This fall, the life of Fantasy Island actor Hervé Villechaize (Peter Dinklage) and the circumstances that led to his story being told will be on display in HBO Films‘ My Dinner with Hervé.
Unfolding over one night in Los Angeles, the film tells the true story of the unlikely friendship that developed between Villechaize and struggling journalist Danny Tate (Jamie Dornan) — a friendship that will have life-changing consequences for both of them. Directed by Sacha Gervasi, with a screenplay by Gervasi and story by Gervasi & Sean Macaulay, My Dinner With Hervé debuts on HBO on Saturday, October 20th, 8 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
With Dinklage, Gervasi, Steven Zaillian, Richard Middleton, Ross Katz, and Jessica de Rothschild serving as executive producers, and Garrett Basch and David Ginsberg serving as co-executive producers, here’s your sneak preview of HBO’s My Dinner with Hervé:
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.
HBO’s My Dinner with Hervé also stars Mireille Enos as Hervé’s longtime girlfriend, Kathy Self; Harriet Walter as Danny’s newspaper editor, Fiona Baskin; Oona Chaplin as Danny’s girlfriend, Katie Nielson; David Strathairn as Villechaize’s longtime agent, Marty Rothstein; and Andy García as Ricardo Montalbán, Villechaize’s Fantasy Island co-star.
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.