Depardieu heads list of best-paid French actors

20th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 20, 2006 (AFP) – Gérard Depardieu was France's best-paid actor for 2005 despite the fact that three out of his four films were flops, according to a listing in Le Figaro newspaper Monday.

PARIS, Feb 20, 2006 (AFP) – Gérard Depardieu was France's best-paid actor for 2005 despite the fact that three out of his four films were flops, according to a listing in Le Figaro newspaper Monday.

Depardieu, who is 57, earned EUR 3.2 million, ahead of Jean Reno on EUR 2.3 million and Christian Clavier on EUR 1.87 million.

The highest-paid French actress was Josiane Bolasko, who took seventh place with EUR 1 million.

Last year's winner — Gérard Jugnot of the international hit 'The Choir' — refused to reveal his earnings, but Le Figaro estimated he would have been in fifth place behind Jean Dujardin of 2005's biggest-selling locally-produced film 'Brice de Nice'.

Le Figaro said that the poor performance of French films at the box-office last year meant that "one in every two actors in our listing was overpaid." In other words producers failed to recoup the high salaries via ticket sales.

Depardieu for example was paid EUR 1.37 million for 'Olé', which sold just 651,000 tickets, and 720,000 euros for 'Je Prefere Qu'on Reste Amis', which was seen by only 300,000 people, Le Figaro said.

Only one his films — 'Boudu' — drew more than a million spectators.

The star of more than 100 films since the early 1970s, Depardieu said recently that he intends to reduce his acting schedule in order to devote more time to his wine-growing and restaurant businesses.

In 2006 he will re-appear as corpulent cartoon hero Obélix in 'Asterix and the Olympic Games', the third in the series based on the comic-books about a Gaulish village at the time of the Romans.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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