"Stingy and obsessed": Francis Veber swings on a famous French actor (VIDEO)

“Stingy and obsessed”: Francis Veber swings on a famous French actor (VIDEO)

At the microphone of Flavie Flament, Francis Veber made some secrets about one of his favorite actors, who played François Pignon several times in his films.

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Francis Veber wrote and directed some of the funniest comedies in French cinema. He also created the character of Francois Pignonembodied in turn by Pierre-Richard (Freinds and The fugitives), Jacques Villeret (The dinner of fools), Daniel Auteuil (Closet), Gad Elmaleh (Lining) and finally Patrick Timsit (in the remake of The Troublemaker). Known for his outspokenness, the screenwriter and director was the guest of D-Daythe issuance of Flavie Flament on RTL, to retrace his career. He took the opportunity to make some confidences about the actors he turned and in particular one of them in particular.

Francis Veber shares crisp anecdotes about Pierre Richard

In his memoirs Let it stay between us (published in September 2020 by Robert Laffont), Francis Veber writes in particular that Peter Richard is “stingy and sexually obsessed”, which he fully assumes, as he explained to Flavie Flament. I remain friends with Pierre, but I lived with Pierre extravagant scenes”, he recalled. He then shared a tasty anecdote about the filming of the film The goat. His favorite actor was accompanied by a young woman he had baptized “Love” and who was playing the little girl. “It was complicated, because Pierre was a little older than her and in the morning, they both fooled around at breakfast. And it gave: ‘Does she want tuture on her rusk? Yes, she wants tuture on her biscotti’. And of course, we arrived quite tense, Depardieu and I”, remembered the director. Francis Veber revealed another memory concerning Pierre Richard and his girlfriend at the time. “He was with Love in the make-up room. And there was a curtain. And we were putting make-up on Gérard Depardieu, but he was having antics in the back, which caused Depardieu to get the make-up brush in his eye And he was screaming : ‘Are you done bunch of bastards?

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The two men shot three films together

Pierre-Richard, Gérard Depardieu and Francis Veber shot three films together, The goat (nineteen eighty one), Freinds (1983) and The fugitives. After the success of these three feature films, the director left to work in the United States and he never worked with Pierre Richard again, although the idea had been raised. “I wondered if our association hadn’t done him more harm than good.“, reported Francis Veber in his memoirs about him. “He stopped writing and directing while working with me, and I remember he said in the press: ‘My luck and my bad luck is to have met an author‘”, he added.

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