Peter Dinklage lands the March cover of Esquire Magazine, and inside the actor opened up about the tragic death of a fan.
Because of Peter’s size, he is used to being stared at. He told Esquire “Sometimes the encounters can be meaningful.” However, one time, it was traumatic. Ã¢â¬ÅI was walking down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles,Ã¢â¬Â Dinklage said. Ã¢â¬ÅThere was this guy on a motorcycle right in front of me … And he looked at me. He didnÃ¢â¬â¢t wave, but he looked at me, and then he pulled out into traffic and this car, like, boom Ã¢â¬â killed him instantly.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅAnd you were the last person he saw?Ã¢â¬Â the reporter asked. Ã¢â¬ÅYes. I was the last person he saw on earth,Ã¢â¬Â Dinklage replied.
He talked about being the first person on the scene after the accident. Ã¢â¬ÅSo there was this quiet moment where it was like I was the only person in the world who knew this guy was dead,Ã¢â¬Â he said. Ã¢â¬ÅAnd I was there looking at him, you know, in those moments of calm after something horrible happens, the calm before the melee starts …. There was that moment when I was with him.Ã¢â¬Â
The reporter asked Peter if he thought he may have distracted the motorcyclist, and this enraged the actor. Ã¢â¬ÅOh, my God! F— you … I never thought of that before,Ã¢â¬Â Dinklage said. Ã¢â¬ÅThis was supposed to be a story about how I actually connected with a stranger. IÃ¢â¬â¢m gonna have nightmares tonight.”
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Elsewhere in the interview, Dinklage, 44, recalled a more positive fan encounter, though one also touched by death. He told the reporter that after their first meeting, he met a young woman who saw him and broke into tears.
Ã¢â¬ÅShe didnÃ¢â¬â¢t seem crazy or anything,Ã¢â¬Â Dinklage said, Ã¢â¬Åso I asked what was the matter. And she was like, Ã¢â¬ËI just wanted to tell you, my boyfriend died today. And Ã¢â¬ËThe Station AgentÃ¢â¬â¢ was his favorite movie. This is like a sign that I saw you. I canÃ¢â¬â¢t believe this. May I please have a hug because IÃ¢â¬â¢m dying right now?Ã¢â¬â¢Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅAnd, of course, I gave her a hug,Ã¢â¬Â Dinklage said.
Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s like, there are the idiots with cellphones taking your picture all the time,Ã¢â¬Â the actor continued, Ã¢â¬Åand then thereÃ¢â¬â¢s something like that woman. And it really moved me, because it was honest and so pure and so sad.Ã¢â¬Â
Dinklage can next be seen in the fourth season of Ã¢â¬ÅGame of Thrones,Ã¢â¬Â which premieres April 6 on HBO.