Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Peter Dinklage back on the big screen in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"

Peter Dinklage, left, as Trumpkin

The CanWest News Service wrote as nice profile of Peter Dinklage May 12, as he returns to the big screen this week as Trumpkin, the Red Dwarf, with the May 16 release of "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

The article says that "the sometimes curmudgeonly Trumpkin is one of the most beloved characters to be created by C.S. Lewis for his Narnia books. But Dinklage had never read any of them when he was offered the role of the sage old dwarf who accompanies the Pevensie children on their new journey into the magical land of Narnia and becomes their fierce ally in their latest battle against the evil forces which threaten the magical kingdom."

Dinklage, a little person, read the Prince Caspian book and and loved it, but didn't want to sign onto the project until he met with director Andrew Adamson.

"He won me over," Dinklage said. "He's a creative force and such a kind, kind man. He invited me into this world. They were doing pre-production on the film and storyboarding it with the animation art. It was a wonderful place to go to on that hot Los Angeles day -- this effects world. And I was so smitten that I agreed to do it."

Dinklage has already signed on for the next Narnia film, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," which begins shooting in October.

Trained in classical theater, Dinklage will appear this summer as "Uncle Vanya" At the Bard College SummerScape in upstate NY, but he says he loves the variety that acting affords him.

"I have never done a fantasy movie before, yet I keep being asked -- why did I do Prince Caspian. The answer is simple -- because I had never done anything like this before. So why not?"