Sacha Gervasi, the director of HBO’s ‘My Dinner With Hervé,’ was a journalist when he interviewed ‘Fantasy Island’s Hervé Villechaize in 1993. It took him 25 years to finally tell his story.
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Oct 19, 2018 · Sacha Gervasi’s HBO film chronicles a wild encounter with Hervé Villechaize, just days before the Fantasy Island actor committed suicide in 1993. By Julie Mille r October 19, 2018 Left, by Ron...
Oct 20, 2018 · Directed by Sacha Gervasi. With Peter Dinklage, Jamie Dornan, Frida Munting, Harriet Walter. A look at the life of French actor Hervé Villechaize, co-star of the hit '70s TV series "Fantasy Island", who took his own life in 1993 at the age of 50.
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Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize was a French American actor. He is best remembered for his roles as the evil henchman, Nick Nack, in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, and for playing Mr. Roarke's assistant, Tattoo, on the 1977–1984 American television series Fantasy Island, where his catch phrase was "Ze plane! Ze plane!"
Villechaize was born in Nazi-Occupied Paris, France, on April 23, 1943, to English-born Evelyn, and André Villechaize, a surgeon in Toulon. The youngest of four sons, Villechaize was born with dwarfism, likely due to an endocrine disorder, which his surgeon father tried unsuccessfully to cure in several institutions. In later years, he insisted on being called a "midget" rather than a "dwarf". Villechaize was bullied at school for his condition and found solace in painting. He also had a ...
Villechaize initially worked as an artist, painter and photographer. He began acting in Off-Broadway productions, including Werner Liepolt's The Young Master Dante and a play by Sam Shepard, and he also modeled for photos for National Lampoon before moving on to film. His first film appearance was in Chappaqua. The second film was Edward Summer's Item 72-D: The Adventures of Spa and Fon, filmed in 1969. This was followed by several films, including The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight; Christop
Villechaize was married twice. He met his second wife, Camille Hagen, an actress and stand-in double, on the set of the pilot for Fantasy Island. They resided at a 1.5-acre San Fernando Valley ranch which also was home to a menagerie of farm animals and pets. He had a few Hollywood friends, most notably country music singer Johnny Lee, whose concerts Villechaize would often attend in the 1980s. In 1983, Haywood Nelson interviewed Villechaize for the television program That Teen Show—which ...
In a March 2012 New York Times interview, Peter Dinklage revealed that he and Sacha Gervasi spent several years writing a script about Villechaize. Gervasi, a director and journalist, conducted a lengthy interview with Villechaize just prior to his suicide; according to Dinklage, "After he killed himself, Sacha realized Hervé's interview was a suicide note". The film, My Dinner with Hervé, which is based on the last few days of Villechaize's life, stars Dinklage in the title role, and ...
Apr 12, 2021 · His Real Life Was The Biggest Fantasy Of All. An unlikely friendship evolves over one wild night in LA between a struggling journalist and actor Hervé Villechaize, the world’s most famous gun-tothing dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both
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Oct 19, 2018 · Sacha Gervasi and Hervé Villechaize. Photo: Sloane Pringle. Hervé was born in Paris in April 1943, the second eldest of four sons; his French father was an eminent surgeon, his mother a well-to ...
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Oct 19, 2018 · From writer/director Sacha Gervasi (Anvil: The Story of Anvil, Hitchcock) and inspired by his own experiences, My Dinner with Hervé tells the story of what happened when struggling journalist Danny...
Oct 18, 2018 · In 1993, when 26-year-old British reporter Sacha Gervasi went to LA to interview actor Hervé Villechaize (“Fantasy Island”), he didn’t expect to be threatened with a knife. “I did a half-hour...
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Oct 15, 2018 · By Nicki Gostin. In 1993 British journalist Sacha Gervasi was dispatched to Los Angeles to interview author Elmore Leonard and for a bit of light entertainment, also speak to Hervé Villechaize - the diminutive actor famous for his role as baddie Nick Nack in the Bond film ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ and appearing in “Fantasy Island.”
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