British actor Clive Mantle, best known stateside for playing Greatjon Umber on HBO's Game of Thrones, was brutally attacked by two men outside a hotel early Sunday morning in Newcastle, England. The incident occurred after the six-foot, five-inch actor asked fellow guests at a Travelodge to keep the noise down. The two rambunctious guests disagreed with Mantle and, rather than quieting down, decided instead to bite the actor's ear off.
As Bryn Newton, Mantle's agent, described it to the Mirror UK (so, grain of salt warning):
His agent, Bryn Newton, said: "On the first occasion, he'd said ‘can you keep the noise down please?' He was very polite. It was 4.30 in the morning and he was very tired. He returned to bed but when he went back outside there were two drunken Scotsmen. He said to them ‘If you don't keep the noise down I am going to call security' That's when they set about him. Even though he is a big guy they got him on the ground."
"One of them bit the top part of his right ear off. It was savage."
The ear was later reattached at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. One of the actor's reps told the BBC: "He is very shaken and shocked by what has happened, you don't expect this kind of thing to happen in a hotel...Mr Mantle said the police, ambulance and hospital staff were amazing."
Two 32-year-old men were arrested. One was not charged and the other was released on bail, and police are still investigating incident.
As the New York Daily News notes, Mantle's character on Game of Thrones also lost key body parts in a biting attack; Greatjon Umber had two fingers bitten off by a direwolf, which isn't quite the same thing as a drunk Scotsman but close enough.