Directed by Sacha Gervasi, My Dinner with Hervé examines his real-life connection to French actor Hervé Villechaize, who starred in the ABC television series Fantasy Island and also portrayed Nick Nack in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In the days before Villechaize’s 1993 death, he was interviewed by Gervasi - who then worked as a journalist. Now 25 years later, Gervasi’s personal experiences and creative vision have fueled HBO’s upcoming biopic, starring the director’s behind-the-scenes collaborator Dinklage, who is primarily known for portraying Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s acclaimed series Game of Thrones.
Today, HBO released a 30-second teaser trailer for My Dinner with Hervé, which briefly sets up the narrative premise. Dornan plays Jamie Tate, a fictionalized version of Gervasi, and while the 15 seconds of film footage doesn’t offer much information about that character's backstory, it does hype Villechaize’s public persona; he's shown reveling in his fame at movie premieres, in hotel rooms, on set and with a romantic partner, too.
Given that My Dinner with Hervé’s subject is of Filipino descent, Dinklage isn’t quite a perfect fit for the role. Even so, he embodies the actor’s on-screen charisma, complete with lively facial expressions and a devilish grin. In the clip’s final moment, Villechaize promises “a real story” for the journalist, and the demeanor of Dornan's character suggests that it's much more than a typical Hollywood tale.
Alongside Dinklage and Dornan, who reportedly spent years developing My Dinner with Hervé, the upcoming HBO film also features Mireille Enos (The Killing), Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and Swedish actress Helena Mattsson (Iron Man 2, Fargo). In 2012, Gervasi released his second feature, Hitchcock, a biographical drama that focused mostly on director Alfred Hitchcock's relationships during the filming of the 1960 classic Psycho. The film received less than stellar reviews, and Gervasi’s 2017 follow-up, November Criminals, starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort, fared even worse.
Needless to say, My Dinner with Hervé isn’t a make-it-or-break-it film for one of HBO’s biggest stars in Dinklage, but the stakes are indeed high for Gervasi. In fact, Dinklage’s star power will seemingly ensure plenty of buzz until the film’s release.
My Dinner with Hervé will premiere October 20 on HBO.