Actors thank any number of people from the stage when they pick up awards, but Peter Dinklage's speech as he picked up his Golden Globe for best supporting TV actor for "Game of Thrones" took a slightly different turn. He mentioned someone named "Martin Henderson," and instead of explaining what that meant, simply told audiences to "Google him."
Turns out Dinklage was referring to a 37-year-old actor who has appeared in some of the "Harry Potter" films as a goblin and who, according to the Daily Telegraph, was picked up and thrown last October by a stranger while he was standing outside a U.K. pub.
Dinklage and Henderson suffer from achondroplasia, which is the cause of their dwarfism, and as MTV News points out, Dinklage was trying to raise awareness for the insensitivity people can show towards little people -- insensitivity that can lead to assault and bodily injury, as happened with Henderson.
The actor was already recuperating from a 2010 back injury, reported The Daily Mail, when he was attacked. The injury was a setback in that recovery, and he has said in interviews that his legs have become numb since the attack, causing falls. He now faces the possibility of spending his life in a wheelchair, as well as the collapse of his career.
"Every time I stand up I don't know if I'm going to fall over. I will have to use a wheelchair and I won't get any acting jobs," Henderson told the Mail.
While attacks on dwarfs are not unheard of, Henderson says he blames this particular incident on English rugby team players who reportedly attended dwarf-tossing contest in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup.
His assailant has not yet been found, but thanks to that shout-out from Dinklage, his case has now reached millions around the world.