Gilles Lellouche is preparing to take on an important role. Indeed, he was chosen by Guillaume Canet to play Obelix in Asterix and Obelix: the Middle Empire. Only, when his friend offered him to play such a character, he was not immediately convinced. For good reason, the bar was very high. “I hesitated a lot. Already because I had not had this potential option in my head. Then, because the specter of Gérard Depardieu, who was the one and the only interpreter of Obelix, that to me paralyzed. Everyone told me about him and rightly he is irreplaceable. So I tried to do something else, “he thus confided on the set of C to you, Tuesday 11th January 2022.
But Gilles Lellouche was able to count on the support of those close to him, and more particularly of his daughter, to make him want to take up this new challenge. “The person who opened my eyes was my daughter. One day I was a little more anxious than another, I was very scared and I said to myself that I was not going to do it. She said to me: ‘Wait, I didn’t understand correctly, aren’t you going to do Obelix? Daddy, I don’t want to hear you talk about that, you are going to do Obelix!’ She is 12 years old and it is she who made me want “, he said again. It is about his daughter Ava, born from his love affair with the actress Mélanie Doutey.
We will have to wait to see Gilles Lellouche in Obelix
However, we will have to wait a little longer to discover Gilles Lellouche in the character of Obelix, since Asterix and Obelix: the Middle Empire, will be released in theaters on February 1, 2023. In the meantime, it is to be found at the cinema in the film Farewell Monsieur Hauffmann, whose plot takes place during the German occupation in 1942. A role in which the actor plays for the first time “a bastard”.
Gilles Lellouche © France 5