Wednesday, May 18 2022

Actor Peter Dinklage, 52, became a superstar on Game of thrones. In a new interview, he talks about becoming a prominent man and about achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism, which he was born with. (Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz / Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Peter Dinklage is used to receiving attention.

“Being my height, I get a second look quite often,” the 52-year-old actor, who is 4ft 5in, told British newspaper The Time in a new interview. “All my life I have had looks.”

Dinklage was born with achondroplasia, a form of short-limbed dwarfism, and is the only member of his family to have it. When he was 5, he had to undergo corrective leg surgery. As a child, it was difficult to feel the difference from everyone around him. While some people still react to his size, Dinklage says it doesn’t influence him like it once did.

“Now someone is looking at me or approaching me. It’s because of something positive, “he shared.” It’s not just my size. It was the work I did that allowed them to review. “

While Dinklage has had success in films like The station attendant, that was his role as Tyrion Lannister in HBO Game of thrones which catapulted him to the rank of superstar. These days he won an important award for his role as Cyrano de Bergerac in Cyrano, an adaptation written by his wife, Erica Schmidt, with whom he shares two children.

“Nine times out of 10,” Dinklage said, “Cyrano is played by a handsome actor with a fake nose and you know he takes it off when they curl up.”

But the transition from Cyrano’s typical role is a sign of the changing face of the entertainment industry, Dinklage said.

“The idea of ​​a lead actor is changing,” he said. “Whether racially or otherwise. It’s time. We’ve been stuck with this stereotype of a prominent man and it’s healthy to open it up. Love life is not the domain of pretty people – everyone has a love life.


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