One of the most popular TV show Game Of Thrones became controversial on social media after the first episode of the seventh season broadcasted. The controversy was all about the cameo appearance of Ed Sheeran in the episode. The show’s director Jeremy Podeswa defended Ed, saying he is a “lovely performer” who “deserved to be there”.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Jeremy Podeswa has said he is “a bit surprised that people have made that much fuss about it… he looks right in the show; he fits into the fabric of the show.” “If you didn’t know that he was a pop star or an entertainer of any kind, you would think he’s just one of the guys,” he said. “He’s been acting for a little while; he takes it very seriously.”
“He was appropriate for the part because he needed to sing,” Podeswa told NewsWeek. “If people didn’t know who Ed was, they wouldn’t have thought about it twice.
“The hoo-ha seems to be from things that are outside of the world of the show. In the world of the show, he did a lovely job, and he looks like he belongs in that world.”
“I think people interrogated it too much, they’re bringing so much of his [superstar] presence into the thing which is far beyond what anybody was thinking going into it,” the six-time Game of Thrones director added.
“He is known to the producers of the show and some of the cast, and he’s a gigantic fan of the show. As everybody knows, the show really eschews stunt casting—it’s never, ever done that.”
For Podeswa the negative reaction by the fans was quite a surprise.
Sources: theguardian, HowtoMash.