Peter Dinklage may be short in stature, but he's a giant hero to legions of "Game of Thrones" viewers.
Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister has become a fan favorite with his sarcastic quips and cutting one-liners. The actor himself is no slouch in the wit department, as he demonstrated in a Reddit AMA. Here are seven of his best answers.
On joining the "Game of Thrones" cast:
On the beautiful locations where "Game of Thrones" is shot:
I had one hesitation, because of the fantasy genre, I told him 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.
On the funniest person on set:
Croatia's one of the most beautiful places. We're in Dubrovnik and we work 6 days a week, so we don't have a lot of time off. But on our days off we just rent a boat and cruise around the islands. We go swimming, snorkeling... it's just the most relaxed place in the world to be. I'd love to go back there one day on holiday. The best part is that at the end of the work day, since it's very hot there and we're in these hot costumes -- heavy leather and armor -- some of us rip off our clothes and just jump right into the sea. Well, not all of our clothes. You know what I mean. But it's invigoratingly cold, and always a joy.
On wacky, behind-the-scenes hijinks:
Conleth Hill! He's a dear friend and fortunately I have a lot of scenes with him. And Lena [Headey], 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.
On how he got involved with "X-Men: Days of Future Past":
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---." And I said... "Age of 80 and a girl's c--- 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.
On how he maintains his fabulous mane of hair:
I got a phone call from Bryan Singer. My agent wanted to know if it was okay for Bryan to give me a call. I said... um, of course?! The next day he called me and we had a really long conversation about the character. I loved his previous X-Men movies and the comic books were just so super cool.
On the possibility of being known forever and only as Tyrion Lannister:
It's called not owning a brush. Or a comb. That's my secret. Just don't buy a comb.
I feel like that can go both ways. You can take that as a compliment and think about it like you've done a great job with the role, and you're sort of in people's conscience as that character. On the other hand, the joy of this TV show is that you can take time off and do other characters. A couple of years after this hopefully I'll also do some good work. I know Daniel Radcliffe has been doing a couple of plays in New York right now, and probably in a way attempting to blow his Harry Potter image. If people really can't disassociate me from Tyrion then I'll try to take it like, hey, I probably did something right with that role.