Din­klage has the X- fac­tor

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - NEALA JOHN­SON

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

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