Stunt director Greg Powell was reportedly impressed by Neil’s action sequences in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, leading him to offer Mukesh a role in the HBO series.
“Greg has directed two sword-fighting sequences in PRDP for which I had to train for over a month in order to get the stance and wrist movements right. He seemed pretty impressed with all the hard work I put in and made the offer when we were shooting for the climax scene a few months ago,” Neil told the Mumbai Mirror.
Game of Thrones is wildly popular among both U.S. and international audiences. Adapted from the book series by George R.R. Martin, the series often features gory violence and strong nudity but Neil is up for the challenge.
“I have gone nude for Jail, so why not for this? I am okay with it if it’s required for my character. I am not intimidated by it as an actor,” he said.
Neil also mentioned he would be playing a royal. Could he be a Dothraki leader? A royal from Dorne or House Martell? Only time will tell.
Season six of Game of Thrones will premiere in the U.S. this spring.