Peter Dinklage

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Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent, he has appeared in films such as Elf, Find Me Guilty, Underdog, the British film Death at a Funeral and its American remake of the same name, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, A Little Bit of Heaven, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Knights of Badassdom. Since 2011, he has played Tyrion Lannister in the HBO series Game of Thrones, which earned him the Emmy and the Golden Globe Award for Supporting Actor in 2011.

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MrPeterDinklage4861 karma

There was one scene I was doing with Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn. It was in season 1 I think, when I say something to a crazy woodsman guy. He asks "How do you want to die?" and the line in the script was like, “At the age of 80 with wine in my belly and a girl’s mouth around my cock.” And I said… “Age of 80 and a girl’s cock around my mouth!” I inverted a couple of the words, and when I said that my friend Jerome couldn’t stop laughing, so we had to stop filming for the day.

MrPeterDinklage4803 karma

That was many years ago now, strange enough, time has gone by so quickly it was about 7 years ago, oh boy! I have known David Benioff, he was an acquaintance, and I was a huge fan of his writing, so that really got me inquisitive about the project, that and HBO.

I had one hesitation, because of the fantasy genre, I told him I didn’t want a really long beard and pointy shoes, and they assured me this character and this world wasn’t that. They told me about his complexity, the fact that he wasn’t a hero or a villain, that he was a womanizer and a drinker, and they painted a flawed and beautiful portrait of him, so i signed on.

MrPeterDinklage4638 karma

40 times??!! Thank you but I’m just an actor. There are people out there trying to cure cancer, but I appreciate the love.

MrPeterDinklage4396 karma

You guys are crazy.

I mean that in the nicest possible way.

MrPeterDinklage4317 karma

Hey everyone - I'm so humbled by this response! I'm still here answering questions so don't worry. We're just getting caught up. I'm trying to pick and choose a range of questions so it's not just the usual stuff for you guys.

MrPeterDinklage4301 karma

It’s called not owning a brush. Or a comb. That’s my secret. Just don’t buy a comb.

MrPeterDinklage4186 karma

  • Conleth Hill! He’s a dear friend and fortunately I have a lot of scenes with him. And Lena, she’s also a dear friend and all we ever do is laugh together. When the three of us get together it’s a lot of fun.

  • I love hummus?

Also, I’m not a cat person but I had a cat for ten years. Because I had a rat in my apartment and I don’t like killing creatures. So I got a cat. I thought my roommate was going to take the cat but he moved out with his girlfriend and left the cat there. So I have this cat.

MrPeterDinklage4163 karma

Yeah, I mean, it’s a little tricky. I’m sort of a private person and people are very well-meaning, but the one thing that sort of gets to you are the cameras/cellphones. People try to be sneaky and try to get your picture without coming up to you or asking, and that’s what kind of gets to me.

I don’t even know why they do that, isn’t the joy of meeting somebody better than taking a picture from down the street? I’ve seen every combination too, some people will even send their kids over to ask for directions, haha! But for the most part people are very nice and I’m not moving out of NY just because of that at this point. It’s just important to me to feel safe and keep my family safe as well.

MrPeterDinklage4060 karma

This feels like being interviewed by a hundred thousand news anchors at once! But much friendlier anchors...who seem to know their material...

I really appreciate everyone's enthusiasm and questions. I tried to move another engagement to make more time but it's really hard during shoots. I am going to try to answer a few more short ones now.

And remember: If you see me on the street and want a photo, ask! It's just weird when your kid asks for directions.

MrPeterDinklage4014 karma

I just figure that there are already a million mainstream places to check if someone wants to know whether I've read the book series. I'm enjoying this as a place to weigh in on other, more important matters. Like hummus.