‘Game of Thrones’ star Aidan Gillen, who played Petyr Baelish in the hit HBO TV show, talks about portraying the role of Dr. Hynek for History Channel’s UFO drama ‘Project Blue Book.’
The 50-year-old Irish artist, who featured as the master schemer in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” from 2011 until the point that 2017 is prepared for a change.
Gillen talked about his role in Game Of Thrones and how it has impacted his life.
“It was brilliant to be part of ‘Game of Thrones’ for the amount of time I was, which was seven seasons,” said Gillen. “But it’s also nice to be done with that, walk away and find a new suit to put on. For me anyway, it’s always what’s happening right now. That’s the exciting thing. And that’s always what I’m doing. And everything else takes place in the background.”
Gillen is as of now featuring in another interesting series on the History Channel titled “Project Blue Book.”
The show, which based on a genuine story, investigates U.S. Flying corps supported investigations concerning UFO-related sightings from 1947-70. Gillen plays Dr. Allen Hynek, an astrophysicist who fills in as an advisor to the Air Force project where he investigates the reports on UFOs.
Hynek is credited with coining the term “close encounters of the third kind” to describe contact with outsiders from space. He later became a technical consultant to the 1977 Steven Spielberg film that had a similar title.
Gillen said he was interested about the role from the first moment he came to know about it.
“I’ve been kind of fascinated with this subject since an early age,” he explained. “So, to be able to drop into the life of the actual guy who inspired Spielberg to make one of my favorite films, the first film I ever went to see on my own in the cinema, ‘Close Encounters of a Third Kind,’ was a no-brainer.”
The real Hynek passed away in 1986 at age 75 of a brain tumor. In any case, Gillen shared his children were supportive of the show and filled in as consultants.
“For my own part, I guess there is quite a lot of material there,” said Gillen. “Hynek had written books and a lot of onscreen stuff that was available to watch. Of course, I read all that I could find and glean from that.”
“But we also were lucky enough to be able to have some access to the Hynek family, in particular, Paul and Joel, two of his sons, who would share more personal insights and little things like family photographs, which weren’t little to me.”
“It was really great to have them involved. My big thing was I just wanted to know what kind of a person he was outside of the public eye, off-camera — as a family man. Because I reckoned that was what it was all rooted in.”