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8 Times Gwendoline Christie Made Huge Screen Presences Look Like Tiny Mortals

By Dustin Rowles | Career Assessments | June 24, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Career Assessments | June 24, 2015 |

Last year, TK put forward Gwendoline Christie for your Pajiba 10 consideration, and for reasons that make no sense to me, you all failed to elect her. I think maybe you good folks failed to acknowledge what a commanding force she is. She is amazing, and if her turn in Game of Thrones can’t get her elected, maybe her part in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens or even the final Hunger Games movie will push her over the top.

Like a lot of things, sometimes you have to see it to believe it. But before you move on, ask yourself this: Why does Gwendoline Christie do press rounds so often with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau? Maybe it’s because they shared a lot of screentime on GoT. Or maybe it’s because Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is the only actor who doesn’t look diminutive standing next to Christie, so long as she’s slightly hunched over.


Everybody else? In the presence of Christie, they are afterthoughts. Look here at Kevin Spacey, who has two Oscars and three Emmys, playing an imposing, bullying elected official in House of Cards. He doesn’t look so imposing next to Christie, does he?


Check her out with Jessica Chastain, who is the focal point whenever she’s onscreen.


In the arms of Christie, she’s an adorable miniature figure.


Carla Gugino and Anna Friel are also reduced to wonderful little pixie girls you want to put in your pocket.



Natalie Dormer, who plays an evil temptress in Game of Thrones and Sherlock, doesn’t look so evil standing next to Christie or, quite frankly, as tempting.


The Red Viper stood his ground against the Mountain (for a while, anyway), but in the presence of Christie, you just want to give Pedro Pascal a noogie.


Maybe the most intimidating, forceful character on all of Game of Thrones was Tywin Lannister, but next to Christie, Charles Dance is an adorable older gentleman who wouldn’t hurt a fly.


And Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world? PEON.


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