Hello, my name is Simon Fischweicher, and I’m a fantasy nerd. In high school I outlined an entire epic fantasy series filled with fairies, centaurs, talking raccoons, and demi-gods. I’ve spent an entire day watching all three “Lord of the Rings” movies in a row. And, I love George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” or “Game of Thrones” as it is more commonly known because of the HBO television series adaptation. So naturally, when I heard Peter Dinklage, the actor who plays Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” would be speaking at one of the Rubin Museum’s Brainwave events, I had to go.
The event, titled “The Actor,” showcased a conversation between Peter Dinklage and Dan Ariely, Ph.D., James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University. Their discussion focused on the illusions, expectations, and perceptions created by actors, but also branched into other areas, such as a behavioral discussion of lying and Dinklage’s frustration with the film industry’s demeaning attitude toward roles for little people.
(Credit: Michael Palma for The Rubin Museum)