Kit Harington in 'Pompeii'Entertainment Weekly/TriStar Pictures

Jon Snow has it going on under all those Night's Watch furs.

Kit Harington shed his bulky "Game of Thrones" layers for the upcoming epic "Pompeii," as displayed in the following trailer and above teaser image from the Paul W.S. Anderson ("Death Race") film, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Forget, for a moment, that the British actor is wearing a skirt and knee-high sandals, because his oiled-up six-pack is front and center.

Harington stars as Milo, a Celtic-born slave turned gladiator who eventually takes his fighting skills to the ill-fated Roman town-city. There, he falls for a wealthy woman named Cassia (Emily Browning), but their love comes up against something more daunting than the class divide: the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

"Milo is completely set on vengeance rather than honor and justice," Harington tells EW of what sets his "Pompeii" character apart from "Game of Thrones"'s brooding Jon Snow. "He's an angry, angry man who doesn't care what he does. For a large part of the film, he's driven by pure rage."

Apparently he's also more prone to shirtlessness, which prompted Harington to whip himself into serious shape.

"The first thing I said to [Paul] was, 'Look, I'm playing a gladiator. I feel there should be a physical transformation, if he's as strong as you say in the script. Maybe I should sort of tone up for that?'" Harington says. "So I went into quite a heavy training regime five weeks before filming. I started by bulking up and then when I got out there I had four weeks to shred down and get toned. It's a full-time job that you have to carry on for the whole of the movie. I was on a very severe diet and training six days a week."

"Pompeii," which also stars Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, and Carrie-Ann Moss, erupts in theaters February 21, 2014.

[via EW]

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