When he shoots “On the other side of the bed”, Dany Boon experiences in parallel the phenomenal success of “Welcome to the Ch’tis”. At the time of promotion, Sophie Marceau was initially reluctant to follow her playing partner to Lille, fearing passing for an “opportunist”.
on the other side of the bed: Sophie Marceau and Dany Boon change places
Released in 2009, on the other side of the bed marks the meeting on screen between Sophie Marceau and Dany Boon. In this comedy directed by Pascale Pouzadoux, they form a couple of victims of routine after ten years of marriage. While Ariane runs in all directions to take care of their children and sell jewelry from home, Hugo somehow manages his construction equipment rental company.
Bored by their respective daily lives, the two spouses challenge each other: take the place of the other. If they grope at first, they both eventually find their bearings. But this inversion also has unfortunate consequences on their couple and their family life. Between supposed liaisons and jealousy, these changes will notably reveal the faults of their love story.
Roland Giraud, Anny Duperey, Antoine Duléry and Juliette Arnaud complete the cast of the feature film. Bringing together more than 1.7 million spectators in dark rooms, on the other side of the bed finds its audience in the cinema but is far from reaching the phenomenal score of Welcome to the Ch’tisDany Boon’s previous film.
A success experienced in the middle of filming
It’s when it turns on the other side of the bed that Dany Boon learns over the weeks that his comedy in which he shares the poster with Kad Merad exceeds 20 million entries and stands out as the biggest success of French cinema at the box office. Asked by TV 7 Days at the end of 2008, Pascale Pouzadoux remembers:
As he shot the scenes, incredible numbers fell and Dany became the superstar of French cinema before our eyes. As a great professional, he did not allow himself to be influenced by this tidal wave. He was in his role, focused, always on time, playing with a perfect knowledge of his text. Better, humanly, he was adorable, accessible, without having a big head. On the other hand, he imposed a crazy schedule on me. As soon as he finished his takes, he flew off to attend the dozens of meetings required by the historic success of his comedy.
And if according to the director, the atmosphere on the set is friendly between Dany Boon and Sophie Marceau, “two actors who admire each other”things get complicated for the actress of The party and Braveheart during the promotion.
“I was very, very scared”
At the end of 2008, the team on the other side of the bed comes to present the feature film in Lille. As she confides at a press conference during her visit to “the capital of Flanders”, Sophie Marceau was first intimidated by the idea of landing in the stronghold of her playing partner. She explains this with humor:
I came to Lille a very long time ago. It’s a city that I love very much and when I was told: “You’re going to go back to Lille with Dany”, I said: “No. Don’t do that to me because I’m going to look like… ‘usurper, of the one who comes to steal your darling child from you with another film, the opportunist’. I was very very scared, I confess. It was Dany who convinced me to come. (…) I don’t want to appear to disturb this harmony.
If she herself has been a hit in the cinema on many occasions, whether in The Student, The World Is Not Enough, or LOL (Laughing Out Loud)Sophie Marceau was logically impressed by the impact of Welcome to the Ch’tis. And given the welcome they received from Lille during their visit, we can only understand it.