While all the talk has been about the mutants, one major element of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is very human – Peter Dinklage’s villain Bolivar Trask.
Speaking with Empire Magazine, Dinklage was asked about the character who created 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.”
The film’s director Bryan Singer seems to find the comparison more fitting though, and Dinklage’s small physical stature plays into it:
“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 his character 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!”