When Alain Chabat presented Didier in Première: “C’est un film de mates”

Alain Chabat Didier
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“An expensive homies movie, but a homies movie.”

Gulli will rebroadcast tonight Didier. At its output, Alain Chabat was on the cover of First, specifically number 239 (February 1997). His comedy about a dog who turns into a man and becomes a soccer player was written especially for Jean-Pierre Bacri, died last year. The editorial staff liked the result, receiving three stars from Gilles Verdiani, who greeted “the invention and the fun of this first film” : “To fold yourself in half with a standing story, to interest yourself for an hour and a half in a totally impossible character, it is a tour de force.”

Big fan of word games, he was served from the front page “Chabat-da-wow-wow” ! Recalling his taste for this type of humor, he admitted having peeled back and forth through the canine register, even if he assured that he could have even more “abuse” puns that are doggy: “I took out a lot! The other day I found one, and I thought, ‘Damn that one, it would’ve been nice.’ (…) One that I like is: ‘He has a really canine look.

What is “Chabat humor”?

During the interview, Chabat introduced Didier like his first film: “The City of Fear was a Berberian film. We just wrote and storyboarded with him, but on set, we stood at attention. He was the boss.” He also said that he first wanted to shoot a short film, before being pushed by Dominique Farrugia to turn it into a feature: “It’s the mystery of ideas, we don’t know where it comes from… Just after The City of Fear, I wanted to make a short film with Bacri on this idea… There were only two or three things, including ‘you don’t feel ass’, and a cute little ending… And then Farruge told me I could make a real movie out of it and advised me to rework. “ It was also he who advised him to immerse Didier in the world of football, which he knew nothing about.

Happy with the result, Chabat also insisted on the side “buddy movie”, starting with her great friend Jean-Pierre Bacri (also in cameo in City of fear Where Santa & Cie, and “doctor script” on Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra), which has one of the two main roles here. We also meet there “Liberatore, Les Dulls, Josiane… It’s a friends film, an expensive friends film, but a friends film. (…) (I wrote) the role of Bacri for Bacri, that’s for sure . And it would have pissed me off if he said no. And Didier, it would have suited me well to have someone else play him, but Berri (Claude Berri, the producer, editor’s note), that does not He wasn’t interested at all, and neither did Jean-Pierre! (…) So, no, I’m not fed up with Bacri’s mouthing. I love this ‘not easy to access’ aspect. , at the start, he voluntarily puts a small distance. It’s good because it requires an effort on each side. But it’s not really my character. He is the world champion in the side ‘I’m upset to cut everything . ‘”

Seeking to multiply the good valves, Alain Chabat also justified his need to sometimes throw a few pikes against racism, homophobia or sexism: “You know the theory of 3D, it’s when it’s Dancing, when it’s Kidding and when it Denounces. In Didier, it was difficult to deal with, those fucking skins: We went through a lot of stuff when we finished with Asterix pirates who arrive, who get tired and who leave. There is my little political message to me, which, I hope, does not interfere with reading. Besides, the skins are, in my opinion, less ‘message’ than ordinary racism, antipédés, antinégres. It pleased me more to talk about normal guys, who pass by and say kiddingly: ‘Are you queers, are we having fun?’ or who say, among whites, ‘this nice savage’ when speaking of a black. As Bacri says in the film: ‘We don’t’ have to ‘say’ asshole nigger! ‘It doesn’t take up more space than that, but I liked it to say it. “

Trailer of Didier :

Alain Chabat: “I feel close to Franquin’s vision of the world”

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