Emmy-winning Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is preparing to slip into the little white suit worn by Fantasy Island sidekick Tattoo in a big-screen biopic of French-born Filipino actor Hervé Villechaize.
"He was an amazing painter and did a lot of charity work with children but had tremendous heartbreak," says Peter of the actor, who committed suicide in 1993 — almost a decade after being fired from Fantasy Island over a financial dispute.
Peter, who at 4'5" has a few inches on the 3'11" Hervé, is excited to utter Tattoo's trademark line, "The plane! The plane!" He says his fantasy would be for one of his favorite Latin actors to take over for the late Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke. "Antonio Banderas should do it!"
I caught up with Antonio at the Hamilton Awards presented by L.A. Confidential magazine, and while flattered by the suggestion, he says, "I was always in such awe of Ricardo. He played my father in Spy Kids 2 and became a friend. I just don't think I could do it." Oh, well, I hear Erik Estrada's available.