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Daniel Auteuil


  1. Gérard Depardieu, Les valseuses (US: Going Places), France,  1973.   Casting was spread  over six months…mainly because auteur Bertrand Blier’s producer hated  Depardieu. ”You seen his  chin? And that nose?!  Women won’t fancy him!”  Blier stuck to his guns; it was his book he was filming, after all.  He wanted Depardieu (“I’ve read your book and I’m Jean-Claude!”) and Patrick Dewaere from the new Paris café-theatre trend.. “One look was sufficient,” said Blier. ”They were the  best.” And Dewaere’s lover, Miou-Miou, became their Marie-Ange. Producer Paul Claudon had voted  for Leotard or the two Jacques  – Weber and Spessier. Daniel Auteuil also tested. “He says so,” said Blier. “I don’t remember.” His “scandalous” trio expolded into immediate stars, Depardieu still is, 50 years, 249 films later; Blier wrote four more of them.  “It’s a pleasure… because he is such mighty actor. The greatest! He is capable of playing - formidablement - any role.“

  2. Francis Perrin, Le mille-pattes fait des claquettes, France, 1980.   “I am not like those people who automatically or haughtily refuse this or that. Well, I did once... because I felt I’d be out of place. It was a kind of humour that did not correspond to my generation.”

  3. Thierry L’hermitte, La Banquière, France, 1981.   Confined to his stage contract, he could not go to Yugoslavia for three months - “for a real film with great actors!” -  and had to settle for a smaller role in Paris.
  4. Thierry L’hermitte, La Femme de mon pote,France, 1983.   The wonderfully abrasive director Bertrand Blier wrote it for Patrick Dewaere, and had great difficulty re-assigning it.after his suicide.  All the more so  when Auteuil refused all comedies... and was out of work for a year!
  5. Gérard Klein, Les Cavaliers de l’orage, France-Yugoslavia, 1983.  For Jean Giono’s grand romance of the Grande Guerre, 1914-18, realisateur Gérard Verges first aimed too high. He wanted Gérard Depardieu and Hanna Shygulla as the peasant smuggler involved with an officer’s widow turned military medico.  When they passed, their usual rivals were seen: Auteuil, Nathalie Baye, Bernard Giraudeau, Gérard Lanvin - before Klein and Marlene Jobert nailed it. 
  6. Eddy Mitchell, A mort l'arbitre, France, 1984.  One of the rare films where the hero is... a football referee!
  7. Roland Giraud, Trois hommes et un couffin, France, 1985,  Of the three guys in the smash-hit movie, only Michel Boujenah was chosen without question (he won the best supporting César actor; the film  was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar… while Chicago critic Roger Ebert railed about “the stupidity on the screen.”) Producer Jean-François Lepetit wanted Roland Giraud as Pierre, but auteur Coline Serreau preferred Daniel Auteuil - he spiit for Jean de Florette and his supporting César. (He made her next forgettable film, Romauld et Juliette). Serreau had little luck with Gérard Depardieu (he was Jean de Florette!) or Jacques Villeret, so Giraud won, after all. I avoided the Paris Press screening - who needed another horror movie - after mistaking couffin (cradle) for coffin!
  8. Pierre Richard, À gauche en sortant de l'ascenseur, France, 1988.  Auteuil made  three films with réalisateur Édouard  Molinaro. And now  brought him a script by comic-book artist  Gérard Lauzier.  Having been banned by his agent  from movie-making after three consecutive flops, Mollinaro was keen to get cracking.  As Auteuil had no wish to be in the film, Molinaro was free to choose someone better suited to zany comic-cuts, Pierre Richard – opposite Auteuil’s lover, Emmanuelle Béart.
  9. Jacques Dutronc, Van Gogh, France, 1991.   “Of course, I regret it.” Delayed during a year of three projects marking the centenary of Van Gogh’s suicide. Daniel did everything but the film - toiling hard with painter-turned-realisateur Mauric Pialat for nine “extraordinary” months. Then, he was invited to play Scapin at the theatre festival in his home town of Avignon. His then-lover (Manon des Sources, herself) Emmanuelle Beart, also quit.
  10. Jean-Francois Balmer, Madame Bovary, France, 1991.   The worst role - le wimp, M'sieur Bovary! He would win better parts… François Pignon, Ugolin, De Sade, Lagardère.

