Liam Cunningham was on hand to launch Game of Thrones: The Exhibition in Sydney on Monday night. This marked a first time visit to Australia for both the actor and the travelling exhibition. It cost over $1 million to have the one hundred plus props and costumes shipped to Australia (including the remnants of Davos’ fingers), but entry into the exhibition is free, as a gift to the fans. The exhibition will run daily from 10am to 8pm until July 5th at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Liam performed his hosting duties, posing for pictures and taking a seat on the Iron Throne once more. And of course, he spoke enthusiastically with the press about Game of Thrones, his role of Davos Seaworth, and his future on the series.
Liam Cunningham has had a long, successful career as an Actor, but it was the massive popularity of Game of Thrones that brought him to Australia for the first time. In an interview with The Guardian, Liam says that he knew Thrones had all the makings to be a hit, but gives credit to the fans for making it what it is today. “I’m of the opinion that if you build it, they will come. So I had a very good idea this was going to be good and worth watching. But it’s up to the people to turn it into a phenomenon. We’re not that clever. And they did. They took it into their hearts and turned it into this extraordinary thing that it’s become.”
Because the show’s fans have been so passionate about the story from the beginning, Liam acknowledges that everyone involved has to work their hardest so as not to disappoint. “People have this sense of ownership, that they’re really part of it and that it’s theirs. It makes us more aware you can’t patronise this audience. So you work as hard as you can because the idea of disappointing these fans – you don’t want to do that. And you get a bit worried about the ‘difficult second album’.”
As for the criticism that the show contains gratuitous sexual violence, Liam says that it is “some journalistic bullsh*t.” He defends the more controversial scenes in an interview with the Daily Mail, saying, “’We do throw stuff in your face, but if we’re doing our job properly we should sail close to the wind.
“We could not get away with this and the sexual content that’s there unless we had a balance with this incredibly strong cast of female characters.
“This is a show that’s set in a very male-dominated society, it’s feudal, and for the women to be as strong as they are, as manipulative as they are, and as devises and dangerous – it’s important.
“I’m talking about Brienne Of Tarth played by Gwendoline Christie right down to Ayra Stark, played by Maisie Williams, who is a killer but in a strange way is a fantastic role model for females.”
He adds that one of those females is his daughter, who is “is insane about the child because she ploughs her own way and she knows her own mind.”
Liam also took the time for some video interviews. He answered 5 quick questions for the Daily Mail, ranging from the absurd: Who has a bigger sword, Davos or Stannis? To the practical: How does one hold a sword with no fingers?
He discussed Davos’ fate in the series, hoping that he makes it all the way through after defying all expectations and starting from the bottom.
Speaking with CNet Australia, Liam explores the popularity of Thrones despite its fantasy genre, details the different way Davos’ fingers disappear, and marvels at this once in a lifetime job and beautiful piece of television.
On a final note, Liam spoke with The New Daily, and when asked who he believed would end up on the Iron Throne he started with who it wouldn’t be: “I think it’s highly unlikely that it’s going to be Tyrion. It’s too obvious. I don’t think it’s going to be me. (laughing)”
And then he shared his vision: “I hope I haven’t got it right because the producers would f****en kill me, [its] of a white walker sitting on the Iron Throne with one leg thrown over the arm sucking on a Cohiba cigar.”
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