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Brian Cox turned down Game of Thrones and regrets it now

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With the innumerable characters on Game of Thrones come as many actors who portray them, and since the UK has some fine actors who have played vital parts on the show, we’ve likely seen a lot of them on other shows and movies as well. Many notable actors in the UK have acted on Game of Thrones, and with the popularity of the show increasing day by day, there might be some actors who aspire to play a part in such a phenomenal series with a huge fan following that seems to increase all the time.

A lot of actors have also turned down parts on the show, and some of them do regret doing so considering the amount of success the show and the actors have gathered for the past six years. One of the established actor from UK, Brian Cox, whom we’ve seen on recent popular shows like Penny Dreadful and Deadwood, also turned down a part on Game of Thrones, and he says that he regrets having done that.

During an interview with VodzillaCox revealed that he regrets turning down a part on the HBO fantasy drama due to the fact that he wasn’t going to be paid as well as he’d want. Cox, who has worked with Ian Mcshane, who played Ray in the 7th episode of Game of Thrones season 6, says that he’s a huge fan of the show himself, and regrets not agreeing to play a part on it.

“Well, stupidly, I turned it down in the early days because they didn’t pay enough money. Now they have more money. And I was silly. I was silly, it was silly, because I’m a complete addict now. But I don’t know what I could play. Maybe I could do – I mean, I just watched my friend Ian McShane, and I thought, ‘Ooh, Ian’s in it’, so I settled down to watch him. And I thought, ‘Ian did that?’ and immediately I thought, ‘God, they must have paid him well’, because I know Ian!” he said.

Cox is also friends with a few other actors like Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister) and Clive Russell (Blackfish), who have all played important parts on Game of Thrones.







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George R. R. Martin extends his support to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests

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George R.R. Martin extends his support to the 'Black Lives Matter' protests

Raging protests took place in the United States along with the rest of the world after George Floyd, an African-American, was pinned to death by four policemen. The incident took place on May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and ever since then, the Black Lives Matter movement has caught fire across the globe; including all the fifty states of the USA. Although violent riots broke out in some places, most people raised their voices peacefully against racial injustice and police brutality. George R. R. Martin, the man whose words brought Game of Thrones to life, also voiced his opinion on his Not a Blog.

George R.R. Martin extends his support to the 'Black Lives Matter' protests

In a post titled “Words for our Times”, Martin posted a picture with two quotes by Frederick Douglass; a famous African-American social reformer who spoke and wrote against slavery. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will,” read the first one. The American author wrote no words of his own yet clearly expressed his unease and anger towards the way people have segregated various sections of the society based on class, race, and gender. The ignorance of the society and of those in power regarding such issues has cost the safety of our freedom, life, and diversity. It has only spread hatred and brought ruin to the marginalized groups.

Many from the Game of Thrones cast had come out in the open to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Actors like Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kerry Ingram (Shireen Baratheon), and Richard Madden (Robb Stark) took to streets and walked and chanted with the protesters. Other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, and Michael B. Jordan also spoke for equality and the stake of black voices in different aspects of the society. Slogans like “No justice No peace”, “White silence is violence”, “I can’t breathe” echoed through the streets.

George R.R. Martin extends his support to the 'Black Lives Matter' protests

The US President, Donald Trump’s recent statement calling “Black Lives Matter” a symbol of hate has raised questions about the role of the people in power. However, the office of the President has made it clear that it was meant for the organization of the same name that they claim is leading people to violence and extremism. Whatever the reasons, it’s not possible to rule out any government from the equations of injustice. It’s a burden shared by every citizen which is mirrored in the face of our leaders.

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Looney Tunes Cartoons more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

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Looney Tunes Cartoons is more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

We have to let things go after a point even when we want to hold on to them forever. The HBO network’s most popular show of the last decade, Game of Thrones bid us goodbye before the advent of the 2020s. Although there’s no need to drop GoT from our memories, the audiences have begun to look forward. With the launch of WarnerMedia’s streaming service platform HBO Max on May 27, new horizons have come upon. The most popular show on HBO Max within the first four days of its launch was not Game of Thrones or other adult hits such as The Sopranos or Sex and the City. It was Looney Tunes Cartoons, which was followed by The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo on the second spot; both aimed at kids. Read on to find out more.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

Looney Tunes Cartoons is an animated web TV series; created as a reboot from the characters of the classics, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (from the 1930s-1960s). It premiered on May 27, 2020, along with the debut of HBO Max. Parrot Analytics, a global data firm, estimates the most popular shows in terms of social media, fan ratings, and piracy. The stats for the shows on HBO Max told us that Looney Tunes drew a demand that was 19.4 times higher than an average show.

