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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Game of Thrones actor speaks out on illegal downloads at Web Summit

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Irish actor Liam Cunningham speaking to media at the Web Summit at the RDS.
Irish actor Liam Cunningham speaking to media at the Web Summit at the RDS.

Leading Irish actor Liam Cunningham has voiced his concern about the effects of illegal downloading on TV productions.

The star, who is best known abroad for playing Davos Seaworth in Game Of Thrones, said it was a "no- brainer" that TV shows would dry up if fans continued to find ways of downloading shows without paying.

Suffer

Speaking at the sold-out Web Summit in the RDS, the Dublin native (inset) said the massive success of the HBO series had highlighted the extent of illegal downloads worldwide. "[Game of Thrones] is the most illegally downloaded show on the planet," he said. "Eventually what will happen is that it's not going to be worth our while making them because the return will be gone. We do have to keep in mind that future productions will suffer," he added. "It's a no-brainer - if people aren't going to be paid to make the stuff, they're not going to make it."

The Game of Thrones star remained tight-lipped on the fates of the show's main characters in the sixth series.

However, he called the show's scripts "beautiful" and "bulletproof" and said he hoped to stay in the show for as long as possible.

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