Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones is a brooding babe on Men's Health (May 2013). Inside, where he gets shirtless, he relates the story of how he almost became a star over 10 years ago:
"I flew to Los Angeles to read for the lead in Vertical Limit," a mountain-claimbing action movie. When he arrived, the studio picked him up in a fancy car, teased his hair into a Lethal Weapon-style mullet, and made him sign an inch-thick contract with numbers he couldn't believe—all before he even read for the role. And then he tanked the audition."
He learned the lesson of not counting chickens that trip, but his seem to be hatching quite nicely now with Game of Thrones.