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Actresses who could play Amelie, but something went wrong

The romantic French story “Amelie” was released in 2001 and instantly fell in love with millions of viewers around the world. There are many reasons for this: the incredible music of Jan Thiersen, the postcard views of Parisian Montmartre, the special color scheme of the film in red and green aesthetics, the mesmerizing camera work, the bizarre plot and, of course, the heroine herself – a charming freak with a short fringe.

Big-eyed Audrey Tautou became the personification of faith in miracles and a real idol. The role of Amelie Poulain brought the young and little-known French actress world fame, promoted her career to a new level and became the hallmark that remains to this day. Today it is no longer possible to imagine that someone else could have played the role of Amelie. But he could if he agreed …

Emily Watson is an Englishwoman with a character
When the director Jean-Pierre Genet wrote the script for the film, he already had an actress in his head for the main role, in which he saw no one else. And it was not a Frenchwoman at all, but an English actress Emily Watson. The director was shocked by the actress in the drama “Breaking the Waves” by Kars von Trier and dreamed that she also starred with him. But Emily … refused.

The reasons are called different. According to the official version, Watson referred to her poor knowledge of French and the uncertainty that she could play such a role in a foreign language. In addition, she has already been approved for the role in the movie “Gosford Park” by Robert Altman. According to another version, Emily did not like the script, or rather the heroine herself. She seemed to her a blissful fool, and she simply did not want to associate with her.

Vanessa Paradis – Singing Frenchwoman
After Watson abandoned her future starring role, Jean-Pierre Genet offered to play Amelie to his compatriot Vanessa Paradis. In 1998, she already began to live with Johnny Depp, in 1999 gave birth to a daughter and did not act in films, but devoted time to her family and music career. Having received an offer of a leading role, Paradis also refused.

This time in favor of another matter: she worked on the new Bliss album, which was released in 2000. A year later, she became pregnant again and in 2002 gave birth to her son Jack. So, I must say, I spent time with benefit.

The fact that she was offered the role of Amelie Poulain, Vanessa Paradis recently told in an interview with the French publication. She added that she never regretted it. And the audience also did not regret, because they got the best possible Amelie.

Emma de Con – Amelie who did not fit
Emma de Con is a little-known French actress in Russia, who was also considered for the role of Amelie. In 2000, she starred in the movie “Princesses”, in which her heroine wears the same bangs as Amelie Poulin – perhaps this also encouraged the director to audition. But Emma lost this fight, which was hopeless for her, because Genet was simply fascinated by Audrey Tautou, who tried later.

Audrey Tautou – the one and only
Thotu’s audition for the role of Amelie is publicly available on Youtube. And everyone can get acquainted with how they went, how the actress behaved and why she came up for the role. Audrey Taut was 24 years old, and by that time there were already 16 films, including with the main roles.

In 1998, Totu received the Cesar Award as the Most Promising Actress for her role in the film Beauty Salon Venus. We did not have to wait long – after 3 years, “Amelie” turned her acting destiny upside down.

When asked why the film became so popular, Audrey replies that this picture is a small miracle. It has something that touches the hearts of people, regardless of their age, education and nationality.

The actress herself is very modest, evaluating her contribution to the popularity of the film. She says: “Paris is in the film, but I was just lucky to be there.”

The romantic French story “Amelie” was released in 2001 and instantly fell in love with millions of viewers around the world. There are many reasons for this: the incredible music of Jan Thiersen, the postcard views of Parisian Montmartre, the special color scheme of the film in red and green aesthetics, the mesmerizing camera work, the bizarre plot and, of course, the heroine herself – a charming freak with a short fringe.

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