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Peter Dinklage Reveals How ‘Game of Thrones’ Improved His Acting Skills


Peter Dinklage reveals how working on TV improved his acting skills

Peter Dinklage was a great actor before he started to become praised for his role on HBO’s Game of Thrones. He was known for his performances in 2003’s The Station Agent and 2007’s Death at a Funeral before he ever auditioned for play Tyrion Lannister.

However, in an interview with Vulture, Dinklage revealed that acting on a TV show helped him improve his acting skills by making his craft seem more like a regular 9 to 5.

Peter Dinklage
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20, 2015: “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live. (Jaguar PS /

“One of the best things I can say about being on a TV show is that it makes you a better actor. It takes away the preciousness; it makes you see acting as work. You’re getting up, you’re delivering, you’re telling a story, you’re a piece of a whole, and it’s not about some self-involved process. It’s about being prepared, saying your lines, and stripping away all the bullshit artifice. It’s like acting as carpentry: Put that beam up; put that nail in. I love that approach.”


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