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ByC.M. Crockford/Jan. 22, 2023 4:00 am EST
When Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) rants about the "smug, self-satisfied" faces of the Lannisters on "Game of Thrones," he could have been thinking about their ancestors as well: The identical twins Tyland and Jason Lannister. The characters first appear on "House of the Dragon" during Prince Aegon Targaryen's second nameday.
Jason is the current Lord of Casterley Rock, whereas Tyland is the second-born son. However, where Jason repeatedly alienates King Viserys (Paddy Considine) and Princess Rhaneyra (Milly Alcock) with his arrogance, Tyland is much more tactful and intelligent.
Thanks to his political wisdom, Tyland Lannister later becomes Master of Ships on the Small Council. Eventually, he helps Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) plan the conspiracy to name Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) the new King of Westeros.
Jefferson Hall plays Tyland and Jason Lannister, and "House of the Dragon" is the actor's highest-profile role so far. But he's been acting steadily since 2005, and he's appeared in a number of notable projects (via IMDb).
Hall played a friendly farmer on Emma
Jefferson Hall was originally credited as "Robert Hall" in the 2005 film "Green Street Hooligans." It's a tiny role as a West Ham player, but Hall continued working in the British entertainment industry.
He guest starred on several native television dramas over the next few years, including "Casualty," "The Bill," and "Coming Up." His first recurring part however was on the BBC's 2009 TV adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma."
"Emma" features Romola Garai as a young woman who believes herself a skilled matchmaker, despite evidence to the contrary. Hall plays Robert Martin, the friendly but lower-status farmer tenant of George Knightley (Jonny Lee Miller). Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan) starts to fall for Martin, but Emma is convinced she can find someone with better education for her. Despite Emma's concerns, Smith marries Martin at the end of the story.
Hall only appears in three episodes of the series. His next major appearance on a show would be much smaller but would have greater significance for his career.
He actually appeared on Game of Thrones, albeit briefly
Before he signed on to play Jason and Tyland Lannister for "House of the Dragon," Jefferson Hall had a third role in the Westerosi universe. The actor appeared on the first "Game of Thrones" season as Ser Hugh of the Vale, a newly appointed knight who was Jon Arryn's squire before his death. When Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) sends Jory Cassel (Jamie Sives) to speak to Ser Hugh about Arryn's speedy demise, the arrogant nobleman dismisses him.
Alas, Hugh's smug attitude doesn't save him from the wrath of "The Mountain," Ser Gregor Clegane (Conan Stevens). During a royal joust, Clegane violently pierces his neck with a lance, and the young knight dies in front of the horrified crowd. Ned and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) speculate after that Hugh was involved with Arryn's death.
When Hall was cast on "House of the Dragon," he called returning to the "Game of Thrones" world "very bizarre" (via Vulture). Before, no one had known if the original drama would work. But now, he said, co-starring on the spin-off "was a very different energy: Wow, this is high pressure, and a lot to live up to."
Hall played Torstein on Vikings
One of the major allies of Ragnar Lodbrok (Travis Fimmel) in the early seasons of the History Channel drama "Vikings" is his good friend Torstein, played by Jefferson Hall. The warrior aids Ragnar when his farm is destroyed and later pledges his loyalty to the new earl after killing King Haraldson (Gabriel Byrne). The pair, alongside other Vikings, eventually go to England to raid villages and find new territory.
Unfortunately, early in Season 3, Torstein is hit with an arrow during a battle against the Mercian kingdom. He snaps off the stem but the wound becomes infected over time. Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) helps cut off his arm to stop the gangrene. Nevertheless, by the episode "Warrior's Fate," the infection is killing him.
Torstein decides to be the first Viking to meet the Mercian soldiers in battle, preparing to die a warrior's death. He's shot with arrows but still attacks his enemies, saying "Odin, I come to you," before being killed by the Mercians. The loyal Viking meets the fate he always wanted.
This actor is a scheming husband on Taboo
The show "Taboo" stars Tom Hardy as a notorious businessman, James Delaney, who returns to England from Africa after the death of his father Horace. Hall plays Thorne Geary, the conservative and seemingly pious Christian husband of Delaney's sister Zilpha (Oona Chaplin).
However, noticing Zilpha's incestuous affection for James, Thorne schemes to inherit Horace Delaney's fortune. He also enviously chastises his wife for not being pregnant. Thorne works with the East India Company to get rid of Delaney but is humiliated during a pistol duel between them.
Later, he drunkenly abuses Zilpha until she at last turns on him. Where Hall's character on "Vikings" had accepted his death, Thorne isn't quite so lucky. Zilpha, believing this will allow her to be with James, murders her husband in the middle of the night with a hatpin through his chest.
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His character begins the nightmare again in the Halloween reboot
The recent 2018 "Halloween" reboot erased the previous sequelsbut still needed an inciting incident to get Michael Myers (Nick Castle) back in the legendary Shatner mask. Enter Aaron Joseph-Korey (Jefferson Hall), a true crime podcaster who hosts his show along with Dana Haines (Rhian Rees). Hall told the Halloween Movies site, "We provide the background for the audience. As an actor, you never want to do any exposition, but here I think it's written quite gracefully and well done."
Korey and Haines travel to the sanitarium where the killer has been incarcerated all these years. As The Ringer pointed out, the non-verbal Myers "would be a terrible primary interview subject for a podcast." Korey holds up his mask to him for a reaction, but Myers remains silent.
The pair also interview Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), hoping that she will confront Myers live on tape. Instead, the survivor orders them out of the house. At this point, the damage is done, as Myers has now escaped to Haddonfield. When the podcasters stop at a gas station, he kills them both, throwing Hall's character Joseph-Korey against a wall.
You know him as the Well-Dressed Man in Tenet
Jefferson Hall plays the key role of the Well-Dressed Man in the opening sequence of Christopher Nolan's trippy espionage blockbuster "Tenet." Like the Protagonist (John David Washington), this moniker is likely a codename, and the audience never discovers his real identity.
The Well-Dressed Man is on a CIA mission at the Kyiv Opera House, most likely to collect plutonium from the Ukrainian government. However, with his cover blown, KORD men are there to assassinate him in a feigned terrorist attack. The Protagonist has to perform an extraction before he's killed.
The two men try to leave the opera house while avoiding the assassins and the SWAT team. The Protagonist gets the Well-Dressed Man to a CIA checkpoint, where he exchanges clothes with an agent. The Well-Dressed Man then joins the rest of the team on an escape route through the sewers.
After the Protagonist and his colleague are captured, the other team members, likely including the Well-Dressed Man, are also caught and tortured. This opening sets up the rest of the film, as the Protagonist is afterward recruited into the Tenet organization to recover the stolen plutonium.