MY DIN­NER WITH HERVE (M)

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This fine HBO-pro­duced biopic of the late Herve Vil­lechaize has been a pas­sion project for Game Of Thrones star Peter Din­klage for sev­eral years. He has cer­tainly left noth­ing on the ta­ble in terms of throw­ing his full range of tal­ents at por­tray­ing the mer­cu­rial Vil­lechaize, best re­mem­bered here in Aus­tralia for his years fronting the cheesy TV series Fan­tasy Is­land. Life was any­thing but cheesy away from the cam­eras for French­born Vil­lechaize, whose diminu­tive height of 1.2m (or 3 foot 11 inches for you old-timers out there) was more a curse than a bless­ing in a world that treated “lit­tle peo­ple” as a big joke. The movie is framed around the last press in­ter­view Vil­lechaize gave be­fore his tragic death at age 50 in 1993. Jamie Dor­nan (the male lead of the Fifty Shades movies) plays the writer who hears out the angst-rid­den, ex­cessprone Vil­lechaize over the space of one colour­ful, ac­tion-packed week in Los An­ge­les.

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