Almost thirty years after the first part, the Splendid troupe met again in 2006 for “Les Bronzés 3”, “Amis pour la vie”. And it is partly thanks to Asterix, as explained by Michel Blanc.
The Bronzed : friends for life
The first two films of the trilogy of tanned released in 1978 and 1979 are among the most cult comedies in French cinema. It is partly thanks to these two films (and later Santa Clause is garbage) that the Splendid troupe composed of Michel Blanc, Josiane Balasko, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte, Marie-Anne Chazel, Christian Clavier and Bruno Moynot acquired its notoriety.
For more than forty years, the replicas of Jean-Claude Dusse and his comrades have been part of the French cultural heritage, in the same way as the films of Michel Audiard or Georges Lautner. It is for this immense popularity with the public that the announcement of a film Les Bronzés 3: friends for life in 2006 had created the event.
Indeed, how not to rejoice to find, almost thirty years later, these characters who have marked French comic cinema so much? Alas, the film directed by Patrice Leconte never manages to match the comic genius of the first two films The Bronzed, the fault with a not very fine writing, and with caricatural characters. This bitter observation, however, did not prevent the film from being a hit at the box office with more than 10 million entriesthe biggest hits of 2006. Thirteen years later, Michel Blanc, the interpreter of Jean-Claude Dusse, revealed the reason which had then pushed the Splendid team to reform for a third lap.
The Bronzed 3 could not have existed without Asterix
Guest of Bernard Montiel on December 8, 2019 on RFM on the occasion of the theatrical release the following Wednesday of the film Doctor?Michel Blanc had indeed reported a crisp anecdote on the genesis of the Tanned 3which should never have existed if Asterix hadn’t been there…
We wanted to get together and there was a project that Jugnot had written, and which was a new Asterix in which he had written roles for all of us (…) we loved the idea, it would have been hilarious but there was a falling out between Uderzo and the production and, ultimately, they canceled the project. It frustrated us a lot and we thought we had to do something together. We tried to find other ideas and then there was the voice of reason. We’ve been asked to make a third film about Les Bronzés for 30 years. If we did something else, we were losers (…)
so declared Michel Blanc.