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Instant Vintage: when Jacques Villeret confided in Télé Star on the set of the film Les frères Pétard in 1986


On the occasion of the broadcast of the cult comedy Le Dîner de cons Sunday June 26, 2022 on TF1, Télé Star decided to bring out from its archives photos of Jacques Villeret on the set of the film Les frères Pétard in 1986.

Tragically passed away in 2005, the comedian Jacques Villeret left its mark on French cinema throughout his career. The viewers of TF1 will also have the opportunity to discover, or rediscover, one of his best performances as an actor on Sunday June 26, 2022. That evening, the first channel will broadcast a cult comedy in prime time: The dinner of fools. His performance in the emblematic role of François Pignon enabled him to win the Oscar for best actor in 1999. On this occasion, TV Star decided to bring out several shots of the actor from his archives on the set of the film titled The Petard brothersin which he gave the reply to Gérard Lanvin.

At the time, Jacques Villeret was about to realize one of his biggest dreams: shoot under the direction of the famous filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. “The dream is over, it’s reality. My partner will be Rita Mitsoukou, who sings Marcia Baila. It will be about music in this film, and I think I would be a monster there“, had indicated the actor in the columns of TV Star in 1986. Jacques Villeret had met Jean-Luc Godard two years earlier, when he had performed in a show near Geneva, Switzerland.Director had been greatly impressed by the performance of the actor, and wanted to hire him to shoot in his next film, called take care of your rightwhich could not succeed at first.

Jacques Villeret: “The box office never really worried me”

Despite the failure of this project, the two men had sworn to make a film together. “I expect a shoot very different from those I have experienced so far. It will be a homecoming, if I believe some of my comrades who worked with Godard. Still, it’s a bet I want to make. As an actor, I hope it will be a pleasure to break out of a certain system. Anyway, the box office never really bothered me, even if it’s better to make money from movies“, had indicated Jacques Villeret. In the end, the actor will be on the poster of the film take care of your right in 1987.

A slideshow produced by Isabelle Minard-Borde

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Jacques Villeret during the filming of Les Frères Pétard on March 24, 1986

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Gérard Lanvin and Jacques Villeret shoot a scene from the film Les Frères Pétard on March 24, 1986

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Gérard Lanvin and Jacques Villeret shoot a scene from the film Les Frères Pétard on March 24, 1986

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Gérard Lanvin and Jacques Villeret shoot a scene from the film Les Frères Pétard on March 24, 1986

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Jacques Villeret during the filming of Les Frères Pétard on March 24, 1986



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