Invited on the Daily set to discuss the film “Asterix and Obelix: the middle empire”, Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard revealed how their children had reacted to seeing the feature film. And they’re not really fans of their mother in Cleopatra…
Guillaume Canet tackles Asterix and Obelix
Like many other directors before him, Guillaume Canet has decided to take on a major challenge by directing a new film featuring the two most famous Gauls in the world. With Asterix and Obelix: The Middle KingdomGuillaume Canet (who also plays Asterix) brings an unpublished story to the screen.
The plot takes place in 50 BC The Empress of China is imprisoned following a coup d’etat. To free her, her only daughter, Fu-Yi, decides to ask for help from the two Gauls endowed with superhuman strength. Asterix and Obelix therefore leave for China to free the Empress and save the country. But that was without counting on the cunning Caesar and his powerful army, also on their way to conquer the Middle Kingdom.
A luxurious cast
With a solid budget of 65 million euros, Guillaume Canet did not skimp on the means for this new feature film. Starting with its casting. Thus, it is a host of stars who share the poster.
Gilles Lellouche plays Obélix, Marion Cotillard Cléopâtre, Vincent Cassel César, and Jonathan Cohen Graindemaïs, to name but a few. Other celebrities, more surprising, also participated in the film, in smaller roles. Let us quote for example the footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic (who was not easy to manage), the singer Angèle (who camps Falbala), or the YouTubers McFly and Carlito.
The children of Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet are not fans
Ahead of the film’s release scheduled for February 1, Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom was screened during test sessions, which allowed Guillaume Canet to adjust the assembly. The feature film was also shown to the team and relatives, starting with the children of Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard. And the least we can say is that they weren’t really thrilled.
This is the anecdote confided by the interpreter of Cleopatra on the set of Daily at the microphone of Yann Barthès this Tuesday, January 24.
Their son, Marcel, did not appreciate her mother’s performance as Cleopatra. He told her that he “didn’t find her good in the film” of her father. An impression corroborated by their daughter, who thus made a face when her mother asked her if she had appreciated her as Queen of Egypt.
Marion Cotillard explains, however, that their unenthusiastic reactions would be linked to the fact that she kisses Vincent Cassel on the screen.