Monday September 6, 2021, Jean-Paul Belmondo died at the age of 88. A disappearance which then plunged French cinema into immense sadness. Many actors, saddened by the loss of the one who was called “The Magnificent” then paid tribute to one of the sacred monsters of the seventh art. Among them, Jean Dujardin, whom many consider to be one of his heirs. After paying him a tender tribute on social networks, the former companion of Alexandra Lamy had evoked the memory of Bébel at the microphone of BFM TV. “I think he would have liked that, that we meet, that we talk about cinema, that we do c ***. We lose a guide. Jean-Paul was a guide who always told us: ‘Don’t burden yourself with worries, have fun’. Oddly, we didn’t think he was mortal. Apparently, yes. Death does not really go to many people, but certainly does not go to Jean-Paul Belmondo“, he had declared.
This Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Jean Dujardin continues to mourn the absence of Jean-Paul Belmondo. From his Instagram account, the Oscar-winning actor posted a moving shot where he poses next to his idol. “Want to see you Jean Paul…“, he wrote in a beautiful black and white shot bringing together the two actors.
The first meeting between Jean Dujardin and Jean-Paul Belmondo took place in 2004, during a dinner organized by the actor Antoine Duléry. The star of the OSS 177 saga says he did not expect at all to find himself in front of the actor he admires so much. “I open the door and I come across Jean-Paul Belmondo, on the sofa, who smiles at me, and I can’t believe it. It was the Grail, it was the culmination. I had some very nice moments in my career and in my life, I met great stars, but I think he was the man who moved me the most. He’s the man I wanted and had to meet“, confided then the companion of Nathalie Péchalat.
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