why did the shooting of the film La French (France 3) remind Jean Dujardin of his father Jacques?

This Monday, January 16, 2023, from 9:10 p.m., France 3 is broadcasting the French film The French with in particular in the cast Jean Dujardin in the role of a judge who really existed. The latter had confided that the filming had reminded him of his father Jacques … We explain to you why!

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It is a true story what the director Cédric Jimenez told, from childhood memories, in his film The French released in 2014. Back in 1975 in Marseille: the young magistrate Pierre Michel, the new judge of organized crime, has the French Connection and its members in his sights. Among them: a certain Gaëtan Zampa known as Tany Zampa, godfather nicknamed The Emperor of the Night. This feature film, co-written by a sacred director at the Venice Film Festival in 2021meets the two great friends Jean Dujardin (in the skin of judge Michel) and Gilles Lellouches (alias Zampa) and is broadcast this Monday, January 16, 2023 on France 3 from 9:10 p.m.

The French : the reunion of friends Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche

When the film comes out, the one who lives a beautiful love story with Nathalie Péchalat spoke at length behind the scenes of the film. And especially on a face-to-face scene with Gilles Lellouchewho asked him “a little problem“: “I was afraid that Gilles and I would burst out laughing, which absolutely did not happen. […] It’s a short, straight, dry scene, which is there to show that everyone sticks to their positions.“But others were more complicated to shoot, like the one in which he breaks down in a telephone booth:”We did eight takes and I gave it my all. It’s painful but it’s good pain.“Not forgetting the”surprises“which sometimes occur…

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Jean Dujardin on his father Jacques: “I saw him, on the construction sites, speaking loudly, with unfailing authority, to defend his guys

At one point, I said to myself: ‘Well, it’s funny, I’m playing my father.“, explained father of four children. Before continuing : “He was a business manager in a metalwork company and I saw him, on construction sites, speaking loudly, with unfailing authority, to defend his guys. I was a child and I was almost ashamed. He was doing this to protect his company and his employees. And all of a sudden, this authority of Judge Michel, I no longer needed to play it, it was in me.” And to conclude: “Thank you dad !

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