Mathieu Amalric

Being an actor only came about because Arnaud Desplechin, the guy who did 'Kings and Queen', had this curious idea to think that I could be an actor, but I had never acted before, and I was supposed to direct my own film!

If you approach Cannes with a sense of humor, nothing is that bad. You have to take it for what it is; otherwise, it's silly.

I'm always intrigued when you are travelling through a place and there is somebody who has lived there and done the same job for years.

I keep meeting directors that are so irresistible. I only do irresistible films, because I don't need to act to feel myself alive.

I first started working in film when I was 17. I was a director's assistant, an editor.

Arnaud Desplechin invented me as an actor. I never imagined I'd be acting in movies.

Acting is about animality. It's great to be allowed to be animal. But I feel more alive as a director. Every morning, I have to write.

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