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Liam Cunningham interviewed by Access Hollywood

Another new cast member is speaking about his role in Game of Thrones, this time it is Liam Cunningham who talks with Access Hollywood in two separate interviews about playing Davos Seaworth. They are both great interviews, Liam is a funny guy! Plus he mentions being a fan of the site!

Embedded below are clips from the video interview Liam did at Access Hollywood’s studios, while the write-up from the over-the-phone Q&A (which is where he name-drops us) can be found here. Also Access Hollywood is promising a new interview with a different Thrones cast member each week leading up to the premiere!

(Region-free versions of these videos can be found HERE.)

Winter Is Coming: Liam’s teases of what we can expect from Carice as Mel and Stephen as Stannis have got me so pumped up. I can’t wait to see the three of them interacting on screen. We are in for some stellar acting, no doubt. Oh, and thanks for the shout out, Liam!

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  • I see i’m going to have to start stanning Davos now. Liam is adorable, so happy he’s on the show.

    I have a feeling watching these three actors play off one another is going to be the highlight of the season.

  • “Stanning Davos”? Is that your term for writing Stannis/Davos fanfics? Because I have to tell you, that’s not a cute couple at all…

  • stile, stanning just means being a huge fan of that person. It’s a portmanteau of the words “stalker” and “fan”.

    EDIT: Or it derives from Eminem’s song “Stan” although it’s possible he got that name from combining those two words. Either way, it just means to obsess over someone.

  • stile:
    “Stanning Davos”? Is that your term for writing Stannis/Davos fanfics? Because I have to tell you, that’s not a cute couple at all…

    LOL no, it is actually an internet term that means I will be a very devoted fan of Davos.

    No, “cute” is not a word that comes to mind when I think of them together in any way, shape, or form. I’m sure the many people who ship them romantically feel the same way.

  • OMG. He is PERFECT. His accent, ICANT. He’s so funny and adorkable… I can tell he’s going to add a ton of spark to Davos, who to me was a rather dull character in the books.

    stile: “Stanning Davos”? Is that your term for writing Stannis/Davos fanfics? Because I have to tell you, that’s not a cute couple at all…

    Are you kidding me?!? Stanvos is endgame.

    And for the record “Stanning” means to be a huge fan of something or someone… Personally, I’m a Stannis-Stan. ;)

  • So, Fingergate or not?

    Clearly no ;-) Right people, we’re not that shallow, right?

    Good interview in any case!

  • Toast:
    Very interesting interview, but I must have missed where he mentioned WiC.

    It’s in the Q&A, not the videos. I should probably note that in the post…

  • I’ve got a lot of faith in Liam Cunningham – he was the best thing about the appallingly bad Outcasts (the BBC’s attempt to create an original sci-fi series that isn’t DW or related spin-off…)

    Davos is possibly my favourite character and I think he’s in the right hands :)

  • “Stannis has come out from under his duvet” ahahaa…
    Wow, just fell for this guy in just under a minute, irish accents get me every time… Also, he sounds like he knows what he’s talking about, which is very good.
    This round table thing sounds awesome! But we have to wait for S2 DVDs? I thought the wait for the S1 DVDs was bad… :(
    I do not care about the damn hand. Just give us Davos!

  • He’s going to be awesome! Oh man, Davos is one of my favorite characters and Liam is such a fantastic actor, I couldn’t be happier!

  • Anyone notice the part where he says he auditioned for Season 1? Do we know what role that was for?

    Just thought that was interesting… My guess would be Jorah (right age/look), though I much prefer the way these roles have actually been cast.

  • He seems to be on a par with Nicolaj in his enthusiasm for the show, and he seems pretty Davos-savvy too! It’s such a pleasure to watch interviews like this.

  • Wow, that is a funny guy. I get the feeling I will like Davos much more in the show than I did in the books, I found his story mostly boring. But with this great actors that whole storyline will be great.^^

  • Liam cunningham is fantasic can u imagine going to work everyday with someone like him, a laugh a minute, Davos is a great character and can u even picture anyone else playing davos now??

