In 1990, Jean-Paul Rappeneau adapted for the cinema “Cyrano de Bergerac”, a famous play directed by Edmond Rostand. For the title role, he secures the services of Gérard Depardieu who delivers an extraordinary performance. A role which sticks to him besides to the skin since he took again an extract of the monologue of his character, on the occasion of the Italian version of “Dance with the Stars”. From the great Gérard, once again!
Cyrano de Bergerac: the triumph of Gérard Depardieu
Cyrano de Bergerac is probably one of the most popular plays in French theater. She has had many adaptations to opera, comics and obviously to the cinema. However, the Cyrano de Bergerac by Jean-Paul Rappeneau remains the best-known adaptation to this day. And this thanks to a single man: Gérard Depardieu. The legend of cinema has indeed seized the character as few actors have done before him. Thus, with the outrageous and poetic game that we know him, he plays an absolutely magnificent Cyrano of presence and charisma. While his career was already over at that time, the actor becomes even more knighted thanks to this film.
Thus, not only did he win the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival, but he also won the César for best actor. His performance is also acclaimed internationally puis that he is also nominated for BAFTAs and Oscars. Our national Gérard was even considered the favorite among many academics and journalists.
Unfortunately, a blunder prevents him from winning the most prestigious of ceremonies. Indeed, following his role as Cyrano de Bergerac, the actor has a series of interviews in American magazines. And it is in one of them that a dumpling will occur. Thus, a few days before the Oscars Ceremony, the Times reveals that during his interview, Gérard Depardieu told the sordid story of a rape which he witnessed when he was 9 years old. Except that the journalist made a translation error using the English word “assisted”, which means “to take part or to help” instead of “attended”, which means “assisted”. It does not take more for the controversy to break out, and for Depardieu to be totally discredited, to the point of not receiving the sacred statuette.
A tirade and a waltz to Dance with the Stars
Despite this, Cyrano de Bergerac has become inseparable from the actor who sometimes enjoys taking the tirades of the character who played him, including when he plays Obelix in Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra.
Who else but him could play the famous and turbulent caddy of Gascony, after all? Depardieu proves it once again in 2017 when he makes a surprise appearance in the Italian version of the famous show Dance with the stars.
Thus, Gérard Depardieu replays a tirade from Cyrano de Bergerac, before falling into the arms of the Italian dancer Sara Di Vaira to perform a few waltz steps. The actor is obviously not the most comfortable in this kind of exercise, but that does not prevent three judges to give it a score of 10/10. Above all, he received a huge ovation from the Italian public, proof that his reputation as a sacred monster of French cinema is well established.
Currently, the actor is playing the comedy Mysteries in Saint-Tropez, in which he reunites with his former playmates Benoît Poelvoorde and Christian Clavier.