Did you know that Dany Boon shot a 10-minute scene from “Nothing to Declare” that was ultimately removed from the edit? While the comedy is broadcast this Sunday evening on TF1, we reveal to you what the sequence in question was.
The end of the feature film Nothing to Declare, which recounts the eventful cohabitation of two customs officers, a Frenchman and a Belgian, could have been totally different. Dany Boon indeed shot a 10-minute scene as a conclusion, but which was finally cut during editing. While the comedy is broadcast this Sunday evening on TF1, we reveal the content of this sequence that you will probably never see.
“I started from the idea that, very often, foreigners become more racist towards foreigners than the people of the countries in which they are settled and that they refuse to be associated with this word ‘d’ foreign”, says Dany Boon.
“So I had invented Breton origins for Ruben’s father (Benoît Poelvoorde) who, after having suffered from racism at a younger age, had become more Belgian than Belgian”, he continues. “It worked on reading but not at all on the screen for the good and simple reason that it damaged Benoît’s character.”
Released in theaters in 2011, Nothing to Declare, led by the duo Dany Boon / Benoît Poelvoorde, was a huge public success with more than 8 million spectators in theaters. To prepare his comedy, Dany Boon immersed himself in the archives of the time and also met several former customs officers who were still in office in 1993, the date of the disappearance of the posts.
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