This was more than the demand for the top shows of Quibi and Apple TV+; within the first four days of their respective launches. But the interest pales in comparison to Disney+’s The Mandalorian, which had generated an interest of 46.1 times higher than an average show; when it debuted in November 2019. At the end of the first week of HBO Max, Love Life (a rom-com anthology series) took the second spot after Looney Tunes Cartoons; with a demand of 9 times more than an average show.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

The report by Bloomberg hints that the latest trends on HBO Max suggest a necessary diversification in terms of the audience demographic. HBO has produced some great, premium content for its adult viewers over the years; while there hasn’t been much variety available for the kids. However, with new streaming services such as Disney+, Apple TV+, and the already established Netflix and Amazon Prime, a wave of family-friendly content has emerged. Thus, HBO Max also seems to be making the cut in the race of growing competition.

The path of HBO Max has been far from smooth as the COVID-19 pandemic has halted the production of any new exclusives. Also, not everyone is aware of the differences between HBO (already has 40 million subscribers) and HBO Max. The quality of HBO shows has never been questioned. Giants like Game of Thrones, Succession, Chernobyl, and Barry have carried HBO with great value and reception. But the new streaming battle will have to be fought with a great mix of new originals and old classics; which would pave a way to get HBO Max in front of a large number of viewers.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is more popular than Game of Thrones on HBO Max

So, yes, Game of Thrones might not interest everyone who is watching these news shows on the streaming platforms; perhaps because they have already watched the biggest fantasy-drama ever. However, the interest in Westeros will certainly rise when the upcoming prequel, House of Dragon arrives. And with more spinoffs in the pipeline, plus two monumental books in the ASOIAF series still in progress, Game of Thrones is here to stay; with one face or the other.

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Emilia Clarke hosts virtual dinner for 12 lucky fans that donated to her COVID-19 relief fund

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Checkout Emilia Clarke's Virtual Cooking session hosted for 12 fans

Our world needs a lot of goodness and kindness right now. Speaking of, Game of Thrones actors have been especially very kind since the pandemic outbreak. While somebody like Isaac Hempstead Wright has helped his stepdad distribute the PPE to the health workers, the likes of Sophie Turner has been vocal about the need for social distancing. They haven’t been behind in giving charities as well. Maisie Williams generously gave £50000 to her animal shelter, Emilia Clarke too, has been doing her bit in spreading happiness as well. Read on to know more about it.

As per Independent, Clarke recently hosted a virtual cooking session with her fans and shared the pictures on her Instagram. The 12 fans were the winners of a lucky draw pulled from those that donated to her COVID-19 relief fund. Clarke in her own words had a roaring time and the pictures are proof of it. Check out the post!

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Mid-“my batter looks like its thrown up on itself, how about yours?!” Chat… THIS is how I throw a cook-along party, (in Covid time that IS a thing I swear) full of mess and big arm gestures in lieu of actual cooking knowledge. Ted @gommie_poem and I were joined in my messy kitchen by 12 beautiful souls as we all made and ate…pancakes! 🥳 (a soufflé seemed a bridge too far) Quote of the meal “mine look like chicken fillets” (to be fair I found a recipe that didn’t need flour so things got a little… DENSE. 😋) This roaring good time we all had was a thank you for the incredible donations these wonders made towards @sameyouorg Covid Relief fund. We have created an online clinic for brain injury recovery which is growing into something truly magic. LIKE OUR PANCAKES! #newcookingshowanyone? #illbrushuponmywhiskingskills #👩‍🍳 #❤️ #👌

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Clarke wrote:

“Mid-’my batter looks like it’s thrown upon itself, how about yours?!’ Chat… THIS is how I throw a cookalong party, (in Covid time that IS a thing I swear (full of mess and big arm gestures in lieu of actual cooking knowledge.”

She loved making her food with “12 beautiful souls” and revealed her reason for hosting the cook-along. She wrote further:

“This roaring good time we all had was a thank you for the incredible donations these wonders made towards @sameyouorg Covid Relief fund.”

Checkout Emilia Clarke's Virtual Cooking session hosted for 12 fans

Clarke had launched her charity SameYou in 2019 which looks after the adults who have suffered strokes and brain injuries. She especially wanted to help the individuals during the pandemic and wanted to raise £250,000 for the same.

We have absolutely loved how active our favorite stars have been in these trying times. Clarke has been especially associated with multiple charity events which just goes on to show what a golden heart she is.

What about you? How has your lockdown been going? Talk to us in the comments below!







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