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Now We Know Why Daario Naharis Left Game of Thrones


Or at least, we’re pretty sure we know. Ed Skrein, aka Daario 1.0, has landed a new gig. That of…The Transporter. 

When we heard about Skrein being recast in August of last year, we were fairly surprised. No reason was given at the time but it seemed like an odd choice to give up a role on such a popular series, if it was in fact his choice. Turns out, it probably was.

According to Variety, Skrein has signed on for the lead role in the next Transporter film in which he’ll play a younger version of Jason Statham’s character.

“We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin (the ‘Transporter’s’ leading role) with brio,” EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert told Variety.

Yeah, I guess if you have the chance to be a full-on action film star, it’s probably best you don’t say no. Of the plot, Variety says:

Lambert said the first installment of “Transporter” reboot will return to the French Riviera, site of the first pic. He said the writers have given more depth to the character of Frank Martin, whose job is to transport goods and ask no questions. For instance, the movie will explore Martin’s relationship with his father, whose role will be played by a prominent thesp.

Of course we’ve since found out actor Michiel Huisman would be taking over as Daario for the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Though, the first pictures of him in character left many fans confused about the drastic change in appearance they didn’t to go with for the role.

What do you think of Skrein’s decision, if indeed it was the one that led him to leave the HBO series? And do you think he’ll make a good Frank Martin?

(via /Film)

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  • SueThePirate

    Game of Thrones filming was done long before he ever even signed on for Transporter 4. He was filming “Northmen” last summer (not a big movie) when everyone else was working on GoT. Sounds like his people are trying to spin him getting the boot from the show as though he left willingly. But good for him for the new job. It’s a better fit.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Informative. I still can’t wrap my head around HBO’s recast choice, though.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Hmm, you heard he was fired then? Got a link? Also, no spin by his people, just me making a guess.

  • Talvrae

    He wasnt a good choice eighter… both casting they did for Daario are bad…

  • Anonymous

    I remember reading something about him wanting to concentrate on his music. I don’t know if he actually did that or not, but his music was pretty bad either way.

  • kbroxmysox

    Yeah, they aren’t related in the least. From what I hear it was either an acting thing(you know, the fact that he couldn’t) or a money thing.

  • kbroxmysox

    It definitely wasn’t the movie(since they’re done filming) so it’s either a firing or a quitting. He was a TERRIBLE actor, so my feeling is firing.

  • Eric Xin

    Maybe because the guy could actually look like a Daario? All they need is paint his beard goofy blue (or was it gold?)

  • Anonymous

    He was great on GOT and I was quite upset over the recast. I don’t like the new guy, but then again maybe by the end of the season my opinion will have changed. as for all f the negative reviews of his acting on the show, clearly he wasn’t bad or the directors would never had approved him for the show. Also, for those evaluating the acting of Ed and any other actors on the show, please don’t you sound like idiots. If you think your a better actor then any of the actors on the show, and no more then the actors approving the casting choice, then take your fat asses down to the GOT casting office and audition. Put your loud big mouths to good use and audition for a part, and lets see how far you get. Its easy to judge while sitting on a couch talking Shit.

  • Anonymous

    You didn’t read that bullshit and all your tired looking ass have to do is read is IMDB to see he wouldn’t have been able to tape GOT and the other shows he had lined up.

  • Anonymous

    And thank god your opinion is meaningless. The guy did a great job on the show, he was memorable, he looked good, and he was believable. I love hatters like you because you sound so stupid on the comment pages.

  • Joe Randolph

    i agree, i thought the other dude was miles better… and at least he had a unique look to him. the new guy has such a ‘common man’ feel about him, really odd choice imo. i couldn’t care less which one fits the description of the guy in the book better.

  • mark morgan

    why so sensitive? We get it, he is hot but he was not that good of an actor so lets not go overboard there.He did ok for my taste but his unique looks may play into that more than his acting.

