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Last year, season seven’s episode four and its script appeared online before it was officially broadcast.

Game Of Thrones star Richard Dormer has hit out at “annoying” leaks about the TV show and suggested some could be done on purpose.

Last year, season seven’s episode four and its script appeared online before it was officially broadcast.

Four people were arrested in India in August 2017 following the leak and police said the suspects had company credentials that gave them access to episodes in advance.

Also, episode six was accidentally leaked online last year by HBO Spain, reports said.

It was then pulled within an hour, but that was still long enough for it to reach the wider internet.

The eighth and final series of the hit show is due to air on HBO and Sky Atlantic from April 2019 and Dormer, appearing on Sky News, refused to reveal any details about it, joking “they would kill me”.

The actor, who plays Beric Dondarrion in the fantasy drama, said it was annoying that leaks surfaced on the internet as “we want fans to see it on screen and go, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe it'”.

“You don’t want it to be spoiled. You want it to be a piece of entertainment, constantly keeping you on the edge of your seat.”

But he said the leaks were “good for the show”.

He told Sky News: “It gets people talking. Sometimes I suppose they even leak stuff on purpose. I don’t know but it’s all good for the show.”

Dormer, from Lisburn in Northern Ireland, was speaking ahead of the start of the third and final season of Sky Atlantic’s Scandinavian thriller Fortitude, in which he plays police officer Dan Anderssen.

He said he was going to miss the role, calling Anderssen a “brilliant character”.

Dormer said: “He’s very funny. very scary, very dark. A lot of fun.”

He also praise the sense of humour in the show, adding: “It kind of makes sense to me”.

The show was filmed in Norway where, according to Dormer, the temperature got as low as -55C (-67F)

“As long as you are wearing the right clothes and have a nice big furry hat you will be absolute fine,” he added.

Fortitude starts tonight on Sky Atlantic at 9pm.

Source: Sky

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I have added these gorgeous new photos to the Gallery to start the new year. I can’t wait to see what projects Richard will work this year. We have the final series of Game of Thrones starting in April. I think Beric’s days are numbered BUT we will have to wait and see.

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Not sure what photographer has take them but they are featured on Imdb.com and United Agents.

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Fortitude is back for a third and final series, and Portadown-born actor Richard Dormer is really going to miss playing sheriff Dan Anderssen. He talks to Georgia Humphreys about relating to his character’s difficult journey, and how filming the show has been a cathartic process.

It’s impossible to ignore how emotional Richard Dormer feels about the end of Fortitude.

Tears suddenly start rolling down the Northern Irish star’s cheeks as he discusses the Sky Atlantic sci-fi thriller.

Now in its third – and final – series, the 49-year-old plays the mad and sinister Sheriff Dan Anderssen, who’s at the centre of the crazy goings-on in a close-knit community in the Arctic Circle.

“Some characters, some jobs, some souls you can relate to,” Dormer says candidly, as he dabs at his eyes and tries to pinpoint exactly why this has “been the most emotional” shoot he’s ever done.

“Just personally, in my life, I’ve been going through tough times and this guy is doing the same thing. He’s trying not to lose himself.

“It’s kind of a reflection of where I am, and that journey of someone trying to hold on to the things he loves.”

But filming the series, which was created by Simon Donald, has been “cathartic”.

“It’s therapy time for me,” says the actor, who’s also known for his role as Beric Dondarrion in the HBO series Game Of Thrones.

He also wrote and performed in a one-man show based on the rise and fall of troubled, Belfast-born snooker genius Alex Higgins.

Dormer explained that he decided to write the play after meeting Higgins in a train station in Dublin and discovering that he reminded him of himself as a young man.

Dormer won the BBC Stewart Parker Award for New Writing and The Stage Edinburgh Fringe Best Actor award for Hurricane.

So far in Fortitude we’ve seen a lot of deaths and some bonkers storylines, such as a killing spree by a parasitic wasp and the rampage of a shaman seeking revenge.

And Dan – having survived the parasite and a host of other traumatic events – has lost his way.

The new episodes will see the complex character struggling to hold on to any sense of good and evil.

“He’s evolved … he’s a new human being … or maybe not human,” offers Dormer. “He’s a demon. He’s lost his morality and his humanity, but he’s stronger and wiser than ever, so that’s pretty scary.”

He’s also seeing ghosts – and things that others can’t see.

Dormer continues: “As well as being addicted to every substance on the planet, he’s now addicted to muscimol juice. When reindeer have eaten fungi and they pee, people collect the pee. Eskimos used to actually do this to be able to have visions of the afterlife or the land of the dead.

“Dan has one foot in this world and the other foot in the land of the dead, so he can communicate with the people who he has killed.”

The final instalment of the show, which also stars the likes of Dennis Quaid, Luke Treadaway and Sienna Guillory, was shot in Svalbard, Norway.

At times, the weather dropped as low as -35 degrees, or -50 with wind chill.

“It’s where the show is originally set,” says Dormer, “and it really added a new dimension to the characters because we were informed by the severity and the absolute brutality of that landscape.”

