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A Role To Kill For

GETHIN ANTHONY HAS GONE FROM BEING A BEHIND-CLOSED-DOORS HOMOSEXUAL IN GAME OF THRONES, TO ONE OF THE MOST INFAMOUS CHARACTERS OF THE 1960S. WE FIND OUT MORE

If anyone is right for the role of Charles Manson, it’s Gethin Anthony. Not that the former Game Of Thrones star has a dark, disturbed side — or if he does, he hid it well when we meet at the 2016 Monte Carlo TV Festival. But funny and friendly in person, Gethin also has the charisma and acting chops to play a man who beguiled both men and women, charming them into his bed as he amassed a cult following — members of which committed murder for him.

Now in its second season, Aquarius charts the build-up to the infamous 1969 Manson murders, which saw the slaying of seven people — including the actress Sharon Tate who was married to Roman Polanski at the time — not by Manson himself but by his so-called family of followers. Aged 81, he is serving nine life sentences after being convicted on related charges and having been denied parole 12 times.

It’s a dark, disturbing story about a complex character that Gethin, 32, plays brilliantly. And it’s a contrast to Renly Baratheon, his GoT character. There, the actor is proud to say, he was a happy homosexual in a loving relationship, albeit behind closed doors in the violent world of Westeros.

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