  11. Gérard Desarthe, Uranus, France, 1991.  Gérard Depardieu and Philippe Noiret swiftly agreed to Claude Berri's idea of filming Marcel Ayme's book.  Auteuil was apparently tired of ensembles. Or,  of Depardieu.
  12. Jean-Pierre Marielle, Tous le matins du monde, France, 1991.  No one, he says, is irreplaceable, simply interchangeable. And so, the Auteuil-Depardieu return match was postponed again (and for ten years), as Auteuil swopped films with Marielle, taking his riole in La Fille sur le pont.
  13. Richard Bohringer, Une équipe formidable, France,1991. Offered two comedies - one social, one stupid -he voted the wrong way and played Satan in Ma vie est un enfer with Josiane Balasko. Epoque was a formidable winner.
  14. Didier Ferney, Toto le heros, Belgium, 1991.  Auteuil was touring Belgium in the Double Inconstance play when a young chap gave him a script. Jaco Van Dormael. “I passed -but after seeing the film, I called Jaco to say: “I’ll do your next, whenever you want.” The next was La Huitieme Jour - and Daniel shared the 1995 Cannes Best Actor award  with his mongoloid co-star Pascal Duquesne.
  15. Jean-Marc Barr, La Peste/The Plague, France, UK, Argentina, 1993.   What is worse  than a Euro pudding?  A Euro-Latino pudding!
  16. Francois Cluzet, L’Enfer, France, 1994.  For a film where jealousy destroyed a couple, Chabrol started dangerously, by deciding upon a real couple: Auteuil and Emmanuelle Beart or Cluzet and Marie Trintignant.  He split the difference: Beart and Cluzet.
  17. Bernard Giraudeau, Caprices d'un fleuve, France, 1996.   Daniel was busy, Harvey Keitel and William Hurt  could not handle the vital French text - and so the dir-actor played it, himself.
  18. Fabriche Luchini, Beaumarchais l'insolent (US: Beaumarchais the Scoundrel), France, 1996.  This time, réalisateur  Édouard  Molinaro brought a script to Auteuil -  well, a few pages. The actor waited for the full monty before refusiung what one US critic  called “ a role most French actors would die for.”  Fabrice Luchini got it, topping a formidable cast, as Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, a watchmaker's son turned playwright, wit, lover, spy, revolutionary and sybarite  at the court of Louis XV.  But best known to us as  the author of The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville, which became operas by Mozart and Rossini. A glorious final film from Molinario.  Not that he knew it at the time.
  19. John Bluthal, RPM, 1997. Tarantino compadre Roger Avary wrote the script - for Auteuil, Yun-Fat Chow, Matt Dillon, Tcheky Karyo, Nastassja Kinski, Dolph Lundgren, Vanessa Paradis, Tom Savini, Terence Stamp - and Avary’s Killing Zoe stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade and Eric Stoltz. He then decided against directing. The producer hired Ian Sharp “and the two guys who did Grumpier Old Men [?!] to rewrite my script.” Actually, Donald Cammell (using the pseudonym Franklin Brauner), helped out in the year before he died. Avary removed his name from the ensuing mess.
  20. Christian Clavier, Asterix et Cleopatra,France, 1997.   The success of Le Huitieme Jour meant Auteuil could finally make what he wanted.He was no longer obliged to be Asterix and backed out of a film with Depardieu, as he had done, consistently, until Le placard, 2001, by spending 18 months in London. To master ze Engleesh. 

