Peter Dinklage is unarguably the most recognized and most popular dwarf in tinsel town today; thanks to HBO’s fantasy drama “Game Of Thrones”, where he plays the lead character of Tyrion Lannister. But the path to success was a rocky one and he wasn’t immediately accepted into the fraternity, owing to his height. But when Peter Dinklage was signed on in his first ever role, he wowed filmmakers with his sheer talent and the rest, as they say, is history. Once rejected for being vertically challenged, Peter Dinklage is one of the highest paid actors on the small screen today. Here we bring you a list of twelve top 12 movies and television shows, where Peter Dinklage proved what mettle he is made of.
12. Rememory (2017)
When a scientist mysteriously dies after he invents a cutting-edge memory-reading device, an amateur detective, who has lost his brother in an accident and is haunted by the memories, decides to take it upon himself to solve the case, only to get drawn into a vortex of lies and deceit. Peter Dinklage played the protagonist in the film and with his superb acting, floored the audiences in an otherwise insipid sci-fi thriller.
11. The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
When a group of green pigs sets foot on Bird Island, little do the flightless birds realize that it is a ruse, despite Red warning them of the same. When the pigs destroy the island and flee with three eggs, Red, along with his friends request the only flying bird, now in retirement – The Mighty Eagle – to help them bring back the eggs from Piggy Island. Peter Dinklage lent his voice to the Mighty Eagle in the animated comedy film and had children as well as elders in splits with his witty one-liners.
10. Three Christs (2017)
Loosely adapted from a book by Milton Rokeach, the psychiatric drama, inspired by real-life events, was based on three Schizophrenic patients at Ypsilanti State Hospital, each of whom believes that he is Jesus Christ and holier than the other. When Dr Alan Stone tries to initiate group therapy sessions, where an open dialogue could cure them of their false impressions, what comes out is a chain of comedic events that viewers could only deeply sympathize with. The dark comedy, which saw Peter Dinklage as one of the patients, was greatly appreciated at various international film festivals.
9. Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
When the acorn-loving Scrat, accidentally starts the breakup of Pangaea, Manny, Diego and Sid drift away and are separated from their herd, landing into the open ocean, where they meet pirate ship captain Gutt, who tries to induct them into his band. ‘Ice Age’ has been a movie series that has entertained us through the years. One of the best in the series, ‘Continental Drift’ had Peter Dinklage behind the mike as the voiceover of the scruffy Gigantopithecus Captain Gutt.
8. Threshold (2005)
When a government crisis management consultant discovers one of her projects code-named Threshold has actually made first contact with aliens, she forms a secret team of top scientists, all experts in their own fields, to come together and delve deeper into the unlikely event of alien invasion. The television series, which had a total of thirteen episodes, featured Peter Dinklage as a mathematician and linguistics genius, who convincingly slipped into the role of the eccentric scientist.
7. Death At A Funeral (2007)
A British black comedy that inspired Bollywood to remake ‘Daddy Cool’ in 2010, ‘Death At A Funeral’ is a madcap caper, where during the funeral service of the protagonist’s father, along with relatives and friends, a dwarf drops in, claiming to be the dead man’s secret lover and demanding money to keep the relationship under wraps, until he is accidentally knocked out. Peter Dinklage played the American dwarf and was the main antagonist of the movie with funny undertones.
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6. Living In Oblivion (1995)
When a movie maker starts to make a low-budget indie film, he is met with several obstacles and nothing seems to go the way he wants in the entire day of shoot. He tries his best to keep up while trying to shoot different scenes each time, so that he could get the cast and crew in the mood to work. Peter Dinklage starred as a dwarf actor in his debut movie, a character unhappy with the stereotypical roles that come his way every time and convinced Hollywood that he was a new name to reckon with.
5. Nip/Tuck (2003-2010)
For a first, Peter Dinklage portrayed a male nanny in the show that dealt with a plastic surgery centre, where the two founding doctors, try hard to keep the business incoming, as they struggle in their personal as well as professional lives. Dinklage’s recurring character Marlowe Sawyer is depicted as having an affair with one of the plastic surgeon’s wife and he first starred in the fourth season of the medical drama, gaining wide acceptance throughout his appearances.
4. The Station Agent (2003)
When a train-loving, reticent, vertically challenged man inherits a train station from his dead boss, he relocates to the new locality, hoping to lead a life of solitude, but instead, strikes up an unlikely friendship with his neighbours – a chatty snack truck owner and a lonely and sad artist, coping with her son’s death. The dramedy is an unusual take on relationships with a train station as the main backdrop. Peter Dinklage was widely appreciated for his earnest portrayal of Fin and he did justice to his role in a comparatively different movie.
3. X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Directed by Bryan Singer, the Oscar-winning superhero movie with an ensemble cast, which was the seventh in the X-Men series, narrated the story of Dr. Bolivar Trask, who believes that mutants are a threat to humanity and so he invents gigantic robotic weapons that could detect and destroy the mutants. Now that the Sentinels have a mind of their own, Wolverine volunteers to go back in the past to save the future of the mutants. Peter Dinklage, who played the military scientist, stood tall in his anti-hero avatar, despite the film boasting of a long list of celebs.
2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
The crime drama, directed by Martin McDonagh, which has seven Oscar nominations pending at the 90th Academy Awards, is the story of an unsolved rape and subsequent murder case of a teenager, whose mother has put up three billboards across the street to mock and also remind the cops of the slow-paced progress. Although Peter Dinklage played a supporting character and had very little screen time in the film, he managed to leave a huge impact.
1. Game Of Thrones (2011-Current)
Currently under production for the eighth and final season, fantasy drama “Game Of Thrones” is the most followed television series across the globe and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister is the most loved Imp in the whole, wide world. There’s nothing much to write home about ‘GoT’, since this is the show that has given the world a matchless actor, who will be best remembered for his dry wit even when the show would sadly come to an end!
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