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Vikings season six part two arrived on History and Amazon Prime Video at the end of 2020. The final instalment saw Kjetill Flatnose turn mad with his hunger for power and he drove the rest of the settlers away from Iceland. Copeland was interested in playing another character and Express.co.uk has all you need to know.
What other role did Adam Copeland want to play?
Fans were excited to see professional wrestler Copeland take on a TV acting role in the historical drama, Vikings.
The star is known to many viewers as Edge – who was signed to the famous WWE until he retired in 2011.
Nine years later he took part in the 2020 and 2021 Royal Rumble matches, winning the latter.
As well as being a part of the WWE Hall of Fame, the star has appeared in a number of TV series and films.
He featured in Highlander: Endgame, The Flash, Haven and joined the cast of Vikings for season five.
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His role of Kjetill Flatnose was a mysterious and complex character, as he started out as a resident of Kattegat.
He helped lead an expedition with Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) to Iceland, with a vision of making a better life for his family.
However the idea of power got to his head and he ended up killing some of his own people.
By the final half of season six he was driven to insanity at the prospect of becoming King of Iceland.
In an iconic final scene, he was seen sitting on top of a huge beached whale, screaming for people to obey him as King.
The actor revealed there were a number of characters he was interested in playing, including King Harald (Peter Franzén).
Speaking to Winter Is Coming, he said: “I think Harald is closest in mindset to Kjetill, and I feel like they would have a kinship that would work.
“I feel like that would be a really fun one to pull off. I love Peter [Franzen], who plays Harald; he’s a beast. I love what he did with Harald.
“That makes it fun, because of what Peter did with it, I think, ‘What could I do with it?'”
He said he would have liked to have worked more closely with Franzén as they only shared two scenes together.
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He added: “We became friends, I think it spoke to a similar mindset; we’re both dads, same age and we could just relate to one another.”
Copeland had toyed with the idea of playing the heroic Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), but agreed his age would not have fitted the role.
He said Floki was an interesting character but he could not imagine anyone else but Skarsgård as the quirky Viking.
Floki only appeared in a couple of the final episodes of season six, so Copeland was unable to work with him for the final instalment.
He said it was “a bummer” for Floki not to have been around for longer.
In February 2020 he spoke to Graham Matthews about his role in season five and he said he had already been a huge fan of the show.
He said: “Any time there is a show like that I’m like… ‘if anything pops up we have got to go after it.’
“Sure enough, eventually a role came through and to me it was kind of a no-brainer. My head is clearly built for this type of role.”
Fans praised him for his portrayal of Kjetill, with one saying: “Edge is such a good actor. I was surprised when he showed up since this is my first time seeing him in any tv or movie role.”
The star is on Instagram and he shared a photo of Kjetill from the famous whale scene.
He said: “I lost 37 lbs for this story arc in the final season (you’ll see why). It was a massive challenge on many fronts, but what an absolute blast and amazing experience this, and my entire Vikings experience was.
“I got to work with some AMAZING people. People I’d like to think I’ll call friends for the rest of my life. Came to feel like Ireland was another home. Anyway, hope you all enjoy watching as much as we did making it.”
Vikings airs on History and Amazon Prime Video
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