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" A lot of directors straight out of film school are very technically minded, but they don't have an understanding of actors or how to talk to them. "
" A lot of parts written for people of my size, dwarfs, are either foolish idiots or, like, these sages that are all-knowing, and they're very, sort of, come-to-them-for-answers. "
" Animals used for food are treated like unfeeling machinery. "
" Anybody who was in 'The Godfather' is a tough guy. "
" Any swagger is just defense. When you're reminded so much of who you are by people - not a fame thing, but with my size, constantly, growing up - you just either curl up in a corner in the dark or you wear it proudly, like armor or something. You can turn it on its head and use it yourself before anybody else gets a chance. "
" Anything that opens up people's perceptions a bit is good. "
" As an adolescent, I was bitter and angry, and I definitely put up these walls. "
" Bad guys are complicated characters. It's always fun to play them. You get away with a lot more. You don't have a heroic code you have to live by. "
" Being on television, playing the same character for many years, for me, I think that would get a little tedious. "
" Call me a midget, but just be real. I am all for correct terms, but please don't tiptoe around feelings. Don't be too careful, because that shuts you off from people. "
" Does anybody actually go out in L.A.? When I lived there, I'd just stay in my apartment. "
" Dwarves are still the butt of jokes. It's one of the last bastions of acceptable prejudice. "
" Each year, billions of animals are subjected to cruelty on factory farms, feed lots, and slaughterhouses. The brutality that these animals endure would be grounds for felony cruelty charges if inflicted upon our cats and dogs. "
" Even 'Lord of the Rings' had dwarf-tossing jokes in it. It's like, 'Really?' "
" Every person my size has a different life, a different history. Different ways of dealing with it. Just because I'm seemingly O.K. with it, I can't preach how to be O.K. with it. I don't think I still am O.K. with it. There's days when I'm not. "
" Fantasy novels, I don't really gravitate to that part of the bookstore. "
" Friends don't care about issues like dwarf tossing. "
" 'Game of Thrones' fans are the nicest people ever, but a thousand nice people coming at me gives me claustrophobia. "
" 'Game of Thrones' is an amazing show, and I have no problem speaking of the virtues of HBO. "
" George Martin is an incredible writer. "
" I am this guy who's four and a half feet tall, but my life doesn't constantly address it. "
" I do not fault anyone else who makes choices to play characters that they wished they hadn't... Because at the end of the day, none of us are happy with our jobs all the time. "
" I don't like people being cautious and tentative and choosing their words carefully around me because I'm a dwarf. "
" I don't socialize. I'm kind of a hermit. The life of an actor can be very lonely. "
" I dress and eat like a fifth-grader, basically. I like sandwiches and cereal and hooded sweatshirts. "
" I feel as much of a stud as... I can't come up with a metaphor. That's how lacking in studliness I am. "
" I feel like life is much greater than a hero or a villain: there's good people that sometimes make mistakes. "
" If I was born 400 years ago instead of now, I wouldn't have the life I have. There were freak shows, and there was horrible discrimination. "
" I guess the word to call me is my name, Pete. "
" I have a big cynical side to me. "
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