ASTERIX AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES. French blockbuster, Asterix at the Olympic Games, however, did not conquer the critics or the public. The filming of the film was however very complicated, tells us BFM.

[Updated August 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm] Asterix at the Olympic Games is a blockbuster like French cinema is little used to. However, the feature film worn by Clovis Cornillac, Gérard Depardieu or even Benoît Poelvoorde did not have the expected critical success. During the summer of 2021, BFM TV published a lengthy behind-the-scenes investigation of this ambitious comedy, revealing many tensions and complications during production and during filming. With a budget of 78 million euros, on paper, Asterix at the Olympic Games had everything to be a success on a European scale, tells us BFM. In any case, this is the ambition of the producer-director, Thomas Langmann. But quickly, his vision of what the film should be and its many constraints (cameos from foreign actors, the desire to make it a spectacular and funny film on a large scale …) makes the preparation very complicated, in ” disorder and excess “estimates Christian Guillon, the director of visual effects, at the microphone of BFM.

Among the many hiccups encountered in the production of Asterix at the Olympic Games, we can count the complete rewriting of the script to integrate European comic stars and bring back foreign funding. The writers abandon the project before the start of filming. The whims of certain actors, such as Alain Delon who refuses to change his lines, Benoît Poelvoorde whose energy disappoints Langmann, or even Depardieu who did not know his text, add additional difficulties. The producer also asks the film crews to completely return certain scenes that have already been finalized. A rivalry between Langman and Forestier, the director, seems to be emerging according to observers, the former wishing to participate in the making of the film, while the latter wishes to keep control.

In addition to the tensions on the Asterix plateau at the Olympic Games, there is a lack of organization in post-production. To virtually add extras in the stands, the budget for special effects doubles. During the editing, Pathé, producer of the film, asks that the length of the feature film be reduced to 1h40, or one hour less than what Thomas Langmann had requested, to make the film usable. Many gags are sacrificed to keep the story consistent. From all these adventures, recounted in detail in the investigation of BFM TV, results a film that will disappoint both critics and the public. Despite everything, Asterix at the Olympic Games remains a box office success, accumulating 16.2 million admissions across Europe, including 6.8 in France.

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Synopsis – Asterix and Obelix take part in the Athens Olympic Games. They must try to win the trials without using a magic potion …

[Updated August 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm] Asterix at the Olympic Games is a blockbuster like French cinema is little used to. However, the feature film worn by Clovis Cornillac, Gérard Depardieu or even Benoît Poelvoorde has not …

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