"Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage remembers one time just after he had his big break in Hollywood, circa 2003, where he made a connection with a fan, though it just lasted for a second.
"I was walking down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles," Dinklage told Esquire for its March issue. "There was this guy on a motorcycle right in front of me—about as far away as that plant, maybe six feet? And he looked at me. He didn't wave, but he looked at me, and then he pulled out into traffic and this car, like, boom—killed him instantly."
The actor, 44, added that he was in fact the last person that man "saw on earth."
"And I connected with him. And then he pulled out into traffic and boom," he added. There was an old guy driving the car ... The old guy had stopped and he was slowly getting out of his car. It was in the morning, so there was no one around, you know? This was in L.A., where nobody walks. It was empty. So there was this quiet moment where it was like I was the only person in the world who knew this guy was dead."
Dinklage, who is set to star in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" in May, added: "But there's something different between an older person dying and this guy. He was probably about twenty-five. He'd probably just had breakfast at the same place I was headed. And then he died. It's like, he was robbed," he said.
As for whether Dinklage, a recognizable movie and TV star, distracted the man before he drove off to his death, he never thought of it that way.
Oh, my God! F--- you. How dare—Oh, Mike. I never thought of that before," he told the reporter. "This was supposed to be a story about how I actually connected with a stranger. Oh, f---. Oh, man. Dude!"