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Watch Jason Segel and Jimmy Fallon Teach a Master Class on Ridiculous Conversations

It's all part of a game called Word Sneak

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night, actor Jason Segel joined Fallon for a game of “Word Sneak,” in which the two are challenged to insert random words into a normal conversation. When Segel is tasked with using the word “Mongoose,” he says he wants to head down South to check out “mongeese,” while Fallon talks about doing a “squat thrust” in Norway to communicate with the locals.

The actor appeared on the late-night show to promote his starring role as David Foster Wallace in The End of the Tour, out in theaters July 31.

 

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Janeane Garofalo on Wet Hot American Summer’s Cult Status and Quitting the Internet

Janeane Garofalo in Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp
Saeed Adyani—Netflix Janeane Garofalo returns to Camp Firewood in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

The actress and comedian talks with TIME about the Netflix prequel series

Janeane Garofalo doesn’t know when she’ll watch all of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode prequel to the 2001 cult film she starred in, which begins streaming on Netflix this Friday. That’s because she doesn’t use the Internet anymore, so she can’t just fire up the series on a laptop. She doesn’t have an email address or an iPhone either. In fact, to schedule our interview, she gives me a call to ask what my schedule looks like so she can be available on her preferred landline—a far cry from the typical, celebrity interviews that come together over days of emailing with publicists haggling over time slots.

Streaming services and smartphone technology aren’t the only things that have changed since Wet Hot American Summer premiered 14 years ago, but the former Air America host and one-time Saturday Night Live cast member is unfazed by all of it. The film’s intense cult following? Garofalo already predicted that back when she was making the movie. The A-list rise of her co-stars Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler? Well deserved, she says, but hardly surprising. And what about the political correctness debate happening in comedy right now? Nothing she hasn’t heard before as a veteran stand-up comedian.

Garofalo spoke with TIME about capturing the magic of the original Wet Hot American Summer, her views on Donald Trump and why Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion has a big gay following.

TIME: Will you binge-watch the entire series when it comes out on Netflix?

Janeane Garofalo: We don’t have it yet! I’ll be in Jackson, Mississippi, working on something. Unless the hotel has Netflix.

Do you have a laptop?

I don’t use a computer, nor do I have a smartphone. I know you don’t believe that. Many people can’t believe it. People will believe in a deity, extraterrestrial ghosts, but this one thing they can’t believe. I’m a bit of a neo-luddite.

Isn’t that the cool thing to do now? You’re ahead of the game.

It’s not noble. The downside is it definitely affects ticket sales for stand-up comedy because social media platforms are vital to a lot of comics on the road. But I’m absolutely willing to sacrifice seats because there are so many negative things. What happened with Air America with so many right-wing trolls and death threats, it emotionally affected me. That stuff doesn’t roll right off me the way it does for some people, and there’s such a culture of cruelty with it that I just couldn’t handle it. Now there are so many upsides to it—I understand that it’s the great democratic medium. But I also like to get books and magazines and the paper, and I like to watch MSNBC and BBC News. I like it the old-fashioned way. My boyfriend uses a computer, and if I absolutely need to he can pass along information to me.

That’s good! You’re probably better off this way.

I don’t miss much. I never know what people are talking about with viral videos. When somebody asks, “Did you see so-and-so’s face, have they had work done?” I don’t know what they’re referring to, and I’m happy to not be a part of pop culture nonsense. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way—I just don’t have an interest in knowing “Did they have work done?” or “Did you see that slutty video of the cat doing the thing?”

I was just talking with Hannibal Buress about animated GIFS and how people discover new comedy through platforms like Tumblr.

It’s really important! There are so many comics whose work is built upon the new technology. They can sell out good-sized spaces purely through that, and I understand that. But then you could go down a rabbit hole and waste so much time look at stuff, which I think lots of people do at work. They pretend to look busy. Also, people just never get off the phone. You will never be invited anywhere again if people can’t email you, which can be an upside if you never wanted to go to brunch in the first place.

Yeah, that sounds like it has its perks.

