Spoilers for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the critically acclaimed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and the ending of The Empire Strikes Back — you know, the part where Darth Vader tells Luke that he’s his father — lie ahead. Oops. That’s a spoiler, too.
We live in a spoiler-filled world. As a result, there’s a growing hyper-sensitivity to said spoilers. We realize that not everyone in our time-shifted, second-screen experience-filled entertainment bubbles watches TV or goes to the movie theater at the exact same time. So when is it OK to start actually talking about the subject out in the open?
According to some actors, any time they damn well please. Do you really think you can control what comes out of Ian McShane’s mouth? Nope. While Kit Harington was busy weaving his web of lies all over Hollywood, McShane was living his life and giving zero fucks about the consequences.
So without further ado, here are the actors who defy societal expectations and give a big middle finger to spoilers.
Game of Thrones is on lock-down this season. HBO reportedly decided to withhold advance episodes of the sixth season to press in an effort to avoid spoilers and potential leaks. However, if there’s one thing the mighty network can’t control, it’s actor Ian McShane.
The nature of McShane’s Game of Thrones character has been under wraps, except for that one time he basically confirmed a long-cherished book theory about the return of a fan-favorite character. “I can give you one hint: My character is an ex-warrior who’s become a peacenik… I bring back a much-loved character everybody thinks is dead,” he told BBC Breakfast. However, during a later visit to BBC Radio 5, McShane went all in, revealing the true nature of his character’s deeds.
“I have nursed a much-loved character back to life,” he said, before challenging his host to guess. When she pointed out that he could only be referring to the Hound or Jon Snow, he tried to pretend he wasn’t spilling: “It’s not the latter, it might be the former.”
The man gives zero fucks, and he’s our hero.
The other way to spoiler Game of Thrones, of course, is to tell the media that you’re not dead. While being interviewed on the Oscars red carpet, Sophie Turner strongly suggested Sansa Stark survives Season 6. She described going through the scripts for the upcoming season of the HBO hit and seeing “death, death, death” and then discovering, “OK, I’m good for this season.” WAY TO RUIN EVERYTHING, TURNER. The suspense is GONE. RUINED. What the hell are we supposed to do now?
Oh, Mads. MADS. Why, Mads? During an interview with Sky News in the U.K., the actor discussed his top-secret work in Rouge One: A Star Wars Story after his character was noticeably absent from the first trailer. Mere moments after saying that he couldn’t say much about the highly secretive film, the actor dropped this bombshell:
“I read the script and it was very beautiful. Felicity [Jones] is playing this lovely, strong woman. I play her… father.”
W.T.F. He eventually goes on to add he’s said too much, but the damage had already been done. Has someone got eyes on Mikkelsen right now? Because we’re not even sure if he’s still alive. Disney does not play.
In 1978, David Prowse, better known as Darth Vader (the body, not the voice), spoiled The Empire Strikes Back to a crowd in Berkeley, California — two whole years before the anticipated Star Wars sequel even hit theaters. Yep, he told a cheering crowd of hundreds that Darth Vader was Luke Skywalker’s father. “Father can’t kill son, son can’t kill father,” Prowse told the eager crowd of Star Wars fanatics, as reported in a local Bay Area paper.
Wow. Can you imagine if Daisy Ridley revealed Rey’s parentage in front of a small crowd of fans? It would go viral in seconds. Nice one, Prowse. Respect.
Now, in the year 2016, every detail of a movie is dissected before it’s even been released in theaters. There are teasers for teaser trailers. Promotion starts at conception — and no one knows that better than Sylvester Stallone.
Sly was so excited about the upcoming Rocky spinoff, Creed, that he took to Twitter to showcase the work-in-progress. “Where the screenwriting is done,” he captioned the photo, which accidentally revealed the final page of the script — and his own plot-specific, handwritten notes. Well, that’s one way to get people hype for your movie!
The tale of Tyler Nelson is as tragic as they come. You’d think that a relatively unknown actor with his first major Hollywood role would keep key plot points on the DL, but nope. Not Tyler Nelson. The actor, who scored a minuscule part as a dancing Russian soldier in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, was so excited to be a part of the newest Indiana Jones film that he literally couldn’t contain himself while being interviewed by his hometown newspaper, The Edmond Sun in Oklahoma. Despite his minimal script pages, the big-mouth extra managed to recall every single detail of information, including the crucial scene he WATCHED during filming.
“I saw Harrison Ford strapped in a chair being interrogated,” he told the paper. “I started to gather they were holding this big crystal-looking thing in the tent and heard someone mention a crucifix skull.”
In response, director Steven Spielberg’s spokesman ominously said, “Who knows whether that particular person will ever work in this town again?” In case you’re wondering, Nelson was cut from the final film. And no one’s ever heard from him since. (JK. I’m sure he’s doing fine in Oklahoma.)
George R.R. Martin
GRRM is not an actor, but he doesn’t give a fuck about spoilers, which means he goes on the list. In an interview with The Verge, GRRM rained fire upon spoiler-phobic A Song of Ice and Fire readers.
“This whole concept of spoilers is one that I’ve never gotten,” he said. “Yes, there’s a pleasure when you’re reading a book, or watching a television show — What will happen next? Who will win? Who will lose? But that is by no means the only reason to watch a movie or a television show. It’s not the only reason to read a book.”