Indian viewers of House of the Dragon have said that King Viserys, played by Paddy Considine, appears to be a lookalike of Akshay Kumar. The actor himself also reacted to this discovery.
Akshay Kumar in House of the Dragon? Take a look at King Viserys Targaryen
House of the Dragon, a spinoff/prequel series of Game of Thrones, began streaming this Sunday. As expected, the pilot episode registered a large viewership, and Indian fans of the franchise also streamed it on Disney+ Hotstar. The desi fans also found an interesting Bollywood connection in the episode.
Many viewers are convinced that King Viserys Targaryen, played by Paddy Considine, strongly resembles Akshay Kumar. Several fans took to Twitter and other social media platforms to share stills of King Viserys from the show and compared him to Akshay Kumar. Even the actor himself reacted to the comparisons.
A Twitter user wrote alongside a picture of Paddy as King Viserys, “Who’s this Akshay Kumar looking Viserys Targaryen in HotD ffs.” Another tweeted with more pictures, “Akshay Kumar in & as King Viserys Targaryen in #HouseoftheDragon.” A third one wrote, “I bet I was not the only one who thinks Viserys I looks like Akshay Kumar.” A Twitter user shared two stills from the pilot episode, and wrote, “I didn’t know that Akshay Kumar doing the role of Prince Viserys Targaryen in #HouseoftheDragon.” Akshay himself also liked the post from his Twitter handle.
House of the Dragon is set close to 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of a time when the Targaryen dynasty ruled Westeros. The first episode opens during the reign of King Viserys, whose queen Aemma Arryn, played by Sian Brooke, is expecting a child.
The series is based on George RR Martin’s Fire & Blood– a companion book to the author’s A Song of Ice & Fire series, on which Game of Thrones was based. It will follow the famous Dance of the Dragons civil war in the Targaryen dynasty.