Dinklage has the X- factor
PETER Dinklage can’t escape the Game Of Thrones fans. One fervent admirer even tracked him down on the set of his new blockbuster movie X- Men: Days Of Future Past.
How did she get past security? Well, it helps she was his X- Men co- star: Jennifer Lawrence.
“It was very apparent early on, right after meeting her, that she was a big Game Of Thrones fan. She was asking me a lot of questions,” Dinklage said.
While the man who plays Tyrion Lannister – outcast son of the most powerful family in the Seven Kingdoms – is not one to give out spoilers, he did have some fun teasing Lawrence with tiny morsels.
Two weeks from his 45th birthday, it’s fair to say Dinklage is having a bit of a career moment.
The American had already had one breakout – 2003’ s The Station Agent – and while work ( from Elf to Death At a Funeral) had been constant since then, Game Of Thrones has stepped things up a notch.
The fantasy/ drama, based on George R. R. Martin’s novels in which characters are regularly killed off, offers its cast little in the way of job security – “We’re always nervous,” Dinklage said. But it offers a lot in the way of enjoyment. “He’s so much fun. He wears his heart on his sleeve,” Dinklage said of Tyrion, who is now on trial for the murder of his nephew King Joffrey.
“There’s a lot of fun there to play that spoiled brat, who is hated by his family at the same time.”
While Game Of Thrones is dominating the small screen, he has his biggest big- screen role yet in X- Men.
The film unites two generations of X- Men – original franchisees Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, and First Class re-bootees James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. Dinklage is the villain who makes it happen. He plays scientist Dr Bolivar Trask, whose fear of the mutants leads him to invent the Sentinels – weapons of mass mutant destruction.
Trask makes his first moves at the end of the Vietnam War – meaning the actor gets to sport a fine ’ 70s hairdo and moustache.
“With the amount of hair spray they used, it probably hurt the environment quite a bit,” he said.
“There’s a fine line between realism and tipping the scale into comedic Anchorman/ Ron Burgundy territory.
“But it wasn’t done with a sense of humour back then – these guys were sporting that to look good.”
Like Tyrion, Trask has a way with words and likes to play to an audience. But that’s where the similarities end.
“Tyrion has a kind heart and a strong sense of justice for the outsider … Trask is the opposite – he wants to destroy them all,” he said.
“I’d much rather spend some time with Tyrion than with Trask. Tyrion has a sense of humour; Trask, not so much.”
X- MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Now showing at Village Cinemas