Sometimes I’ll hear about stuff if I run into somebody, but it’s as if people no longer can pick up a phone. I can text, but also I’m really happy not to attend your kid’s fifth birthday party in Park Slope—no offense to anyone and their kid’s birthday parties. But enough about that nonsense.

So when did you realize Wet Hot American Summer had become a cult classic?

Here’s the thing: I predicted it was going be a cult classic when we were making it, and I couldn’t believe it when no one saw it at the time. I was just like, Wow, we had such a great time making it! At Sundance there was a bidding war over a movie called Super Troopers by [comedy group] Broken Lizard, which eclipsed us. People thought, “Oh, this is the same type of thing. The State [an MTV sketch show that featured many Wet Hot actors] people have put out a movie, and here’s Broken Lizard—let’s go with Broken Lizard.” Then years went by, and I started noticing that much younger people at the street level and at stand-up shows would come up to me quoting lines from it. It just built and built and built from there. I started noticing that around seven years ago.

Is that the role people approach you about the most? I personally associate you most with Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.

That actually is a biggie. And that happened late—much later, with younger people and especially in the LGBT community. I don’t want to make a sweeping generalization, but it seems that the number of people who are gay who have mentioned it far outnumbers the hetero community. Does that sound okay to say that?

Totally. That movie was always on TV when I was growing up, but I see it: the fantasy of wowing everybody at your reunion after feeling like an outsider for so long probably resonates with a lot of young queer people.

Right, and there’s a camp quality to the comedy of it. That was another one I thought was going to be much bigger when it was released and then has grown. You could say that with a lot of movies, now that people can see things multiple times. When I was growing up, you saw the movie the one time when it was in the theater. Now you can see things 850 million times anytime you want, and new generations are seeing them. That’s really nice. I’m always happy when people like certain things that I like.

Would this prequel series not have been made if it weren’t for the opportunities of streaming outlets like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon?

Presumably! I’m assuming that’s the case because with new avenues there needs to be content on these avenues. More importantly, it wouldn’t have happened if the popularity of the movie itself hadn’t grown. I don’t think Netflix would be like, “Let’s show this thing that was not seen by that many people!” But they had the unbelievable good fortune of Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd becoming enormously successful.

What’s that like for you, watching Bradley Cooper become the Bradley Cooper we know today? Or seeing Paul Rudd become a Marvel superhero?

Well, I thought Paul Rudd was really famous, to tell you the truth, because I was familiar with Paul Rudd in lots of stuff prior to that. We had done a movie called 200 Cigarettes before, but also from Clueless, so I was under the impression that Paul Rudd was already a huge star. Then he became even huger! But the careers that Elizabeth and Bradley and Amy have, like, .55 percent of the SAG-AFTRA union gets to enjoy. And to have that many in one movie! I think it’s thrilling. It couldn’t have happened to nicer and more deserving people. Bradley is a fantastic guy and an extremely talented guy and works really hard, as does Amy. Their work ethics are ridiculous.

Streaming outlets have gotten praise for showing the kinds of characters and stories viewers wouldn’t otherwise see on TV. As someone who’s talked about the limited opportunities available for an actress at your age, are you starting to feel the impact of that?

I hope. With new avenues of course there are going to come new roles. The thing is, though, you’ve got to be lucky enough to have access to even those. There’s still this insatiable hunger for using “names.” There’s still a little bit of the double standard, female-versus-male: “We would prefer the women were younger and better looking.” Men have more latitude. I would say it’s still harder for people of color and people in the LGBTQ community. I think that’s a real tough one to break.

Have you seen Amy Schumer’s “Last F-ckable Day” sketch with Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and—

Yes, yes, and Patty Arquette? You know what’s so funny about that? I feel the same way idol-wise. When I saw them sitting at the table, I was like, “Oh my God!” Patricia Arquette has been one of my idols for years. She’s younger than me. Not only is she adorable, she’s such an interesting, emotional, intuitive actor. When Amy walked through the woods and saw those three there I was like, “Oh, I feel the same way!” To come upon that in the woods, I would have the same wonder and delight that Amy Schumer did. But to me the Amy Schumer thing that I think was amazing was the Twelve Angry Men remake. It’s so good, so well done and so funny.

