In 2006, Francis Veber released his new film entitled “La Doublure”. A film that has an Alice Taglioni in the cast who did not have a wonderful time on set.
Lining : François Pignon is back!
Since the beginning of his career, Francis Veber has introduced a recurring character into his films who is often the protagonist: François Pignon. Indeed, the characters who bear this name are very nice men but a bit naive.
They are also often overtaken by events, dragging the other characters with them. Played by several actors in equally different films (Pierre Richard in Freinds and The fugitivesJacques Brel in The TroublemakerJacques Villeret in The Diner of Cons), François Pignon made his comeback in 2006 in Lining. And it is this time interpreted by Gad Elmaleh.
Lining therefore follows a wealthy married businessman named Mr Levasseur (Daniel Auteuil) whose mistress is the supermodel Elena (Alice Taglioni). The two individuals are one day exposed in the press by the paparazzi.
However, the published photo features Levasseur, Elena and a passerby with a blurred face. When Mrs. Levasseur asks her husband for an explanation, the latter brazenly lies to her by declaring that it is the passerby with the blurry face who is in a relationship with Elena and not him. To accredit his lie, he manages to contact the famous passerby named François Pignon. He thus offers him a large sum of money so that he will make everyone believe that he is dating the supermodel.
Complicated filming for Alice Taglioni
Francis Veber does not have the reputation of being a director with a difficult temperament, quite the contrary! However, on the set of Lining, Alice Taglioni was not at all of the same opinion. In fact, during his passage through France Inter in the show The original band (via Here is), the actress returned to the comedy made in 2006. And she did not hesitate to evoke an embarrassing memory that she had experienced during the filming.
Thus, in one of the sequences of Lining, Gad Elmaleh had to touch the breasts of the actress. Both very embarrassed by the situation, they would have had very little taste for the direction of Francis Veber who gave very dubious instructions to the actor :
It was not only the hand on the breast, it was also the orders given by Francis Veber which were: ‘Knead! Go ahead kneaded!'” (…) He is fine Francis, he is very fine…
The actress will not work again with the director, thereafter.