You know that epic fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire, which was just made into that epic fantasy TV series Game of Thrones? Well, it turns out one of the stars of the show doesn't really think it's fantasy at all. (Now THAT'S epic.)
We LOVE Peter Dinklage, and his hiring to portray the character of Tyrion Lannister was one of the signs that Game of Thrones would be done right. But in a recent interview, the actor made us feel somewhat nervous when he said that he doesn't really think the series should be considered fantasy.
Here's what Dinklage told MTV:
"I wouldn't be quick to use the word fantasy with this ... I know that's the word that's been used, maybe a lot of people would disagree with me but what I see, I don't see it as a fantasy. At least from the stuff I've done that actually was truly fantasy, where water creatures are coming out of the ground and lions are talking. ... That, to me, is a bit more fantastical."
You can hear him saying all that (and more) below.
While we're all for doing anything possible to bring a new audience to science fiction and fantasy projects, we're not so sure that running from the F-word is the right way to do it. It smacks of embarrassment, like those actors in sci-fi films who claim they're not REALLY in a sci-fi movie.
So we say to Peter Dinklage—embrace the fantasy label. Wear it proudly!
What do you make of the actor's statement?