Making an R-rated comedy about a leprechaun might not look like such a great idea at first glance, but when you’ve got a lead actor as perfect for the role as Peter Dinklage willing to sign on and make the movie happen, suddenly a cursing little man with shiny buckles on his shoes starts to sound like a concept ripe with much more comedic potential than it would have had otherwise. We’ve seen Dinklage play a dwarf in the second Chronicles of Narnia movie, we’ve seen him do comedy in both versions of Death at a Funeral, and Game of Thrones has more than proven that he can be utterly, unapologetically filthy—it almost seems strange that he hasn’t starred in an R-rated movie about a leprechaun already.
The news of this new project comes from THR, who reports that Paramount has picked up a pitch for a still untitled R-rated comedy about a man who tries to convince everyone in his life that he’s not just a little person, but is actually an honest-to-God leprechaun. So far Dinklage is attached to star and Andrew Dodge—who also penned the film that Jason Bateman recently directed, Bad Words—is on board as the writer.
Despite the fact that this new comedy is planned to be raunchy, it’s also said to wrap it’s filth around an “emotional heart” that mines Dinklage’s diminutive status for drama. The film is being compared to the 2003 comedy Bad Santa in that regard, which seems like just the sort of thing that Dinklage would be great pulling off. Making an audience relate enough to a sleazeball main character to care about where they end up isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, and it generally takes an actor as talented and likable as a Billy Bob Thornton or a Peter Dinklage to pull it off.
Perhaps, if this one comes off and becomes a success, it could be the beginning of a long career for Dinklage as a comedic lead, which would be great news for everybody, because, oh man, does he have the stuff. Let’s just get this one leprechaun movie out of the way so the execs in Hollywood can start to feel safe enough to experiment with writing him normal roles, and then the sky’s the limit.