Tyrion is going back to jail. The savvy, witty, chronically misunderstood Lannister, played by Peter Dinklage, gets himself into serious trouble in Game of Thrones season 4, as you’ve doubtless seen from all those trailers. About an hour of screen time will take place in Tyrion’s cell this year — yet producers say this is the Emmy winner’s best performance on the show to date. Last September, the actor took a break while shooting the series in Croatia to speak to EW about acting and Tyrion’s next journey. (Bonus: It’s spoiler free.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How has Thrones changed you?
Peter Dinklage: The first couple of years it was pretty quiet … but the last couple of years have been crazy. I mean, I’m recognized, let me put it that way. When you’re on a TV show you get recognized more [than doing films] because it’s immediate. Like, “You were in my living room last night.” So, that’s changed me quite a bit. I’m not one of those people who takes it in stride. I’m a private person in many ways.
The impression I always get is you are someone who likes the work — but when it comes to award shows, press junkets and interviews, you’ll do it if you have to, but you don’t enjoy it too much.
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. Nowadays, there’s so much information about everybody that it’s hard to see the performance when you know what [the actor] had for dinner last night. You want to keep a mystery. I think it’s healthy too. You want your privacy as a human being.
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