Peter Dinklage plays Tattoo from 'Fantasy Island' and how fantasy stereotypes little peopleAdd to Favorites | Game of Thrones
Dinklage will be portraying play Hervé Villechaize, who played Tattoo on "Fantasy Island" in the new film, "My Dinner With Hervé." In the film, Villechaize talks about his life and career to a reporter shortly before committing suicide. "He's a beautifully complicated man," Dinklage said.
So now his comments on the fantasy genre. "I don't gravitate towards fantasy," he said. "I do have a deeper appreciation for it because of 'Game of Thrones,' but I never really was attracted to fantasy because of how most writers depict people my size."
"I try not to read too much into it, but there's a bit of a bias, where you're thought of as a mystical creature, which is a bit absurd," he said. "I have a great sense of humor - and a dark sense of humor - about everything, but it is a bit narrow-minded sometimes, where if they have a dwarf character, the shoes have to curl up at the end, he has this inherent wisdom, he isn't sexual, all of that."
"You look at something like 'Snow White,' and each of the dwarves is just one thing - this one sneezes, this one is angry, this one is tired. And that's sometimes still true for modern-day stories. But it's not just for dwarves, that could be the case for anybody, for women, for people of color. Right now it's Middle Eastern people who are all playing terrorists. It's short-sighted. But life is too short - no pun intended - to be interested in roles that haven't got any meat to them."
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