isn’t.
  • 8. Thor is not allowed to be naked at Headquarters. Ever.
  • 9. Steve is not allowed to address any female S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as ‘little lady,’ ‘broad,’ or ‘dame.’ It only ends in getting slapped.
  • 10. Agent Coulson’s name isn’t “Mom.”
  • 11. Director Fury should never again be addressed as “Dad”
  • 12. Agent Hill is not the Avenger’s wicked stepmother.
  • 13. Clint is not allowed to lurk in the shadowy rafters spying on people, unless specifically instructed to do so for an official S.H.I.E.L.D. sanctioned mission.
  • 14. ‘Operation Irritate the Fuck Out of Nick Fury’ is not an official mission, no matter what Tony or Natasha say to the contrary.
  • 15. Debriefings should not be preceded by tequila shots.
  • 16. Debriefings should not be followed by tequila shots.
  • 17. There are to be no shots of any kind during debriefings.
  • 18. Thor and Hulk will wait to fight until after the battle is over.
  • 19. Tony Stark is not God’s gift to women.
  • 20. The Avengers do not need matching uniforms.
  • 21. Tony and Bruce are not allowed to have a contest to see who can make a bigger “boom” in the lab.
  • 22. Thor is not allowed to join in and make the biggest boom with his hammer.
  • 23. The Avengers will not be celebrating Steve’s 94th birthday.
  • 24. The laboratory is not Tony and Bruce’s ‘Super Secret Genius Clubhouse.’ They are not allowed to bar entry to employees based on IQ test results.
  • 25. The Avengers are not making a promotional pin-up calendar. Or a sex tape.
  • 26. Iron Man is not making a promotional pin-up calendar. Or a sex tape.
  • 27. Tony Stark is not making a promotional pin-up calendar. Or a sex tape.
  • 28. Thor is not allowed to ‘bring down the wrath of Odinson’ on the person who ate the last package of pop-tarts.
  • 29. Pants are not optional at team meetings.
  • 30. ‘Pepper said it was okay’ is not a good enough reason to defy a director order from command.
  • 31. The words “What’s the worst that could happen?” are never to be uttered on a mission ever again.
  • 32. MC Hammer did not write Thor a theme song.
  • 33. Gumby is not the love child of Bruce Banner and Reed Richards.
  • 34. Natasha and Clint are not allowed to impersonate members of the clergy ever again. Ever.
  • 35. Blasting ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ at top volume into Bruce’s room on loop overnight is not an effective way to suppress the Hulk.
  • 36. Hawkeye is not sitting in the rafters waiting to pick off people playing Galaga on their computer during work hours.
  • 37. Tony is not allowed to bribe Natasha and Clint to physically, emotionally or psychologically torture General Ross for being ‘a great big douchebucket’ and ‘being mean to Brucie-kins.’
  • 38. Steve is ‘Captain America’ not ‘Captain New York and those 49 other, lesser states.’
  • 39. ‘Hulk SMASH!’ is not an effective diplomatic policy.
  • 40. Tony is not allowed to buy the Dodgers and move them back to Brooklyn to apologize for lighting Steve’s hair on fire.
  • 41. The phrase ‘Trust me, I’m a doctor’ never leads anywhere good.
  • 42. It is not funny to dare Bruce to drink three quarts of green food coloring before a urine test.
  • 43. Steve is not to be introduced as ‘Captain Tightpants’ or ‘The All-American Virgin.’
  • 44. The Avengers do not ‘charge into battle, naked like the Celts.’ Except for The Hulk. Sometimes.
  • 45. Natasha’s glare is not in fact fatal. Tony is not allowed to continue implying that it is.
  • 46. Tony is not allowed to convince Bruce to help him make death ray goggles so that it will be.
  • 47. The Avengers are not allowed to overthrow the American government, just because they didn’t like the results from the last election.
  • 48. The Avengers are not allowed to overthrow any government, without checking in with S.H.I.E.L.D. first.
  • 49. Clint is not allowed to sell Thor any ‘magic beans.’
  • 50. Natasha and Clint are not allowed to try to sell Tony to another planet, even if they are promised really cool new weapons in exchange.
  • 51. Tony and Bruce are not allowed to go to any science conferences without a chaperone.
  • 52. A robot Tony built does not count as a chaperone.
  • 53. Nikola Tesla is not a vampire being held in the bowels of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters.
  • 54. Tony and Bruce are not allowed to go searching for him in the name of Science!
  • 55. Clint’s super-power is not ‘being super-annoying.’
  • 56. The following words and phrases are never to be uttered over communication devices during an active mission ever again: “Exploring sexuality,” “Necrophilia,” “It’s getting hot in herr, so take off all your clothes,” “I hate everyone on this mission and I wish they’d die in a fire,” “Nick Fury can go suck on a big bag of sausages,” references to Bruce’s giant stash of weed, mention of anyone’s erection, or “Shawarma.”
  • 57. If it makes Tony giggle for more than 30 seconds, it isn’t allowed.
  • 58. If it makes Natasha crack a smile, it’s probably illegal.
  • 59. Thor taking Jane to see Asgard does not count as an alien abduction. Clint should stop referring to it as such.
  • 60. Just because Bruce agreed to work in Tony’s lab, does not mean he needs to get a “Property of Stark Industries” tattoo.
  • 61. Tony is not allowed to design a robot to draw said tattoo on Bruce when he falls asleep in the lab.
  • 62. Post-mission reports to Director Fury should not start out ‘So let me explain…’
adi-who-is-also-mou
During recent long train journeys to Cardiff I found myself sharing a carriage with my esteemed colleague, Mr Steven Moffat, Our conversation, which had roamed in a spasmodic, desultory fashion from British Rail sandwiches to the causes of the change in the obliquity of the ecliptic came round at last to the question of Sherlock Holmes. Oh, the joy of finding a fellow addict! We indulged in happy hours discussing the minutiae of the canon until we began to realise that we had independently come to the same conclusions. The immortality of Sherlock Holmes lies not in the trappings, nor even in the stories but in the characters themselves. We began to reminisce about the Rathbone films. Oh ‘The Pearl of Death’! And what about ‘The Scarlet Claw’! And ‘Spider Woman’! How glorious was ‘Spider Woman’! Suddenly I saw these films for what they are. Wonderful. And far preferable to careful but dry-as-dust recreations of the original stories.
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Through a fug of tobacco we began to discuss the question: could Holmes be brought alive for a whole new generation? A young army doctor, wounded in Afghanistan finds himself alone and friendless in London. Short of cash, he bumps into an old medical acquaintance who tells him he knows of someone looking for a flat-mate. This bloke’s alright but a little odd. And so Dr John Watson- wounded in the taking of Khabul from the Taliban meets Sherlock Holmes, a geeky, nervous young man rather too fond of drugs who’s amassed a lot of out-of-the-way knowledge on his laptop… It’s only a thought. A beginning. But it’s got us both very excited. If my young self- who dreamed of silver-topped canes and monkey glands and vitriol throwing- could hear me now he would thrill with horror. But to prove Holmes immortal it’s essential he’s not preserved in Victorian aspic but allowed to live again!
Mark Gatiss presenting the embryonic form of ‘Sherlock' to the Sherlock Holmes Society of London in 2006 [x] (via enigmaticpenguinofdeath)