How did he find it being in a much colder environment for this series?

“If you take your glove off to light a cigarette, within 20 seconds it hurts,” he admits.

“And if you’re going out for a walk, you’ve got to tell somebody because if you slip and get knocked unconscious, you’re dead in 10 or 15 minutes, so you have to be really careful.”

But there’s no denying this added element of danger helped with his performance.

“I think everybody just got tougher and meaner and then whenever we do the interiors, when it’s warm and cosy, out comes this extreme gentleness and love, so you get those extremes.

“We tried to get them in the first two seasons, but I think they really come out in this one.”

The show isn’t an easy watch, with its heavy themes of loss, death and identity.

But it has amassed a huge cult following, perhaps for the clever way it balances elements of horror (expect some gruesome scenes) and sci-fi.

It also feels “kind of Greek”, says Dormer.

“Dan is kind of Prometheus because he’s stolen this gift … he’s stolen the power to regenerate, to become godlike, and with that power of course comes the responsibility. It’s about how a human being deals with that.

“Having played this part, I could play anything because nothing could take me as far into darkness and light. This part has just been extraordinary.”

It may be time for him to say a sad goodbye to the role, but at least Dormer is going to keep a prop to remember Dan by – his gun. “It’s the best gun on television,” he boasts.

“Dan is an Arctic sheriff; he’s like a western sheriff and he’s kind of styling himself on that, so we got this beautiful gun holster made for a nine-inch barrel magnum – it’s a real gun!”

Fortitude is a job Dormer has clearly relished in more ways than one.

“I’m really going to miss it because it’s like Dan’s my best friend,” he says.

“He’s a monster, but I play him like nobody’s truly a monster. There’s a deep humanity in him and I think that’s what makes him interesting.

“If he ever does anything wrong, you know it’s going to hurt him later. He has a conscience. Even though he’s losing his humanity, there’s still a little seed of goodness in him, and that’s what I hold on to when I’m playing him – that he could redeem himself.”

Source: Belfast Telegraph

April 24th, 2018   Posted by admin

Cinemax’s new limited series Rellik follows the hunt for a serial killer who uses acid to kill his victims.

The title of Cinemax’s new limited series Rellik, or “killer” spelled backwards, is nod to its unorthodox narrative. The story quite literally starts at the end where a presumed serial killer is unjustly shot dead. From there, the story works its way back in time.

The first time the show’s star Richard Dormer read the script, he said the structure dizzied him. “I kind of got used to it toward the end of the second episode. Then I was mystified and drawn in,” he told Den of Geek.

Dormer, perhaps best known to American audiences for his turn in Game of Thrones, has worn the badge on TV before, starring as a police chief in the British cop drama Fortitude. Accepting the lead role of Gabriel in Rellik posed a different challenge for Dormer. The character is a detective who is physically deformed after a brutal acid attack, but presses on with the investigation to take down the serial killer who nearly murdered him. What stood out to Dormer about the script was the amoral protagonist, a man damaged on the inside as much as he is on the outside. Yet Rellik doesn’t fully rely on the antihero-like characterization, but puts a rather unique spin on the crime drama with its story structure.

“If you spell it differently, relic in the dictionary means something that is destroyed or ruined,” Dormer said. “Which is exactly what Gabriel is. He’s a relic of who he was. He’s a destroyed, a ruined man, basically. So, that’s another level to it.”

Gabriel filled the voids in his life with booze, drugs, and sex. Part of what drives him post-acid attack is revenge, what Dormer called “narcissism and immense pride.”

The first thing the audience notices about Gabriel is his physical appearance. With much of the character’s face deformed, Dormer would sit in the makeup room for two hours to put on the prosthetics. On the longer days of shooting he had to wear it for nearly 11 hours. Stepping into character became a physically and emotionally exhausting process, what Dormer calls the hardest shoot he’s ever done.

“The prosthetic really, really swamped the performance because it was absolute hell to wear,” he said. “I really had a hard time, but at least I got to take it off every night. And I feel for anyone who’s experienced anything similar.”

Unfortunately life did mirror art. Around the same time they were shooting the show, stories surfaced of acid attacks in London. It was unnerving for Dormer. And to stay inside Gabriel’s mind for long periods of time became an emotionally taxing experience.

“It really upset me in a lot of ways. The thought of having to go through ‘what if I had to go through the rest of my life with a part of identity removed?’”

Source: Den of Geek

September 7th, 2017   Posted by admin

Richard Dormer gave up on acting three times before rediscovering his love for the job with a little help from a flaming sword in Game of Thrones, the Northern Irish actor tells Eithne Shortall.


On entering the Belfast pub where I am meeting Richard Dormer, all eyes turn to me. The staff have been watching the door; they want to know who is here to see the celebrity that arrived a couple of minutes earlier.

“Are you a journalist?” asks the bartender.


“He’s outside.”

Sitting in the smoking area of the Sunflower pub with a mug of coffee and a packet of cigarettes is the 47-year-old actor who used to pass unnoticed. Then he got a recurring role in Game of Thrones — and his character was given a flaming sword.

