X-Men DOFP: Peter Dinklage discusses Trask

Ben Bussey
2 February 2014
X-Men DOFP: Peter Dinklage discusses Trask
X-Men DOFP: Peter Dinklage discusses Trask

COMMENT | Actor Peter Dinklage has spoken about his role as Bolivar Trask, a new character to the 'X-Men' movies who is integral to this year's 'Days of Future Past.'

As the creator of the Sentinels, giant robots designed to hunt and kill mutants, Trask is to all intents and purposes the principal antagonist in the new film, which promises to be the most epic and expensive movie in the 20th Century Fox/Marvel series to date.

However, Dinklage - best known for his Golden Globe-winning turn as Tyrion Lannister on HBO TV series 'Game of Thrones' - has stated in the past that he did not approach Trask as a villain.

As such, it's hardly surprising he disagrees when his director reportedly likens the character to Hitler...

[Peter Dinklage discusses role in X-Men: Days of Future Past]

Speaking to Empire Magazine (as quoted by Comic Book Movie), Dinklage refutes the comparison.

"I wouldn't go so far as Hitler. I sympathise 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... Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they 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."

[Jennifer Lawrence promises dark times for Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past]

Dinklage's casting in the role of Trask may have raised a few eyebrows among fans, as the Bolivar Trask of the comics is not a little person. The actor's physical stature may well come into play with the character on screen; Singer alludes to dialogue in which Trask reflects on having been underestimated all his life.

Reflecting on how his size impacts his performance, Dinklage notes, "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!"

[Hugh Jackman calls Bryan Singer the inventor of the superhero movie]

Fans tend to complain when an actor who is cast in a comic book role does not fit the physical parameters set by the source material, as Gal Gadot and more recently Jesse Eisenberg have of course learned. However, similar complaints against Dinklage have been refreshingly rare.

His work in 'Game of Thrones' proves his remarkable screen charisma, and his aptitude at portraying a character which exists in a moral gray area. His presence of Trask is, I think, one of the key things to be excited about from 'Days of Future Past.'

Fan of Peter Dinklage? Looking forward to seeing him in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past?' Let us know in the comments section below.

Ben Bussey is a freelance writer and comic book movie/sci-fi fantasy/horror enthusiast, very much looking forward to 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.'

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