CHRONICLE – On Monday, the 69-year-old actor passed away, leaving to all French people who adored him the image of a magnificent grump and a dazzling filmography.
When in 2017, an interview for The sense of celebration, from Nakache and Toledano, had offered us the opportunity to share a taxi with him, we had secretly blessed Anne Hidalgo – to whom he had given his support at the City of Paris – for the appalling traffic. By making the race last, she prolonged the pleasure of chatting with him. Traffic, there was no question. Because in Kitchen and outbuildings, the play which launched in 1991 his fruitful collaboration with his accomplice Agnès Jaoui, he already commented, exasperated, on this evidence: “In Paris, THERE ARE traffic jams!”
We hadn’t talked politics either. Even if the committed artist he was had confessed to us, with the teasing air of a gentleman, to be pleasantly surprised by the openness of a journalist from the Figaro Magazine. But on the theater and the cinema, it was inexhaustible. Modest, he did not mention any of the successes that have marked his forty-year career: some fifty films, many of which belong to
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