Peter Dinklage is set to play actor Hervé Villechaize, alongside Jamie Dornan as journalist Danny Tate, in the upcoming biopic ‘My Dinner with Hervé’ from HBO Films.
According to Deadline, the film, written by Emmy Award winning British screenwriter and director Sacha Gervasi, centres on “the unlikely friendship that evolves over a wild night in Los Angeles, between a struggling journalist (Dornan), and the world’s most famous gun-toting dwarf” (Dinklage). With the Radio Times adding, “the pair find unexpected common ground that will result in life-changing consequences for both as time goes one.”
Villechaize is best known to audiences as Francisco Scaramanga’s henchmen Nick Nack in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ (1974), starring Sir Roger Moore as James Bond, and as Mr. Roarke’s assistant, Tattoo, in the television series ‘Fantasy Island’ (1978 – 1984).
In 1993, at the age of 50, Villechaize’s life came to a tragic end in the garden of his Hollywood home where he committed suicide, leaving behind a note that read: “I love everybody. Nobody is to blame for this.” Suffering from proportionate dwarfism, his girlfriend Kathy Self revealed that he had been suffering from chronic pain due to the stress his normal sized organs placed on his small body, and had attempted suicide a number of times before (Express).
Prior to his death, Villechaize had taken part in an extensive interview with Gervasi, who is also a journalist, in which he shared the details of his tumultuous life and career. Speaking to the Playlist, Gervasi said “Hervé wasn’t just a pop culture icon; he was one of the most charming, cultured and dangerous people I’ve ever met. His is the story of a unique misfit trying to find his place in the world.”
Peter Dinklage first revealed the idea for the project in a March 2012 interview with the New York Times, in which he stated that he and Gervasi had spent several years working on a script about Villechaize. Now, almost a decade later, the project has finally been greenlit for production by HBO.
The film has already attracted some star attention, with Sir Roger Moore tweeting, “HBO are making a film about Hervé Villechaize. Who will play me?!”
A premiere date has yet to be announced.