In an interview with Collider, Matt Smith and Fabian Frankel discussed the difficulties of working in full armor. However, Frankel admitted that he loved the experience because it reminded him of one of his favorite movies. He said: “Yes, it looks great. I felt a bit like Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale. I always say that because he fights in armor with no sigil on it. I remember the first time I thought, ‘This is as close as I’ll ever get to Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale.’ It was quite an iconic film for me when I was young.”
For the record, it’s refreshing to hear someone compare themselves to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of William Thatcher, as it’s so common for actors to dream of reaching his energy as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Additionally, “A Knight’s Tale” is one of those films that just never gets enough praise no matter how many times it’s trending on TikTok, so we’ll be reinforcing any mention of the early 2000s title. It’s also really funny to imagine someone working on something as serious as “House of the Dragon” while something as beautifully silly as “A Knight’s Tale” is floating around in their mind.
It’s not too far off in terms of comparisons either – Frankel’s role is obviously meant to be a dashing knight in the same vein as Ledger’s William Thatcher. That said, George RR Martin’s story has never been kind to such heroes, so Frankel’s journey is unlikely to reflect his inspirations for much longer.