Fanny Ardant on her unfailing friendship with Gérard Depardieu: “I can’t imagine life without him”

Fanny Ardant celebrates her 73rd birthday this Tuesday, March 22. Several times in the media, the actress spoke of her unwavering friendship with Gérard Depardieu.

He is undoubtedly one of the men who have marked the life of Fanny Ardent. For more than thirty years, the actress, who turns 73 this Tuesday, March 22, has been friend with Gérard Depardieu. The two actors met on the set of a film, Dogs, in the late 1970s. According to the confidences of the person concerned, the father of Guillaume and Julie Depardieu was the only one to have been friendly with her on the set. Two years later, they found themselves, again on a movie set. They are indeed given the reply in The woman next door, under the direction of François Truffaut. That’s when their friendship was born. In 2017, in front of the cameras of France 2Fanny Ardant had made a tender statement to her long-time friend: “I could end this conversation by saying: ‘I can’t imagine life without Gerard’.” Words that had touched the principal concerned, present at his side, during this interview.

It is therefore not unusual that she called on him, on several occasions, to play in her films. As a reminder, Fanny Ardant directed two feature films with Gérard Depardieu: stubborn cadences (2013) and Stalin’s couch (2016). And every time she had a lot of fun filming this monster of French cinema : “I saw that he never blinked, like reptiles, that was interesting. And Gérard’s voice already carries the meaning of things, the scansion, the musicality. It’s a Gerard Stradivarius“, confided to our colleagues the one who is known to be cash. And the actor to retort: ​​“It’s the same with Fanny too.”

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Fanny Ardant and Gérard Depardieu at the film premiere
© Christophe Clovis / BestimageFanny Ardant and Gérard Depardieu at the premiere of the film “Le couch de Staline”, at the UGC Ciné Cité les Halles, in Paris, on January 10, 2017.

These common points that she has with Gérard Depardieu

In April 2021, in the show Iconsbroadcast on Europe 1, Fanny Ardant once again mentioned his strong and unique relationship with Gérard Depardieu. If they get along so well, it’s also because the two actors share several points in common : “Gérard said: ‘You have to be a free citizen’, that is to say, you have to have the nerve to meet anyone (…) I think that I share with Gérard an independence of spirit, a form of provocation, which I always like. Messing with someone is a lot of fun“, underlined the one who never married, saying that she had”a darker vision” of the world than his friend Gérard Depardieu.

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