Remember the controversy a few weeks ago when Scarlett Johansson was forced out of the production of “Rub & Tug,” a film based on the true story of a woman who decided to live life as a man as she gained control of Pittsburgh’s massage parlor business? You see, Scarlett, who is a woman, was not allowed to play Dante “Tex” Gill, who was also a woman, because that role should have gone to a trans person, even though there’s no evidence that Gill was trans.

Got it?

Well, we’re seeing a repeat of that happening with actor Peter Dinklage, best known for his portrayal Tyrion Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” Dinklage, who is white, has been cast as Hervé Villechaize in the upcoming “My Dinner with Hervé.” And this is a problem because Villechaize, who was also white, looked Asian and viewers didn’t know he wasn’t:

Dinklage blames Wikipedia for the confusion:

The actor traced the confusion to a claim long listed on Villechaize’s Wikipedia page, and assumptions based on his most famous roles.

“It says [Villechaize was half-Filipino] on Wikipedia. Family members can’t change information on there. My daughter’s name was ‘Zelig’ on Wikipedia for a long time. Her name is not Zelig. I don’t know who is able to put information up, but there are so many things on there that aren’t true,” he said.

“Maybe people were thinking of The Man with the Golden Gun, which was shot in Southeast Asia, and Fantasy Island, where he’s on an island, and that, compounded with how he looked, made some think he must be from that part of the world,” said Dinklage.

Wikipedia has since corrected the page:

Villechaize was born in Paris, France to English-born Evelyn (Recchionni) and raised there by her and by his father André Villechaize. Contrary to a belief popularized by incorrect information on wikipedia.org, Villechaize was not Filipino.[2]

But, as they say, it’s too late for that:

“My Dinner with Hervé” premiers October 20 on HBO:

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