How did all the prosthetics -- especially the ones around your mouth -- affect trying to do different languages, different dialects, even eating on set? Did you have to always use a straw?
Asbæk: [Laughs] You have to blend everything. I don't eat that much when I'm working, because I don't have an appetite. If I sit down and eat, I get tired. One of the things I've learned over the last 10 years is that you need to project so much energy when you're in front of a camera. So I eat a big meal before shooting, and a big meal after, but not during the day.
And I worked with a great, great dialect coach for four months -- I'm going to send her roses. I'm dyslexic; I can't spell, so we had to write everything down phonetically for the French and German. Even though I had German in school. So when I'm speaking French, it's just gibberish to me. I have no idea what it means. I mean, I have an idea, but you know, I'm faking it. I'm just happy I don't sound English. I always get that on Game of Thrones. People always go, "Oh, his accent, he sounds Danish," I'm like, "For fuck's sake, I am Danish. Wouldn't it be weird if I sounded Swedish?"
Your mom is French…
Asbæk: Yesterday, we had the premiere of the film in Denmark. First of all, I told my mom to bring earplugs, because it's going to be loud. And if she wanted to, she could leave. I gave her a seat where it wouldn't be embarrassing to get up in the middle and go. And she sat and saw all of it. And she's French. She's old school French. And she came up to me, and she said, "I liked the film. It's a very good film. I was very entertained. But my god, have I not raised you better?" And I was like, "What do you mean?" She said, "You're so good in the film, but your French accent is shit!" [Laughs]
I love your mom.
Asbæk: She's pretty cool.
Did you get to have as much fun doing Euron's scenes in the next and final GoT season?
Asbæk: I can say one thing. When I read all the scripts, I was blown away. I'm so happy and I'm so thankful. I'm so proud I got to be a part of something as big as Game of Thrones, and I think in so many ways, it will forever change my life. Even though I have a small role, but nevertheless a significant one. And hopefully in Season 8, I'll do enough monkey business to make an impact. He's a funny character. I honestly wish I had been able to come in earlier, and develop him much, much more than I was able to.
Maybe you'll get a prequel spin-off. What Euron's adventures were like before we met him on the show…
Asbæk: Dark and dirty! [Laughs]