‘X-Men: Days of Future Past': Peter Dinklage Talks Bolivar Trask Villainy

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X-Men: Days of Future Past has promised fans big things; in fact, it’s promised no less than to be THE most epic, and action-packed X-Men movie yet. The cause of all of the trouble that will plague not one, but several eras of X-Men teams will be none other than Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who will play Bolivar Trask, the industrialist who invents a form of mutant-hunting robot known as The Sentinels.

While the character of Trask has a long and varied history of interpretations on both the comic book page and the screen (for instance, an African-American version of the character was portrayed by Bill Duke in X-Men: The Last Stand), Dinklage claims that his version will be something more complex than the one-note bigot Trask can sometimes be.

For those unfamiliar: In X-Men comic book lore, Bolivar Trask is the wealthy son of industrialist Larry Task, who takes it upon himself to defend humanity against the rise of mutants (humanity’s natural successor) by creating giant robots designed to hunt down and kill the mutant population – including those hiding in plain sight within humanity’s ranks. After Trask’s initial design, The Sentinels went on to radically evolve over the years – ultimately resulting in alternate futures where the world is a war-torn dystopia in which mutantkind has been all but eradicated by an army of advanced Sentinels – with humanity faring little better in the process.

Like the comic book storyline it borrows its title from, Days of Future Past will indeed trace the choices Trask makes in his stand against mutants, and the dire effect of those choices on the future. According to Peter Dinklage, however, Trask’s motivation for doing what he does will be cut from the modern cloth of sympathetic villains.

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As the actor told EW:

“I didn’t want to play the villain. He’s a man of science. He’s a man of invention. He actually sees what he’s doing as a good thing — [his ambition is] definitely blind and he’s quite arrogant. He’s strove all his life for a certain respect and attention.”

Now, back when Dinklage was first rumored for DoFP, there was specious speculation from fans that the actor just had to be playing a character who matched his unique physique (those annoying “Puck” rumors, remember?). For those still hung up on the issue: it’s clear to see how Dinklage playing Trask could add a lot of rich layers to the character. Dinklage touches on the meta-appeal of the cast with his comment about Trask longing for respect and attention; considering that the genetics which result in “little people” could be considered its own form of mutation, it makes this version of Trask a perfect springboard for deeper explorations of self-love, self-hate, and the delusion that is bigotry, etc…

The part only gets more intriguing as Dinklage reveals that Trask will also be butting heads with a ’70s-era Richard Nixon. For more on that, head over to EW. For a look at Dinklage as Trask, check out the viral video below:

Bryan Singer directs X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Boo Boo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Josh Helman, along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, and Daniel Cudmore.


X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in theaters on May 23, 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. “…and to teach me humility, the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about wearing that proud lion that was my father’s sigil and his father’s before him.”

    • What.???

      • It’s what Charles Dance says to Peter Dinklage in Game Of Thrones in season 3.

        • Your so right How could I forgot that Line.

  2. Peter Dinklage is a hot property in Hollywood, and rightly so. He’s a talented actor. His size should not matter much, many more directors should cast him in many more films. I can’t wait to see him in X-DOFP. He was also hilarious in ELF, I’ll be watching that many times this upcoming Christmas Season.

    • His hair and mustache look fake.

      • No, his hair and moustache look retro.

  3. It doesn’t really make sense for him to want to get rid of mutation since dwarfism is a mutation. Go figure

    • Maybe that’s the reason in the movie for him wanting to eradicate mutations?

      • +1

    • Because dwarfism is such a desirable condition.

    • maybe he’s ashamed of his mutation or he’s jealous that his mutation didn’t grant him powers

  4. I love him being cast as Trask, however it’s always going to be an annoying continuity error for me since he was played by an incredibly different looking actor in the same franchise.

  5. Kinda looks like a little “Dinkalidge”!

  6. Where is Cyclops?! There is problem #1. Other problems: why is Wolverine and not Kitty time-traveling? Why do the Sentinels, which I love, look like toy robots or gumball macjines? Why is Trask, who is not a midget in the comics, looking like a Munchkin? Should I yell, “Mr. Rourke: the plane, the plane!” when the blackbird comes flying in? I wold love for this to do good, as I am an X-Men fan, but I have a hunch a movie with good potential will turn into a mish-mash. And why is Quicksilver in this (I love that he is in Avengers)? The first two X-Men movies, despite huge breaks from canon, were actually decent attempts. X-men #3 went down the tubes, along with every other subsequent spin-off. I hate to say it, but “Aw, ****, reboot the whole darned schmeer!”

    • Yikes, you are a hateful person.

      • Not totally. Love Cyclops (uh, platonically, of course), love Kitty Pryde (er, when her parents aren’t looking…that was the wrong answer, wasn’t it?), pretty much enjoyed the first two X-Men movies, despite all the many many changes in canon (after I got over the fact that they wrote it so different from the comics, everything from costumes to characters like Cyke, Wolvie, and Rogue)..so there were some things I liked. Thought even though a bit different from the comics, Ian McKellen did good as Maggie, and old Baldo playing Prof. X was about as close to perfect as they could get. see, somethings I am lovable and cuddley about.

    • “machines”.

    • “would”.

    • The fact that Mr Dinklage is playing Trask should actually delight you. He is easily one of the best actors in this movie. And that whole Blackbird comment you just said is pretty tasteless sir.

  7. We only know that Wolverine is going back. Mark Millar has said that Kitty fans will be pleased once they see the movie, so I think that her role is important. There are multiple Sentinel models in the film, these are just early ones that are designed to look non-threatening. The more advanced models will probably be much more intimidating. As for Trask, this is a movie, not the comics. I don’t care if he looks different as long as the character works, and it’s Peter Dinklage, he’s awesome and I’m glad that he’s in the movie. Also, they’re not going to reboot, people need to let it go, IT’S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, at least not anytime soon.

  8. I don’t know how they’re going to make Trask a good villain. For me, it’d be a bit rubbish if he was evil because of his height but I wouldn’t exactly prefer him as a well-intentioned extremist. Still gonna watch it, obviously 😛

  9. Im working on a Screenplay for the 3rd X-Men movie guys, and it involves the Phalanx & and Gambit as a returning & main player in the X-Men Movies…please wish me luck, I hope to have it out by the time X-Men: DOFP arrives.

  10. Bolivar Trask was the father of Larry Trask, not the son.