July 19th, 2012
02:37 PM ET
Celebrating his Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series over a bottle of wine in Wales, Jared Harris - a.k.a. “Mad Men’s” Lane Pryce - is metaphorically pinching himself.
“It’s still a bit of a shock actually,” Harris told CNN. “The prognosticators would say … a bunch of people could have been in the dark horse slot,” he added, noting, [“Game of Thrones’ ”] “Peter Dinklage is the favorite.”
[Spoilers after the jump!]
As fans of “Mad Men” know, Lane Pryce’s time at Sterling Cooper was cut short when he took his own life at the end of the AMC show’s fifth season. But, Harris says, it was otherwise a great season for Pryce: “He fought Pete Campbell. Laid one on Joan Harris. And England won the World Cup.”
Given the Emmy nod, it’s safe to assume the Academy would agree.
“I don’t think you can make something like that happen,” Harris said. “You just do your best and see if it catches up with the public. I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m just starting to figure out who this character is and it’s coming to an end. I wasn’t thinking about an Emmy nomination. I was like, ‘enjoy your time because this is over.’”
Not that Harris had much time to prepare for his character's tragic departure. He said “Mad Men” creator and show runner Matthew Weiner didn’t even tell him Pryce was being killed off until the 10th episode of the season.
“Whenever anybody says come up to my office, and offers you brandy from a bottle that’s like $3000, you know you’re in trouble,” Harris said.
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