You’ve said that you were drunk 90 percent of the time while filming the first movie and that there was a lot of bed-hopping among the cast. What was the vibe like this time around? I know you quit drinking a while ago.

It was the opposite of that! First of all, everybody’s much older. Almost everybody else—I don’t—had children. They lived in L.A. while we were shooting, whereas last time we were in Pennsylvania and stayed at the site in the camp the entire time. So you had a bunch of younger people who were not with child and still drinking heavily and having the time of their lives. This time, even though it was very fun, you had people who were sober, commuting to work, with families and not bed-hopping. Now, whatever the younger cast was doing I have no idea. They are a bit too young to probably be partaking in anything, and their parents were there. This was very professional. Very enjoyable, but completely different.

How did you capture the spirit of making the original then?

Well, we all know each other, and we all enjoy working with each other. So that was totally fine. I was there the whole time because my part is sprinkled throughout and I don’t need to fly back and forth. I don’t have a family here [in New York], so I’m like, “Just put me at a hotel, and I’m fine!” Every once in a while some of the other New York people would be there, and we would go to Gelson’s. That was our big night: we’d go to Gelson’s, or sometimes people would sit outside and watch me smoke cigarettes in the parking lot, and that was great. I love that kind of stuff when you’re at the same hotel at night, but it was just as enjoyable during the day being at Calamigos Ranch.

And it was great meeting the new cast that came: Jon Hamm I had met before, but Weird Al Yankovic, Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles—all those people brought in a new fun thing. It was just constantly enjoyable. And Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman were great and funny, so I felt like it was different but no less enjoyable. I was also not drunk and hungover a lot of the time—actually, I was so happy, I didn’t get hungover that bad back then. When I got older, that’s when it got me.

Does making something for Netflix feel any different on set?

To me it felt like the same thing. It’s still shooting. The difference is [writers] Michael [Showalter] and David [Wain] have directed a million things since their first thing, the original movie. You had them trying to make a movie when they had not done that before, and now they’ve directed a whole bunch of things, so there was an ease to that this time. They also had a machine behind them and an infrastructure that did not exist for them last time, so it was probably much less stressful for them. And it didn’t rain every single day like it did last time.

Oh really?

Yeah, I think it rained 20 days out of the 22 day shoot of Wet Hot. It was just a mud bath. It wouldn’t rain all day every day but it would rain at some point every single day. As you know in California with the drought, that was not the case.

As someone who is known for her politics as well as her comedy, do you think that the 2016 election is going to supply comedians with good material?

I think [for] all comedians who discuss politics and culture in that way, there’s always something to discuss. The problem is when it becomes too tragic, when certain right-wing nonsense is actually culturally criminal: the anti-immigrant stuff, the Donald Trump nonsense. Yes, we can laugh at Donald Trump, but it is just absurd. First of all, you can’t parody it. You cannot parody Donald Trump. Or Michele Bachmann, or the nonsense a lot of the Tea Partiers say, or Lindsey Graham or Mitch McConnell. Or any of Fox News—their deliberate misinformation campaign and their pandering to the base by being racist, anti-immigrant, misogynistic. None of that stuff is funny to me. It hurts me, and it should be something everyone is concerned about. When prideful ignorance and homophobia and misogyny and xenophobia become accepted politic rhetoric, that’s not funny to me.

The Huffington Post recently announced that it’s putting Donald Trump coverage in the entertainment section instead of the politics section.

I can’t speak for everybody, but I find some of these things just tragic and painful to absorb and not helpful to us as a society. Those that are ignorant, racist, misogynistic, homophobic—it empowers them when they have figureheads to rally around, when the mainstream media treats it like it’s actually news. People like Donald Trump should be either ignored, or put purely in entertainment and satire coverage, as opposed to legitimate news coverage. That’s my opinion. Because it really does prevent us as a society from evolving and becoming more enlightened when these things are just put out there like it’s a side or an issue. It’s painful to me, and hard for me to laugh at it.

