Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage took to Reddit with some tech help from an acquaintance to do an AMA that brought in ridiculous amounts of comments in record time. Dinklage, the Emmy award-winning actor, who plays Tyrion Lannister on the show, stayed online for at least two hours answering fan questions, repeatedly hinting at his love of hummus, and giving advice to fans on how to approach him. Most notably: don’t send your children to ask Peter Dinklage for directions as a conversation opener.
The thread amassed nearly 12,000 comments in three hours, and Dinklage related some great stories from behind the scenes of Game of Thrones.
When asked if he’d had any reservations about doing the show, he admitted he had one.
I had one hesitation, because of the fantasy genre, I told [David Benioff] I didn’t want a really long beard and pointy shoes, and they assured me this character and this world wasn’t that. They told me about his complexity, the fact that he wasn’t a hero or a villain, that he was a womanizer and a drinker, and they painted a flawed and beautiful portrait of him, so i signed on.
Reddit user Iej5 asked if he ever has any privacy living in New York City.
Yeah, I mean, it’s a little tricky. I’m sort of a private person and people are very well-meaning, but the one thing that sort of gets to you are the cameras/cellphones. People try to be sneaky and try to get your picture without coming up to you or asking, and that’s what kind of gets to me.
I don’t even know why they do that, isn’t the joy of meeting somebody better than taking a picture from down the street? I’ve seen every combination too, some people will even send their kids over to ask for directions, haha! But for the most part people are very nice and I’m not moving out of NY just because of that at this point. It’s just important to me to feel safe and keep my family safe as well.
And just which Game of Thrones costar does Dinklage think is the funniest off screen?
- Conleth Hill! He’s a dear friend and fortunately I have a lot of scenes with him. And Lena, she’s also a dear friend and all we ever do is laugh together. When the three of us get together it’s a lot of fun.
- I love hummus?
Also, I’m not a cat person but I had a cat for ten years. Because I had a rat in my apartment and I don’t like killing creatures. So I got a cat. I thought my roommate was going to take the cat but he moved out with his girlfriend and left the cat there. So I have this cat.
The cat response was to answer a little known fact about himself. As for a Game of Thrones behind the scenes bit, Peter shared one in which they had to stop filming after he flubbed a particular line.
There was one scene I was doing with Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn. It was in season 1 I think, when I say something to a crazy woodsman guy. He asks “How do you want to die?” and the line in the script was like, “At the age of 80 with wine in my belly and a girl’s mouth around my c*ck.” And I said… “Age of 80 and a girl’s c*ck around my mouth!” I inverted a couple of the words, and when I said that my friend Jerome couldn’t stop laughing, so we had to stop filming for the day.
Game of Thrones airs each Sunday on HBO.