With production currently underway, HBO Films has announced that Andy Garcia (Internal Affairs) has been cast as actor Ricardo Montalban opposite Peter Dinklage‘s Herve’ Villechaize and and Jamie Dornan‘s Danny Tate in My Dinner With Hervé. Garcia will also be joining fellow cast members Mireille Enos (The Killing) as Villechaize’s longtime girlfriend Kathy Self; Oona Chaplin (Taboo) as Tate’s girlfriend Kate; and Harriet Walter (The Crown) as Baskin, Tate’s newspaper editor.
Based on a story by the movie’s director Sacha 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 being forced to re-examine their lives. García will play Montalbán, Villechaize’s Fantasy Island co-star during the height of Villechaize’s fame.
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.
Andy Garcia has been a successful actor for nearly 40 years on television, in film and on stage, including: The Untouchables, When A Man Loves A Woman and Smokin’ Aces. In addition to My Dinner With Hervé, García is currently in post-production on two upcoming projects: Bent and What About Love.
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 James 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 girlfriend would discover the actor’s body in the backyard of his Northern Hollywood home: victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Villechaize was 50 years old.