  • Joe Randolph

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSqEX6ZJLHs
    just watched this again. think he did a fine job and insecure dudes just like to hate on the “hot guy” and then others just repeat it as dogma. He probably was very far off from the character in the book, and I can sympathize with that, but 98% of people don’t care about that. Felt the new guy was very boring, really can’t picture him saying those lines.

  • ThatSpeakerOfTruth

    Quite disappointed that there was a recast as well, but at least he plays the role quite decently from the little we’ve seen. As you said, the original actor was enigmatically different in his appearance and speech that it demanded attention in every scene he was in.

    Regardless, it’s not as if it will make a huge difference, so I’m not anything beyond mildly surprised and disapproving. I’ll enjoy his character either way.

  • kbroxmysox

    Before you call anyone stupid, make sure you know to spell ‘haters’….And that you don’t overreact about some minor comment, because it makes you sound a bit…off…

  • Natasha

    Seriously crying my eyes out here T.T
    Loved Ed as Daario. Thought he was a perfect cast. When I got the news that he would be replaced, I thought, ok, MAYBE it’ll work. But after watching the new guy and the totally FAILED chemistry between him and Dany, I WANT ED BACK!
    This guy looks NOTHING like Daario!!! I mean, sure Ed’s Daario was different from the book Daario, but the likeliness was still a lot better than Huisman’s is!

  • Anonymous

    So they recast an insanely good looking man with a mediocre looking man?

    WTF?

  • PickPocket

    Both casts are unsatisfactory but since HBO likes to butcher the original characters anyway,I’ll say Ed Skrein was a better fit.

  • PickPocket

    Both casts are unsatisfactory but since HBO likes to butcher the original characters anyway,I’ll say Ed Skrein was a better fit.

  • Won

    Just watched the first episode of the new season and he will be missed sorely!! Huisman just doesn’t bring the same charisma to the character. Nether dose he have the suave but dangerous vibe that Ed gave the role. He may grow on me but the love relationship fills empty as well.

  • Mawelch

    You got all of that from about 30 seconds of screen time?

  • Kerwin

    I felt that way also…and yes…I got that in 30 seconds of screen time…you either make an impression…or you don’t…the new guy didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    The New guy acts like is a pussy…not a warrior

  • mark morgan

    the thing that bothers me and if you look at other post I already said the first guy was ok but other than his unique looks he never stood out that much.Anyway don’t you think calling any man insecure because they don’t agree with you come off a little fan girlish? can the same be said about desperate women who loves any pretty face ? I mean 90% of the ones jumping to the defense of the first Dario are girls, does that mean a lot of women look at a pretty face before they look at the actual character or acting?.I’m not calling anyone names by the way, i’m just not understanding why some women get so upset because some dont agree that he was so great like they themselves thought….

  • kbroxmysox

    I stand by my opinion that people on the internet “be crazy”. I’ve never seen anyone react so strongly about a character who in totally had about six minutes of screen time. It’s like getting upset about Bryan Singer replacing the Kitty Pryde from X-2 with Ellen Page.

  • A Wild Garden

    He could easy convince as a God instead a humble character!

  • Urbanbuffy

    LOL…Men and women like looking at good looking people on TV and Film. They also love when good looking people can act. That’s why most actors look good. Get over yourself Mark Morgan.

  • Pik

    What exactly did you not like about Skein’s acting? He had presence, charisma, and a unique look and style to how he carried himself. The way he spoke too was excellent. The first time I saw that character I knew he meant business. This new actor, as someone said blow, just seems like a commoner they picked up along the road. He has a pretty standard British accent, a very average look, no charisma when delivering his lines and none of the gusto that Ed Skein’s version possessed. When he speaks to Denerius (spelling I know, cbf looking it up) he seems meek by comparison. Of course you’re entitled to your opinion, but I just don’t see any issues with Ed Skein’s acting, especially when compared to this new chap.

  • Won

    Film student man, I look at every detail. Like Kerwin said, You make an impression or you don’t. ESPECIALLY on a show of this cabler. He just didn’t sale Daario as well as Skrein.