“The sword went down a storm with the fans, even though I think they forgot I was in season three way back when,” says Dormer of the initial appearance of his character Beric Dondarrion. “I did have another offer when they asked me to come back. I was almost going to do the other job, but they wrote to me and said, ‘You’re going to be doing great stuff, so choose us’ — and I’m really glad I did. I’m not even on screen that much, but what it’s done for my profile is just exceptional. It’s crazy.”

Before returning to the world’s most popular television show, he was occasionally recognised for being in Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude. “The most recognisable characters I play have beards, and I’m growing this for season eight,” he says of his thick, red-hued facial hair. “If I’m clean-shaven, nobody recognises me. I’m completely anonymous.”

With a lived-in face juxtaposed against perfect white teeth, and wearing a tieless suit with a few shirt buttons undone, Dormer has an aesthetic reminiscent of the morning after an enjoyable awards ceremony. It fits the rugged charm shared by most of his characters, although this will not be immediately evident in his next starring role.

Rellik (“killer” spelled backwards) is a BBC drama about a spate of acid attacks being investigated by a detective who is himself a victim. The story is told backwards, and filming involved Dormer sitting in make-up for two hours each morning as three-quarters of his face was covered in prosthetics. “They would never have given me Rellik if I hadn’t done Fortitude, because they saw I could carry a show,” he says.

Success for Dormer arrived in his forties, and he was always conscious that actors usually make it young or not at all. “If I had this success 20 years ago, I don’t think I’d have been mature enough to handle it. So I think it happened at a time when I was ready. I actually didn’t want it when I was younger. I gave up acting three times, feeling this is the wrong job for me.”

The first time he quit was in his twenties; straight after finishing a West End show, he flew home to his parents in Armagh. “I needed to get away from that intense life, that London life. I didn’t like the entertainment industry, I didn’t want to be part of it and I didn’t want to lose myself. I do think there are some people in this business who shouldn’t be in it; emotionally they’re not strong enough. And I wasn’t back then, so I think it was quite wise to do what I did.

“Then I spent years trying to claw back the years I’d lost. Twice I had to re-establish my career. When I came back with Hurricane,” he says of the hit play about snooker player Alex Higgins that he wrote and starred in at the age of 33, “that made my mark. I was back, but only as a theatre actor. All my life I’d only done theatre.”

Finding his agent changed things.

Dallas Smith, a hot shot in the world of representation, told the actor to refuse theatre jobs for a year and see if any screen work materialised. Dormer recalls thinking that, having entered his forties, he was a bit long in the tooth to suddenly “make it”, but needed to take the gamble if he wanted to make money. “I did it, and eight months later nothing. Then I got Good Vibrations offered to me,” he says of the Northern Irish indie film about the record producer Terri Hooley. “And from then, Game of Thrones, everything, it all just started happening. The gamble paid off.”

Dormer has not done theatre for seven years. He considers himself an emotional actor, someone who lives the part rather than acts it. He does not practise method acting: “What are you going to do if you’re playing a serial killer — go out and kill somebody?” Instead he believes in the character he plays, until part of his psyche is convinced it is real.

You could be standing in a bar and suddenly break down crying

After an intense role he has a therapy session in which he reasserts who he is: I’m Richard Dormer, I’m an actor, etc. “You could be standing in a bar having a conversation and suddenly break down crying. You would know what it was but the other person would be thinking, ‘Jesus Christ, you’re a mental mess,’ and you’re not. It’s just you have all these feelings and they have nowhere to go.”

Dormer wrote six plays, but he has given that up too. There was talk of turning Hurricane into a film — Higgins wanted too much money, however. “Like, he wanted the budget of the film,” says Dormer, and when he said no, so did Higgins. “Which was pretty horrible of him, considering all the years we’d known each other and all the money I’d given him in royalties from the play.”

Dormer has left the Higgins saga behind him — “bigger fish to fry” — but for years he was fascinated by the Belfast snooker player. He puts this down to the commonalities in their lives; both working-class Protestants who left Northern Ireland for England at around the same age. “We were both good at what we did and we both went off the tracks a bit.”

He draws parallels between Higgins’s experience and his own feelings of being a second-class citizen when at Rada, the prestigious London drama school. “I felt I was never good enough. George Best is another one. No matter what success they have they think, ‘I don’t deserve this,’ and that’s because they grew up in Troubles, and every time you heard a Northern Irish accent on TV it was because somebody’s killed somebody and, you know, a lot of negative stuff around being Northern Irish and Protestant in the 1970s and 1980s.”

Dormer’s wife, Cork-born Rachel O’Riordan, is artistic director of a theatre in Cardiff. He declines to say how they divide their time geographically, but he owns a house in Belfast. He spends most of the year in London, or wherever he is shooting. Currently that means Northern Ireland, and then Iceland, for Fortitude’s third season. “That’s me working until next June,” grins the actor, delighted to be proof that life does begin at 40.


Source: The Sunday Times

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