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After the death of Gaspard Ulliel, the moving tributes of Niney, Dujardin, Sheila, Lamy, Canet…


The actor died at the age of 37 on Wednesday. Actors, directors, film professionals testify to their shock.

French cinema is in a state of shock. The sudden death of actor Gaspard Ulliel, who died on Wednesday the day after a serious skiing accident, caused an immense wave of emotion.

His friend Pierre Niney paid him a glowing tribute on Twitter. The two men both played the role of Yves Saint-Laurent a few months apart in 2014, in two different films.

Jean Dujardin was one of the first to pay tribute to him on Instagram by posting this luminous photo of the actor, commented on by many stars, like Michel Denisot, Jose Garcia or the singer Sheila who confides:like everyone else I loved and admired him“.

Pain and sadness for the director Xavier Dolan, who also wished to address a few words to his friend, who “transformed» his life since the movie Just the end of the world, from which Gaspard Ulliel won the César for best actor in 2017. On his Instagram account, the director shares his emptiness: “It’s incredible, insane, and so painful to even think of writing those words. Your discreet laughter, your watchful eye. Your scar. Your talent. Your listening. Your whispers, your kindness. All the features of your person were in fact born of a sparkling sweetness. It is your whole being that has transformed my life, a being that I loved deeply, and that I will always love. I can’t say anything else, I’m gutted, stunned by your leaving“.

Partner of Gaspard Ulliel in the film by the Canadian director, Marion Cotillard mentions on Instagram his “pain so great” after this death. “How I loved knowing you. And I vibrated so much by your side. You were and you will remain, because of what you leave us, which is so immense and so profound, a marvel of a man., adds the French actress.

Others like Gilles Lellouche and Guillaume Canet paid a sober tribute to the actor, on their Instagram account.

César for the best male hope in 2005 for his role in A long engagement Sunday, then César for best actor for his role in Just the end of the world by Xavier Dolan, the actor starred in a total of twenty-seven films. “French cinema today loses a passionate, an immense actor”, regretted the Academy of Caesars in a message posted on Twitter. “Gaspard was of this new generation which made the French cinema of the future. He knew how to choose his films, decide on the face of a career that never ceased to keep its promises., also hailed the Cannes Film Festival.

With a heavy heart, I keep all those moments of joy from you, we laughed so much. You were beauty, kindness, talent, elegance, we will miss you so much. All my support to your family and loved ones“confided the actress Alexandra Lamy on Instagram.

The filmmaker Xavier Beauvois is also “immensely sad“, as he expressed on his Twitter account.

The political world in turmoil

The brutal death of this popular actor moved far beyond French cinema. The political class as a whole reacted to the announcement of the death of Gaspard Ulliel. The Prime Minister John Castex was the first to react, explaining that “It is with heavy hearts that we will now see his most beautiful interpretations and come across this certain perspective. We are losing a French actor.” Emmanuel Macron paid tribute, in a press release published on Wednesday evening, to a “icon of French elegance”, of which “the blue gaze was a signature of French cinema”.

The Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot also offered her condolences andhis loving thoughts» to the family of a «exceptional actor“. Frank Riester, the Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, praised his “extraordinary talent, his look and the accuracy of his game”.

Several presidential candidates have also praised the memory of the actor. “I learn of the disappearance of the talented Gaspard Ulliel. He was Yves Saint Laurent, Le Bleuet and Hannibal Lecter. France loses one of its ambassadors, tweeted the environmental candidate Yannick Jadot when Anne Hidalgo she mentioned “a huge actor who will have inspired so many directors. His presence will be missed in French cinema.

The candidate LR, Valerie Pécresse, paid tribute to his “tremendous talent”: “He knew how to make us laugh, move us and even upset us. We are losing an immensely talented actor. Thoughts for his loved ones, for his companion and his young son.


SEE ALSO – A long engagement Sunday, Just the end of the world, Saint Laurent… Gaspard Ulliel in five unforgettable films

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