  • Lieswood

    And that’s 2 Dutch people in GoT next to Carice van Houten! We will conquer the world eventually! ;-)

  • calciferboheme

    It’s odd how angry people are getting at the recast, especially the ones blaming the show. It appears to have been his choice, so what were the producers supposed to do? People say they could have killed off Daario, but he’s too important to the story to no longer exist. Yes, it sucks when roles have to be recast, but sometimes it is necessary. And occasionally it works out for the best. For example, Richard Harris was a good Dumbledore, and it was sad to lose him (especially since it wasn’t just him leaving). But Gambon nailed the role completely. In something a little closer to this situation, I think Cheadle is the better War Machine, though neither actor was really used to their full potantial.

    The new Daario doesn’t seem as good so far, but I’m more than willing to give him a chance.

  • Anonymous

    You’re right. I didn’t read that. I’m glad there’s anonymous people on the internet who can remind me of the things that I have and haven’t read.

  • GreenJellyBean
  • mark morgan

    lol…Urbanbuffy…it must be hard to understand what you read but you just proved my point without me going any further.

  • MJ C

    Um, I can’t imagine that HBO cast an important character without a contract? Hello? If they did, they are worse at this then I thought. LOL. All others are perfectly cast, I love the show, they just truly made a huge mistake on Daario. Ed was perfect.

  • kbroxmysox

    I didn’t think he ‘s got charisma and definitely not a unique style,. He mostly just smirked, his line delivery was stilted and he didn’t know how to ‘face act’, aka, act without saying any lines(like poor old Jorah did upon seeing Dany’s reaction to Daario being alive, that was FACE ACTING :p). He was a very wooden actor who I could very obviously tell was “ACTING!!!”, which takes you out the world. He reminds me a bit of Colton Haynes/Roy from Arrow, who I think is one of the WORST actors on TV(he seriously has three acting modes, angry-sad, angry-confused, angry-angry, and they’re all the same face save for a 1% difference)

    I’ve seen this new guy in other roles where he’s played the ‘devious charmer’ and he does okay, and I find him decent enough but I just found Skein’s acting not up to par when compared to Ian Glen or Emilia Clarke.

  • Keyser Soze

    Its probably because of all the mercury fumes hes been inhaling, him being a hatter and everything

  • calciferboheme

    They may have, but they may have also felt it not worth fighting when he wanted out. I could certainly understand wanting to find someone willing to be there for the long haul over someone that ready to leave.

  • Anonymous

    Since Transporter 4, per IMDb Pro, is in the earliest stages of pre-production, and GoT S4 clearly wrapped long ago, I don’t understand why Ed Skrein couldn’t have done both. So I guess my question is whether this is really the explanation for why we’re watching Michel Huisman now (verdict: sufficiently charming but just one more pale dude with dark hair in a universe that’s already overrun with that phenotype; DEFINITELY did not resonate well with the group I watch with, about 40% of whom did not know about the recasting before viewing the episode).

    That said, while Transporter 4, 5, and 6 are all supposedly in the making, and I assume Skrein was cast for all three, which probably paid far better than GoT, the box office take for Transporter 3 suggests that the franchise is dying, and the few “Transporter” fans I know don’t watch it for “Frank Martin;” they watch it for Jason Statham. I guess only time will tell whether, to quote the ancient Crusader from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” Skrein “chose poorly.”

  • Anonymous

    I watch with a group, about 40% of whom did not know about the recasting before viewing the episode, and if this had been a focus group, Michel Huisman would have been out on his ear, judging from the responses. The biggest complaint is that people just don’t like random character changes, but the second biggest is that Huisman wasn’t getting it done in terms of looks and swagger the way Ed Skrein was. He has a whole season to make the character his own, but Skrein made a surprisingly big impact in a short amount of screen time last season. Tough act to follow.

