Dominique Pinon a must for Jeunet
Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has confessed he can't imagine making a film without Dominique Pinon.
The actor has appeared in every one of his films and plays a human cannonball in his comedy caper Micmacs, about hapless hero Bazil who has suffered at the hands of wealthy Parisian weapon sellers, so seeks revenge with the help of a group of misfits who live in a rubbish tip.
Jeunet said: "I can't imagine a film without Dominique. I will have always something for Dominique - he has a beautiful strange face. And he's so creative. Every time he surprises me and he does something really different. I love this actor."
He revealed Dominique didn't even mind being thrown into the filthy Seine river.
Jeunet laughed: "No, it's a kind of game between us. Each time I find something tough, physically tough for him. And in the river we had to put something (mimes injecting arm) against the rat's pee because it's dangerous in fact to go in the river in Paris."
Danny Boon stars as Bazil after Jamel Debbouze dropped out of the film.
Jeunet confided: "Danny Boon was also in my mind since a long time, because I met him when he made a one man show a long time ago, 15 or 17 years ago. And Jamel passed exactly like Emily Watson did for Amelie, it's a story of destiny.
"And at the end I can say luckily because I met a very nice guy, very inventive, able to do emotion, to be funny, I love his ideas. It was a great meeting. I stayed friends with him."
:: Micmacs is available on DVD now.