GAME OF THRONES - NPR: Peter Dinklage: On 'Thrones,' And On His Own Terms
May 21, 2012
The popular HBO series Game of Thrones, adapted from the books of George R.R. Martin, is one blood-soaked power play after another. But in a world where brute strength can be the difference between life and a slow death, one of the show's strongest characters stands less than 5 feet tall.
The shrewd and resourceful Tyrion Lannister is portrayed by actor Peter Dinklage. Dinklage spent his early career in New York — in an unheated apartment — turning down roles that would have made a joke of his height. His breakthrough finally came in 2003 in the indie darling The Station Agent. But Dinklage, now in his second season on Game of Thrones, has never had a showcase part like Tyrion, a role for which he's won an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
When he first read the role, however, Dinklage had reservations about acting in a fantasy. Dinklage says his prejudice against the genre stems from how it often casts those of his height.
"Usually it's a bit ... 'bearded and pointy-shoed,' " Dinklage tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "This character, Tyrion Lannister, isn't that way at all. ... What immediately attracted me to this — any actor will tell you the same thing, no matter what part it is, it just has to be very well-rounded."
Game of Thrones season two finale airs Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 9/8C on HBO.