by Brett White
The actor recently told Entertainment Weekly that he didn’t want to play a bad guy in the next Marvel mutant movie, which turned out to be exactly the role he landed when he signed on to play Sentinel-inventor Bolivar Trask.
“I didn’t want to play the villain,” said Dinklage. “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.”
So while Dinklage is indeed playing a character that acts as an antagonist to the X-Men—heck, all mutants—he’s also playing a three-dimensional man of science who just wants to do what he believes is right. This interpretation of Bolivar Trask, a character that first debuted back in 1965, seems to be as nuanced as previous X-Foes Magneto and Colonel William Stryker. Dinklage didn’t sign up to play the villain; he signed up to play a complicated man trying to save the human race from extinction.
To learn more about Bolivar Trask and his legacy, pop on over to the ridiculously comprehensive Trask Industries viral website. The site includes everything from a detailed timeline of the company’s 50 year history to in-depth stats about all of their mutant-hunting products.
For a sneak peek at Dinklage in action as Trask, check out this quick video.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” hits theaters on May 23rd, 2013.
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