Re: "Couldn't even hold a lance", Finn Jones actually trained with a genuine lance as part of his riding training, as they wanted him to be able to carry it convincingly. He also jousted, apparently, at least against some sort of quintain-type thing. He can hold and use one just fine, folks.
I laughed when someone elsewhere suggested that Loras should have been more like Nicholas Clay, who played Lancelot in Excalibur
, right after complaining about Loras's build... Obviously, someone ain't remembering Clay's nude scene very well. Guy was not buff. Great actor for the part, though.GRRM on homosexual characters
Renly is “gay in the books, too,” says George R.R. Martin, the author of the bestselling novels. But online chatter suggests that not every reader picked that fact up.
“I never meant to make it a mystery,” Martin says. “I like to handle things subtly. I couldn’t ever actually say, ‘such-and-such is gay,’ because, as I’m sure you know, the word wasn’t invented until the 60s. And I’m talking medieval times, and I’m not going to say, ‘so-and-so is gay.’ But I thought it was pretty clear in context.”
As to "lots of money" for full creative control to D&D, that's the only way this would be made a series. As it is, their changes to Renly have their reasons -- clearer delineation of characters, plus a genuine questioning of Westeros's onerous cultural machismo. I would have loved to see the Renly that loved chivalry and pagentary, rode in the joust, etc., but given how little jousting was shown anyways for budgetary and time reasons, I suppose it's not really much of a loss.
Edited by Ran, 17 May 2011 - 04:46 AM.