Peter Dinklage Sort of Defends Tiptoes

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actor Peter Dinklage of 'Game of Thrones' poses in the press room after winning outstanding supporting actor in a drama series 2011 during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images) Photo: Frazer Harrison/2011 Getty Images

Peter Dinklage is a serious guy, dedicated to his craft, loyal to his collaborators, thoughtful and measured and determined. That's what 95 percent of this New York Times Magazine profile of him is all about. But 5 percent of that profile is Dinklage defending and explaining the movie Tiptoes. That's the logic-defying rom-com with Kate Beckinsale and Matthew McConaughey, where Gary Oldman plays McConaughey's dwarf brother. Dinklage says that the movie was ruined by its studio, and that the original director's cut was fine. "It was sort of an amazing idea for a movie, but the result [of the new cut] was what we were fighting against — the cutesiness of little people," Dinklage says. Even before the new edits, though, "there was some flak," Dinklage admits. "'Why would you put Gary Oldman on his knees? That’s almost like blackface.' And I have my own opinions about political correctness, but I was just like: 'It’s Gary Oldman. He can do whatever he wants.'" The risible Tiptoes trailer is here, if you've never had the bizarre pleasure/horror.