ET – Michiel Huisman has a plan.
It’s true that the Dutchman may be recognized most for his Game of Thrones character Daario Naharis, Daenerys Targaryen’s handsome and loyal advisor. But starting Monday, Huisman enters another fantastical world in Discovery Channel’s latest scripted miniseries, Harley and the Davidsons, about a culture he has a deep affinity for: motorcycles.
An avid bike rider, Huisman had himself convinced that he would “never, ever, ever get into a car,” he told ET during an August sit-down in Beverly Hills, California. That was before he and his wife, actress Tara Elders, had their daughter, Hazel, in 2008. “All of a sudden, I realized that I had responsibilities, and maybe it was smarter to get a car,” Huisman said with a chuckle. “I lived it. It’s just you and an engine, no time for checking your phone. It’s just one-on-one physical.”
The allure of Harley and the Davidsons, a six-hour, decades-long adventure following the founders of the iconic Harley-Davidson brand, almost felt like kismet for the actor. Spend enough time with Huisman and his genuine passion for bikes becomes infectious. (ET exclusively premieres a sneak peek at Part 1 of the miniseries.)
ENTREPRENEUR – They’re real. They’re unsafe. And they’re spectacular.
We’re talking about the motorcycles featured on Discovery Channel’s scripted miniseries Harley and the Davidsons, which tells the success story of the birth of an iconic American brand, and then watches that brand race around tracks at dangerously high speeds.
The three-part miniseries follows Bill Harley (played by Robert Aramayo), Walter Davidson (Michiel Huisman) and Arthur Davidson (Bug Hall) as they risk their money and futures on building a motorcycle that will one day become the standard for all others.
On the rev up to the premiere, (Monday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m.) we spoke with the man charged with bringing these machines back to life on screen, bike fabricator Alex Wheeler. Note that we didn’t say “CGI artist.” These bikes are real. And in real life, things get messy. Here are some of the challenges Wheeler and his team faced and how they solved them.
ET – It’s time to rev up!
Discovery Channel is counting down to the fall launch of its new motorcycle miniseries, Harley and the Davidsons, and Game of Thrones stud Michiel Huisman (a.k.a. Daario Naharis) is at the center of all the exciting action.
ET has the exclusive first look at the official trailer, which debuted Monday at the summer Television Critics Association press tour.
Based on a true story, Harley and the Davidsons centers on the birth of the iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the founders behind the revolutionary, century-old company, brothers Walter (Huisman) and Arthur Davidson (The Little Rascals’ Bug Hall), and their pal, Bill Harley (Game of Thrones’ Robert Aramayo).