Kit Harington Plays Drug-Running Killer in Neo-Western 'Blood for Dust '

Kit Harington stars in the gritty neo-Western crime drama "Blood for Dust," showcasing his range as he plays a drug-running killer, a departure from his heroic role in "Game of Thrones." The film explores the complexities of characters drawn back into a life of crime.

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Kit Harington Plays Drug-Running Killer in Neo-Western 'Blood for Dust '

Kit Harington Plays Drug-Running Killer in Neo-Western 'Blood for Dust '

Kit Harington, known for his role as Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones,' stars in the new neo-Western crime drama 'Blood for Dust,' which hits theaters and digital platforms this week. Harington plays Ricky, a drug-running killer sporting a handlebar mustache in the gritty film.

Harington was excited to take on the role of Ricky, a departure from his heroic turn in 'Game of Thrones.' "I enjoyed playing the role of Ricky, a drug-running killer, and that the handlebar mustache he wore for the part helped set the tone for the intense 'neo-Western' film," Harington said. He added that the mustache was a "statement" about the character being "all appearance and show."

'Blood for Dust' follows Cliff (played by Scoot McNairy), a former salesman with a checkered past who is pulled back into a life of crime after losing his job. Desperate to keep his family afloat, Cliff is lured by his old colleague Ricky into trafficking drugs and guns for a cartel. As Cliff becomes more involved, his once straight-laced life turns into a high-stakes game of survival.

Harington spoke about trusting the vision of director Rod Blackhurst and how the film examines the complexities of the characters. "The film explores the idea of characters being drawn back into their old addictions and the 'art' of the movie," Harington explained. He noted the tension between right and wrong, with his character Ricky seeing himself as the hero and trying to drag Cliff back into the criminal world for "one last kick-ass ride."

The film boasts a strong supporting cast, including Josh Lucas, Scoot McNairy, and Ethan Suplee. While 'Blood for Dust' may not break new ground, it offers appealing cinematography, a gripping atmosphere, and compelling performances that enhance the familiar crime thriller tropes. The pacing can be slow at times, but the film's economy of plot and grimy visuals create a satisfactory interpretation of American hardships and the underworld.

Why this matters: 'Blood for Dust' showcases Kit Harington's range as an actor, taking on a gritty and morally ambiguous role that contrasts with his heroic portrayal of Jon Snow in 'Game of Thrones.' The film's exploration of desperation, family responsibilities, and the consequences of being drawn into a life of crime resonates with the struggles faced by many in today's society.

Harington also discussed his upcoming role in the third season of the HBO finance drama 'Industry,' which he joined as a fan of

Key Takeaways

  • Kit Harington stars in neo-Western crime drama 'Blood for Dust'.
  • Harington plays Ricky, a drug-running killer with a handlebar mustache.
  • 'Blood for Dust' follows a former salesman drawn back into crime.
  • The film explores themes of desperation, family, and consequences of crime.
  • Harington also discusses his upcoming role in HBO's 'Industry' season 3.