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He first broke through playing the title character in Tom McCarthy’s art house sensation The Station Agent; then shot to international stardom as Tyrion Lannister on the landmark HBO series Game of Thrones, garnering Emmy nominations for all eight seasons of the fantasy-drama and taking home the prize four times; and is now very much in the hunt for his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Cyrano de Bergerac in a musical adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play written by Dinklage’s wife, Erica Schmidt, called Cyrano.
Over the course of this conversation, the 52-year-old opens up about the personal “code” that kept him, as a person with a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia, from accepting stereotypical sorts of roles even when they were the only job offers he was receiving; how Game of Thrones changed his life and career; what it was like carrying a movie musical for the first time; and much more.
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