  • Hertolo:
    So, Fingergate or not?

    Clearly no ;-) Right people, we’re not that shallow, right?

    Good interview in any case!

    Quite frankly I’m surprised they even decided to go through the trouble with CGI and gloves and whatnot to make it so he have fingers missing on one hand. I guess they decided they had to do it because learning the reason why Davos is missing the end of his fingers really tells you a lot about the personalty and values of both Davos and Stannis.

    KG:
    That was a pretty brutal use of “geek” and “nerd.”

    I’m not really too hurt by it. I think the word ‘nerd’ has really evolved in the in the last 20 or so years to mean something more like obsession. I’ve seen people start to use the word that way, someone can be described or self described as a ‘history nerd’ or a ‘car nerd’ or a ‘political nerd’.

  • Awesome. I get a great Bernard Hill vibe from him. If anyone wants a quick thrill check out Cunningham in ‘Centurion’.

    By the by who’s for a campaign to put a white wig on Michael Fassbender for a Rhaegar flashback?

  • Wow, she really cracked herself up there at the end. For those of us who didn’t watch the golden globes, it was 2 minutes of “What?” And a shame that she missed the opportunity at the very beginning, when she commented on the producers “digitally erasing” Liam’s fingertips.

    Because…digits. LOL :)

    Good interview, though. Love the Irishman!

  • Favorite bit from the transcribed interview:

    Access: Stephen Dillane plays Stannis and we’ve seen him looking quite stern in the previews. Is he frightening in that character?

    Liam: He’s described in the books as being humorless and dour and stern and Stephen, as a person, is absolutely anything but. He has the driest sense of humor.

    This is great because, actually, Stannis himself has this incredible dry sense of humor as well… :)

  • For some reason I always pictured Davos the Onion Knight to look like this (link). Am I right? So this comes a bit as a shock. Then again they can ugly him up like they did with Emilia Clarke.

    I watched the interview on mute and I dare say I enjoyed it better than most of you. The interviewer has excellent mute presence. Liam’s quiet confidence seems perfect for the part. Is saying “pirate smuggler” homophobic? I don’t want to say the wrong thing in a public forum.

  • “Stanning” could also mean chopping off someone’s extremities (or getting yourschopped off), while still being their best friend afterwards.

  • Morgan,

    He actually looks almost exactly like the Jorah of my mind’s eye. That said, Ian Glen’s been great, so no harm no foul.

  • “Nerd” and “geek” definitely have a less pejorative tint these days, it’s an indicator of being super into something- which we are. “That’s not Davos! That’s the wrong hand!” You just KNOW there are going to be people flipping out about it anyway, but obviously it doesn’t really matter which hand.

  • I’m impressed that he absorbed so much information about Davos’ history only from the script, not reading the books. He is certainly entertaining and funny. I like that he is so into the role. The “Mr. Tangent” comment made me laugh. Good interview. I look forward to seeing him as Davos. And now we know that there will be a cast roundtable extra on the Season 2 DVD as well, thanks to Mr. Cunningham!

  • Fun interview.

    Liam Cunningham is charming – and he seems so passionate about this project and this character.

    I love it and can’t wait to see his take on Davos!

  • Did Liam say that the roundtable reading would feature in the season 2 dvd ? Oh and lol at Liam’s claims that he’s more of a baseball bat to Fassenbender’s golf club.

  • Grinbomb: someone can be described or self described as a ‘history nerd’ or a ‘car nerd’ or a ‘political nerd’.

    I call myself a ‘total dweeb’. It’s endearing.

  • I first saw Liam Cunningham’s photo on WiC when the casting announcement was made months and months ago, and I thought the actor looked perfect from the get go. Cunningham looks just like the captain of a working ship. Now hearing him talk, I’m totally sold.