  • Lilith

    interesting enough when i first saw him i didnt think he was a pretty face at all. i really didnt like the way he looked. but he stood out. he looked different, hes behavior was different, he stood out from the rest of the male cast and i think its what was so interesting to people. you couldnt really put a finger on him, i dont know, he wasnt the king of acting but he brought something strange and different to the character and show… he brought some variety into the mix p.s. the fans did comment he was the first fair and long haired man who wasnt gay, and he was recast lol

  • Lilith

    true, if i saw him in a line up- i would never recognize him! i have no idea how he looks except that he has a beard and is dark haired. i didnt like the old actor much, but god damn it i remembered him!

  • Pik

    I just thought the smirky-ness was inherent to the character because
    he’s so sure of himself. I’ve never seen Ed Skein in anything else so
    for all I know that’s just how he is. Personally though, I felt it suited how the
    character was written. I certainly didn’t find him wooden. To be honest
    the guy didn’t really get to show any acting prowess as he was only in
    the show for a total of about twenty minutes of footage, if that. As for the new
    guy, there was nothing devious or charming about his short scene in the
    first episode of season 4 and he wasn’t charismatic either.
    For
    example the scene with the flowers demanded so much more cunning and
    slyness, but he just handed them to Emilia like they were dead fish. The
    bloke is supposed to be in love with her, or at least obsessed with her
    beauty. However, as with Ed, this was only a very short amount of
    screen time so there’s a good chance he’ll lift his game in the coming
    episodes. I really hope so because if he doesn’t I think they’ll be looking for
    ANOTHER replacement. Perhaps Arnold could play Daario :P…

  • kbroxmysox

    Okay don’t want to put book spoilers so if you have no read the books, you might not want to read forward….

    but Daario is NOT in love with Dany. Daario is in love with power. He doesn’t care about her beauty(it makes being around her more pleasant I’m sure), but Daario’s relationship with Dany is all about him and what he gets from it. It isn’t some great romance and he’s no great romantic. He’s a scumbag.

  • Anonymous

    AGree, not sure why they have now made him look like every other scraggly brunette guy on the show.

  • thomas bell

    totally agree

  • thomas bell

    awful film student

  • thomas bell

    as keanu reeves has demonstrated on numerous occasions, presence isn’t everything and certainly doesn’t trump the ability to actually act when every other actor around you excels at their own role. I just don’t think the people who enjoyed Ed Skrein’s performance actually appreciate emotion beyond sleazy grins and lines delivered with a wooden monotone. He seems mysterious because you have no idea what emotion the actor is attempting to produce. Authorship of a story is as much about the audience/reader as it is the actor/author/screenwriter/director’s deliverance. You read/see what you want to read/see. Your mind creates the emotion you want to perceive when the author or actor of a particular line doesn’t create it ambiguously enough. Sometimes this is a demonstration of effortless talent and sometimes it’s carelessness and if reactions are positive, then it’s just lucky that they fooled the audience/reader into experiencing the scene the way they did.

  • Won

    A real intellectual here ladies and gentlemen. He insults people for having a deference of opinion and then attempts to sound intelligent….. I Completely disagree with you. Are presence and acting not one in the same? You can have a very weak presence and never be noticed or a strong presence demanding attention the moment you walk in to a room. It is we who control our presence. As a director, would you want the actor who commands attention? Or the actor who is non existenant on screen?

    Nonverbal communication makes up 90% of our communication and this is one area that Ed excelled in. His “presence” and emotional content that he brought to the character was impressive since he’s first apperceive in season 3. It is this that quickly made him such a fan favorite. It is the mastery over Nonverbal communication that creates unforgettable performances and I was looking forward to seeing what else he was capable of.

    Your mind dose not just create what you want it to see/hear. There are many factors that manipulate and contribute to our interpretations. Kinesics or Body language, vocal tone, scene, time of day, music and sound effect etc. Each play their own role in our interpretation and Huisman lacked much of what brought life into Daario, so far! Not saying that he can’t grow on us as an audience but its a fact that some actors performances on characters are just down right more impressive.

