The first thing I realized when I began my conversation with Liam Cunningham, who plays the beloved character Ser Davos Seaworth on Game of Thrones, is how many of his quotes I’m going to have to censor to get rid of the amount of casual swearing the guy does.
I think it’s easier to get away with having the mouth of a sailor when you have a thick Irish brogue, and when you speak with the warmth, charm and enthusiasm that Cunningham does, making our first meeting feel like a reunion between two dear old friends. It also helps to actually play one. It’s likely that quality that made his disarming honesty go over so well when he first met Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss back when the show was first in casting. “When the guys asked me to come on this, David Benioff said, ‘you don’t do series.’ I said ‘no’, and he asked ‘why not?’ and I said ‘I get bored easily’. That’s not the best career move in the world to say that to something that’s a series.” Wise or not, though he didn’t get a part in season one, Cunningham made enough of an impression for Weiss and Benioff to call him back when they needed the right person to play The Onion Knight in the second season.