Empire Magazine has been filled to the brim with new and interesting tidbits related to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ lately. Not only was it an outlet to unveil a whole slew of characters on 25 different collectible covers, but the most recent issue also came with tons of behind the scenes photos and new interviews concerning the process of bringing this larger than life decade-spanning story to life. Now, another interview from the outlet has made it’s way online and it features a pretty hefty comparison between the film’s antagonist and one of the most infamous figures in history.
Comic Book Movie shared some recent comments from director Bryan Singer and Peter Dinklage, who plays Sentinel creator Bolivar Trask in the upcoming X-movie, that discuss the notion of their villain sharing some characteristics with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The ‘Game of Thrones’ star begins by diverting the notion a bit:
“I wouldn’t go so far as Hitler. I sympathize 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.”
However, Singer continued by saying that Hitler and Trask may be more alike than Dinklage makes it sound:
“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.”
The subject then switches over to how the actor’s size will factor into the role of the X-Men’s nemesis:
“I’m a huge fan of his. But 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.'”
Finally, while weighing in on that topic, Dinklage goes back to the dictator and points out a qualities that the villains had in common:
“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!”
It’s a very intriguing concept to ponder on, but we’ll see how far Bolivar Trask will go once the film hits theaters later this year. Until then, what do you think of these comments from Dinklage and Singer? What do you expect from Trask in the movie? Do you think that he’ll reach Hitler levels of evil while dealing with the mutants of the world? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is set to hit theaters on May 23, 2014.