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Francis Veber finds comedy in the rewrites

Posted at 5:00 PM on May 4, 2007 by Euan Kerr

The Francis Veber interview is now posted.

We talked about how he came to write his new film "The Valet," which revolves around a billionaire industrialist (Daniel Auteuil) who is photographed with his supermodel mistress. When the picture hits the tabloids his wife, (Kristin Scott Thomas) who is also the majority stockholder in his company, is not amused. the industrialist tries to save his marriage and his job. He pays an impoverished parking valet (Gad Elmaleh) who is also in the picture to pose as the model's boyfriend. Things get very complicated.

One of the interesting things he points out is the struggle he had to find someone to play Elena the supermodel in "The Valet." Most of the actresses he auditioned were too short, and none of the real models he interviewed had the acting skills needed for comedy. Veber eventually found Alice Taglioni (above) who is actually a pianist who a casting director had noticed in an acting class. For a comedic neophyte, she certainly seems to have picked it up quickly.

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