In 1999, Claude Zidi adapted the adventures of Asterix and Obelix for the first time on the big screen. A film that was successful thanks to the two main characters, but also thanks to its XXL cast. It’s been almost 20 years since this film was released on our screens, that’s why we decided to dedicate a before/after to it. We will discover together the physical evolution of the different actors, but also the evolution of their careers. As usual, the old-fashioned look is guaranteed! We start with the cult scene when the Gauls come out of their village to attack the Romans.
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Christian Clavier wasn’t the first choice to play Asterix; originally it was Daniel Auteuil who was to play the Gaul with a moustache. In the end it is Christian Clavier who gets the role after another success with Les Visiteurs 2. The actor has resumed his role in Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, then was replaced by Clovis Cornillac in Asterix at the Olympic Games and Édouard Baer in Asterix & Obelix: In Her Majesty’s Service. Since you could find him inL’enquête Corse,Les Bronzés 3,Le Prix à Payer,Les Professeurs,What have we done to God?,Babysitting 2orÀ bras ouvert. We’ll find him next year inWhat have we done to the Good Lord again?.
Gérard Depardieu was the first choice to play Obelix, it is even said that Albert Uderzo would have refused to let the film be made if it wasn’t the ogre of French cinema who played the Gallic ogre. Gérard Depardieu’s filmography is so long that we don’t have the space to detail it here. It should only be noted that he has also appeared in many international films. He is currently in the movies in the comedyAmoureux de ma femmewith Daniel Auteuil.He is also the headliner of the seriesMarseillebroadcasted by Netflix.
Before becoming Lucius Detritus in Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar, Roberto Benigni was best known for his first role in Life is Beautiful, a masterpiece he directed himself and which won him the Oscar for Best Actor and Best Foreign Language Film. Since Asterix, you have been able to see the Italian actor in Pinocchio, Coffee and Cigarettes, The Tiger and the Snow and To Rome With Love.
Michel Galabru was a monster of French cinema. You could see him in the movies The Gendarme of St Tropez, The War of the Buttons, The Big Bazaar,The Under-Gifted, Grandpa does resistance, The Judge and the Assassin, Subway, Uranus, or Welcome to the Ch’tis. The actor passed away on January 4, 2016 at the age of 93.
Asterix & Obelix versus Caesar is Claude Piéplu’s last film, although he did lend his voice to Commander Poulard in 2000 in Chicken Run. The actor was known for his theatre performances, but also for his participation in popular comedies such as The Gendarme of Saint Tropez and The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob. Claude Piéplu died on May 24, 2006 at the age of 83.
Before Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar, Daniel Prévost had just been a hit in Le Dîner de Cons where he played the famous Lucien Cheval, the tax inspector. Since then, you can find him in The Truth If I Lie 2, My Idol, The House of Happiness, Little Nicholas, Lucky Luke and more recently in Mission Basque Country. It should be noted that he has been lending his voice to U-store advertising since the 1980s.
At the time ofAsterix & Obelix vs Caesar, Laeticia Casta was already a model but Falbala is her very first film role. Since then, you have been able to find the actress in Rue des plaisirs, Le Grand Appartement, La jeune fille et les loups, Nés en 68, Gainsbourg, vie héroïque where she played Brigitte Bardot, La Nouvelle Guerre des Boutons, The Island, Sous les jupes des filles or Facteur Cheval.
Comedian Pierre Palmade is best known for his various shows with Michèle Laroque. Since Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar you were able to find him in the cinema in Help, I’m 30!, L’Anniversaire, Sagan, Incognito and this year in Brillantissime directed by Michèle Laroque.
Before Asterix & Obelix vs. Caesar, you may have already seen Gottfried John in James Bond GoldenEye where he played General Ourumov. It also appeared in L’Échange in 2000, L’Accordeur de tremblements de terre in 2005 and Rouge Rubis in 2013. The actor died in 2014 at the age of 72.
Sim was a comedian and participant of the Grosses Têtes show on RTL. The role of Agecanonix is his last film role. He had played the Gaul in 1999 in Asterix & Obelix Against Caesar, before taking up his role in Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games in 2008. He died at the age of 83 in 2009.
Arielle Dombasle had already had a 20-year career in the cinema before Asterix & Obelix Versus Caesar. Since the film of the Gauls you could find her in It’s not my fault!, Amazon, Strong Souls, Albert is Naughty, Sagan, or The Midnight Encounters. This year you will find her in Alien Crystal Palace, a film she directed herself.
Jean Pierre Castaldi has often had roles as a big shot in the movies. In Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar, for once, he doesn’t hit the others, he’s the one who gets hit. Many children think directly of Caius Bonus when they see Jean Pierre Castaldi. He also resumed his role in Asterix at the Olympic Games but his name was Castaldus. After 1999 you could find it in Ma Femme s’appelle Maurice, Travaux, On sait quand ça commence, Streamfield, Les carnets noir or Le Casse des casses. Jean Pierre Castaldi is also very present at the theatre.
Michel Muller is a comedian who has often had second roles in films. You could find him in Taxi 2, Recto-verso, Promenons-nous dans les bois, Wasabi where he played one of the main roles with Jean Reno, Fanfan la Tulipe, Mauvais Esprit, Les Dalton, La Grande Vieand more recently in Jour D. He also appeared on television in Hénaut Président, Les Petits Meurres d’Agatha Christie, The Borgias where he played King Charles VIII of France and Baron Noir.
So much for this new before/after, we’ll see you very soon for a new old one!In the meantime you can still discover or rediscover the last before/after that was dedicated toMars Attacks!.
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