10 Things You Didn’t Know About Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister
With the new season of Game of Thrones only one week away, anticipation is on a steady rise. Questions that were asked around the end of the fifth season will now hopefully be answered as the series approaches its equivalent to a third act. Fates of countless characters are on the line as millions of fans cross their fingers hoping that Jon Snow’s alive, Sansa survived her fall. But this article has the intent on focusing on Tyrion Lannister.
10. George Martin’s Role In Casting “The Half-Man”
Normally the decision to cast characters in a new television program is a long and difficult task. Casting directors normally have to sift through anywhere from a dozen to hundreds of applicants before deciding on who would be right for the role.
Sometimes however, there’s specific actors that are wanted for a role above any others. This happened with Clint Eastwood for Dirty Harry, Kristen Schaal for Gravity Falls, and Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones.
Starting into production for the series, George R.R. Martin requested two specific actors to play key roles in the show: Sean Bean as Eddard Stark, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. It’s easy to see that the man made great choices in casting.
9. Fake Meat
Within the world of television there’s often a few obstacles to overcome that general audiences don’t commonly consider. One of the more common things is that characters may be drinking alcoholic beverages, but in reality it’s usually some kind of fruit punch.
In a similar vein, Peter Dinklage doesn’t actually consume meat on Game of Thrones, as he adheres to a strict vegetarian diet. Because of this, all the meat that he eats is actually made entirely from tofu, put under the guise of normal meats.
8. My Friend Cersei Lannister
Although not regularly talked about, it’s common for actors to form long-term friendships between one another despite being utter rivals on-screen. This is the case for Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage.
Normally, friendships such as these form after a number of years working together on the same program, but their friendship actually originated before Game of Thrones. In fact, Dinklage was actually the one who suggested that Lena should take the role of Cersei Lannister, meaning that he’s the one responsible for one of the biggest villains in the series.
7. Creative Liberties
A difficult obstacle for many viewers when a show is based off of alternative source materials, is how closely the program resembles said materials. The Walking Dead is based off a comic series and yet barely follows the materials. Marvel films are also following the same route. However, Game of Thrones originally stuck very close to A Song of Ice & Fire, but now is beginning to go down a very different path.
That isn’t to say that the writers didn’t take some creative liberties, as Tyrion’s introductory scene in season one wasn’t anywhere in the book. Instead, it was added simply to explain to the audience directly that Tyrion’s life essentially revolves around wine and prostitutes.
6. Father’s Remorse
Being an actor can be rather strange at times. Occasionally characters are portrayed as being very friendly with one another, yet the actors who play them downright despise one another off set. The exact opposite can be said for Tywin Lannister.
Tywin is Tyrion’s father, a cruel man who despises his son for being the cause of his wife’s death, often finding ways to humiliate and demean Tyrion. However, at moments between shots, the actor who plays Tywin, Charles Dance, makes sure to apologize consistently for the hurtful statements and tyrannical demeanor of his character to Tyrion Lannister.
This is understandable considering how unacceptable and hurtful all these statements would be if they were applied in real life to Peter Dinklage.
5. Tyrion’s Voice
Let’s take a moment to discuss one of the smaller elephants in the room of Peter Dinklage, that being his voice. For those of you who aren’t aware, Peter was actually born in America, meaning that, of course, he has an American accent. However, due to the nature of Game of Thrones, it’s necessary for him to use a fake English accent.
Let’s just all be thankful that he has some semblance of what that voice should sound like, rather than common people mimicking the accent.
4. He’s Practically The Protagonist
As far as Game of Thrones is concerned, it’s clearly an ensemble story, with the narrative jumping between multiple characters: Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Arya Stark, Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth, and of course many more. But by technicality, if a single entity had to be named as the protagonist, it would be Tyrion Lannister.
Why Tyrion? It’s simple, really. He appears in 46 of the current 50 episodes that have been released of the show, along with 4 out of the 6 Telltale episodes for the Game of Thrones videogame. This adds up to him appearing in 89% of all media for the series.
3. Playing Tyrion Is An Art
Portraying a character can be very taxing on an actor or actress, which makes the rewards even more worthy when they finally arrive. Peter Dinklage was listed in a New York Times article for playing Tyrion Lannister under the title of “Eight Actors Who Turn Television Into Art.” A great title for a man who definitely deserves as much recognition as he can get.
These distinctive characters are what makes the whole show and so, Dinklage was recognized for playing the distinctive character of Tyrion.
2. A Real Scar
Thankfully not as severe or initially life-threatening as Tyrion’s facial scar, Peter Dinklage actually has a real life scar on his face, and by extension, Tyrion does as well.
Back when Dinklage was in a band called Whizzy, he was involved in a stage accident at CBGB in New York that gave him a scar that ran from his neck all the way up to his eyebrow.
Of course we’d share more information about the accident if we could, but details are unfortunately scarce.
1. Cersei’s Hatred
It’s easy to forget the flashback sequence where Cersei meets a fortune teller. But of course it’s worth remembering that this leads to the initial reason why she dislikes Tyrion so much. The death of her mother from childbirth likely didn’t help.
Of course she’s told that her younger sibling will be the reason that the Lannisters fall apart and that she’ll die by his hands. Though some people believe that Jaime may be the one who falls under the prophecy, since he’s the younger twin of the two.
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