Classic movie star Kit Harington
Paul W.S. Anderson loved working with Kit Harington on 'Pompeii' because he is like a "classic movie star"
Kit Harington is like "a classic movie star", according to 'Pompeii' director Paul W.S. Anderson.
The director - who worked with the 'Game of Thrones' actor on the 2014 film 'Pompeii' - has heaped praise upon the 27-year-old star for his ability to convey emotion with his body language.
Talking exclusively to BANG Showbiz, Paul explained: "Kit does hark back to a lot of my favourite actors. People like Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.
"They were famous for going through scripts and dialogue and saying, 'You know what I can do this just with a look or just the way I hold myself.' To me, he is a classic movie star in that regard."
When 'Pompeii' was released in April, the director was accused of digitally altering Kit's physique, but Paul was adamant that it was all down to the handsome actor's determination to become like his character, Milo.
He said: "He became a warrior. Most of that, his body, didn't come from going to the gym a lot. It came from doing endless sword fighting training and just diet. In that regard he became the gladiator that he was playing."
The 'Resident Evil' director also shared how Neil Marshall - who has directed an episode of 'Game of Thrones' with Kit in the past - got in contact with him regarding the actor's improved form.
Paul joked: "[Neil] sent me an email, and he'd worked with Kit before and he said thank you for turning him into such an amazing gladiator. He said it's much easier to shoot all the action scenes. He really went to gladiator bootcamp."
'Pompeii' is available on DVD and Bluray now.