Olivier Martinez

  1. Samy Narci, Taxi, France,1997. Paris realisateurLuc Besson knocked off the quickie action script while awaiting Columbia’s all clear for The Fifth Element –  totally forgotten now in the wake of the enormous Taxi franchise,  a French salute to John Landis’ Blues Brothers. Martinez and Yvan Attal  were also in the loop for cabby Daniel  helping a loser cop in… Well, Paris stupidly refused permission for a such motor-mayhem on its streets. After Bordaeux and Lyon were checked, Marseille won the location and heaps of tourism publicity and Paris fell to its knees begging to be part of Taxi 2. Narci made two more. The series had a long awaited reboot was born in 2017 with Taxi 5.   

  2. Jocelyn Quivrin, L’empire des loups, France, 2005.     New partner for Jean Reno in the third  (and worst) thriller from  the Jean-Christophe Grange books.

  3. Michael Fassbender, Angel, UK-Belgium-France, 2006.   A rather negative Victorian novelist falls for a man called Esme… which is also a girl’s name (as well as that of ana 1930/40s UK actor called Esme Percy). Romola Garai and Fassbender did well. The film (an Engleesh debut for French réalisateur François Ozon) did not.


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