Peter Dinklage told Esquire he saw a man get killed in 2003, right around the time Dinklage achieved some fame with his role in "The Station Agent."
"I was walking down Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles," Dinklage said. "There was this guy on a motorcycle right in front of me ... and he looked at me. He didn't wave, but he looked at me, and then he pulled out into traffic and this car, like, boom -- killed him instantly."
"And you were the last person he saw?" the reporter asked.
"Yes. I was the last person he saw on earth," Dinklage replied.
The "Game of Thrones" star also talked about being on the scene before the police and paramedics arrived.
"So there was this quiet moment where it was like I was the only person in the world who knew this guy was dead," he said. "And I was there looking at him, you know, in those moments of calm after something horrible happens, the calm before the melee starts ... there was that moment when I was with him."
The reporter asked if Dinklage thought he might have distracted the motorcyclist, a thought he didn't like much.
"Oh, my God! (Expletive) you ... I never thought of that before," Dinklage said. "This was supposed to be a story about how I actually connected with a stranger."
"I'm gonna have nightmares tonight," he said.
Nice work, Esquire.
Dinklage, 44, recalled a more positive fan encounter, though it too had to do with death. He described meeting a young woman who broke into tears when she saw him.
"She didn't seem crazy or anything," Dinklage said, "so I asked what was the matter. And she was like, 'I just wanted to tell you, my boyfriend died today. And 'The Station Agent' was his favorite movie. This is like a sign that I saw you. I can't believe this. May I please have a hug because I'm dying right now?'"
"And, of course, I gave her a hug," Dinklage said.
"It's like, there are the idiots with cell phones taking your picture all the time," the actor continued, "and then there's something like that woman. And it really moved me, because it was honest and so pure and so sad."