Peter Dinklage from 'Game of Thrones' was in a 90's punk band
After seven seasons, Game of Thrones has slowly moved its many pieces into place for the final showdown. It's always been hard to tell who was going to come out on top on a show like this, with beloved protagonists being executed left and right. Ever since the first season of the show we've known not to expect a happy ending, but it feels like the show is reaching its endgame and the remaining Stark children will make it through all the way to the series' final episode.
On top of this, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen have become united (in more ways than one), and have taken centre stage as the show's primary protagonists. But despite the fact that "the song of ice and fire" is purportedly all about their journey, there is one character who is far more likely to top every best character list written, and that's Tyrion Lannister.
Tyrion is a great character from the outset, with the book's version of him already full of comedic and dramatic potential. The character suffers great misfortune throughout his life, but his intelligence, wit, and ironic humour makes him always entertaining to watch. Yet what really brought him to life was the talented actor Peter Dinklage, whose mannerisms and voice added such gravitas to an already memorable character.
The American actor has been acting since the 90s, but it wasn't until Game of Thrones that people started to take notice of his acting talents. Yet before even his first appearances in TV and film, he had another career entirely, one that he may have pursued if he hadn't been so successful in show business. That's right - Peter Dinklage was in a 90's punk band.
To be more specific, Dinklage was park of a "punk/rap/funk" band called Whizzy. Not only that, but he was the frontman too. NME have discovered some photo gems from this era, dated between 1993 and 1994. The below image was taken in '94, when the band performed at Columbia University in New York.
"I was a pretty angry back then," the musician turned actor told NME, who spoke to him about the photos. Dinklag was a co-frontman of the band, providing vocals as well as some brass solos on instruments such as the cornet. Their sound looks to be pretty unusual, though the funk/punk combination brings to mind bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
No audio of the band has been found yet, but given the fact they played a number of shows, and the internet's limitless pool of resources, it's only a matter of time before we get to hear what Whizzy sounded like.
If these photos are anything to go by, it looks as if Whizzy put on one hell of a show. You can see the energy Dinklage brought to the table, even getting into the faces of the audience, as any good punk rocker should. Now, we just have to hear what they sound like, and hopefully a video will surface one day soon.