    Prime example Andy Whitefield Spartacus performance. He was so believable, he brought so much emotion to the character that not only was I truly immersed but I became attached the character and his well-being. When Liam McIntrye took over, it just wasn’t the same, he brought a different presence to the role. Though he did grown on me and I enjoyed his performance, Whitefield and the entire production made Spatacus a hit. That is more than just sleazy grins and lines or our minds creating emotion we want to perceive.

    What else you have to consider is the chemistry between actors, which is EXTREMELY important. Ed and Emilia Clarke had stage chemistry that is hard to recreate and it can be seen once again in the first episode of season 4 when we see the new Daario, its just not there as it was before.

    I do apologies for the length but ignorance pushes my buttons. I could insult you back but you insult yourself enough as it. As a film makers I will aim to create work that stirs the emotion that I want to deliver, not leave it for the audiences mind to make up. If film creators did that, they would constantly risk their message being misinterpreted or down right confusing.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t like the first actor that portrayed Daario. I didn’t think he was attractive enough for Dany and he wasn’t that great on an actor, either.

  • Anonymous

    You’re the one who sounds stupid when you try to bash someone just because they have a difference of opinion than you. Grow up. There’s no place for that type of attitude in modern civilized society.

  • Anonymous

    People really think the original Daarion was hot? I just don’t see it. Every time he was on screen and talking or smirking, all I could think about were his teeth and how…unattractive they were to me. I don’t want to just focus on his looks, I didn’t think he was a good actor either. I just didn’t buy it that Dany would be attracted to a man like that.

  • Harry Palm

    I love hatters, too. If it weren’t for them, there’d be no hats.

  • Harry Palm

    From what I’ve read (granted, I didn’t read the most reliable sources and it was all second hand), they had to do a lot of editing to make that guy’s performance look good. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but that’s what people were saying.

  • Pokkuru

    I have no respect left for this actor if it was indeed his choice to leave GoT to be able to be casted in another role. If that is the case, then he clearly doesn’t feel like he owes his fans, and the fans of GoT, his continued portrayal of Daario Naharis, and is instead fully willing to hurt the show’s integrity, leave it, and let someone else play this role instead—which is utter bullshit, to be frank.

    I’ve had it with actors leaving GoT, as it has ruined the once strong integrity that GoT used to have. I’ll probably read the novels, instead, if I can ever muster enough interest for this literary piece again.

  • Pokkuru

    I fully agree with you. This particular recasting was the last straw for me. You’d think people in this industry would be a tad more respectful to their fans and the work they’re doing.

  • Mica Nkusi

    Ed Skrein was the man last season- had everything looks, charisma &chemistry. This new guy looks like a total wimp and i dont see any chemistry between him and Daenerys.

  • Mica Nkusi

    You are making assumptions- no proof that he was booted as opposed to him choosing to leave!

  • Anon Amos

    Man I miss the first Daario heaps

  • Genesis MaryRose

    Why are you attacking people, are you Ed Skrein?

  • Genesis MaryRose

    That’s just your opinion. The new actor is incredibly attractive compared to this Ed Skrein actor (in my Opinion) and looks more the part of Daario as well. It’s a matter of taste.

  • Genesis MaryRose

    Have you read the books? George R.R. Martin’s Daario has blue hair, blue eyes and a blue three pronged beard. Ed Skrein looked nothing like him, save for he blue eyes. The Huisman is charming as Daario, I think, but who knows until the season progresses.

