Peter Dinklage responds to ‘whitewashing’ accusations on new HBO film

He'll star as Hervé Villechaize....

Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has opened up on the whitewashing controversy that has engulfed his latest film, My Dinner With Hervé.

Dinklage will star as actor Hervé Villechaize, who is best known for playing Nick Nack in Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, but his casting has attracted the ire of critics who claim that the star was half French and half-Filipino.

Speaking to EntertainmentWeekly, Dinklage dismissed the whitewashing accusations by pointing out that Herve was actually French and of German and English descent.

“The internet is the best thing and the worst thing,” he explained.

“The funny thing about the backlash is it addresses what we address in the film about not judging a book by its cover. Hervé was judged by how he looked, and cast and perceived to be who he is accordingly. It says [Villechaize was half-Filipino] on Wikipedia.”

Discussing the specific accusations, he added: “There’s this term ‘whitewashing’. I completely understand that.

“But Hervé wasn’t Filipino. Dwarfism manifests physically in many different ways. I have a very different type of dwarfism than Hervé had. I’ve met his brother and other members of his family. He was French, and of German and English descent. So it’s strange these people are saying he’s Filipino. They kind of don’t have any information.”

“I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes or sense of justice because I feel the exact same way when there’s some weird racial profile. But these people think they’re doing the right thing politically and morally and it’s actually getting flipped because what they’re doing is judging and assuming what he is ethnically based on his looks alone.”

The HBO film is set for release in October.