There is something inherently fascinating about Peter Dinklage, something that goes way beyond his obvious physicality and reputation as an A-list member of show biz. It’s almost hypnotic, a kind of artistic aura that compels you to watch, even when the inevitable outing is something as stupid as (the US remake of) ‘Death at a Funeral’ (he was excellent in the UK version, oddly enough).
Go back and watch his work in his breakthrough role, ‘The Station Agent‘ Though obviously a little person, Dinklage defies his stature to rivet the viewer to the screen. He’s so present in the roles he takes that it’s no wonder he’s one of the most popular personalities on the celebrated HBO series ‘Game of Thrones.’
Now, it appears the actor will be trying his hand at a hard “R” comedy ala ‘Bad Santa.’ In fact, both The Hollywood Reporter and Vulture.com are reporting that Dinklage has signed to play the role of a man who cons people into believing he is a real life leprechaun. The script is being written by Andrew Dodge who just made a splash with his foul language at a spelling bee showcase for Jason Bateman, ‘Bad Words.’ While no director has been named, just thinking about Dinklage in this kind of material makes us smile. He’s never played upon his size, so one imagines that, when he does, the gloves will definitely come off.
Still, there is something a bit surreal about seeing him take on such material. In one of his very first films, ‘Living in Oblivion,’ Dinklage played an actor who criticized his casting as being cliche (he was playing a dwarf in a dream sequence). One could argue the same thing here. It must be one helluva screenplay for him to use his size as well as his talent as a selling point. We’ll have to wait and see. Until then, there’s always X-Men: Days of Future Past.