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Peter DinklagePeter Hayden Dinklage (born June 11, 1969) is an American actor. Since his breakout role in The Station Agent (2003), he has appeared in films such as Elf (2003), Find Me Guilty (2006), Underdog (2007), the British film Death at a Funeral (2007) and its American remake of the same name (2010), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), A Little Bit of Heaven (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Knights of Badassdom (2013) and as Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). 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.

1. I LIKE ANIMALS, ALL ANIMALS. I WOULDN’T HURT A CAT OR A DOG – OR A CHICKEN OR A COW. AND I WOULDN’T ASK SOMEONE ELSE TO HURT THEM FOR ME. THAT’S WHY I’M A VEGETARIAN.

2. I THINK IF ACTORS ARE SUCCESSFUL AT ONE THING, THEY PAINT THEMSELVES INTO A CORNER SOMETIMES, AND WHAT’S THE FUN IN THAT?

3. BEING ON TELEVISION, PLAYING THE SAME CHARACTER FOR MANY YEARS, FOR ME, I THINK THAT WOULD GET A LITTLE TEDIOUS.

4. I THINK A LOT OF GREAT MALE COMIC ACTORS ARE INTROSPECTIVE, QUIET PERSONALITIES, WHICH I REALLY ADMIRE. BUT THEY ARE REALLY ABLE TO TURN IT UP WHEN THE CAMERA’S ON.

5. GEORGE MARTIN IS AN INCREDIBLE WRITER.

6. I LOVE WORKING WITH THE SAME ACTORS REPEATEDLY. THAT HAPPENS A LOT. IT’S KIND OF INEVITABLE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU WORK WITH THE SAME WRITERS AND DIRECTORS AND YOU START TO FORM A COMPANY OF ACTORS. YOU GRAVITATE TOWARDS EACH OTHER.

7. I WAS OPPOSED TO DOING TV FOR A LONG TIME BECAUSE I THOUGHT THE QUALITY OF WRITING WASN’T VERY STRONG, AS OPPOSED TO FILM, BUT THERE’S BEEN A SHIFT IN TERM OF THE QUALITY OF SCRIPTS. HBO HAS ATTRACTED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF GREAT WRITING TALENT.

8. MY FAMILY HAD A HABIT OF COLLECTING CREATURES THAT DIDN’T ALWAYS WANT TO BE PETS. THE FIRST ANIMAL I CAN REMEMBER WAS A LAB NAMED ZOE.

9. MAYBE EVERYONE IS A LITTLE TOO REASSURING THAT THINGS ARE GOING TO BE OK TO COLLEGE GRADUATES. IT GIVES THEM A FALSE SORT OF SECURITY.

10. I NEVER LIVED IN AN ABANDONED RAILROAD STATION.

11. BAD GUYS ARE COMPLICATED CHARACTERS. IT’S ALWAYS FUN TO PLAY THEM. YOU GET AWAY WITH A LOT MORE. YOU DON’T HAVE A HEROIC CODE YOU HAVE TO LIVE BY.

12. DWARVES ARE STILL THE BUTT OF JOKES. IT’S ONE OF THE LAST BASTIONS OF ACCEPTABLE PREJUDICE.

13. I LIKE PLAYING THE GUY ON THE SIDELINES. THEY HAVE MORE FUN.

14. SO I WON’T SAY I’M LUCKY. I’M FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO FIND OR ATTRACT VERY TALENTED PEOPLE. FOR SOME REASON I FOUND THEM, AND THEY FOUND ME.

15. I DON’T SOCIALIZE. I’M KIND OF A HERMIT. THE LIFE OF AN ACTOR CAN BE VERY LONELY.

16. I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE AN UPBRINGING THAT MADE ME MORE ACCEPTING OF WHO I AM.

17. I SPEND MY NIGHTS JUST SITTING AND READING A BOOK AND DRINKING MY TEA AND WALKING MY DOG. THAT’S ABOUT AS EXCITING AS MY LIFE GETS.

18. ‘GAME OF THRONES’ IS AN AMAZING SHOW, AND I HAVE NO PROBLEM SPEAKING OF THE VIRTUES OF HBO.

19. I DO NOT FAULT ANYONE ELSE WHO MAKES CHOICES TO PLAY CHARACTERS THAT THEY WISHED THEY HADN’T… BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, NONE OF US ARE HAPPY WITH OUR JOBS ALL THE TIME.

20. THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT THEATER VS. FILM – WITH THEATER, ACTORS HAVE A LITTLE MORE CONTROL, AND ONE OF THE DISAPPOINTING THINGS ABOUT FILMS IS THAT ONCE YOU’RE DONE SHOOTING, ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, YOU KNOW?

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