Originally announced in May 2017, HBO Films has just released a first-look photo of Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) in the title role from My Dinner With Hervé, a look at the life of actor Hervé Villechaize. Villechaize came to fame with the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun and as the co-star of the popular 1970’s television series Fantasy Island, and would eventually take his own life in 1993 at the age of 50. The film is written and directed by Sacha Gervasi and also stars Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Jamie Dornan as journalist Danny Tate.
Based on a story by Gervasi and Sean Macaulay, My Dinner With Hervé centers on the unlikely friendship that develops over the course of a manic night out in Los Angeles between journalist Tate and gun-toting, explosive actor Villechaize that results in both re-examining their lives.
Dinklage and Gervasi are executive producing with Steven Zaillian, Richard Middleton, Ross Katz and Jessica de Rothschild; with Garrett Basch and David Ginsberg co-executive producing.
Villechaize (born Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize) was a French actor and painter who achieved worldwide recognition for various film and television roles. His role as Nick Nack in the Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun in 1974 was a particular standout, though it would be his role as Mr. Roarke’s assistant, Tattoo, on the television series Fantasy Island from 1978-1984 that would catapult him into the pop culture lexicon with his line, “Ze plane! Ze plane!” In 1993, Villechaize’s longtime girlfriend Kathy Self would discover the actor’s body in the backyard of his Northern Hollywood home-victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Villechaize left a suicide note saying he was despondent over longtime health problems that he believed were only going to get worse, choosing to end his life on his own terms.
Here’s a look at Villechaize’s guest appearance on Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday: