I have just finished season two of Game and Thrones and I want to talk about one actor in particular – don’t worry no spoilers!
In a series packed with good writing, good directing, and good performances his is, for me, the stand-out performance of the show.
One of his early roles was in “Living in Oblivion” where he played a dwarf actor frustrated with the limited and two-dimensional roles he kept being offered. A feeling he must have been all too familiar with.
So the role of Tyrion Lannister must have been a godsend. A role to get your teeth into.
Even so – it still could easily have come off like a pantomime role. Another, lesser actor, could have said all the same lines in the same situations and it would have been a comedy part with no depth.
Not so with Peter Dinklage. He has given the character real depth and humanity. You can see the fierce intelligence battling with his humour and situation. His basically good morals fighting with his lusts and passions. His expressions and eyes do most of the work.
There is a scene where he is trying to win an important argument. His opponent says –
“Oh you think you are so clever with your scheme and plots!”
In a look that lasts only a millisecond or two you see him fighting with his urge to correct her. Don’t get distracted – you can almost hear his mind screaming, stick to the point. He fails.
“Schemes and plots are the same thing.”
He quickly moves on to his point.
Anyway – while I was contemplating all this a sudden thought struck me. Maybe it is almost sacrilegious to think about this seeing as the current incumbent has not even started yet (and I am excited about that too) but when he inevitably hangs up his coat how about this?
Peter Dinklage – as Doctor Who!