Vikings’ Kevin Durand talks about his new character, Harbard

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History Channel’s epic hit Vikings is coming back with Season three premiering on February 19, 2015 . We got to participate in an interview conference with Kevin Durand, one of the newest cast members about his character Harbard and the new season ahead.

Durand on what makes Vikings different from other shows.

“Well, it being the type of period piece, it has all of this mysticism and it almost feels sometimes like it’s completely fantastical, kind of like Game of Thrones would be, but then this is all rooted in true beliefs. The Vikings had such grand beliefs about the world that they’re living in. It teaches you to kind of get behind the looking glass and see how they actually fought and how they lived in this pagan way of life. Ragnar especially, [since he’s] struggling with this newfound Christianity and struggling with his beliefs above [all]. I think it’s just a really interesting take, a really interesting angle on that time and these people. Michael Hirst has been such an incredible showrunner and creator of this show. He always has a history right there at his side. He’s not straying away from historical facts. These people all truly existed and it’s just a really amazing trip.”

Durand on his character, Harbard.

“Yes. You know, in our initial conversations we talked a lot about the characters. The influence that Rasputin has on these characters along with a couple of other that I can’t really mention because, as you know you if you have to watched the first three episodes and you’ve read about him. He’s a mysterious character and nobody at this point knows who he is. I can’t divulge who the other people are, but Rasputin was definitely a big influence in his creating this character and then me playing him.”

Durand on what episode to look out for.

“Well I have to say the fourth episode is probably the most impactful one. Harbard’s actions will pretty much change the course of action for all of the other characters in that episode and he leaves a pretty deep kind of a wound I guess – a deep mark. And I would say that that’s probably the one that probably has the most impact.”

Durand on his character’s dialogue and voice.

“You know, I’m really kind of experimental. That stuff I love – I love accents and voice, and I love what these characters are doing on the shows. So I think Harbard’s speech is very, very strongly influenced by Floki and Ragnar and at times he kind of veers off and becomes a little more Floki at times. Sometimes he sounds a little bit more like Ragnar. It’s kind of a part of who this fellow is which you’ll kind of find out in due time.”

Durand on pranks on the set.

[Laughing] “You know what? They didn’t get me because most of my work was with the girls so the guys didn’t get a chance to torture me. But the one thing that I did notice that I hadn’t really experienced before was this crew and this cast…they’re so tightly woven and so tightly knit and have such a great chemistry. It’s really like kind of being accepted into a family and it was just such a wonderful experience to be welcomed in and what a pleasure to work with such a great bunch of folks.”

Durand on hair and makeup.

Kevin Durand:“It’s amazing what they did. That’s not my regular beard, either. I can’t grow a beard like that in a hundred years so when they take the beard off at night and I kept those extensions. My huge braids, I felt like I was in Avatar or something, that I was going to plug it into some magic dragon and fly away. It was kind of incredible. Just an amazing group of artists over there.”

Durand on preparing for his role physically.

“I kind of live Viking-ready, to tell you the truth. Yes. It’s been part of my life. You know, out of the 365 days a year I’d say that I’m probably doing my Viking workout probably at least 320 of those days. [Laughing] It has more to do with my obsessive nature and just kind of always striving for good health.”

Durand on having tattoos for the show.

Kevin Durand: “Yes. I haven’t seen the episodes so I don’t know if you ever actually see them. I actually kind of added to some of my own tattoos and covered some of mine. They gave me some new ones. They’re gorgeous. They’re really interesting.”

Durand on whether he’ll have action scenes.

“At this point, no, but it doesn’t mean that we don’t feel that violence is a part of his nature as well which I guess you’ll see more often in episode four. No, I don’t take out an axe and go into the field and charge against a bunch of the English or the norsemen or anything like that. Not yet.”

Durand on the foreshadowing of his arrival.

“Yes. I mean those dreams were obviously foreshadowing my arrival. He’s a mystical character. He’s a healer. Where do these powers come from? Why does he seem to have kind of a hold over some of these characters? And as you’ll see in episode four, that mysticism I think plays into why he ends up being so impactful on many of the lives of the main characters. So yes, I really enjoyed that aspect of it and Michael does it so brilliantly. I’m so glad that I could help them tell that side of the story.”

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