  21. Charles Berling, L’Ennui, France, 1998.    Bored. With himself.  “Anyway, it’s good to refuse roles and give the youngsters a break.”
  22. Jacques Gamblin, Au coeur du mensonge, France, 1998.   Gave up being Sandrine Bonnaire’s painter-husband as he was snared between films for Michel Blanc, Claude Chabrol and Chris Menges.
  23. Emil Kusturica, La veuve de Saint-Paul, France, 1999.   Considered for Neel when one of his previous directors, Patrice Leconte, inherited the film from realisateur Alain Corneau.  Instead, Daniel took over the lead role of The Captain when ean Reno quit.  And Neel became the Sarajevo film-maker, one of just four who have twice won  the Cannes festival’s Palme d’Or.
  24. Stéphane Rideau, Loin, France, 2001.  Auteur André Téchiné’s original plans were more ambitious.  Such as Auteuil as the troubled international lorry driver in love with Lubna Azabal.
  25. Michel Blanc, Embrassez qui vous voudrez, France, 2002.   Now here’s an oddity, A very British novel (by Joseph Connolly) is re-tailored by and for the French into what The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called “a disheveled French comedy in which elegance and cosmopolitan chic coexist with broad farce and breezy, knockabout fun.” Not to mention a Latin Lover, a transexual and Charlotte Rampling.  The actor Michel Blanc was directing and somewhat forced into playing Carole Bouquet’s jealous husband after Auteuil – and almost every other actor in Paris -  fled. This was Michel’s first acting gig since Le Grand Ducs in 1995.
  26. Fabrice Luchini, Confidences trop intimes, France, 2003.  Quite simply, realisateur Patrice Leconte changed his mind. “I’d worked very well with him before. But then, in spite of his enormous talent, I realised how wrong the idea was.  He’d already worked together with Sandrine Bonnaire on Quelqes jours avec moi and I wanted actors who’d never worked together before.  Also, Auteuil often plays those interiorised, almost autistic characters who are quietly observing without participating. With Luchini, however, you have a surprise effect. You expect him to be this  talkative, extrovert character. And maybe he is - until Sandrine knocks on his door, and his character changes completely.”
  27. Jean-Pierre Bacri, Les Sentiments, France, 2003.   Instead, he made Apres vous... by swopping roles (withBacri). Dittowith Jean-Pierre Marielle in 1991.
  28. Gérard Depardieu, 36 Quai des Orfevres, France, 2004.   On the advice of their auteur  Olivier Marchal (an ex-cop) ,the stars swopped their cops pushing to head the CUD at the Paris police HQ.   In their third teaming, Auteuil became decent, if law-bending boozer Vrinks of the Search and Action squad, totally ruined by Depardieu’s Klein, the drunken, corrupt Anti-Crime unit brute. Not that their story ended there… The Guardian critic Philip French rightly called it the best slice of French cop art since Bob Swaim's La Balance, as far back as 1982.
  29. Clovis Cornillac, Astérix aux jeux olympiques,  France-Belgium-Germany-Italy-Spain, 2007.  As usual, he avoided Derpardieu - firmly set in the role of Obélix.  Almost proudly (certainly stubbornly),  Auteuil calls himself the champion of lost roles -" losing 60m ticket buyers" by turning down  Astérix, Ch’tis and Untouchables.  
  30. Kad Merad, Bienvenue chez lesCh’tis, France, 2008.   Split Dany Boon’s Northern France comedy.  Well, the flop of their earlier “comedy” together, Mon meilleur ami/My Best Friend, 2006, warned him off another Boon venture. Except… this grime Boon’s film became the #1 film in French box-office history - scoring 20m tickets in a matter of months, dethroningthe 20-year-old champ, La Grande Vadrouille. (Will Smith bought the re-make rights). (And did ab-so-lute-ly nothing with them). 

  31. François Cluzet, Le derniere pour la route, France, 2009.  Realisateur Philippe Godeau had a tough time making the story of the Capa news agency chief Hervé Chabalier’s battle against alcoholism.  Danny Boon, Christian Clavier were also seen, keen, agreed and quit.
  32. François Cluzet, Intouchables, France, 2011.Not the first film Cluzet inherited from Auteuil - busy directing  the classic Pagnol  trilogy that finished as a  duo when nobody came to the first...One gig Auteuil didn’t refuse was when Steven Spielberg cast him  in… his 2013 Cannes festival jury.

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