    I’ve learned the faces of the Season 2 cast by now, but if I hadn’t, I am wondering if I could have been shown a spread of actor headshots and accurately picked out who was who? I’d like to think I could have. Based only on headshots, in addition to Davos, I think they’re spot on for Brienne, Asha/Yara, Stannis, Edd, Pod, Gilly, Ygritte… as if they couldn’t have possibly chosen anyone else.

  • I am not sold on Asha/Yara yet, I’ll need to see her in action before I can approve. But everyone else they’ve choosen has been solid well apart from Sansa’s drunken knight who’s name is escaping me at the moment.

  • Regardless of the physical description in the books, I always have pictured Davos in my minds eye to look like a middle aged Sean Connery. So this guy is pretty spot on for me.

  • Wow, this guy is great! I’m not a big fan of book Davos but I can feel that I’m going to love Cunningham’s version of him.

  • Can’t wait to see him in action…also seems like a great guy…Davos is one of my more favourite characters and it looks like he’s in good hands !…

  • He is the perfect Davos. I kind of pictured him in the books a bit different than Liam. But, at first (when I saw the photo of him, when the casting was announced) I was not sure if he could be Davos, but now… I believe that he is Davos.
    The only actress that I am still reticent about is Carice Van Houten. The Melisandre that I imagined when I read the books is very different and I believe that Mel is a very complex character. I am expecting very much from Carice Van Houten… But if Liam says that she is good, I am more relaxed about it :)
    Can’t wait for Season 2 to come!!!!

  • Just thought I’d mention that the Season 2 trailer is now one of youtube’s automatic recommended videos, and has over 3.5 million views after less than four days.

  • This guy is awesome. For the people not getting the Golden Globes joke, George Clooney told an anecdote during the awards-ceremony where he basically said that Fassbender’s dong is as big as Hodor’s.

    Also, go watch the movie The Guard people. Liam Cunningham has a great role in it and it’s already one of the best movies of the year, and some day we’ll have Brendan Gleeson play a role in Game of Thrones!

  • I still think they should have cast Morgan Freeman….

    But did everyone catch the fact that d&d don’t want the actors reading the books? Interesting. I wonder how many have. I remember Dinklage and Lena saying they hadn’t.

    Personally, if I was working in the show and I was passionate about it, I’d read the books.

    Anyway Davos For the Win! Davos for king!

  • omg, I love this man already. His follow up to her question about Michael Fassbender’s, um, stuff made me bust out laughing.

    I love the Stannis/Davos/Melisandre storyline, and Davos is definitely one of my favorite characters; I am really happy that Liam is so in tune with the character and excited about this season.

  • DavosFTW!:
    But did everyone catch the fact that d&d don’t want the actors reading the books? Interesting. I wonder how many have. I remember Dinklage and Lena saying they hadn’t.

    Dinklage claimed he’d read the first book, I’m pretty sure, but he wasn’t sure if he was going to read any more.

  • Andrea and Knurk,

    No, I’m holding out for Ron Perlman for Tormund Giantsbane. Brendan Gleeson can be Maester Marwyn.

    Kingslayer, you don’t like the actor they cast for Dontos? I think that fat face and bulbous nose is just perfect….

  • I don’t expect any of the actors to read the books. Some definitely have, and good for them. It is nice being able to share that experience with the cast. But the actors are supposed to convey what’s in the script, and not necessarily what’s in the book. I trust the writers and showrunners to keep a balance between staying true to the text and letting the performers make their own choices with character interpretation.

  • Liam Cunningham said he’d been called in to play a character in the first season, but had scheduling conflicts. Anyone have any idea who they originally wanted him to play?

  • andrea,

    yeah your team pretty much sucks this tournament (who’s idea is it anyway to organize a tournament when there are Olympics around the corner?)!

    As for the actors reading the books: let’s just hope some of them won’t read any (further) books, I think Dinklage would be pretty appalled if he knew (ADWD spoiler)he was going to ride a pig in 3 years.

