If you’ve watched any movies in the last couple of decades, you’ve more than likely seen Peter Dinklage. Since his acting debut in 1991, the actor has been popping up more and more, and since 2011, has been best-known for his critically-acclaimed role as Tyrion Lannister in Game Of Thrones. But as it turns out, when acting roles were a little scarce in the ‘90s, he fronted a rather unique punk band.
As NME reports, Peter Dinklage was once a member of the ‘punk/funk/rap’ group Whizzy, in which he sang and also played the cornet.
Surmising that due to their self-described sound, they must have sounded like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, NME notes that while there is sadly no video footage of his time in the band, they have uncovered some images from 1993 and 1994, which are definitely worth checking out.
Of course, some hardcore fans of Peter Dinklage might have already been aware of his history, with the actor having talked about it in an interview with Playboy back in 2013. “I was in a band called Whizzy for many years in New York. We were this punk-funk-rap band,” he began. “We played a show at CBGB, and I was jumping around onstage and got accidentally kneed in the temple.”
“I was like Sid Vicious, just bleeding all over the stage,” he continued. “Blood was going everywhere. I just grabbed a dirty bar napkin and dabbed my head and went on with the show. We didn’t care much at the time about personal safety. We were smoking and drinking during our shows, and one time my bass player fell off the back of his amp because he passed out. It was one of those bands.” So if you’ve ever wondered where that distinguished facial scar that he sports came from, well, there’s your answer.
Of course, you might remember how Peter Dinklage’s co-star, Kristian ‘Hodor’ Nairn, has been doing the DJ circuit in recent years, bringing his ‘Rave Of Thrones’ show to countless adoring fans around the world. While Dinklage hasn’t yet moved into DJ territory, we certainly hope that some video from his time with Whizzy surfaces in the future.
In the meantime, check out Peter Dinklage showing off his pipes with the sadly as-yet-unproduced Game Of Thrones: The Musical comedy skit.