Alain Delon turned down 'Marie Antoinette'

24th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

CANNES, France, May 24, 2006 (AFP) - French cinema legend Alain Delon turned down the role of Louis XV in 'Marie Antoinette' because he thought it was a bad idea for an American director to make a film about France's last queen, reports said Wednesday.

CANNES, France, May 24, 2006 (AFP) - French cinema legend Alain Delon turned down the role of Louis XV in 'Marie Antoinette' because he thought it was a bad idea for an American director to make a film about France's last queen, reports said Wednesday.

"Alain was offered the part of Louis XV. I had a meeting with him and he told me he didn't want to be in the movie," director Sophia Coppola told the daily free newspaper Metro.

"He thought it was not a good idea for an American to make a movie about a French story. Everyone's entitled to their opinion and I was not going to let him stop me from making the movie."

The role was finally played by played American actor Rip Torn, and there are only a few French actors in the movie which was filmed in the Versailles palace.

Kirsten Dunst stars as the young princess who becomes queen, with Coppola's cousin Jason Schwartzman as her husband Louis XVI.

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