The Oscar-winning French actor plays, alongside Grégory Gadebois who slips into the skin of François Hollande, the 6th president of the Fifth Republic in Presidents, a new comedy by Anne Fontaine.
“Dying is not easy”, Nicolas Sarkozy once said. Now the former President of the Republic is reborn in the guise of Jean Dujardin. Facing François Hollande, alias Grégory Gadebois. The actors play the two predecessors of Emmanuel Macron in the new comedy by Anne Fontaine. A first photo showing the two protagonists has just been unveiled and the resemblance, at least gestural, with the two former heads of state is both funny and striking. And let us note it, in spite of the presence of François Holland, or rather of his double of cinema, it does not seem to rain when the photo was taken. Or not yet…
This film entitled, simply and soberly, Presidents should be released in theaters in 2021 at a date not yet determined, Covid-19 and its variants oblige.
The synopsis of this new comedy by Anne Fontaine is based on a historic compromise between the two Gaullist and socialist politicians, who after losing power will ignore their rivalry in an attempt to win it back. As often in the films of Anne Fontaine, the director adept of the scriptwriting opposite, will gradually lead Nicolas alias Jean Dujardin to change his philosophy of happiness …
Jean Dujardin, Sarkozy and OSS 117
Dujardin, who decidedly became the most coveted French actor, – he took over the costume of OSS 117 under the direction of Nicolas Bedos -, had the good fortune to please Nicolas Sarkozy in person. The former President of the Republic, praising the qualities of actor of the one who invented the crazy character of Brice de Nice, declared to Yann Barthès in his show: “Do you want me to tell you what I’m thinking?” Honestly, to embody myself physically, I prefer Dujardin to Podalydès. “
Denis Podalydès, prestigious member of the Comédie-Française, in fact, had played Nicolas Sarkozy in 2011 in The conquest by Xavier Durringer. And as a happy coincidence in the film of Anne Fontaine, the illustrious house of Molière will also be represented, this time, by Grégory Gadebois, who was a resident until 2012, in the skin of a named… François.