Oh, Ian McShane. The actor appeared in roughly 15 minutes of a single Game of Thrones episode but can’t stop slagging the show.
The latest has the always watchable Deadwood and John Wick star sounding very much in curmudgeonly character during an interview in the April edition of Empire Magazine (not online). The actor was asked about the flak he received for quasi-spoiling a major plot point last season: “Can you believe it? ‘Oh, you’re giving it away,'” McShane said. “Firstly, you love it and secondly, you’ll have forgotten by the time it comes out. And what am I giving away? A character beloved by everybody returns. Get a f—ing life. The show is huge but some fans seem to identify with it [too closely]. You want to say, ‘Have you thought about your lifestyle? Maybe you should get out a little more.'”
That phrase, of course, reminds us of William Shatner’s famous Saturday Night Live sketch where he mocked a Star Trek fan convention and told the crowd to “get a life!”
The backstory: McShane guest-starred for a season 6 episode which saw the surprising return of The Hound. The actor was perfect in the role of Brother Ray, but apparently wasn’t entirely on board with the show’s ultra-secretive manner of operating (which is actually pretty common among genre shows and movies these days, and GoT isn’t even Hollywood’s most restrictive set — try spilling some spoilers on a J.J. Abrams movie and see what happens).
Anyway, McShane hinted The Hound was coming back during pre-season interviews, which delighted fans who like spoilers and angered those who don’t. After the uproar, he bashed the show as being about “tits and dragons.” He later told EW that [fans went] “apesh–.”
“I thought, ‘Oh they’ll probably love that at HBO!’ And they did, despite their protestations about the fans, saying, ‘Oh you’ve given something away!’ I find the whole thing funny.”
Thrones returns to HBO this summer. While McShane is returning to premium cable with Starz’ upcoming American Gods, which premieres Sunday, April 30. The producers better hope he says nice things about it!
Watch the Shatner sketch above.
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