He was moved. The world of cinema has been in mourning since January 19. Gaspard Ulliel, only 37 years old, died following a serious skiing accident. A sad news that has upset the fans, relatives and friends of the actor. Despite the passage of time, many are those who are still very affected by his death and this is particularly the case of Xavier Dolan. Guest of the show En aparté this Thursday, February 24, the director had a lot of trouble containing his emotion. “I still have a lot of difficulties to achieve, to accept”, he first explained before adding: “I dream a lot of him … one night out of three”. Very touched, Xavier Dolan indicates “constantly dreaming of him. These are sometimes quite cruel dreams because they are hyper realistic situations. The awakening is even more brutal because we thought we were in real life”, he continues, with the trembling voice. As he finds himself facing a portrait of his friend, projected on the overhead projector in the room, he has great difficulty looking at it and tries to continue his explanations when tears begin to well up.
He explains himself. Interviewed, the director has great difficulty in evoking Gaspard Ulliel. The loss of his friend was a very upsetting moment for him, who painted a very touching portrait of the actor. “I saw a lot of interviews with him when he died. He was someone who liked words, who liked to think. He often looked up before speaking, as if he were looking at the sky a little “, first explained Xavier Dolan. Thereafter, he specifies that each “word was relevant, weighed, measured, cultivated. He was someone literate, he was someone curious. He spoke well and then, he spoke when he had to speak” . However, the director did not attend his friend’s funeral and he wanted to give an explanation. “I wanted to come to the funeral. But… I don’t know. It was far away and then it was public. There were a lot of people. I was a little scared with the Covid and…”, he confided before suddenly stopping when the photograph of Gaspard Ulliel appeared next to him. As a reminder, many personalities had made the trip to pay a final tribute to the actor, who died at only 37 years old.
Xavier Dolan: had he paid tribute to Gaspard Ulliel on social networks?
Following the announcement of the death of Gaspard Ulliel, many personalities wished to pay tribute to him publicly. This was the case of Xavier Dolan who had shared a moving message on social networks. “It’s unbelievable, insane, and so painful to even think of writing these words. Your quiet laughter, your watchful eye. Your scar. Your talent. Your listening. Your whispers, your kindness. from a sparkling sweetness”, he had first written. “It’s your whole being that transformed my life, a being that I loved deeply, and that I will always love. I can’t say anything else, I’m emptied, stunned by your departure”, concluded the director. The two men were very close and the sudden death of the actor was very upsetting for Xavier Dolan.
Gaspard Ulliel and Xavier Dolan © DOMINIQUE JACOVIDES