Peter Dinklage plotting screenwriting career


Peter Dinklage wants to improve his screenwriting skills when he has finished filming the final series of Game Of Thrones.

The 48-year-old was propelled to stardom with his role as Tyrion Lannister, a scheming but good-hearted dwarf at odds with his noble family, in the hit fantasy TV show in 2011.

However, when work on the show’s final season ends in the coming months, he’d like to use his spare time to improve as a writer rather than rush into new acting roles.

“I’m actually reading scripts right now, because I’m not good enough as a screenwriter,” he told Spain’s El Mundo newspaper. “I thought I was, but when it comes to writing I haven’t been able to write something worthwhile.

“Maybe I will collaborate with someone, when the series is over I will have more time to focus on it and it will be easier. It’s all about finding the right story. I would love to do it.”

Although the star has been working with Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi for several years on a movie about James Bond actor Herve Villechaize, who was born with a form of dwarfism like Peter, he is yet to receive a screenwriting credit.

When asked what makes a good script, Peter insisted it must grip him in his first few pages.
“Life is very short, if a script fails to capture your interest before page 10, you must move on to something else. That’s one of my criteria, but the key is originality. I like to do things I haven’t done before,” he explained.

As a result of his desire to move on, the star says he will be avoiding any roles that remind him of his Game of Thrones character Tyrion.

“I do not want to play another Tyrion Lannister, even though he is the best character I’ve ever played,” he added. “I am not interested, I have to move on to something else, I have to enjoy being an actor.”

The new series of Game of Thrones debuts next month (Jul17).

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