Gilles Lellouche took 20 kilos to play Obélix and was “scared” to succeed Gérard Depardieu

Asterix Obelix Middle Empire Gilles Lellouche

“I hesitated a lot, explains the actor despite his friendship for Guillaume Canet. It was my daughter who told me that I had to go.”

The shooting ofAsterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, by Guillaume Canet, ended in early August, and one of its two main performers, Gilles Lellouche, shared his experience with JDD, revealing that he had “hesitated a lot” before agreeing to play Obelix. However, he often toured with – and for – his good friend Guillaume Canet. But there, succeeding Gérard Depardieu obviously put the pressure on him!

It’s very inhibiting to get behind Gérard Depardieu, considers the actor and director of Big Bath, who recently revealed to us that they wanted avoid turning the character into a superhero. Depardieu is Obélix even before he puts on the costume. I was also scared to attack this character that everyone knows and who is not easy to play, between his permanent candor and his anger… It was my daughter who told me I had to go.

Gilles Lellouche then specifies that he gained a lot of weight before slipping into the Gaulish costume created by Albert Uderzo and René Goscinny: “I worked a lot, not just physically even if that’s what you see the most: I gained 20 kilos, eating four times a day and doing weight training. Now I have my work cut out for me to lose weight!

In the cast of Asterix, by Guillaume Canet: Marion Cotillard, Angèle, M, Vincent Cassel, Orelsan, Pierre Richard, McFly and Carlito …

Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom, which is expected in 2022 at the cinema will not be an adaptation of the famous comics, but an original story, written by Philippe Mechelen and Julien Hervé. Here is his story: “A chariot disembarks in the Gallic village with the Chinese princess Fu Yi who came to ask for help after the coup d’etat of a certain Deng Tsin Qin, who overthrew the empress. The reputation of the die-hard Gauls is known until Shanghai. “

Before meeting Gilles Lellouche in Obélix, we will be able to see him this Wednesday in North Bac, by Cédric Jimenez, at the cinema. Here is his trailer:

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