DISAPPEARING ACT Game of Thrones’ The Hound actor reveals intense crash diet for deleted topless scenes

AUTHOR: Jack Pusey
DATE: 03 December 2019
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NOTE: Not sure why the headline says “deleted topless scenes.” The topless scenes never happened. Damn it.


RORY McCann embarked on a dramatic weight loss regime for Game of Thrones, only for it to backfire.

The actor, who played The Hound on the HBO fantasy drama, was told that he would have to appear topless for one of his scenes and promptly vowed to get into the best shape of his life.

To shift the pounds he ditched booze and carbs, according to co-star Maisie Williams, best known for playing Arya Stark.

Maisie appeared in a special reunion panel in a clip from the new Game of Thrones Blu-ray box set.

“There was a scene where The Hound got bitten and Arya offers to burn away the rotting flesh to make him better,” she began.

“And it said in the script The Hound was topless and so Rory had been on this crazy diet,” she went on.

“He quit drinking and anyone who knows Rory knows that’s a big deal, and he quit smoking and he was just honestly just grumpy because he was eating just boiled eggs and chicken.”

Alas, Rory’s efforts were ultimately in vain, as when it came to the crunch show bosses decided it was unrealistic for the character to strip off given the miserable weather.

Rory recounted: “The funniest and best thing about it is when it came to shooting that scene they looked at the weather and said, ‘You know what, it’s a bit cold. It wouldn’t make sense you’d have your shirt off so perhaps you should just leave it on.”

Revealing how he promptly fell off the fitness bandwagon, he continued: “And I’ve never been to the gym since and that’s the truth. F*** you, that’s it.”

Descending into giggles, Maisie added: “I think he actually cracked open a beer on set, which was just hilarious.”

Rory confirmed: “I did. I never stopped drinking,”

Maisie promptly shot back: “And then that night I saw you drinking a pint of Gin and tonic.”

The hilarious exchange is just one of the many treats from the cast as part of the Blu-ray release.

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kristian Nairn’s Mom Hospitalized, ‘Fighting for Her Life’ [Excerpt]

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AUTHOR: Daniel S. Levine
DATE: 11 August 2019
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NOTE: Only “reprinting” the paragraph mentioning Rory, you’ll see why. Go to the above two links for the whole thing. As far as I know, Nairn’s mom pulled through. I checked his Instagram and as of September ’20 there doesn’t seem to be anything more about the incident.


“I was working as a DJ and in musical theatre. I didn’t have any real aspirations to act but my agent put me up for a role in Simon Pegg’s film Hot Fuzz. Another one-worder, oddly enough – that was ‘Yarp,'” Nairn recalled. “I didn’t get it, – by coincidence, it went to Rory McCann [who plays The Hound in GoT] – but the casting director remembered me, and four years later, called me back for Hodor.”

CLE-GOIN’ Game of Thrones favourite Rory McCann to make star appearance at Comic Con Scotland 2019

SOURCE: The Scottish Sun
AUTHOR: Colan Lamont
DATE: 27 June 2019
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NOTE: Unfortunately, Rory canceled this appearance, opting to do a private autograph session instead for which fans could mail in items.


GAME of Thrones star Rory McCann is to make a star appearance at this year’s Comic Con Scotland, we can reveal.

The 50-year-old Glasgow actor – best known for portraying Sandor “The Hound” Clegane on the fantasy hit – will be meeting fans at the event in October.

Standing at a whopping 6 ft 6, Rory will be hard to miss when a galaxy of stars arrive for the convention later this year.

Rory burst onto the scene more than 20 years ago when he appeared in an advertisement for Scott’s Porridge Oats, dressed in a vest and kilt.

But it’s his hugely successful run on Game of Thrones from 2011 until 2019 that landed him other top roles in movies like XXX: Return of Xander Cage.

The two-day celebration is being held at The Royal Highland Centre and promises to be packed full of celeb guests from across the world, Q&A sessions with stars and traders selling fantasy and sci-fi goodies.

Comic Con Scotland – from Andy Kleek and the Monopoly Events team – is in its second year. The 2018 event, Scotland Comic Con – For The Love Of 80s, was a massive hit with fans bringing stars like Knight Rider’s David Hasselhoff, The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno and Ghostbuster legends Ernie Hudson, Ray Parker Junior and William Atherton.

This year, organisers promise it will be even bigger and better – with more names to be announced in the coming days.

For more information or to buy tickets log onto comicconventionscotland.co.uk

Game of Thrones star surprises pub locals after sailing into Shetland for a night out

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AUTHOR: Alistair Munro
DATE: 19 May 2019
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Fans of smash hit TV show Game of Thrones in Shetland got a surprise on Friday night when actor Rory McCann visited the capital Lerwick to take in the town’s nightlife.

The Scottish actor headed to harbour-side pub Captain Flints where a heavy metal gig was taking place, while he was later spotted in the Marlex bar about a half a mile away.

His visit came just a couple of days before the final episode of Game of Thrones is aired, with social media across the world seemingly flooded with anticipation.

Game of Thrones fan James Anderson met McCann in the Marlex pub and got a photo taken with the actor.

He said afterwards: “I’m still buzzing, it was unreal.

“Walk into the Marlex for quiet Friday night pint and meet the Hound from Game of Thrones. Superb.”

The eighth and final season of the award-winning Game of Thrones premiered in April, with the show again becoming one of the most talked-about programmes around.

The last episode was is due to air over the weekend and in the early hours of this morning. McCann has also appeared in films like Hot Fuzz and Clash of the Titans, while he also donned a kilt and vest for the memorable Scott’s Porage Oats advertising campaign of the 1990s.

He is known to enjoy sailing and spending time away from the limelight in his yacht.

The American fantasy drama Game of Thrones television series was created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO.

The show is filmed in various locations around the world, including Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The series premiered on HBO in the United States in 2011, and will conclude with its eighth season.

Game of Thrones actor ‘a true gentleman’ on night out in Lerwick

SOURCE: The Shetland Times
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DATE: 18 May 2019
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Punters at a Lerwick pub got a surprise on Friday night when a Game of Thrones actor popped in for a drink.

Rory McCann, who plays Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, was spotted in the Douglas Arms (Marlex). And far from living up to his character’s fearsome reputation in the HBO series the actor was happy to pose for photographs.

One of those who chatted to McCann was Stuart Nicolson from Lerwick. He said it was an otherwise quiet night in the pub on Commercial Road and described the Scottish actor as “a true gentleman”.

Mr Nicolson posted on Facebook, “Can’t believe I’ve met the hound at the marlex #GOT #healive”. The actor was also spotted in Captain Flint’s bar.

The Game of Thrones finale will be shown in the UK in the early hours of Monday – one of the most highly-anticipated television events of this year.