  • DavosFTW!,

    The only ones I remember hearing about were Kit, who devoured them all immediately (except he hadn’t read a dance with dragons the last I heard), and Emelia who says she read the first book when she did the first season, and started the second book while getting ready for the second season.

  • andrea,

    I know I know, but it’s still all idiotic to me. That tournament really loses it’s value when held annually while you have World Cups or Olympics in the same year. Our girls seem in top shape though!

  • Knurk,
    is an annoying coincidence I know.
    Our team suck you´re right but there´s an internal problem with the coach (some of the girls like partying it seems). And the majority are too young and don´t have enough experience.
    Some actors should read the books I think, perhaps not ADWD.

  • I can’t wait! He’s adorable!!

    Not only do I want to see him as Davos – I want to have a pint with him and Sallador

  • Liam Cunningham seems like a really nice guy. I hope he really nails it as Davos. When he said “guys that knows what they are doing”, I wonder if that’s a dig at the guys who did ‘Camelot’. If so, I don’t blame him, seeing as that was one awful show.

  • She’s terrible—she completely blanks on the name of the show, or who she’s even interviewing.

    I agree with Epic that Davos really looks like Mr Potato Head, but this guy seems great. Davos is an awesome character. He goes through so much.

  • Ours is the Fury:
    I don’t expect any of the actors to read the books. Some definitely have, and good for them. It is nice being able to share that experience with the cast. But the actors are supposed to convey what’s in the script, and not necessarily what’s in the book. I trust the writers and showrunners to keep a balance between staying true to the text and letting the performers make their own choices with character interpretation.

    Yeah, I was pretty disgusted by the mini witch-hunt that occured when Lena Headey admitted to not having read the books.

  • KG,

    I have to disagree, I think it’s very playful. He describes himself as a ‘fan’ at one point, so don’t see any malice in it at all.

  • Joshua Taylor: Taylor

    Joshua Taylor:
    Awesome. I get a great Bernard Hill vibe from him. If anyone wants a quick thrill check out Cunningham in ‘Centurion’.

    Total Bernard Hill vibe! Which is a very good thing. And yes, he was probably the best part of Centurion.

  • It’s funny to think that because he doesn’t read the books, we all know more about his character than he does. Wonder if he knows that Davos is reported dead in AFFC, but is resurrected in ADWD

  • He seems…honestly, ideal? I don’t know if I can use such a strong word just from an interview, not having seen the show yet, but I get SUCH a Davos vibe. My hopes are skyrocketing. Great interviews :)

    I love his attitude about the whole thing. I hope he gets a lot of screen time for sure.

  • Liam is such a ham! Funny as hell and he’s calling all the GOT geeks out on the “wrong haaand!” lol

    Why do I get the feeling I’m going to thoroughly enjoy Stannis and Davos scenes?

  • Whoa, a whole new level of excitement for the Dragonstone side of the story. I’ve seen Cunningham in many small (and bigger) roles this past year, many purely coincidentally, and he’s a top actor. Seeing this interview, I now know he’s a great guy as well! Love the shout-out.

    Drop a line here, Liam, if you have time ;)

  • Wow Liam’s not just awesome on screen he’s also a really nice guy in real life! I just became an even bigger fan of his. And yes I agree, though I originally thought he’d make a better Stannis than Dillane I now think he makes a better Davos than Stannis. And yes I really like the idea of Dillane as Stannis now. Still wouldn’tve been my first choice but Dillane does have much more of a regal presence than Cunningham. (who is still awesome btw)

  • Great interview, really gives a goob vibe about Liam as a person. Also it’s great that they are going to do these interviews with cast members weekly. About time :)

  • Video doesn’t work for me, neither of them. Is there another website (youtube) I can get this interview from?

