which famous actor should have played the main role?

which famous actor should have played the main role?
which famous actor should have played the main role?

Broadcast this Sunday, September 18 at 9:10 p.m. on C8, The Old Rifle is a classic of French cinema, which won the César for best film in 1975. A strong and painful work, whose cast could have been very different.

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This is a recurring story in cinema. Casting changes are numerous in the history of the seventh art. Thus Bruce Willis had to win in the face of fierce competition for diehard, while the producers did not want Sylvester Stallone to rocky. Michael J. Fox himself almost never played Marty McFly in Back to the future ! Adapted from a series from the 90s, Mr. & Mrs. Smith was not originally intended for Angelina Jolie. It is indeed Nicole Kidman who was planned to play the killer disguised as the perfect housewife. And this kind of upheaval does not date from yesterday.

The Old Riflea poignant drama set during World War II

War films are often adapted from significant events, sometimes ignored by the general public. As Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan, who looks back on the incredible Operation Dynamo, or, even more surprisingly, Onoda, released in theaters in July 2021, which tells the incredible odyssey of Japanese soldiers unaware that their country capitulated in 1945. The Second World War served as the setting for many productions. This is the case of Le Vieux fusil, a classic of French cinema. Set in 1944, Robert Enrico’s drama follows Julien, a surgeon from Montauban, who is reproached by the militia for treating resistance fighters. He then sends his wife Clara and his daughter Florence to take shelter in the countryside. Five days later, no longer supporting their absence, Julien goes to see them. But Clara and Florence were killed by Germans.

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When Lino Ventura refuses the main role of old rifle

Dark and poignant, the film is inspired by the terrible massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane, a martyred village at the end of the Occupation, which saw its population massacred by an SS division. With great emotional force, this drama is carried by its duo of actors, Philippe Noiret, also crowned with a César, and Romy Schneider. However, this poster was very close to being different. It is indeed initially Lino Ventura who was to play the main role. But the famous comedian would have ultimately declined the offer because he found his character too withdrawn and too peaceful, which did not correspond to his image of “tough guy”.

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