Actor Peter Dinklage (‘Game of Thrones’) is set to star in a new HBO biopic about actor Hervé Villechaize, who appeared as villain Scaramanga’s right-hand man Nick Nack alongside Sir Roger Moore in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’
Actor Hervé Villechaize, star of many TV series and a handful of feature films, is the subject of a new biopic by Emmy Award winning British screenwriter and director Sacha Gervasi. Peter Dinklage has signed up to appear alongside fellow actor Jamie Dornan (‘Fifty Shades of Grey’). The film, entitled ‘My Dinner with Hervé’, will explore a wild night in Los Angeles involving struggling journalist Danny Tate (Dornan) and Villechaize, and the friendship that developed between the pair as well as the life-changing consequences for them both. The idea for a film about Hervé Villechaize was first reported in a March 2012 New York Times interview, in which Peter Dinklage revealed that he and Sacha Gervasi had spent several years writing a script about Villechaize who suffered from proportionate dwarfism. Actor Peter Dinklage was born with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism.
Director Gervasi, who also works as a journalist, recorded the final interview with Hervé Villechaize before the actor took his own life in 1993, at the age of 50. Villechaize had attempted suicide several times in his life. Gervasi and Dinklage will executive produce alongside Steven Zaillian, Richard Middleton, Ross Katz and Jessica de Rothschild, with Garrett Basch and David Ginsberg executive producing. No air date for ‘My Dinner with Hervé’ has yet been announced.