An unlikely meeting of minds
My Dinner with Herve After the recent excellent HBO film The Tale starring Laura Dern, here comes another: My Dinner with Herve starring Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage and The Fall’s Jamie Dornan.
It owes at least a titular debt to the 1981 film My Dinner with Andre, starring Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn as two friends discussing life as they dine together.
But this film, inspired by a true story, explores the unlikely friendship between the fictionalised Herve Villechaize (Dinklage), who was once the world’s most famous dwarf actor and star of Fantasy Island, and struggling Irish journalist Danny Tate (Dornan).
The narrative unfolds over one wild night in Los Angeles in 1993, which is described as having “life-changing consequences for both characters”.
It was written and directed by Sacha Gervasi, whom the Danny Tate character is based on, and took 25 years to get made. “I can’t believe how many people told me, ‘Listen, it’s a suicidal dwarf movie, you could not come up with anything less commercial, it’s never getting made’,” Gervasi recently told Variety.
“The relationship between these two people who could not be more dramatically different from how they appear, [reveals they] really are the same person struggling with the same thing.
“They’re struggling with the courage to take responsibility for their own roles in their lives, to look at what they’ve really done, to face it, and to move on.”
The film also stars Andy Garcia as Villechaize’s Fantasy Island co-star Ricardo Montalban, Harriet Walter, Oona Chaplin, David Strathairn and Australian actress Ashleigh Brewer. Showcase. Friday, 8.30pm, Fox
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