The actor Peter Dinklage embodied Tyrion Lannister in the series Game of Thrones so well that his face and manner will probably be forever associated with the character. The actor almost didn't accept the role.
The part of the smart, drinkable Tyrion Lannister from the series game of Thrones is tailor-made for actor Peter Dinklage. You don't want to imagine someone else for the role – but it almost happened that way.
Peter Dinklage didn't want to be a funny dwarf
Peter Dinklage gave the already very cynical character of Tyrion Lannister additional facets, which made the figure appear honest, authentic and realistic – even though it is a character from a fantasy world. In an interview, however, the actor explains that he actually wanted to decline the role.
"In this genre, dwarfs have this special look. That made me prick up my ears. My alarm bells rang. Even the Lord of the Rings had jokes like throwing dwarfs."
He is alluding to the dwarf Gimli, who often played a funny role in the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and that although dwarfs in the universe of J.R.R. Tolkien are tough guys and mighty warriors. Peter Jackson took this to extremes in the Hobbit movies, and the dwarves were just a bunch of slobs. In the fantasy literature, however, dwarfs are often depicted very differently and are more comparable to Vikings. Rough, tough, stubborn and relentless fighters.
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss assured Peter Dinklage, however, that Tyrion Lannister should not be portrayed in a way that would ridicule him. Nor should he have a long beard or pointed shoes. "They assured me that this character was not like that in this world. They told me about how complex he was and that he shouldn't be a hero or a villain. He would be a philanderer and a drinker, a person with many flaws. They drew a wonderful picture of him and I said yes. "
We were lucky again, because who knows how the character of Tyrion Lannister would otherwise have been portrayed in Game of Thrones.
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