An experienced English actor has claimed that on-screen violence inspires children to become violent in real life – despite appearing as a combat commander with ultra-violent Game Of Thrones.
Actor James Faulkner emphasizes that there is a clear link between young people copying over-the-top action and sex scenes from TV or in theaters.
The British star from Hampstead, London, even accused the screen violence of a recent rise in crime in his home country.
But his remarks come as a surprise, given his role as combat commander Randyll Tarly in the HBO hit series Game of Thrones – one of the most brutal and violent TV series ever made.
The series, which has just broadcast its last season, has caused much controversy over the years due to the graphic representation of sexual violence, fights and torture.
But Faulkner – who as Tarly is Lord of Horn Hill and head of House Tarly – insists that stars & # 39; have a real responsibility & # 39; in this industry to make films that are the & # 39; better side of human nature & # 39; celebrate and not stay & # 39; investigate violence and discomfort & # 39; and hate. & # 39;
Actor James Faulkner tells DailyMail.com that he blames violence on the screen for a recent wave of crime in his hometown of London
Faulkner plays combat commander Randyll Tarly in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which is considered to be one of the most brutal and violent TV series ever made
Faulkner, 70, told DailyMail.com: & i'm sure you realize that there is currently a lot of debate in the UK about the amount of youth crime and that is because violence is just a matter of and nowadays on on your TV screen and in your cinema every day of the week. & # 39;
He added: & # 39; Of course there is a link between screen violence that influences the actions of young people, because violence is portrayed on television. It is easy to get used to, immune to it, and it teaches you a lot about how you can handle yourself in a street fight and what to do and which movements are available to you and which weapons are available to you.
& # 39; It's there every day and it has become commonplace and it certainly wasn't when I was growing up.
& # 39; Violence was very shocking to me when I first saw it in the cinema. I have children and I educated them about violence on the screen and I told them how it was done, and all the tricks. & # 39;
Faulkner spoke about his concerns at the Movieguide Awards 2019 in LA.
He saluted the prizes for celebrating films based on faith and positive messages – unlike many Hollywood ceremonies.
& # 39; It is rather important that Movieguide has a different perspective on the film business. We have a real responsibility in this industry to make films that celebrate the better side of human nature and do not continue to investigate violence and unpleasantness and hatred.
& # 39; And I would like to see many more movies that are a pleasure to watch, that are uplifting to the human mind. & # 39;
Game of Thrones – now in its last season – has caused widespread controversy for its graphic representation of sexual violence, fighting and torture. Depicted is a violent scene in which The Hound fights against Brienne van Tarth
Faulkner says: & # 39; Of course there is a link between screen violence that influences the actions of young people because violence is portrayed on television & # 39; Pictured is a scene from the show in which Rickon Stark is killed by an arrow
This graph shows how knife and sharp arms crime are now the highest they have committed in Britain over a five-year period
Faulkner has just filmed the Christian film Paul, the apostle of Christ, and says the role has changed him.
& # 39; In my case I would like to do more comedy; I want to make that clear. I've played a lot of heavy enemies and a lot of villains lately, so what a pleasure to be in a movie where I am a good guy for once. & # 39;
Faulkner spoke about his concerns at the Movieguide Awards 2019 in LA. The 70-year-old actor says it's Hollywood & # 39; s & # 39; responsibility & # 39; is to not continue to investigate & # 39; violence and unpleasantness and hatred & # 39; in his films
Faulkner, who has been on stage and in film all over the world for nearly five decades, including important roles in Starz's Da Vinci's Demons and Downton Abbey, says Thrones gives him more recognition than any other part.
He laughs that people recognize him everywhere he goes and says & # 39; it's the weirdest sh ** & # 39 ;.
The star stated: & # 39; You have been an actor for 47 years and then you are in Game Of Thrones. It doesn't matter where I go in the world; I can sit in a hat and glasses and get out of a taxi in Paris.
& # 39; & # 39; & # 39; Randyll Tarly. It's Randyll Tarly. & # 39; & # 39; It is the weirdest sh **. Wherever I am in the world, Randyll Tarly is apparently known to people.
& # 39; That's very weird. When I started, my only mother really knew who I was. And the first time I went to New York, I think it was the end of 1974 and I just played in my first movie that played the lead, and was my then partner at the Royal Shakespeare Company in New York, and she happened to tell it in an interview she had given earlier that day.
& # 39; I go to the theater and there are hundreds and hundreds of people. I thought, "Who's here?" "It was me. I have never experienced that in my life. And with the interval, the doors at the back opened and I am looking for more pictures, but these were real fans who were not fans of mine, but from the movies, and I was the new kid in the neighborhood and they wanted a photo.
& # 39; And then that kind faded and you just became a kind of character actor, and if you're lucky, a character is the main character, and then you're in Game Of Thrones and everyone seems to know who you are. It is a cult. When I arrived in Cáceres to do season seven, in the middle of Spain, in Extremadura, in the middle of nowhere, 200 screaming girls outside my hotel. I said: & # 39; Honey, why were you not here 40 years ago? I'm going to the bar. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;