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Coluche (Michel Colucci 1944-1986)


  1. Patrick Dewaere, Le maries de l'An II, France, 1970.After Le pistonné,auteur Claude Berri told realisateur Jean-Paul Rappeneau about the strong personality of Coluche.So, like most other Parisians, Rappeneau checked out the cafe-theatre stars at the suddenly in Cafe de la Gare. "He wanted to see Coluche,"recalledDewaere. “And Coluche asked me along to give him his cues. And I got the part.”
  2. Patrick Dewaere, Les valseuses (US: Going Places), France, 1973. During his six month (!) search for unknown leads, Bertrand Blier often visited the Café de la Gare and first thought he had his Jean-Claude, Pierrot and Marie-Ange in Depardieu, Coluche and Miou-Miou. Their (numerous) tests together never gelled and Miou suggested Patrick, her future lover! Coluche, who became gigantic comedy star in France (all but running for president one year!) later worked with Blier on… La Femme de mon pote. Blier was writing that when Dewaere visited him with exactly the same story. Coluche was sleeping with his girl, Elsa!
  3. Claude Berri, Le Mâle du siècle, 1974.   “In all my life, I am making only one movie,” declared actor-turned-realisateur Claude Berri. “And that movie is my life.” For the fourth film (of six) about Claude, Berri originally wanted Coluche toform a couple with Miou-Miou. But he preferred stand-up. Recommended to Berri by Fred Zinnemann no less, Coluche made his screen debut in Berri’s latest autobiography chapter,Le pistonné,in1969., and made six more Berri films, winning a César award for Tchao Pantin, 1983.
  4. Daniel Auteil, Jean de Florette and Manon des sources, France, l985. The Estate of playwright-cineaste Marcel Pagnol would not allow producteur-realisateurClaude Berri to havethe rights if he insisted onhis previousCésar-winning star as Ugolan. ”Don’t worry, ma poule,” he told his mentor, “I’ll be your Ugolin.”And he tried but film andvideo testsshowed him incapable of capturing either Ugolin’s Midi accent or his lovelorn soul. (“It's not me that's crying. It's my eyes”).The comic, who had won a Cesar forBerri’sTchao Pantin,1983,then balked at the eight-month shoot and demanded 10m Euros -to free Berri into searching elsewhere. And Berri took his time, while the perfect candidate had the same name as the area where Bertri shot his tests - Auteuil!Ironically, those tests proved how Yves Montand (merely helping Coluche out by playing opposite him) proved perfect for the role he had already refused, the aged Cesar Soubeyran, akale Papet. Hetested - happily with Yves Montand - but Coluche knew he was wrong. For all of France, he was the #1 Parisian. Unacceptable as Ugolin, the country bumpkin. Auteil won a César.
  5. Michel Blanc, Tenue de soirée, France, 1986. Coluche never had much luck with auteur Bertrand Blier. He had written this typically caustic comedie-noir for his Valseuses trio. Dewaere’s suicide, killed that and Blier never wanted to touch it again... until impressed by Bernard Giraudeau in L’année des meduses. Bernardeventually refused leaving the choice between Blanc or Coluche.Blancread it first. And sharedthe 1986 Cannes Festival bestactor award (with Bob Hoskins in Mona Lisa).
  6. TchekyKaryo,Bleu commel'enfer,1986.Killedonhis motor-cycle a few months before due to play a sadistic cop.
  7. Michel Serrault, La miraculé, France, 1986.   Originally, the ever-rebellious satirist Jean-Pierre Mocky had no wish to rely on his own old pals, the Cage aux Folles team, of Serrault and Jean Poiret as Papu and Reginald Fox-Terrier. For the debunkingof Lourdes, he wanted Michel Blanc and Coluche.Tragically, Coluche was suddenly dead - killed by a lorry on June 19, 1986. crushed on his motor-bike by a heavy lorry. A shocked Blanc simply withdrew - in thefirst registered letter Mocky had“ever received from an actor!”
  8. Jean-Pierre Bacri, L’Eté en pente douce, France, 1987.Michel loved the shorts made by ex-actor Gerard Krawczyk and asked if he had any features. He gave him this script on a Friday night and next morning Coluche said he wanted to star and produce. And that’s as far as it went.
  9. Michel Blanc, M Hire (UK/US: Monsieur Hire), France, 1989.   The outstanding French comic starred in Patrice Leconte’s directing debut, Les vécés etaient fermés de l’intérieur, 1975. And he would have worked with him again -  for this Georges Simenon tale. But by then Coluche, already a Best Actor César award winner, was dead - in a motor-cycle accident in 1986.  He was 41. “If he hadn’t gone under that that lorry, I would’ve offered him the role,” recalled Leconte sadly. “Comics are particularly good at tragedy.  As was Michel Blanc. He  was magnifique. That’s not in question.”
  10. Thierry Lhermitte, Promotion canapé, France, 1990.He was planning two comebacks - one on-stage, another on-screen in this Claude Zidi sexual-harrassment comedy - whenColuche was crushed on his motor-bike by a heavy lorry. It was four years before Zidi could touch his scenario again.


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