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Gerard Depardieu May Play Dominique Strauss-Kahn In Abel Ferrara-Directed Biopic

Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn probably had one of the worst 2011s in media, with the story of his alleged illegal indiscretions subsequently fizzling out after a dramatic arrest in New York. Now the tale may be showing up on the big screen, as reports surface that director Abel Ferrara is considering Gerard Depardieu for the role.

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The New York Daily News is reporting that the film is not a certainty, but that the idea is certainly being considered.

“Bad Lieutenant” director Abel Ferrara is mulling a project that would bring the 62-year-old ex-IMF chief’s story to the big screen, Deadline.com reported. Backed by the production house Wild Bunch, the film could star Gerard Depardieu as Strauss-Kahn, and Isabelle Adjani as his loyal wife, Anne Sinclair — though the project is not officially in development yet.

“Today, the only reality is that they are writing something inspired by Strauss-Kahn that will focus on addiction and politicians. It’s more that than the Strauss-Kahn scandal itself,” Vincent Maraval, head of Wild Bunch, told Deadline. “If it becomes a serious thing, I’m not even sure it will be the same film with Adjani and Depardieu.” […]

When asked about the project by France’s Le Journal Du Dimanche, Depardieu played the part of a politician himself and gave a non-answer.
“In general, I’m very good at playing characters that I don’t like or those that I don’t resemble,” Depardieu told the newspaper.

So if it does happen, it doesn’t sound like Depardieu will play his role with any particular sympathy. But if the screenplay does materialize and a film become a reality, the real question for Americans then becomes: if this political sex scandal tale directed by a film legend and starring the greatest (only?) actor in France, could it prompt renewed interest in a movie based on the other big sex scandal of the year: the Anthony Weiner story? Only time will tell.

[h/t Libertad Digital]

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