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'Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage: 'Fantasy didn't appeal to me'

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Actor Peter Dinklage

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Peter Dinklage has said that Game of Thrones has given him "a deeper appreciation" for the fantasy genre.

Dinklage, who won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in Drama' for his role of Tyrion Lannister in the HBO show, explained that he doesn't like how many fantasy writers depict people his size.

"I try not to read too much into it, but there's a bit of a bias, where you're thought of as a mystical creature, which is a bit absurd," the 4ft 5in actor said to The Playlist.

"I have a great sense of humour - and a dark sense of humour - about everything, but it is a bit narrow-minded sometimes, where if they have a dwarf character, the shoes have to curl up at the end, he has this inherent wisdom, he isn't sexual, all of that.

"You look at something like Snow White, and each of the dwarves is just one thing - this one sneezes, this one is angry, this one is tired. And that's sometimes still true for modern-day stories. But it's not just for dwarves, that could be the case for anybody, for women, for people of colour.

"Right now it's Middle Eastern people who are all playing terrorists. It's short-sighted. But life is too short - no pun intended - to be interested in roles that haven't got any meat to them."

Dinklage and his wife Erica Schmidt are expecting their first child together.

Watch Peter Dinklage's acceptance speech at the Emmys below:

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