We all know and love Peter Dinklage as Game of Thrones's prickly, cunning fan-fave Tyrion Lannister. But how well do you know the actor outside of the role? We've gathered five fun facts about the actor that you might not have known.
1. He's a vegetarian. Peter is a passionate animal lover, which is why he's a vegetarian. As he says in this PETA video, "I love animals. All animals. I wouldn't hurt a cat or a dog — or a chicken, or a cow. And I wouldn't ask someone else to hurt them for me. That's why I'm a vegetarian." He also supports other animal rights causes.
2. He grew up near Bruce Springsteen's manager. Celebrities always seem to have weird connections to other celebrities, and this is Peter's: Bruce Springsteen's manager was his neighbor in New Jersey when he was growing up. "Bruce used to come over to his house and hang out and play guitar," Peter told Playboy (via TV Guide). "This was when I was two, so I don't remember any of it ... He was about 17 years old at the time. My mom didn't think he was that great. She told me he was too loud."
3. He's the one who suggested Lena Heady as Cersei. Lena Heady and Peter Dinklage were friend before Game of Thrones, and his is reportedly the one who suggested her for the role of Cersei. Good call!
4. He was in a band, and it scarred him, literally. While it's not as obvious as the post-Blackwater scar Tyrion sports, Peter does have a scar running from his neck to his eyebrows from back when he was in a band called Whizzy. "I was jumping around onstage and got accidentally kneed in the temple," he told Playboy. "Blood was going everywhere. I just grabbed a dirty bar napkin and dabbed my head and went on with the show."
5. He used to turn down a lot of roles. Even when he was a struggling artist just starting out, he refused to take jobs that made him feel like he was being used poorly because of his size — roles as elves and leprechauns and the like. As he points out to the New York Times, "Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It’s one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice ... by media, everything." But actors who are dwarves can do their part to change that. "You can say no. You can not be the object of ridicule."
Source: IMDB, Playboy (via TV Guide), Buzzfeed, New York Times