Peter Dinklage Talks Days Of Future Past's Bolivar Trask

'I didn’t want to play the villain...'

Peter Dinklage Talks Days Of Future Past's Bolivar Trask

Ever since he was first announced, there has been fervent interest in Peter Dinklage’s role in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. We learned a while ago that he’s playing Bolivar Trask, the scientist who leapt on the mutants-as-threat bandwagon in the 1960s and created the hulking, robotic Sentinels to curb them. Now Dinklage has talked to EW about the character, who he prefers to see as a man with a driving ambition.

“I didn’t want to play the villain,” Dinklage told the magazine. “He’s a man of science. He’s a man of invention. He actually sees what he’s doing as a good thing – his ambition is definitely blind and he’s quite arrogant. He’s strove all his life for a certain respect and attention.”

As usual, actors tend to see their characters’ point of view, even when everyone else might consider them a psychotic nut-job with a god complex. Trask has had the luxury of having been many things during the various X-Men comics storyline, and there’s certainly a case to be made for his side of the argument, even if things seem to go apocalyptically wrong on his watch. And it’s not just the X-Men he’s facing: “He’s up against Richard Nixon,” Dinklage says. “He’s got some hurdles.”

There’s more on Trask and his company on the viral website set up for the film. And X-Men: Days Of Future Past itself will be out on May 22 in the UK.