As I said about similar comments from HBO’s Michael Lombardo last year,
With so many some executive ministers of Northern Ireland‘time and effort [and other people’s money! – Ed] operation-oriented HBO’s international success Game Of Thrones To promote Northern Ireland abroad, it may be unfortunate, but refreshing, that HBO’s Programming Director Michael Lombardo gave an honest answer to a straightforward question …
This time he’s one of the main cast of HBO Game Of Thrones, Kit Harington, making it clear. As reported by the Belfast Telegraph
[The interviewer, Seth Meyers] said: “One thing that doesn’t seem right or exciting to you is that there are a lot of amazing places for this show, Croatia, Spain this year. Your role is not in the beautiful places. You’ve spent a lot of time in Belfast.
To which Harington replies: “A parcel time in Belfast.
He is then asked what he would say to a traveler heading to Belfast.
He has answered: “It’s wonderful for two or three days. “
[Seth Meyers: “And you’ve been there for years.”
Harington: “Five years.”] [added quotes]
But says he’s been living here for five years and describes it as having a “wonderfully depressing tourist office.”
“I have to be careful what I say,” he adds.
[Seth Meyers: “I wouldn’t worry about people from Belfast”.]
He said: “They have a wonderful tourist office, they celebrate three things. Having the most bombed hotel in Europe which is great.
“They built the Tiitanic, a ship that sank on her maiden voyage and now they have Game of Thrones, the most depressing TV show in history.
“So it’s a wonderfully depressing tourist office” [added emphasis throughout]
And we have the video …
Or, as Boswell reported that Samuel Johnson said in the 18th century,
BOSWELL. “Isn’t the Giant’s Causeway worth the detour? JOHNSON. “To see, yes; but not worth going to see. ” [added emphasis]