How many kilos did Gilles Lellouche take to play Obélix? He confided on the subject and on his method to gain volume in 6 months.
How did Gilles Lellouche become Obélix? The actor prepared physically for 6 months, with a special diet, and bodybuilding sessions.
As he confided on the TF1 8 p.m. set, Gilles Lellouche gained a total of twenty pounds in 6 months. “There was a big challenge, a big responsibility“.
“The raclette, the cookies… we eat 4 to 5 times a day. I made terrible powders. And I did a lot of bodybuilding”, he also explained on RTL.
To prepare, Gilles Lellouche also sought advice from the most illustrious Obélix who played him 4 times in the cinema, Gérard Depardieu! Gilles Lellouche reached Gérard Depardieu on the phone: “Obélix, he has daisies in his eyes! hello my doe” “And he hung up“, says the new interpreter of Obélix. “It’s synthetic but these are the words that I kept on me“, he indicates.
“Embodying Obélix, who is a character we all know, is already creepy in itself. So getting behind Gérard Depardieu was something. I had a lot of stage fright, I was very scared and I worked a lot to get there“, he then confided to our microphone.
“But once the ultimate moment of stage fright has passed on the first day of filming when you wonder what you’re doing here, you start. Everyone looks at us, we are shouted ‘Action’ and we have to go. A monstrous stage fright at the beginning and then I took a lot of pleasure in portraying this character“, he pointed out.
Released on February 1, Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Empire by Guillaume Canet takes us to 50 BC The Empress of China is imprisoned following a coup fomented by Deng Tsin Quin, a traitor prince.
Helped by Graindemaïs, the Phoenician merchant, and by his faithful warrior Tat Han, Princess Fu Yi, only daughter of the Empress, fled to Gaul to ask for help from the two valiant warriors Asterix and Obelix, endowed with superhuman strength thanks to their magic potion.
Our two inseparable Gauls of course agree to help the Princess to save her mother and liberate her country. And here they are all on their way for a great adventure to China. But Caesar and his powerful army, always thirsty for conquest, have also taken over the leadership of the Middle Empire.