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Peter Dinklage and Bryan Singer talk Bolivar Trask in Days of Future Past

February 4th, 2014 by Marc Comments


While all the talk has been about the mutants, Peter Dinklage doesn’t want us to forget about his very human villain, Bolivar Trask.

 Speaking with Empire, Dinklage was asked about Trask the creator of the mutant-hunting robot Sentinels, and the similarities between him and Adolf Hitler:

 “I wouldn’t go so far as Hitler, I sympathise with the man, having played him, and I don’t know how one does that with Hitler…Trask does actually believe that what he’s doing is going to save the world.”

 But it seems the film’s director Bryan Singer seems to find the comparison more fitting:

 ”Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they find some common element to unite against. Perhaps as Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he’s doing the same thing with mutants.

 There’s also something interesting about his size. I’m sure he went very underestimated throughout life. Trask comments on that – I don’t know if it’ll be in the final picture – but he says, ‘I was underestimated, so do not underestimate these creatures.’”

 Dinklage adds that Trask’s size definitely has an impact on him in the film:

 “I am this guy who’s four and a half feet tall, but my life doesn’t constantly address it. With me playing that role, I had to think about that stuff. I’m not going to play my violin, but with my dwarfism, I’m a bit of a mutant. I can’t move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing.

 Deep down, Trask can be quite sensitive about that aspect of himself. And sorry to go back to Hitler, but he wasn’t a six foot, perfect blond Aryan. He was a short, funny looking fellow. And talk about a moustache!”

There you have it, it’s easy to forget about Trask amidst all the mutants in the cast.

I wonder if someone gives mentions the fact that Trask being a little person invented these giant robots.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.

Bryan Singer has managed to gather an impressive cast which includes James McAvoy, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Omar Sy, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Lucas Till and Evan Jonigkeit.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is set to be released in theaters on May 22nd, 2014 in the UK and May 23rd in the US.

Source: Empire


Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….