As Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage has seen his fair share of battle (the “Blackwater” episode, everyone?), but still the Emmy Award winner says his fight scenes didn’t make him feel “like a badass” and that they are "all a big lie."
In an interview (with Playboy no less), the actor who plays our favorite Imp revealed he was much more concerned about not getting hurt than looking all badass as he’s swinging an axe (or a pretty lethal shield) around.
There's a scene in the show when I chop a man's leg off from behind. The gentleman was probably about 70 years old. They filmed him from the back, so you don't see how old he is. Also he's an amputee. He had one leg, so basically I just knocked out the fake leg. I had a big dull sword, and I knocked a wooden leg off an amputee who was 70 years old. So to answer your question, no, I don't feel like a badass. The fight scenes are all a big lie. The whole time, you're trying not to get hit in the eye with a sword, and you wish you had on a welding helmet.
What’s more, Dinklage also said that he doesn’t fear being killed off, even if Game of Thrones (and the A Song of Ice and Fire book series on which the show's based) keeps on killing characters (Sean Bean’s Ned Stark comes to mind) we all love, saying:
I don't think Tyrion is going anywhere. He once said that he'd like to die "in my own bed, at the age of 80, with a belly full of wine and a girl's mouth around my ****." I like to think that was a premonition. That's how he's going to go. He's a survivor. But you're right; it's amazing how many major characters get killed this season. People who have read all the George R.R. Martin books that the show is based on tell me Tyrion's still alive. We're only on season three and there are five books. Tyrion hasn't been killed yet, so I feel pretty secure.
What do you guys think? Think Tyrion will stick around for a very long while, playing the game of thrones? And what do you say to wearing helmets? (Which also happens to be a major pet peeve of A Song of Ice and Fire author George R. R. Martin.) Think that's how Tyrion will bite the dust? At 80 with, you know, what he said?