What do you think about the political correctness debate that’s been happening in comedy right now?

Oh, that’s always going on. That’s not new. Actually I call political correctness “manners.” If someone wishes to be referred to as African-American or Latina or transgender or whatever it is, that is respectful. That’s not the “P.C. Police” or “fascist.” That’s called manners. It’s called emotional intelligence. And also, if something is funny, it’s funny. And if a smart person, an enlightened person is doing comedy which has elements that point out racism, misogyny, all that stuff—that’s fine. If it’s a dumb-ass doing it, where you don’t see the ridiculousness of it or the irony of it, there’s no value to it. I don’t know if I’m articulating this correctly.

I get what you’re saying—punching up, doing it with a purpose.

Yeah, yeah. It’s not wrong to respect people’s wishes to not be marginalized, mocked, stereotyped as we move on and on into the new millennium. I feel that’s correct to respect these things.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Plea for Cecil the Lion Leads to More than $150,000 in Donations

The late night host's emotional segment paid off in a big way for Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit

When late night host Jimmy Kimmel made an emotional plea on his show on Tuesday night that the death of 13-year-old Zimbabwean lion Cecil not be in vain, an outpouring of support was to be expected, but the magnitude of that generosity proved remarkable.

According to The Wrap, Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit—whose website was flashed on the screen for 25 seconds at the end of Kimmel’s segment on Cecil the Lion—netted more than $150,000 donations from 2,600 people in less than 24 hours. The unit had been responsible for tracking Cecil’s whereabouts until his untimely demise.

“Jimmy Kimmel implored his millions of listeners in the U.S.A. to make donations to support our work on lions, and conservation more widely,” Wildlife Conservation Research Unit director David McDonald said on the organization’s website. “We are so grateful for this and for the up-welling of support for our work worldwide.”

Cecil the Lion was killed on July 1 by American dentist Walter Palmer and two local guides. Palmer has been on the receiving end of mass vitriol from PETA, celebrities and social media users.

[The Wrap]

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Watch Jon Stewart Reveal What He and Obama Did in Their ‘Secret’ Meetings

"Eat nachos, watch King Ralph"

Viewers could only imagine what Jon Stewart and Barack Obama talked about in their private meetings in the Oval Office. Until now.

Being interviewed by Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show, Stewart finally copped to what he and the President did at those meetings in 2011 and 2014. “Hang out,” he said. “Eat nachos, watch King Ralph.” (King Ralph is a move from the 1990s where John Goodman becomes the King of England.)

Wilmore asked Stewart if he thinks the President was trying t0 influence his show or his jokes by calling the meetings, to which Stewart replied, “No, I think that was what he was trying to do, because I have a television show and sometimes we say super sh*tty things about him and his policies, so I’m pretty sure I was there because he’s run out of people to watch King Ralph with.”

Obama made his seventh appearance on The Daily Show in July. I guess we all have to go watch King Ralph now.

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Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear Team Sign Deal With Amazon

The Cheltenham Festival - Day 4
Samir Hussein—WireImage Jeremy Clarkson watches the races during Gold Cup day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2014, in Cheltenham, England

Clarkson left the BBC in disgrace

Jeremy Clarkson and is fellow Top Gear presenters announced on Thursday that they have signed a deal with Amazon to produce a new motoring show.

Co-presenters Richard Hammon and James May will also join him in the new venture with Amazon Video. Clarkson was fired by the BBC earlier this year after a violent drunken altercation with his producer.

Chris Evans, a TV and radio presenter, will take the helm of Top Gear and it has been rumored he will be joined by former Formula 1 World Champion Jensen Button. Button currently races for McLaren.

Clarkson has signed a three-series deal, which will only be available to Amazon Prime customers.

Clarkson believes he now has a licence to tell as many jokes as he wants.

Jay Marine, vice-president of Amazon Prime Video in Europe, said: “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen. Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”

 

 

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Little Women Could Get a Dystopian Reboot on the CW

Little women movie adaptation
RKO Pictures/Getty Images American actresses Jean Parker, Joan Bennett, Spring Byington, Frances Dee, and Katharine Hepburn as the March women in a still from an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book 'Little Women' directed by George Cukor, 1933.

