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Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel

French actor

Gaspard Ulliel (25 November 1984 – 19 January 2022) was a French actor. He was known for having portrayed the young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising (2007) and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the biopic Saint Laurent (2014), and for being the face of the Chanel men's fragrance Bleu de Chanel. He was cast as Anton Mogart / Midnight Man in the upcoming Disney+ series Moon Knight (2022).

Ulliel was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actor for three consecutive years between 2003 and 2005. He won that award in 2005 for his performance in A Very Long Engagement (2004). In 2017, he won the César Award for Best Actor for his role in It's Only the End of the World. He was named a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2015.

Ulliel died on 19 January 2022, following a skiing accident at La Rosière resort in Savoie, France.

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Actors about themselvesWhen you're so passionate about cinema, the idea to direct your own film is really appealing.

I studied cinema at the university so I had a very classical approach to it. I studied all those silent films, and then the films from the 1940's, the Nouvelle Vague, the late Hollywood films. Now I realize, as a young actor, that it's one of my duties to actually be aware of what is today's industry and today's next big directors.

I just choose the scripts I want to work on. I don't know why. It's not something conscious or that I'm doing on purpose.

I'm not really a model.

I think an actor can actually gather moments, memories and emotions for his next character. So, it's a constant work.

I'm always very interested in going and discovering a young director's films.

The Chanel woman is slender, sophisticated and chic.

When I'm doing a photo shoot, I'm not playing a part. I'm just trying to be myself.

When you see period films, it tends to often be with older actors.

Well, I think it can be quite helpful to be working on a character who actually existed, historically. Of course, you might have material to study and help you create the character.

I don't think there is the same space for fashion designers to create like Yves was doing it. So, it's that he's one of the last, great geniuses in fashion.

I love music. My secret dream has always been to be a jazz musician. I tried the saxophone for a year or two when I was younger, but unfortunately I had to face the fact that I was not really talented !

If you decide to direct a film, it's because you have something to say, something to show to the audience.

I've been an amateur photographer since my teens.

Since first starting my career, I've grown accustomed to working with actors older than me. I'm always the youngest.

As for a fashion designer, you have those very precise deadlines to keep so you have to renew yourself constantly every three or six months. When you think about it, it's so intense.

I had a really regular progression--and this is really pleasant, I think--because I had small parts in TV movies, then bigger parts in TV movies, and then small parts in films. And I think this allows you to get...experience of the set and to get familiar with [the process]. And as I had a really slow progression, I think it really helped me to stay lucid and not get carried away.

I did some theater as a kid for fun. But it was really by chance that I landed into acting.

I think for every artist it's important to always keep this amount of doubt until the very last day of shooting.

I love good food. I’m an epicurean, that’s for sure. … But I am not really a good cook.

The most challenging thing is how to portray someone that is so well known that people still recall him in a very precise way.

For me, cinema becomes grandiose when it imposes its own mythology and its own reality.

I think I would never be ready to do a regular job. I couldn’t go to the office every day at the same hour. I love my life. This freedom.