'Underdog' says: Bring it, Dinklage!

15058__peter_lThere’s no need to fear! Peter Dinklage is here!

At first, the notion of high-profile little-person Peter Dinklage starring in, of all things, Underdog, sounds like both the setup and the punchline for a puerile Adam Carolla-penned joke, but it also gives one reason to hope: If Peter Dinklage is involved, maybe a live-action, Disney-produced Underdog movie isn’t necessarily doomed to Rocky and Bullwinkle-dom. (Not that Dinklage’s presence is any sure guarantee of quality: Consider, if you will, Tiptoes. No, really — check it out. I’m not even going to tell you what it’s about. Only that it’s gloriously misbegotten.) 

At any rate, the Station Agent star will not be playing the diminutive superpooch, who’s now a lab animal named Shoeshine, not an actual shoeshine boy. Despite Dinklage’s involvement, that detail right there means I probably won’t see this unless forced by my editorial overlords. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Now we’re totally going to force him!] No, Dinklage will play the heavy, one Simon Barsinister, an evil scientist who once tried to steal the earth’s water supply with something called the Big Dipper Machine. (Laugh it up, but I hear it’s a line item in Halliburton’s 2006 operating budget.)

Can Dinklage play the heavy? Oh yeah. He was a holy terror in Elf,and roared with gusto as Richard III at New York’s Public Theater. Asfor his image as a standard-bearer for little people, well… one doeswonder what he thinks of the impending, nightmarish-looking Wayans comedy LittleMan . One wonders many things about Little Man, including: Is this an argument for a cold and godless universe?

Whether or not Underdog hits, Dinklage is plenty busy.  He’s got Penelope with Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon, as well as 3/5 of a Man alongside Anthony Mackie and Ving Rhames. Not to mention a CBS pilot, Ultra, which, we can only hope, does better than Threshold, his last job over at the Eye.


Comments (5 total) Add your comment
  • Martin

    I miss Threshold! SciFi, pick up the whole series and air it please…you know, like you did Firefly. Thank you.

  • Visa2

    Peter Dinklage is on a hot streak. He should do Playgirl or something. You know, break another barrier. He’s certainly mainstream enough to pull it off. And he has those bedroom eyes.

  • Dan Taylor

    Thank you for mentioning TIPTOES! My wife and I caught it late one night on cable after the credits had already started and we sat there in wide-eyed amazement/disbelief, looking at one another and saying, “Is THAT who I think it is?” Takes high concept to a new low.

  • Meg

    Having Peter Dinklage attached is probably the best thing that has happened to this movie–the guy is just awesome, a total scene-stealer, with a fantastic knack for comedy. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with a cartoon villian!

  • Telly B

    Dinklage was born to play Dr.Psycho, the evil, mysoginistic, mind-raping psychic terrorist from the Wonder Woman comics. Too bad that Joss Whedon has no intention of using villains from the comic.

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