Sunday 4 December 2016

'His questions had more depth than many in US' - Making a Murderer's Dean Strang defends Ray D’Arcy interview

David Kearns

Published 28/01/2016 | 07:57

Ray D'Arcy chats to Making a Murderer attorney Dean Strang
Ray D'Arcy chats to Making a Murderer attorney Dean Strang
Dean Strang on the Ray D'Arcy Show

Making A Murderer lawyer Dean Strang has spoken up in defence of his appearance on The Ray D’Arcy Show, which saw Irish viewers blasted host Ray D’Arcy for his ‘cringe-worthy’ series of questions.

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Strang appeared on the Saturday night chat show to discuss his role defending convicted murder Steve Avery in the Netflix documentary.

And while some 412,000 people tuned in to watch the exclusive interview, many were left disappointed with its general tone, and said it was a wasted opportunity to quiz the lawyer on his own personal feelings about the conviction or the finer details of the case.

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Now Strang has come to the defence of the RTÉ host, telling the Irish Daily Star that his questions were “far more in-depth” than anything he has been asked by the American media.

“Mr D’Arcy was prepared... [his] interview was more serious and lengthy than most of those I have seen or which I have participated here,” he said.

Strang continued, saying that Ray’s relaxed style and line of questioning was “quite a defensible choice” for a major chat show.

"Even with his more relaxed format, Mr. D'Arcy was prepared.  He treated me with great courtesy.  Most importantly, he consciously tried to make the subject accessible to people who have not seen the film, which is most people in Ireland and everywhere else," he added.

“Even if they had not heard of Netflix, he wanted all of his viewers so that they might get something from the interview,” he added.

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Echoing similar comments to the Irish Sun, Strang insisted the segment was “fine” and that he was “accustomed to much worse” in the United States.

He told both newspapers that he had enjoyed his brief time in Ireland and that was looking forward to returning soon.

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