  • thomas bell

    Ladies and gentlemen- oh wait no I don’t want to try and use a showman-style audience nod in conjunction with passive-aggressive sarcasm in order to win people over. That would just be petty right? I wasn’t insulting anyone for having diverse opinions. I was perhaps showing resentment towards the overbearing proclamation that someone issued about being a ‘film student’, implying they have a shrewder insight into the acting abilities of the cast members than most others. You had an opinion, and I had an opinion. Both are inherently subjective but I happened to bring up the notion of authorship, by which I meant that the audience has the free will and ability to interpret the performance as they want to or choose to. In doing this I acknowledged other people’s opinions and did not dismiss them or challenge them, merely offered an explanation as to how I believe acting talent and nonchalant and natural presence don’t always go hand in hand. ‘Presence’ can contribute to the illusion of a realistic and authentic performance. In the same way, this example of effortless presence, although successful in catching the eye, can appear to some as lacking in vigour and gusto. As a fan of the books, I was hoping for a more powerful and swashbuckling presence, not one that encouraged an apparent obscure sense of wonder and mystery, which I believed to be leaning towards bland and uninspiring.
    As for the distinction between presence and acting, I made my point by using Keanu Reeves as an example. He has presence with his likeable looks and sincere facial expressions, though as a package he falls flat as a convincing character. That’s the same feeling I felt when watching Mr. Skrein on screen.
    I’m not trying to sound intelligent, I only write to convey an opinion, and my choice of vocabulary is made based on concision and it helps me to get to the point. I apologise if you felt i was insulting you but I was taken aback by what seemed to be bragging about your ‘film student’ status.

  • Anonymous

    No more off then you STUPID!

  • thomas bell

    Strangely I agree with your observations about the Spartacus actors. But I got similar feelings of disappointment from Skrein as I did from Liam McIntyre, when I first saw him take over the role. Also, what I’m referring to is ‘Attribution Bias’, explained here- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribution_bias.

    I think you make the mistake of treating your opinions as fact rather than acknowledging that it’s just one interpretation. When you say things like ‘he just didn’t sell Daario as well as Skrein’, you fail to specify that this didn’t sell well to YOU. You talk as though this perspective should apply to everyone. You apologised for your response being too long because of ignorance pushing your buttons, and I duly apologise for insulting you, but your arrogance and self-styled shrewdness pushed mine. I use acting and psychological theories to back up my argument. You use the science of ‘I am perceptive’ to
    back up yours.

    The fact that you reeled off some of the things that contribute to our interpretations (vocal tone, lighting etc.) shows that you’ve sat through a lecture or read a textbook or two about the components of film production. you didn’t apply these to an argument, merely parroted a definition as though you were reading from a dictionary. As for the lighting, time of day, music and sound effects being contributory to our ultimate interpretations, this is well known, and like i said, a big part of the director and production crew’s work. As for the actor, he provides a bland vocal tone, and a generic smug grin and dashing twinkle in his eye that would make any naive loved-up girl go weak at the knees because of the irresistible charm. This is a first-glance reaction to me, but as the scenes progressed, it made me feel like I was being treated like a naive girl by a sleazy man who felt he could get into my pants by batting his eyelids. That’s why it felt cheap to me. Daario isn’t just the average charmer; he can seduce somebody as averse to coitus as Dany is and this is due to his unique personality. Forgive me for being picky, but this was not evident in Skrein. It was generic and Hugh Grant-esque.

  • kbroxmysox

    *than…

    I’ll let the irony of your statement and misuse of than/then weigh on you.

  • Anonymous

    Great choice for him. Every time that *&#^% shows up in DRAGONS Dany goes all Twilight. Dragons can’t possibly eat him fast enough.

  • prstewart

    His character in the books has a bit of that as well (intermittently… when it may benefit him).

  • prstewart

    And Daario in the books wasn’t a one layer character which is about all I got from Daario 1.0. He wasn’t all warrior all the time so I have a feeling the new guy may be more subtle, less obvious, but also may be able to pull off the depths of Daario.

  • Genesis MaryRose

    This is very true! Huisman is likeable but seems to be setting up for a more in depth portrayal than Skrein had. Though he was onscreen for very little so idk. It doesn’t matter now I don’t think they’d change Daario again anyways haha

  • DEADPOOL

    I thought he got fired because the actor is nothing at all like how the character is described in the book, because he had zero chemistry with Daenarys, and because he had a smug “punch me in the mouth” smile permanently plastered to his face.