In Conversation with Peter Dinklage

Even before the interview began you could see this man who is so famous for his role on Game of Thrones just sitting there waiting and looking very passionate about talking about his work and it certainly showed throughout chat. Peter Dinklage is an actor who believes in putting his best foot forward, ignoring criticisms and doing his best to stay true to the character.

POPCulture Online: What’s it like joining this huge franchise?

PETER DINKLAGE: It’s a thrill, you feel like a big kid! I saw the first movie 14 years ago and I feel like what Bryan Singer did was a big turning point in the comic book films. It’s when they start to get a darker tone to them and I think the first X-Men film was the comic book movie a lot of comic book fans were waiting for all along because they knew how relevant and dark these comic books were. Not always but the core of them.

I was a kid in the 70s and back then the superhero film for me was Superman, the Richard Donner film with Christopher Reeve and it was an extraordinary film but it had a touch of nostalgia with a very 1950s gloss to it and it wasn’t as dark as these are today and I respond to that more I think, the darker stuff. I don’t know what’s that saying about me but for some reason as an actor I like to go dark…but have fun at the same time….haha!

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POPCulture Online: The movie (X-Men Days of Future Past) is about going back in time to right the wrongs, I’m sure it’s something we all wish we could do. If you could go back in time to fix a decision you made, what would it be?

PETER DINKLAGE: You know the older I get as an actor, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some amazing young actors, like on this film and they have a strong sense of who they are at a much earlier age than what I had. I don’t what that is because I had the best parents but in a way I feel like I wasted time, you know the expression “youth is wasted on the young” And I feel that a lot of the young actors I work with today have such a strong sense of what they are and what they want to do and they also have fun, you know it’s not like they take themselves too seriously so I wish I sort of had that discipline and I think that’s what it is, it’s discipline.

I wish I had that at an earlier age, I think I sort of at times just let life happen to me instead of pushing forward and getting stuff done. I only sort of figured things out at 30 so I’d slap my younger self and tell him to get going, stop wasting time, stop smoking so much, get some sleep…haha you know stuff like that!

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POPCulture Online: What do you like most about playing the role of Bolivar Trask?

PETER DINKLAGE: I think brown is going to come back in style…Haha! Nobody wears brown anymore! What I really like about my character is his taste in brown suits!

I have to say this guy is tricky morally and he’s certainly not a guy that I would to invite into my circle of friends. But it’s complicated because he really thinks he’s doing the right thing.

POPCulture Online: We love asking this, if you could have one superpower for a day, what would it be?

PETER DINKLAGE: Flying would be great! I’d probably crash into the side of buildings and be really terrible at it. You know what’s great about these films is that the characters all have components of what would be really really fun! I’d like to give the typical boy response and say Wolverine because he’s indestructible but I think flying would be incredible.

POPCulture Online: Could you share with us some of the challenges you faced when playing the role of Bolivar Trask?

PETER DINKLAGE: My character likes to pontificate quite a bit, to hold rooms and our writer wrote some pretty great speeches for me so getting those down and getting it to be authentic is always a challenge rather than when you’re having a conversation with someone because there’s a give and take. I talk a lot in this movie. Being the new kid on the block you don’t want to chip away at the fabric of this franchise so you’re tense at first because you’re second guessing yourself when you walk on these stages but then you realise that heck it’s just another job, another movie and you can’t be so hard on yourself.

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POPCulture Online: Do you ever feel pressure to live up to fanboy expectations?

PETER DINKLAGE: No because your head would explode. There are so many opinions and ideas that you just have to at the end of the day appreciate it because they are the reason we have jobs, they are our audience and really you have to put that all aside and just do your job and tell the story and do the portrayal that you want to do to the best of your ability to be faithful to this character but you’re never gonna be able to please everybody, nor should you. It’s not your responsibility to please everyone, you have to just do your work and give it your best possible effort.

Especially with the internet, everyone’s a critic. The one thing that they do do which drives me crazy is that they are really protective of the casting and they judge actors when they are cast. There will be so much opinions of how wrong the casting was before they even see it of give them a chance and the 9 times out of 10 the same people are going “oh they’re really good”

But hey they mean well and it speaks of their love for the material.

By Elliott Danker

X-Men Days of Future Past opens in cinemas 22 May 2014

Images courtesy of 20th Century Fox Singapore

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