Fresh off his most recent Emmy win, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage returns to HBO next month in “My Dinner With Hervé.” About the final days of Hervé Villechaize, a pioneering actor known for “Fantasy Island” and “The Man With the Golden Gun,” the film co-stars Jamie Dornan as the journalist sent to interview him about his status as “the most famous dwarf in the world.” Watch the trailer below.
“An unlikely friendship evolves over one wild night in LA between a struggling journalist (Jamie Dornan) and actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage), resulting in life-changing consequences for both.” The film has received backlash for supposedly whitewashing Villechaize’s story due to the fact that many believe he was half-Filipino, a claim Dinklage addressed in a recent interview.
“The funny thing about the backlash is it addresses what we address in the film about not judging a book by its cover,” the actor said. “Hervé was judged by how he looked, and cast and perceived to be who he is accordingly. … There’s this term ‘whitewashing.’ I completely understand that. But Hervé wasn’t Filipino. … I’ve met his brother and other members of his family. He was French, and of German and English descent. So it’s strange these people are saying he’s Filipino. They kind of don’t have any information.”
“My Dinner with Hervé,” which was directed by Sacha Gervasi, premieres on HBO on Saturday, October 20.