Peter Dinklage Has Encouraging Words For Artists In Trump's America

"Unfortunately, sometimes it takes adversity to create something great," the actor told The Daily Beast.

Tyrion Lannister is all too used to Draconian rule — but that doesn’t mean Peter Dinklage will stand for it.

In an interview with The Daily Beast for his Sundance film “Rememory,” the “Game of Thrones” actor was quick to comment on the news that Trump’s administration is considering defunding national arts and humanities programs.

“It’s always the first to go, isn’t it? Art, then education: the two most important things,” he said, “and climate, of course. But if anything, I think the voices will get a little louder. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes adversity to create something great.”

Dinklage lent his voice to the thousands in Park City, Utah, who joined a Women’s March in solidarity with larger demonstrations in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and around the world on Jan. 21.

In “Rememory,” much of the plot revolves around a high-tech machine that can extract people’s memories and allow them to be accessed, untainted by human error, later on. When asked what memories he would choose to delete, Dinklage said of the recent inauguration: “I would delete what just happened the last couple of days and … have a different reality.”

At Sundance, he expressed his enjoyment of being surrounded by a community of creatives celebrating art during a politically turbulent moment.

“I love that I’m here,” he said. “I’m throwing myself into this community that I love the most, and the art form I love doing. Call it a ‘liberal bubble’ or whatever, but I feel it’s great to be here because we’re all expressing ourselves. We all get to be angry together.”

In a time when the online discourse over “alternative facts” proves to be too much, though, the actor had some simple advice: “Just turn it off, and you go for a walk in the woods. It’s so easy. People just can’t turn it off, and they don’t want to.”

Read Dinklage’s full interview here.



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