Peter Dinklage jumps from "Thrones" to indie film comedy

Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:41pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - With a leading role in a hit television series and an Emmy under his belt, actor Peter Dinklage returns to his indie movie roots in the dark comedy "Pete Smalls Is Dead."

Pairing up with director and good friend Alexandre Rockwell, Dinklage plays the role of K.C., a former screenwriter led into the seedier side of the Hollywood film industry as he tries to save his kidnapped dog.

Dinklage, 42, was initially drawn to the optimist character of Jack, eventually played by Mark Boone. It was Rockwell who persuaded Dinklage to play the jaded K.C.

"He knew me better than I knew myself creatively," laughed Dinklage, adding, "I'm glad I ended up doing K.C. because it was much more of a challenge for me as an actor."

"Pete Smalls is Dead", now playing in U.S. theaters, is a quirky comedy that follows friends Jack and K.C. as they try to find K.C.'s kidnapped dog and attend the funeral of their friend and Hollywood director Pete Smalls, only to find that there's more to his death.

Dinklage is a regular on the off-Broadway theater scene and has appeared in numerous films including Christmas comedy "Elf," "Lassie" and "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

Due to his height, 4 ft. 5 in. (1.35 meter), Dinklage is often typecast into dwarf roles, but the actor is keen to work outside stereotypical roles.

"I've definitely done projects that I shouldn't have, but I've always been very protective of my fragile self," said the actor. "I just want to be happy with my choices at the end of the day and have no regrets."   Continued...