The March sisters could be getting a 'a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation'

Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy may be headed to the CW. The network has put Little Women, a script adapted from Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel, into development, EW has confirmed.

NCIS actor Michael Weatherly is executive producing through his Solar Drive Productions along with writer Alexis Jolly, in association with CBS Television Studios.

This certainly isn’t the first time Little Women has been adapted for the screen, the most recent version being Gillian Armstrong’s feature starring Winona Ryder and Christian Bale, but you’ve never seen the March sisters like this before. The logline describes Jolly’s script as “a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation,” in which the sisters “band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia.”

Pretty far from playing The Pilgrim’s Progress on Christmas Eve.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Bill Clinton to Appear on StarTalk Season 2 Premiere

Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson attend the 65th Anniversary Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on Aug. 17, 2013 in East Hampton, New York.
Steven A Henry—Getty Images Former President Bill Clinton and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson attend the 65th Anniversary Artists & Writers Celebrity Softball Game at Herrick Park on Aug. 17, 2013 in East Hampton, New York.

The former president will appear alongside show host Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson will sit down with President Bill Clinton for the season 2 premiere of StarTalk, NatGeo announced at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour.

“I couldn’t think of a more appropriate guest to kick off our second season,” said Tyson. “President Bill Clinton is a public figure whose impact and influence spans politics, pop culture and science—with an occasional dose of humor. That’s exactly the mission statement for StarTalk, and I look forward to sharing our conversation with viewers.”

Other season 2 guests include Susan Sarandon, David Byrne, Larry Wilmore, Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp and Penn and Teller.

StarTalk returns Sunday, Oct. 25 at 11 p.m. ET on NatGeo.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Watch the First Clip From The Unauthorized Full House Story

The 50-second clip highlights the trouble in paradise

Lifetime has released the first clip from The Unauthorized Full House Story, premiering on August 22 at 10 p.m.

The 50-second clip is supposed to show the drama behind the scenes of the sitcom. The actor playing John Stamos’s character Jesse (Justin Gaston) complains the Olsen twins are not comfortable on stage. Bob Saget (Garrett Brawith), who plays Danny Tanner, the wholesome TV anchor dad in the original show, gets yelled at off-stage for making a vulgar remark in front of the actress playing the character Stephanie (Dakota Guppy) — which is not surprising, given how raunchy his set is in real life.

Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes looks at Netflix’s upcoming 21st century Fuller House paint a much happier picture. John Stamos revealed this week that his character is still married to Becky (Lori Loughlin) in the reboot.

 

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Trevor Noah Plans Big Daily Show Changes

Trevor Noah at 2015 Summer TCA event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 29, 2015.
Matt Sayles—Invision/AP Trevor Noah at 2015 Summer TCA event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 29, 2015.

For starters, there will be less Fox News-bashing

The Daily Show is really going to change when Trevor Noah takes over the Comedy Central series this fall. One big switch off the bat: Noah says he’ll focus less on Jon Stewart’s favorite source of outrage, Fox News.

The Daily Show was based on an emerging 24 hour news cycle, that’s everything it was,” Noah told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour on Wednesday. “That’s what inspired The Daily Show. Now you look at news and it’s changed. It’s no longer predicated around 24 hour news. There are so many different choices. Half of it is online now. Now you’ve got the Gawkers, the BuzzFeeds. The way people are drawing their news is soundbites and headlines and click-bait links has changed everything. The biggest challenge is going to be an exciting one I’m sure is how are we going to bring all of that together looking at it from a bigger lens as opposed to just going after one source—which was historically Fox News.”

Here are more revelations from the panel:

The set will change: “We’re changing the sets a tiny bit,” Noah said. “But we still want it to be recognized as The Daily Show.”

The perspective will change: “We’re still dealing with the same issues, it’s just a different angle we’re looking at things from—and it’s my angle, really. I’m taking things in a slightly different direction, but to the same endpoint.” Noah then ran down the biographical differences between himself (describing himself as a 31-year-old half-black, half-white South African man who immigrated to the United States in 2011) and Stewart (as a 52-year-old Jewish man who grew up in New Jersey). “The way we look at the same story will be completely different,” he said. “We have different access to different jokes, different sides, different sensitivities … the most important thing is the place that you come from.”

