In new interviews, Natalie Dormer discusses the controversial roles she’s played thus far while Peter Dinklage reflects on the shared humility and wit between him and Tyrion.
Dormer comments on what draws her to more risqué roles:
You know what? Sometimes, if something makes you uncomfortable as an actor, it’s interesting. And you have to work out why it’s making you uncomfortable: why do I feel threatened by this scene? Because sometimes it’s the stuff that makes you uncomfortable that is actually the good drama.
She also discusses her upcoming role as the main character in the BBC period drama The Scandalous Lady W and how it compares to Margaery Tyrell:
I’d made a small pledge to myself to keep away from corsets for a bit, because I didn’t want to be pigeonholed.
Though she says she couldn’t help herself with her new upcoming role as she was simply too drawn to it. To contrast her costumed period dramas, Dormer has also appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Elementary, and Silk.
Lastly, she comments on sex and motivation in Game of Thrones:
I think sex and romance is a huge part of human motivation so long as it’s informing the story then I don’t see what the problem is. Obviously no one likes gratuitous sex or gratuitous misogyny, the same way people shouldn’t like gratuitous violence.
But I think Thrones is quite good in that way. The violence is quite naturalistic. It’s not hyper-stylised. It’s not glamorised. And the sex is quite real and dirty as well. It’s about those raw, visceral qualities of human life that make good drama.
On her comfort towards the scenes and the sensitivity of the showrunners approach with Game of Thrones:
Welcome to being an actress under a certain age in the industry. [she laughs] But, you know, there are sensitive men in the industry as well – writers, directors, producers. It’s not just men against women. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are liberal-minded Americans who believe in equality. And we’re all serving the story.”
Head on over to The Telegraph for the full interview where Dormer further discusses her upcoming role, The Hunger Games and Game of Thrones!
The interview begins with a quote from Dan Weiss explaining why Dinklage was so perfect for the role.
He says they both share “a core of humanity covered by a shell of sardonic wit” to which Dinklage responds:
“Sure, I can understand that. I think Tyrion can be the most relatable to the modern sensibility because he’s not a hero and not a villain. He has a sense of humour even in the worst of times. Who relates to Ned Stark? Is he anybody sitting at the dinner table? But Tyrion is one of the dinner party. Although Dan is probably talking about mine and Tyrion’s shared love of drinking and has just veiled it in a writerly way!
He also comments on the changing image of the “leading man” in Hollywood:
There is a different definition of the leading man now. It’s fantastic. You look at the leading men of the past and they are very different. Hollywood is finally opening the door wider to more realistic portrayals of who people are. It’s not just about beautiful Hollywood stars.
While promoting his new film Pixels (also starring Sean Bean), he praises George R.R. Martin for writing such a role:
I loved The Lord of the Rings as books and movies but, like elves, dwarves are presented as another creature. They are not humans in those stories. We don’t have elves walking around, but we do have dwarves like myself. We are real. So it’s nice to be humanised in fiction for once, especially in that genre. George R R was clever enough to make a dwarf a fully fleshed-out human being
He further discusses Game of Thrones, Pixels, and his previous roles in the full interview at The Guardian!
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