In a Sundance interview, the Game of Thrones star reveals why the film features so much wine drinking.
Dinklage discussed affections for the alcoholic beverage at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where his new film I Think We’re Alone Now just screened. Only director Reed Morano’s second feature, the lonely post-apocalyptic drama about how we cope with loss stars Dinklage as Del, a former librarian who has survived the end of the world. Del takes comfort in his quiet existence by “cleaning” things up for those who are gone, and otherwise continuing as if the world had never quite ended. However, his end of days solace gets interrupted when a young woman (played by Elle Fanning) stumbles into his post-life.
While the film doesn’t quite answer how the apocalypse comes about, it certainly tries to uncover what someone might prefer to do once it happens. One of its answers, lots of wine drinking and occasionally a good book, doesn’t seem entirely off. Everything from TV hits The Twilight Zone to The Walking Dead have addressed why people might take comfort in fiction and alcohol when there’s nothing left. Both are ways of escaping your present physical and emotional condition. When society no longer exists, what you can imagine is about as good as it gets—or so we think.
In an interview with Vulture, Morano and Dinklage revealed that all the film’s wine appreciation came from Dinklage himself. In fact, Del drinking so much wine to pass the time during the end of times wasn’t originally part of his character, but was added in after a few discussions.
“We kind of threw the wine detail in at the last minute,” Morano revealed to Vulture. “Pete said, you know, ‘I really want to not be not a drinker.’ And I was like, ‘Thank god!’ Because I just think, you’ve got to. It’s the apocalypse!”
According to Dinklage, “Red wine would only get better.”
“Even boxed red wine,” Morano followed up.