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.
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