For more than twenty years, François Cluzet did not meet with the hoped-for success in the cinema, despite memorable projects. His meeting with Guillaume Canet, however, gives a new breath to his career, and allows him to “get out of the trap”.
A prolific but unfinished career for François Cluzet
After his debut on the boards in the 70s, François Cluzet launched into a cinema under the direction of Diane Kurys with a Molotov cocktail, released in 1980. Subsequently, the actor continues to collaborate with renowned filmmakers. For example, he worked several times with Claude Chabrol, notably on A women’s affair and Hell. Drama (Killer Summer) to period film (The Hussar on the roof), via comedy (The trainees) and thriller (i am a killer), the actor dabbled in many genres.
For more than twenty years and despite an eclectic filmography, the actor does not meet the expected success. In any case, this is what he estimates with hindsight, as he confided during his time on the show. As an aside broadcast on Canal+ this Monday, March 21:
I had made fifty auteur films which had practically not worked. Of course, I had a supporting role in Killer Summer and I had done some very interesting things, like Bertrand Tavernier’s film around midnight and then others, but… it didn’t work, or not enough.
Failures that François Cluzet takes personally:
So if you want, when you meet with directors who are used to making a lot of entries, it’s you who take it in the face!
Do not tell anyone changed the game
Then comes Guillaume Canet. A recognized actor, the latter is also a promising director when he prepares Do not tell anyone after his first feature film My idol. The director fights for François Cluzet to play the main role of its adaptation of Harlan Coben’s novel, not hesitating to change distributors. A project and a major encounter in the career of the interpreter of Alexandre Beck, the hero who does everything to find his presumed dead companion:
It’s very important, of course… I would say that he got me out of the trap. (…) Guillaume arrived, offered me this role. Reading the script, I said to myself: ‘Guillaume Canet? That role?’ So obviously I worked a lot, we got on very well on this film and then I was lucky to get this César. In the end, it took me a long time to reverse what I had, like an asshole, destroyed to make it more difficult. I was very happy to go black, black, black. The tragedy is that I almost stayed there. If I hadn’t had this chance from Guillaume, who else would have come? Who else would have offered me this?
After being nominated six times for the Césars, the seventh is the right one for François Cluzet, who wins the Best Actor trophy. Do not tell anyone is also a commercial success, bringing together more than three million spectators in French cinemas. A score that the actor exceeds with the casting of another film by Guillaume Canet, The Little Handkerchiefswhich totaled more than 5.4 million admissions when it was released in 2010. A year later, it co-starred with one of the three biggest hits at the French box office with Omar Sy in Untouchableswhich exceeds 19.4 million entries.