Inspector Clouseau back on beat in Paris

12th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 11 (AFP) - Inspector Clouseau, the bumbling French detective famous for his mauling of the English language and disastrous gaffes, has been spotted prowling Paris on the set of a new "Pink Panther" movie.

PARIS, July 11 (AFP) - Inspector Clouseau, the bumbling French detective famous for his mauling of the English language and disastrous gaffes, has been spotted prowling Paris on the set of a new "Pink Panther" movie.  

This time though, the flat shoes iconically played by late comedy legend Peter Sellers are being filled by Steve Martin, who is supported by Kevin Kline, singer/actress Beyonce and French actor Jean Reno.  

The cast began filming "The Pink Panther" last week in the Sorbonne University in the centre of the capital, which is made to look like an ornate law court in the film and which served as the setting of a media conference to announce some details about the production.  

Fans of Sellers' Clouseau will notice some big differences when the film comes out in the middle of next year, most noticeably how white-haired Martin contrasts with the image built up by Sellers over most of the Pink Panther series which started in 1963, despite the homage of a thin moustache.  

Movie trade magazines said Martin, the 58-year-old star of "Father of the Bride", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "The Jerk", had initially hesitated signing on to a role effectively "owned" by Sellers, but in the end relented.  

Shawn Levy, who directed Martin in this year's so-so comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen", is at the helm of film.  

The story revolves starts with a famous soccer coach being murdered and his ring sporting the Pink Panther diamond stolen, with a pop star (Beyonce), a player and a Chinese assassin all suspects.  

The French government calls in Clouseau, who is aided by a chauffeur (Reno) who is really an undercover cop called in to keep him out of trouble.  

Kline, who plays Clouseau's ego-tripping boss, showed more than a passing acquaintance with his role when he broke out into French.  

"It's really great to be here. It reminds me of my student years," he said, gesturing at the centuries-old university around them.

 

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