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‘Game of Thrones’ star Carice van Houten remembers her late father, ‘The Taste Pope’

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(8 Oct 2019) CARICE VAN HOUTEN REMEMBERS HER LATE FATHER, ‘THE TASTE POPE’
Carice van Houten says nobody would have been more proud of her recent Emmy nomination than her late father.
“He was the reason that I wanted to do this job in the first place – because he raised me with silent cinema and he took me to like five-hour-long silent films from the 1920s – French films and Russian silent films and you take a five-year-old to a five-hour screening of a silent film? That’s ballsy,” the “Game of Thrones” star said in a recent interview.
Theodore van Houten died three years ago – before the Dutch actress’ son was born.
“But I guess he’s around and I can see my dad in my son. Mm hmm. Yeah. It’s sad,” she said. “”He was a film journalist and a musicologist and he basically knew everything about classical music and about silent films and he wrote books about that. But to the point – like extreme – how do you say that? He had extreme opinions about things. Like pop music sort of didn’t exist. There was The Beatles. And everything else was s***. You know, it stopped at The Beatles. And everything before was great. So we called him like the Taste Pope a little bit. He’s also said – like a lot of things in my life or films – ‘The film was s*** but you were great.'”
Van Houten played priestess Melisandre starting in the second season of “Thrones,” and got her Emmy nomination for her guest appearance in the final season. She stars next in the film “Instinct,” which is the Netherlands’ entry in the international film category for the U.S. Academy Awards.

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