Watching the expansive three-part miniseries "Klondike," Discovery's Channel's first scripted project (starting Mon. Jan. 20 at 9:00 p.m.) will leave you cold. Literally. Thanks to cinematic imagery, storylines that highlight the high stakes (and fleeting rewards) of the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s, and three nights of avalanches, typhus and murder (yup, it's all there -- the miniseries is based on Charlotte Gray's 2011 book "Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike"), you'll not only feel the cold, the intensely dangerous plight of these adventurers will send a chill through your veins.
Bill Haskell is our intrepid main character, and his journey from naive optimist to hardened warrior is made all the more real by "Game of Thrones" star Richard Madden, who knows a little something about wearing heavy, muddy costumes and facing deadly odds. Madden may finally get to ditch the dirt for his next role as Prince Charming in "Cinderella," but the Scottish actor approaches every role with the same enthusiasm -- even when particularly dangerous scenes like one he faced on "Klondike" give him "nightmares." Shortly after binge-watching "Klondike," I spoke to Madden over the phone about rolling in the mud, speaking "American" for three months straight, and why he loves having homework.
In the movie, your character develops a wonderful friendship with Meeker (Tim Blake Nelson).
That's what's so nice, really, is you don't expect this relationship to come together at all, actually, then these two men come together and find a real, proper and true friendship, which is wonderful, really.