Peter Dinklage quotes

Born
June 11, 1969 Morristown, New Jersey, U.S.

Occupation
Actor, film producer.

Peter Hayden Dinklage is an American actor and film producer. He has received numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and two Primetime Emmy Awards. Born in Morristown.

I do not fault anyone else who makes choices to play characters that they wished they hadn’t… Because at the end of the day, none of us are happy with our jobs all the time.
– Peter Dinklage
If I was born 400 years ago instead of now, I wouldn’t have the life I have. There were freak shows, and there was horrible discrimination.
– Peter Dinklage
That’s one of the things about theater vs. film – with theater, actors have a little more control, and one of the disappointing things about films is that once you’re done shooting, anything can happen, you know?
– Peter Dinklage
Anybody who was in ‘The Godfather’ is a tough guy.
– Peter Dinklage
I’m recognized, let me put it that way.
– Peter Dinklage
My favourite superhero? I have a soft spot for Batman, because he doesn’t have any super powers – he’s just a person. And he’s pretty dark.
– Peter Dinklage
When people are infected by my charm, they don’t see my size. My piercing deep blue eyes are distracting.
– Peter Dinklage
Any swagger is just defense. When you’re reminded so much of who you are by people – not a fame thing, but with my size, constantly, growing up – you just either curl up in a corner in the dark or you wear it proudly, like armor or something. You can turn it on its head and use it yourself before anybody else gets a chance.
– Peter Dinklage
I’m a private person in many ways.
– Peter Dinklage
Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It’s one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice.
– Peter Dinklage
I should call people back more readily. I’m not the best friend sometimes in terms of that. I do follow that white balloon and get distracted a lot.
– Peter Dinklage
I like playing the guy on the sidelines. They have more fun.
– Peter Dinklage
I never lived in an abandoned railroad station.
– Peter Dinklage
I think successful movies that are based on books are their own thing. I think if you’re too faithful, word by word, character trait to character trait, it can hurt the movie.
– Peter Dinklage
We’re not environmentally doing very good things to this planet, and we might not be around too long.
– Peter Dinklage
I am this guy who’s four and a half feet tall, but my life doesn’t constantly address it.
– Peter Dinklage
I love working with the same actors repeatedly. That happens a lot. It’s kind of inevitable, especially if you work with the same writers and directors and you start to form a company of actors. You gravitate towards each other.
– Peter Dinklage
You’d be surprised how condescending people can be.
– Peter Dinklage
Women respond to comfort and a sense of humor. I was always able to make them laugh, so that helps a lot.
– Peter Dinklage
I feel as much of a stud as… I can’t come up with a metaphor. That’s how lacking in studliness I am.
– Peter Dinklage
Being on television, playing the same character for many years, for me, I think that would get a little tedious.
– Peter Dinklage
I was fortunate enough to have an upbringing that made me more accepting of who I am.
– Peter Dinklage
What I really want is to play the romantic lead and get the girl.
– Peter Dinklage
It was hard doing scenes with Bobby Cannavale because I would break up laughing because he’s so funny.
– Peter Dinklage
So I won’t say I’m lucky. I’m fortunate enough to find or attract very talented people. For some reason I found them, and they found me.
– Peter Dinklage
I’m always attracted to anti-hero roles.
– Peter Dinklage
Bad guys are complicated characters. It’s always fun to play them. You get away with a lot more. You don’t have a heroic code you have to live by.
– Peter Dinklage
I was born in 1969, believe it or not, so I was a child in the ’70s.
– Peter Dinklage
It’s a shame how a lot of actors use theater as a stepping stone to film and television work; I think it shouldn’t be treated that way. Maybe it’s narcissism or something. I think we should always go back to it. I try and do a play a year, and I think that’s really helped me.
– Peter Dinklage
Each year, billions of animals are subjected to cruelty on factory farms, feed lots, and slaughterhouses. The brutality that these animals endure would be grounds for felony cruelty charges if inflicted upon our cats and dogs.
– Peter Dinklage
Does anybody actually go out in L.A.? When I lived there, I’d just stay in my apartment.
– Peter Dinklage
I think if actors are successful at one thing, they paint themselves into a corner sometimes, and what’s the fun in that?
– Peter Dinklage
I never was a big comic book fan. Obviously I’d heard them growing up from my friends who did read them, but I never was a big comic book reader.
– Peter Dinklage
My brother, who’s a violinist now, was the real ham, the real performer of the family. His passion for the violin is the only thing that kept him from being an actor.
– Peter Dinklage
‘Game of Thrones’ is an amazing show, and I have no problem speaking of the virtues of HBO.
– Peter Dinklage
I spend my nights just sitting and reading a book and drinking my tea and walking my dog. That’s about as exciting as my life gets.
– Peter Dinklage
Call me a midget, but just be real. I am all for correct terms, but please don’t tiptoe around feelings. Don’t be too careful, because that shuts you off from people.
– Peter Dinklage
I don’t socialize. I’m kind of a hermit. The life of an actor can be very lonely.
– Peter Dinklage
My family had a habit of collecting creatures that didn’t always want to be pets. The first animal I can remember was a Lab named Zoe.
– Peter Dinklage
I think actors get too comfortable. I like being uncomfortable as an actor because it keeps you alive. I don’t know, I think it’s important.
– Peter Dinklage
I was opposed to doing TV for a long time because I thought the quality of writing wasn’t very strong, as opposed to film, but there’s been a shift in term of the quality of scripts. HBO has attracted a tremendous amount of great writing talent.
– Peter Dinklage
Anything that opens up people’s perceptions a bit is good.
– Peter Dinklage
I dress and eat like a fifth-grader, basically. I like sandwiches and cereal and hooded sweatshirts.
– Peter Dinklage
I have a friend who says, ‘The world doesn’t need another angry dwarf!’
– Peter Dinklage
I like animals, all animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog – or a chicken or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegetarian.
– Peter Dinklage
Sometimes, when the material is really good, you put expectations on yourself to make it the best possible show. You’re not just serving up the regular hash and doing your job and going home.
– Peter Dinklage
I think a lot of great male comic actors are introspective, quiet personalities, which I really admire. But they are really able to turn it up when the camera’s on.
– Peter Dinklage
I just think the less you know about an actor, the more serious you’ll take them as an actor because they will disappear a little bit.
– Peter Dinklage
People have the strangest ideas about dwarves.
– Peter Dinklage
Maybe everyone is a little too reassuring that things are going to be OK to college graduates. It gives them a false sort of security.
– Peter Dinklage
We, as Americans, at least – I mean, I love my country – but we’re so self-righteous sometimes, in terms of, like, our nationality, our country. But we’re people from somewhere else; the true ‘Americans’ are the original peoples. It’s funny, but we’re a very territorial species.
– Peter Dinklage