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. “I was walking down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles,” Dinklage said. “There was this guy on a motorcycle right in front of me … And he looked at me. He didn’t wave, but he looked at me, and then he pulled out into traffic and this car, like, boom — killed him instantly.”
“And you were the last person he saw?” the reporter asked. “Yes. I was the last person he saw on earth,” Dinklage replied.
He talked about being the first person on the scene after the accident. “So there was this quiet moment where it was like I was the only person in the world who knew this guy was dead,” he said. “And 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.”
The reporter asked Peter if he thought he may have distracted the motorcyclist, and this enraged the actor. “Oh, my God! F— you … I never thought of that before,” Dinklage said. “This was supposed to be a story about how I actually connected with a stranger. I’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.
“She didn’t seem crazy or anything,” Dinklage said, “so I asked what was the matter. And she was like, ‘I just wanted to tell you, my boyfriend died today. And ‘The Station Agent’ was his favorite movie. This is like a sign that I saw you. I can’t believe this. May I please have a hug because I’m dying right now?’”
“And, of course, I gave her a hug,” Dinklage said.
“It’s like, there are the idiots with cellphones taking your picture all the time,” the actor continued, “and then there’s something like that woman. And it really moved me, because it was honest and so pure and so sad.”
Dinklage can next be seen in the fourth season of “Game of Thrones,” which premieres April 6 on HBO.