PROUD TO EM­BRACE DI­VER­SITY

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There’s been a wicked ru­mour go­ing around about Scot­tish ac­tor Iain Glen.

Whis­pers on film and TV sets re­count the story of a fa­mous th­es­pian, en­trapped by a frozen lake while film­ing for Game of Thrones. As such, Glen missed the first block of film­ing for ABC se­ries Clev­er­man, and pro­duc­tion was sud­denly halted. But alas, this myth­i­cal tale is pure fan­tasy.

Ac­cord­ing to Glen, 56, who plays morally cor­rupt mul­ti­mil­lion­aire Jar­rod Slade, he was al­ways sched­uled to ap­pear in the sec­ond block of pro­duc­tion.

And Glen has al­ways been com­mit­ted to Clev­er­man, see­ing the po­ten­tial of the sci-fi drama in­spired by Abo­rig­i­nal Dream­time sto­ries to shed light on universal is­sues of divi­sion, dis­crim­i­na­tion and vi­o­lence.

“Peo­ple are threat­ened by dif­fer­ence in­stead of try­ing to em­brace and ac­cept it,” he says.

Glen’s com­ments come af­ter Eng­land was rocked by at­tacks in Manch­ester and Lon­don.

“Fear and mis­un­der­stand­ing can bring out vi­o­lent in­stincts but deep down it re­veals a weak­ness, that you need to de­stroy some­thing that’s dif­fer­ent. Peo­ple can live with each other very peace­fully if they just em­brace the dif­fer­ence.”

WATCH CLEV­ER­MAN, ABC, THURS­DAY, 9.30PM

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