More mimicry: Noah speaks seven languages and is learning more, and impersonating accents is part of his stand-up act already. “I have an affinity for picking up on accents and tones,” he said. “But I don’t think somebody’s accent is inherently funny.” A reporter brought up how Stewart recently made headlines after a former writer from The Daily Show recounted a writer’s room arugment over Stewart’s Herman Cain impression, and wondered whether doing impressions of accents is really a wise idea. “The story wasn’t about the accent itself, the story was framed around an incident in the office,” Noah countered. “The incident with Herman Cain wasn’t a bad joke in particular.” Noah added that a writers room is supposed to be a place where creatives fight about content. “That’s the whole point of having a great writing team. You’re trying to find the best way to tell the best joke. What happened with Jon is exactly what the writers’ room is for. We hope to get to a point where we’re really passionate for our subject, because when we get the fight on screen we’ve already had the fight [behind the scenes].”

About those tweets: Noah was asked about Twitter history that was slammed when as insensitive when he was announced as The Daily Show’s new host. “I don’t strive to be offensive,” he said. “But you can never control what people find is offensive or not. Any joke can be seen as offensive. When people get to know you, and when you know a person, you know the context of a joke. Luckily, Comedy Central hasn’t limited me to 140 characters on the show, so I should be able to [better articulate context].”

About being chosen by Stewart: “The biggest pressure is living up to the expectations that Jon has for me,” he said. “Jon believes in me … for years we’ve been talking. I never dreamed I’d be sitting in this chair. I guess he knew something about me that I didn’t know at the time. There’s an immense pressure, personally. But it’s about the show first, it’s not about me.”

At the top of Noah’s panel, Comedy Central also revealed the show will retain Stewart’s five executive producers.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Actor Who Played Joffrey Thinks the Misogyny on Game of Thrones May Be ‘Unjust’

Jack Gleeson would also advocate for more male nudity on the show

Jack Gleeson, who played the cruel, woman-torturing Joffrey Baratheon on Game of Thrones, weighed in on the misogyny debate that has plagued the HBO show this season.

Since his character was one of the main perpetrators of the violence and sexual abuse of women on the show, Gleeson had a unique perspective on whether it should depict those actions as often as it does. In an interview with the Daily Beast, Gleeson said that he has not watched the series since he left because he cannot suspend his disbelief after being on set, so he cannot comment on the infamous Sansa rape scene. But Gleeson admitted that past representations of sexual violence may been “unfair.”

MORE: Maisie Williams on How Game of Thrones Treats Women and Her Dream Superhero Role

When asked if he found it difficult to film some of the scenes where he abused women, Gleeson replied:

Yeah, of course; it’s a tricky thing when you are representing misogyny in that way because I wouldn’t say the show ever implicitly condones misogyny or any kind of violence towards women. But, perhaps, it’s still unfair or unjust to represent it even if the gloss on the representation is a negative one.

Obviously as a 23-year-old man, I can never put myself into the mindset of a woman who has been sexually assaulted, but I think that sometimes you have to represent awful things happening onscreen even if they’re for entertainment because you have to expose the brutality of them, because the chances are you’re not going to see that anywhere. So there’s a chance it engages some kind of empathy but it is a gray area. It might be very traumatic and stressful to watch those scenes.

The show has also come under fire—like many HBO shows before it—for excessive female nudity. Despite not being a regular viewer, Gleeson said he supports the instances of male nudity he’s heard about from friends and colleagues.

As I say, I don’t watch it so I can’t really comment, but I have heard that there is male nudity — so I think that is one good thing, to not just objectify women but also objectify the beauty of the male genitalia! We’re all objects together.

The 23-year-old Gleeson said last year that he plans to retire from acting.

MORE: Sophie Turner on Defending Sansa Stark and Her Surprising Dream Role

[Daily Beast]

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