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“It makes me really weird to talk about him in the past”: Pierre Niney salutes the memory of Gaspard Ulliel


A month after the tragic disappearance of the actor, the former resident of the Comédie-Française remembers the great elegance of the one who, like him, played Yves Saint Laurent on the big screen.

A month after the ski accident that cost the life of Gaspard Ulliel, the pain is also immense. Family and personalities from French cinema paid him a last tribute during a ceremony in the Saint-Eustache church. A thousand people came to accompany him in his final rest, including Pierre Niney. Guest this Tuesday, February 22 of the show As an aside on Canal +, the actor evoked, with emotion, the one who could have become a rival, without ever becoming one. Linked by the same role, that of designer Yves Saint Laurent, only the César for best actor could decide between the two men impartially.

Finally, Pierre Niney won in 2015 against Gaspard Ulliel, who was competing in the same category for the Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello. The former resident of the Comédie-Française remembers in particular “elegance” of Gaspard Ulliel towards him. “He was not a close friend, but the way he always behaved with me, when everything led us to probably be wary of each other, I always found that very classy of his go“recalls Pierre Niney.

“We exchanged during our shoots, which was strange. Because when I finished mine, he started his. That there were two productions, all the same, which were engaged in a little war of cinema. That, really boosted by the media who wanted to oppose the projects, to simplify the situation… And to sell. We know that the clash is more seller than the nuance. »

Pierre Niney during the show En Aparté on Canal+

If they weren’t close friends, the 32-year-old actor remembers the person at “very big heart” who was Gaspard Ulliel. “It really feels weird to me to talk about him in the past tense”he continues, upset.

Two years after Pierre Niney, Gaspard Ulliel was rewarded in 2017 with the César for best actor for his interpretation of Just the end of the world by Xavier Dolan, adapted from the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce. In 2005, he obtained the statuette in the category of the best male hope for his role in A long engagement Sunday by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

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During the 47th edition of the Césars scheduled for February 25, the memory of the actor will be honored. “Sober, dignified, in his image”, says Antoine de Caunes, master of ceremonies for the tenth time this year.

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