Lambert has no qualms putting Ciri through her paces (Picture: SNHFOTO Photography/Netflix)
The Witcher star Paul Bullion has recalled the playful, ‘competitive’ bond he had with his co-star Freya Allan while filming season 2, while also opening up about how he feels regarding the comparisons that fans make between the show and the video games.
Just like his brothers and his mentor Vesemir (Kim Bodnia), Lambert is an accomplished fighter, in addition to having a wry sense of humour that he uses to tease Princess Ciri (Freya) when she begins her training at their home, Kaer Morhen.
Ahead of the release of the second season, Paul spoke to Metro.co.uk about the fun he and his cast mates had on set, particularly with Freya, explaining that they have ‘quite a competitive relationship’.
‘She made a passing comment about how much she loved sour sweets, and I also love sour sweets. So I went online and I found the most sour sweets I could find and I brought them to set the next day, and we had a sour sweet eating competition,’ he recollected.
While Freya ended up winning the contest, she wound up turning up on set with a ‘blue tongue’, Paul said, as he remarked that he ‘wasn’t very popular that day’.
Paul forged a strong bond with his co-stars on set (Picture: Netflix)
The blue tongue might have sparked trouble, but Paul noted that those sorts of fun activities helped translate their off-screen connection on screen, because it would help to ‘keep the mood light’.
The Peaky Blinders star also has a mischievous relationship with fellow Witcher actor Yasen Atour, who plays Coën, explaining that his co-star dubbed him ‘Lambchop’ when they first met in 2019 while having their lenses fitted, a nickname that has remained ever since.
While Yasen also got in on the fun of the sour sweet competition, he was ‘really not good’, Paul remembered, while Freya’s ‘cheeks were bulging’.
The actors’ chemistry certainly did translate in the show, providing a fascinating insight into the life Geralt led growing up in Kaer Morhen as a child, transformed into a monster hunter surrounded by his peers.
Paul has great admiration for the ‘passion’ of the fans (Picture: SNHFOTO Photography)
Before the Netflix series launched, The Witcher already had a huge fanbase, as it’s based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which also inspired the incredibly popular video games.
Paul’s Lambert looks markedly different to the character in the video games, what with the missing facial scar and having a different colour of hair.
Addressing the fans who might have pointed out the differences, the actor said that he ‘loves the passion of the fanbase’, stressing that ‘100% everybody’s opinion is as valid as the next person’s’.
‘I’m not here to do an impersonation, I’m doing an interpretation,’ he said.
The witchers get into beast mode (Picture: Netflix)
‘There is no – as far as I’m aware, from what I remember reading the book – there is no real description of what Lambert looks like.’
While the actor’s long locks weren’t originally a part of his character’s appearance, when his hair grew during Covid, they decided to keep it as it is, as he added cryptically: ‘And now it looks like I’m stuck with it for a while’.
He acknowledged that considering the popularity of the game, it’d be ‘unbelievable’ if there were no comparisons.
‘But that shows that people care,’ he said.
‘It’s different if they were being personal, but they’re just saying: “I love this character in the game.” Great! My job is to make them love the character in the show and to be part of telling a story, so it doesn’t really bother me.
‘You can’t take the positive stuff, you can’t let it go to your head, you can’t take the negative stuff to your heart because both stop creativity. That’s ego and you’ve got to ignore all of that.’
The Witcher season 2 premieres on Friday December 17 on Netflix.