‘My Dinner with Hervé’ Director on the ‘Strange and Surreal’ 25-Year Road to Screen

Variety | 10/8/2018 | Danielle Turchiano
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“My Dinner with Hervé” has been 25 years in the making, but writer/director Sacha Gervasi believes things will only happen when they are fated to occur.

“The truth is, I was not ready to make this film years ago. I had to grow up and learn my craft,” Gervasi tells Variety, noting that he feels “mostly relief” he finally got to fulfill a career-long dream.

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In late August 1993, then-journalist Gervasi was sent to Los Angeles on a number of assignments, the smallest and seemingly lowest profile of which was to interview former “Fantasy Island” star Hervé Villechaize. Gervasi says he went into it expecting to “ask all of the expected questions” about the television series, his role in the James Bond franchise and tabloid headlines about his womanizing but ended up having a “massive emotional experience.” Villechaize committed suicide soon after granting Gervasi the interview, and Gervasi made it a mission to properly honor him.

“He poured out his life to me over these meetings,” Gervasi says. “He forced me to look at my own judgement. … We all will just quickly rush to judgement based on the color of one’s skin or how tall they are or what their voice sounds like because we want to put people into boxes. And the reality is, if you peel back the layers and really get to know someone, despite all of the physical and obvious differences, everyone is human with their own struggles and failures and desires and successes.”

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But the road to fulfilling his promise was not an easy one. “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,'” he recalls.

Peter Dinklage signed on early on, though, and then “‘Game of Thrones’ happened and that...
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