Les Ch'tis star is Europe's best-paid actor

27th February 2009, Comments 1 comment

The director and star of the French blockbuster is the best-paid actor in European film history, reveals an industry ranking.

PARIS – The director and star of France's most successful film ever, Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis, has become the best-paid actor in European film history, an industry ranking showed Thursday.

Dany Boon netted EUR 26 million for the 2008 smash hit comedy, which makes light of prejudices against France's bleak north, according to a chart of actor earnings published in Le Figaro newspaper.

Seen by more than 20 million viewers, the blockbuster grossed a total of EUR 150 million at the box office, and is being remade by Hollywood actor Will Smith under the English title "Welcome to the Sticks".

The 42-year-old Boon, who wrote, co-produced, directed and starred in Les Ch'tis, is the son of an Algerian boxer-turned-truck driver from northern France.

His film tells the story of a postman from the sunny south who is reassigned to his horror to the chilly, post-industrial north, but who finds great warmth in the region's inhabitants.

Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis broke the French box office record held for decades by La Grande Vadrouille, the 1966 classic starring Louis de Funes.

Boon, whose real name is Daniel Hamidou, is boycotting Friday's French film award ceremony, the Cesars, after his movie was nominated for just one prize.

He has suggested the film's failure to pick up more nominations was a snub from an elitist milieu turning its nose up at mass appeal comedies.

AFP / Expatica

1 Comment To This Article

  • Deana posted:

    on 3rd September 2011, 02:29:44 - Reply

    How can this be, I loved that film! It was the best understood film from France when it was shown in Australia Sydney. It was not a film centred on important French history, which is hard for outsiders to understand.
    Most of all it was funny. i can not understand why so little appreciation is given to this film. Hope to see more French cinema in the land down under.