  • userj,

    I would love to hear actor’s reactions after reading book 3, especially those portraying characters involved in TRW. I imagine the actors must be more invested in their characters than the average reader, so I can only imagine how traumatic that will be. (Worse than Ned’s beheading, since Bean only portrayed Ned for 1 season?)
    Liam sounds like a great Onion Knight, love these interviews with actors I’m not familiar with (although I’ve seen both Dog Soldiers and Clash/Titans!).

  • Davos has always been one of my faves. In my head he was all sexy and gorgeous. I was a bit ‘meh’ when this guy was cast, although I knew he looked like Davos in the book (yeah, I know, but who pictures everyone how they are written?). But, if GoT’s Davos is anything like this guy, I take it all back. He is GORGEOUS! Super sexy, and a flirt with a blushing problem is always extra special.

  • Ours is the Fury,

    All i get is an error (same error as when I use the embedded videos):

    This video stream is currently unavailable.

    Please try again later.

    I am guessing my company has turned off streaming video.

  • Andrija Andrew,

    Yeah like when he’s all “they call me mr tangent” and she’s all like “Anyway, back to the topic of Game of Thrones”. Or when she says “Now let’s talk about you.. can you tell us more about Fassbender?” Or when he says “You did your homework little girl” and she says “No, the geek producer who loves Game of Thrones behind the camera did.” Grade B interview and I mean that. All interviews should be this light-minded.

  • Liam Cunningham is so freaking charming, I can’t. I still see him as the dad in A Little Princess, so it’s very weird to be finding him so engaging in this interview. It’s all a little too Oedipal for me, thank you very much. :p (Also, they can go ahead and throw that round-table interview into the Season 1 blu-ray. It won’t be TOO spoilery, I promise.)

  • userj: >This is great because, actually, Stannis himself has this incredible dry sense of humor as well… :)

    Stannis has no sense of humor…of any kind…

  • stile: Stannis has no sense of humor…of any kind…

    I beg to differ…

    Renly: “…I got Margaery. You’ll be pleased to know she came to me a maid.”

    Stannis: “In your bed she’s like to die that way.”

    One of the best snappy comebacks in the series!

  • Winter Is Coming: I beg to differ…
    Renly: “…I got Margaery. You’ll be pleased to know she came to me a maid.”
    Stannis: “In your bed she’s like to die that way.”

    One of the best snappy comebacks in the series!

    Totally! Here’s some more.

    “Robert could piss in a cup and men would call it wine, but I offer them cold clear water and they squint in suspicion and mutter to each other about how queer it tastes.”

    and

    “You haggle like a crone with a codfish, Lord Snow. Did Ned Stark father you on some fishwife?”

    and about Gilly (2 in one conversation!)

    “She’s wanted for her teats, not her tongue. I’ll have more milk from her, and fewer messages.”

    “Her own father got this child on her? We are well rid of her, then. I will no suffer such abominations here. This is not King’s Landing.

    XD

    As to whether he’s aware of it or not… A) who cares, he’s just as funny either way, and B) I personally think he is. Just because he doesn’t laugh at his own jokes like the cartalk guys doesn’t mean anything…

  • Those are pretty funny, I’d forgotten about most of them…

    I think it’ll be even funnier in the show if Stannis is played completely oblivious to anything funny he says, and glares at people who dare to laugh.

  • Liam Cunningham. And Michael Fassbender being mentioned. Both amazing actors. Both gorgeous. And the best bit, both Irish!
    Loved his line on “the wrong hand!”
    I actually pictured Davos differently but Liam will be perfect in this role. He seems to have done a good bit of research on the character. I’m impressed. Can’t wait to see him interact with Stannis and Mel.

  • userj: especially those portraying characters involved in TRW. I imagine the actors must be more invested in their characters than the average reader, so I can only imagine how traumatic that will be. (Worse than Ned’s beheading, since Bean only portrayed Ned for 1 season?)

    Nice quotes userj—But how the hell do you have those so handy and ready to go? Very impressive.

