Liam Cunningham launches Game of Thrones: The Exhibition in Sydney
By Lightbringer on in Events, Interview.

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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18 Comments

  1. Ser Osis of Liver
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    Although I don’t see how it could happen plot-wise, I think Davos I Seaworth would become the finest King the Seven Kingdoms could ever hope to have. But that said, my guess is that nobody will sit the Iron Throne by the time the series is over.

  2. NedsHead
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    If there is no fanart of this White Walker on the Throne with a cigar, someone needs to make it, like now.

  3. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    I find the “despite being fantasy” schtick to get tiring after a while. Good stories are good stories, no matter what “genre” we try to put them in. Franz Kafka is essentially a fantasist, but he doesn’t get shoehorned into that box. And Lord of the Rings is the most popular book of all time, next to the Bible. Can we please get over this “fantasy is all juvenile except for Game of Thrones” routine? Boring, not reflective of reality, and outdated.

  4. outdoorcats
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    OT – The Alcazar of Seville appears to have been confirmed as the shooting location of the Water Gardens of Dorne.

  5. clk
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink
  6. ColdPie
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Need….casting…news

  7. DavosFTW!
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

    ArgonathofBraavos,

    Sorry, this is Australia, we do things several years late. Behind the times doesn’t begin to describe it.

  8. coronaking
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    clk: http://hbowatch.com/spain-to-serve-as-dorne-in-game-of-thrones-season-5/

    Confirmation of Spain serving as Dorne!

    Oh, good that you put that behind a spoiler tag.
    It’s not like you could see the information in the link. :p

  9. Ms. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    “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.

    This. A thousand times, this.

    I really like Liam not just because he plays Davos so well but because he doesn’t seem to hold back (like his statement about ‘difficult second album’ and ‘journalistic bullsh*t’), he’s funny (a WW on throne with a cigar /snort) and loves the show. No wonder they often send him to these fan things…he’s the perfect show ambassador.

  10. H. Stark
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    clk,

    I don´t know if it´s official, altought every spanish newspaper is posting it.

  11. strokememarge
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely love Mr Cunningham’s abilities, everyone of his films I have enjoyed, which is a credit to both his talent and ability to choose the right roles. Every time I watch an interview of him, he exudes charm, wit and warmth; the sign of a proper gentleman and person. I hope he enjoyed his jaunt down under and look forward to not only season five but any other projects of his.

  12. dh
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    ArgonathofBraavos,

    And Lord of the Rings is the most popular book of all time, next to the Bible. Can we please get over this “fantasy is all juvenile except for Game of Thrones” routine? Boring, not reflective of reality, and outdated.

    Since both the Lord of the Rings and the Bible feature individuals performing acts through magical and supernatural means, I think it’s objectively fair to consider both to be works of fantasy. However, I would challenge the notion that Lord of the Rings can be considered second on a list which includes the Bible. If you wish to include the Bible on your list, you should also include the Quran and Quotatations of Chairman Mao.

  13. Arythune
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    I was thinking of driving to Sydney to see the exhibition but after seeing the queues I’m not sure. Doesn’t seem to be well managed given it’s school holidays. http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/game-of-thrones-exhibition-sparks-long-queues-outside-mca-20140701-zssdq.html

  14. hmm
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Now if someone could get an answer as to why they changed the King’s Guard armor in season4 from what it was before.

  15. ArgonathofBraavos
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    dh:
    ArgonathofBraavos,

    Since both the Lord of the Rings and the Bible feature individuals performing acts through magical and supernatural means, I think it’s objectively fair to consider both to be works of fantasy. However, I would challenge the notion that Lord of the Rings can be considered second on a list which includes the Bible. If you wish to include the Bible on your list, you should also include the Quran and Quotatations of Chairman Mao.

    Measured only by international sales (as far back as these records go) The Lord of the Rings is the most popular book next to the Bible (Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities is up there as well, though I believe school purchases are a large part of that).

    My point was simply that “fantasy” is not some niche interest among socially-stunted basement dwellers. Good stories with fantasy elements have been wildly popular for a long time.

  16. Abyss
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    ArgonathofBraavos,

    Just to start one of our civilized discussions about literature again (lol), you’re right, Franz Kafka can be considered a fantasist, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he wrote fantasy. Fantasy is a sub genre of the fantastic, which covers a much wider field. True, fantastic was never looked down to, but fantasy at least to a degree still is. – I will admit though, that the line between fantasy and fantastic is very blurred at times.

  17. loco73
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Liam Cunningham is one awesome dude, and one of the best ambassadors GoT could wish for!

    But hey, he’s got all his fingers…that is not fair!!!!!!

  18. msd
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    Arythune,

    It’s only open for four days and it’s free. Long queues were inevitable.


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