PLAY TELE­VI­SION MYTH­I­CAL WORLDS BECKON

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AMELIA SAW

ru­mour has been 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 multi- mil­lion­aire 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.

“I think the themes are very per­ti­nent to a world in which peo­ple are try­ing to ac­com­mo­date ‘ the other’,” Glen says. “Peo­ple are threat­ened by dif­fer­ence in­stead of try­ing to em­brace and ac­cept it.”

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.”

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