    I agree he’s got a dry sense of humor. And I believe that Stannis does know humor, he just doesn’t find it funny, if that makes sense. I don’t think he’s ever laughed in his life.

    Anyway both Dillane and Cunningham seem more handsome than I imagined their characters. Gotta keep the girls watching too I guess. We guys certainly have our share of eye-candy in this show.

  • Queensmoot:
    I’m really pleased that there has been no “handgate” over the switch. Yay lefties!!

    To me, that’s the kind of detail only worth applauding when an actor chooses to go against his natural hand for the sake of the story details–it’s not worth being upset when they DON’T. I guess primarily because that’s not the kind of detail that sticks with me when I read. Handedness doesn’t define who you are as a character. So I wouldn’t even remember it, but then when I hear things like “Maisie Williams trained like a crazy person to be able to use the correct hand,” when folks like me wouldn’t have known either way, it just…I think it’s amazing dedication when such a minor detail is that important to them.

    I think one would have to be a real jerkweed to get on Cunningham’s case about it. It totally doesn’t matter.

  • Dark Star:
    Nice quotes userj—But how the hell do you have those so handy and ready to go? Very impressive.

    I agree he’s got a dry sense of humor. And I believe that Stannis does know humor, he just doesn’t find it funny, if that makes sense. I don’t think he’s ever laughed in his life.

    haha… thanks for being impressed. But honestly I only remembered the first one exactly. The other two I looked up in my pdf of aDwD remembering vaguely that Stannis said some funny things in his first two conversations with Jon in that book. He has about one sarcastic/funny line per scene he’s in though so it’s not that hard to find. :)

    IA with your perception of Stannis here. Cressen said something like that… he’d never understood jokes the way that other boys did (and in the same way never understood cruelty either). He understands that something is funny but doesn’t really experience joy from it. Rather sad actually.

    Anyway both Dillane and Cunningham seem more handsome than I imagined their characters. Gotta keep the girls watching too I guess. We guys certainly have our share of eye-candy in this show.

    Oh, I feel like the ladies have been blessed with GoT. I mean the sheer numbers are on our side (there are like 4 male characters for every female of similar significance), and even unattractive male characters are being cast with hot, rugged, sexy beasts, for the most part. @_@

  • Zack: To me, that’s the kind of detail only worth applauding when an actor chooses to go against his natural hand for the sake of the story details–it’s not worth being upset when they DON’T. I guess primarily because that’s not the kind of detail that sticks with me when I read. Handedness doesn’t define who you are as a character. So I wouldn’t even remember it, but then when I hear things like “Maisie Williams trained like a crazy person to be able to use the correct hand,” when folks like me wouldn’t have known either way, it just…I think it’s amazing dedication when such a minor detail is that important to them. I think one would have to be a real jerkweed to get on Cunningham’s case about it. It totally doesn’t matter.

    Exactly. It’s not a bad thing when they DON’T switch for a role, but it’s very impressive when they DO…

    Although in Arya’s case, her handedness is more central to her character. It makes her a more effective fighter, because it reverses the way people are used to fighting, and it’s also symbolic of how unusual she is in her society. It’s not as big of a deal with Davos.

  • Like this actor in this roll a lot. Anyone who has worked with Fassbender is good in my book! I’d like to see him (Fassbender) as the Red Viper of Dorne. Looking forward to Davos!

  • This came up on another message board, but the more I think about it, the more awesome it would be if the Red Viper were played by…Mandy Patinkin. I mean, the character is already Inigo Montoya, so how cool would it be? Especially in a certain epic fight sequence…

  • stile,

    Have you see Mandy Patinkin lately? Sure he’s awesome on Homeland but as the Red Viper….I am skeptical. Besides we had Inigo Montoya in Miltos’ Syrio Forel.

    Oded Fehr, James Purefoy, Javier Bardem (never happen), Antonio Banderas…hard to say.