Peter Dinklage has reached Hollywood’s A-list and become a global star in just a few years. The 45-year-old father-of-one is best known for his electrifying portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, but he’s also starred in blockbuster hits X-Men: Days of Future Past and Ice Age: Continental Drift. The talented actor tells Ahlan! why he’d love to look like Michael Fassbender, why he never trusts Hollywood, and how a simple souk in Marrakech, Morocco is his ideal destination.
If you could have any special powers like the mutants in X-Men, what would it be?
I would love to look like Michael Fassbender, aka Magneto. I would have said Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, but I’m not convinced people would appreciate watching me run around naked, fully painted in blue. Invisibility would be great too, but I’m pretty sure I would be tempted to use it for some less then noble causes.
What do you think humans will look like in the future, a thousand years from now?
I think men will be at one with machines. We will be a perfect symbiosis of the electronic and organic. We’ll also have memory implants, and be able to download knowledge directly in our cortex, kind of like in the Matrix. Finally, I think we’ll colonise new planets, because by then, the Earth will have become uninhabitable. The real question is, will we reproduce the same mistakes, or will we fundamentally change the way we live and consume?
What led you to join the cast of Game of Thrones?
Well, usually, I’m not really into infanticide and torture! It’s a combination of things that brought me to the show – first of all, the writing is great. A close second was curiosity. I didn’t know the books beforehand, and quite quickly I became fascinated by Tyrion’s journey, and most of all by his evolution. At the end of the first episode, you think he is the Devil incarnate, that he has no morals, but then he takes the opposite path, and I loved doing that turnaround.
When did you realise you wanted to become an actor?
It kind of just happened to me. From a very early age, I loved being the centre of attention. I remember being in school plays, and really enjoying being noticed for something other than my size. I was in control of the attention I was getting. I would decide when and why people would look at me. It was my way of turning things around, but Hollywood is a huge fish tank filled with piranhas. You always have to watch your back!
Your character, Tyrion, has plenty of guilty pleasures. Do you have any at all?
I always eat chocolate when I’m feeling down. A year ago, I took the decision to stay away from this cocoa-based drug. During holiday season I received so many chocolates that I couldn’t decently let them all rot away. Inevitably, I became even more addicted!
What’s the weirdest request you’ve ever had from a fan?
One day, some guy in a supermarket asked me to sign my name on his forehead with a marker. I was blown away!
You’re a well-renowned actor, but is there another talent you wish you possessed?
I wish I could cook! I totally messed up a cake the other day. When I pulled it out of the oven, there was some sort of Empire State Building standing in the middle of the dish, and then all of a sudden the whole thing came crashing down!
If you could be in any place in the world, where would it be?
I would go to the souk in Marrakech. It’s something you have to experience at least once in a lifetime. Here you are, walking about, and all of a sudden you stumble upon a labyrinth of narrow streets, filled with thousands of people! There are merchants every three feet and you can find absolutely everything there. The only thing missing in there is a picture of Indiana Jones!