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Interview with 'Game of Thrones' Liam CunninghamBetter known as Ser Davos Seaforth in Westeros, Liam Cunningham chats to CNET about the incredible popularity of Game of Thrones, his fingerless gloves and the show's enduring legacy.
[MUSIC]. Why do you see Game of Thrones, you know, as being such a runaway hit even with people who wouldn't normally think of themselves as fantasy fans? Well I would include myself as being one of those, I mean when it was first. When I was first approached about about being involved in a fantasy series I was mm, I was a bit like that but then when you hear the HBO are involved and when you know what Dan and David, who are the show's creators, I the least I could do was have a look at the script. And as soon as I arrived, I've been long enough in the game to realize when you, to recognize when you see goals has arrived on the carpet and you're you know, through the letter box. And I was very eager to get involved because I mean, it may be fantasy series but the fantasy is just an incredibly expensive backdrop. To this story of, of paranoia and power and legacy and family and with extraordinary characters. And it was a no brainer to say yes to this. I understand there's a couple different techniques for how they do [INAUDIBLE], four shortened fingers. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there's more than a couple, I mean the fault one is, is a glove that I wear. Which, I've had them sew up so I can keep my hand, in that position for as long as possible. But I've also, in my, my little office at home I've got a prosthetic that the, the guys made up for me, that I used at the beginning of season three, but, in, which we couldn't use, there's a scene in Bravos at the Bank where I very much have my hand out. We had to have these little finger puppets that went over these little green things that I have to use them and so, they could be digitally removed. So it was like three or four different methods of removing my my fingers. I, I did to a couple gullible journalists, I did tell them we had that HBO having the deep pockets that they have, have a micro surgeon. On set I put them on the end of the series, and they, they looked at me quizzically, I did have to tell them I was joking. finally, as of the latest book, your character is still alive, George. R.Martin you never know what's going to happen. You certainly don't. Does this mean you're holding off taking any big contract jobs for a while, you sticking with Game of Thrones for a bit? As long as they'll have me, the one these wonderful people at HBO putting shoes on my children, I'll go hang around [UNKNOWN]. Listen this stuff is gold, this is a once, this is a once in a lifetime job. I think people, people recognize that there, there, there's no show that has been like this that has come before, and I don't think there's anything like it that's gonna come again. And in a, in a, in a bizarre way, if, if people are looking for, especially in my game, are looking for some sort of legacy. I think in 50 years time, people will still be rediscovering the show and, and seeing how, that it, it hasn't aged. The quality of it is, is timeless. It's it's, it's a beautiful piece of television, and I would urge anybody that hasn't seen it, to to, to not talk to their friends. Go out and start watching and get the DVDs, whatever it may be, and sit down with, with a friend and start watching it, it's, it's beautiful television. I've been in this game a long time, I'm quite cynical about stuff. Game of Thrones I'm not cynical about, it's beautiful. [MUSIC]