Why is ‘The Dink’ so freaking cool and Geek? That’s right, we’re coining it first, right here on The Geekocracy (actually not really, but we’ll pretend we did).
‘The Dink’ as in Peter Dinklage, is an American-born actor and ‘rising’ ambassador of The Geekocracy, who is probably most recognized today as Tyrion Lannister in the hit television series Game of Thrones, but has been around for some time playing in a variety ultra geek roles in a number of ultra geek’d out films. Here are just a few of Peter Dinklage’s more recent forays into the Pantheon of Geekdom.
In 2003, Peter Dinklage played the part of famed children’s book author, Miles Finch in the hit comedy Elf, also starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. A film not doubt a recognizable fixture on the shelves in millions of homes. A definitive classic when it comes to holiday films.
In a role, not as recognizable as other characters he has played, Dinklage played the part of Trumpkin, a loyal, yet skeptical and not very trusting dwarf in the 2008 release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Game of Thrones
The Game of Thrones television series got its start in 2011, where Dinklage’s noteriety really started to take-off, playing the part of Tyrion Lannister. The series continues to this day and shows no signs of weakening in popularity as one of the best series on television today (maybe EVER!)
In 2013 we got the release of the uber-geek film, Knights of Badassdom, where Peter Dinklage played the character HUNG. One of three best friends and dedicated role-playing gamers, who take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like LARP (Live Action Replay).Shit hits the fan when a prop spell book purchased from the internet ends up being a genuine grimoire in which they unwittingly conjure up a blood-lusting succubus from hell that massacres the event.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Undoubtedly still fresh in the minds of millions is X-Men: Days of Future Past, just released this past Summer 2014, Peter Dinklage plays the pivotal role of Bolivar Trask, inventor of the Sentinel and mastermind of the mutant eradication of the future, whom the X-Men must confront in the past if they are to survive.
Lastly, as recently reported by Pissed Off Geek, Dinklage will be starring in 2015 film Pixels. As described on Pissed Off Geek:
when intergalactic aliens misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them, they attack the Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), now a home theater installer, to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet.
What kind of man is Peter Dinklage off the stage and away from the cameras? How does he lead his every day life? Who are his closest friends? How does he view life? You can see all that and more in the March 2014 article of Dinklage featured in Esquire Magazine (which is an amazing piece by the way).
And here is a recent interview with Peter Dinklage on his role as Bolivar Trask in X-Men: Days of Future Past:
We have never had the pleasure of meeting Peter Dinklage, but would expect the conversation would be a fascinating one, as it seems in all likelihood that ‘The Dink’ is truly ‘one of us’, a Geek, and one who not only takes on roles in more or less geek’d out films but who has a deep, underlying passion and appreciation for the culture and world of Geekdom.
Game of Thrones Season 5 will air Spring 2015.