Peter Dinklage Talks Bolivar Trask And How His Size Plays Into DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
A lot of fans were thrilled to hear that Game of Thrones superstar Peter Dinklage had signed on to be a part of Bryan Singer‘s Days of Future Past as Bolivar Trask. As the inventor and manufacturer of the mutant-hunting Sentinels, many believed The Dink would be the film’s big villain. From everything we’ve seen from the film so far, it seems like Dinklage will be a villain but not the MAIN villain. His creations will have a monumental part in the film though. Dinklage recently spoke about playing Trask, what the character’s motivation is, and how his size plays into the film.
Speaking with Empire (via Yahoo! Movies), Dinklage was asked about the comparisons to Hilter that Trask has accumulated over the past few months. I’ve honestly not heard anyone compare the two, but apparently it’s a claim that’s so widespread a claim that Empire needed Dinklage to weigh in on the subject. On the comparisons and what Trask‘s ultimate motivation is:
I wouldn’t go so far as Hitler. I sympathize with the man, having played him, and I don’t know how one does that with Hitler. Trask does actually believe that what he’s doing is going to save the world.
While Dinklage may not see the Hitler comparisons, Singer says he can see it in one sense. Says the director “Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they can find some common element to unite against. Perhaps as Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he’s doing the same thing with mutants.“
Dinklage is such a great actor that this is one of the few times you don’t hear some fans whining (fairly or unfairly in some cases) about the actor looking like the comic book counterpart. Dinklage has a huge presence in whatever he’s featured in, but he stands at four and a half feet tall. Singer says the movie will explore that with Trask in what he thinks is an interesting way. He says “I’m sure he went very underestimated throughout life. Trask comments on that- I don’t know if it’ll be in the final picture- but he says, ‘I was underestimated, so do not underestimate these creatures.’” Dinklage agrees and says he can see that in his life as well:
I am this guy who’s four and a half feet tall, but my life doesn’t constantly address it. With me playing that role, I had to think about that stuff. I’m not going to play my violin, but with my dwarfism, I’m a bit of a mutant. I can’t move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing. Deep down, Trask can be quite sensitive about that aspect of himself. And sorry to go back to Hitler, but he wasn’t a six foot, perfect blond Aryan. He was a short, funny looking fellow. And talk about a moustache!
Trask definitely seems like an intimidating figure in the few pictures and snippets of footage we’ve seen in the trailer. It will be exciting to see just what Dinklage brings to the role. The Sentinels play a very big part in the film, both future and past, so hopefully that means Dinklage has just as meaty a role. What do you think about the actor and director’s comments?
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Source : Yahoo! Movies