Peter Dinklage on ‘My Dinner with Hervé’ issue: ‘Hervé wasn’t Filipino’

Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage responds to whitewashing claims for his new movie 'My Dinner with Hervé'.

by Jessie Mendoza

Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage (age 49) has a new TV movie called My Dinner with Hervé (2018). It will be released on October 20, 2018 in the US.

My Dinner with Hervé is a look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize, co-star of the hit ’70s TV series “Fantasy Island”, who took his own life in 1993 at the age of 50.

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There has been a backlash about Peter Dinklage playing as Hervé Villechaize in the movie. The accusers claim that Hervé Villechaize was half-Filipino.

Peter Dinklage has reponded to ‘whitewashing accusations’. He told Entertainment Weekly:

The funny thing about the backlash is it addresses what we address in the film about not judging a book by its cover. Herve was judged by how he looked, and cast and perceived to be who he is accordingly. Herve wasn’t Filipino.

People are jumping to conclusions based on a man’s appearance alone and that saddens me.

There’s this term ‘whitewashing’. I completely understand that. But Hervé wasn’t Filipino.

Dwarfism manifests physically in many different ways. I have a very different type of dwarfism than Hervé had.

I’ve met his brother and other members of his family. He was French, and of German and English descent. So it’s strange these people are saying he’s Filipino. They kind of don’t have any information.

‘My Dinner with Hervé’ is about Hervé’s last days spent with journalist Jamie Dornan in 1993 before he took his own life.

My Dinner with Hervé (2018) Sneak Peek Starring Peter Dinklage & Jamie Dornan | HBO

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. Directed by Sacha Gervasi. Starring Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan. Premieres October 20 on HBO.

Source: HBO on YouTube

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