Nicholas Galitzine Reveals He Truly Suffered For His Art While Filming Mary & George

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Nicholas Galitzine had a very rough go of it while filming the Starz limited series Mary & George.

Galitzine plays George, the son of Mary Villiers (Julianne Moore), who encourages George to seduce King James I (Tony Curran) and become his “all-powerful lover.” On the first day of shooting dance and fight scenes, Galitzine ended up breaking his ankle.

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Nicholas Galitzine attends as Vanity Fair and Instagram Celebrate Vanities: A Night for Young Hollywood at Bar Marmont on March 06, 2024 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

“There were these heeled shoes that you see characters wearing a lot,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “These stately homes have very slippery floors. While filming the scene in the first episode where I run and tackle this serving boy, my ankle slipped [and twisted] a full 90 degrees inward. I fractured my ankle and had to continue doing stunts the next couple days and then was dancing on it.”

Despite the injury, he carried on filming, concealing the splint on his ankle with riding boots.

“I was basically on set every single day of this six month shoot,” he explained. “Learning the dancing I had to do with a broken ankle. I was literally filming a dance sequence, like, three days after I broke my ankle, which is really difficult considering I’m actually not a dancer by trade either.”

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Nicholas Galitzine arrives at the GQ Men of the Year Party 2023 at Bar Marmont on November 16, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for GQ)

If one injury in one day wasn't enough, something else also happened that day. “One of my costars, in trying to hold me down, slammed my head into a table. So, I had a black eye and a broken ankle,” he said. “Tony [Curran] head-butted me at one point. He also cut my chin open with one of his rings. I really went through the wars on this production.”

The Red, White, and Royal Blue actor took it all in stride. “I’m so pleased with the final result,” he said. “None of it, obviously, was purposeful, and it mirrored the epic-ness of the journey that I went through over the show, both as Nick and as George.”


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