Isn't a Hollywood remake of The Valet in the works?
They are trying to remake it. Three [of my] films are trying to be remade here: The Closet, The Valet, and The Dinner Game. I've had seven films remade here, and it didn't change my life. What is my future is what I'm writing now. So, if it's good-like The Birdcage with La Cage Aux Folles-I'm happy for the producers. If it is not a good film, like Billy Wilder's adaptation of my film [L'Emmerdeur], Buddy Buddy, I'm sad. I [saw] Billy Wilder's film maybe three months ago. It's done since 20 years. But I heard it's not good. I love Billy Wilder so much that I was pained for him. I would like to remake it myself because I think it's a fantastic premise. I know that the Farrelly Brothers wanted to do [the Valet remake]. I don't know if they passed or not. But it's why DreamWorks bought the project, because the Farrelly Brothers were interested. I was a bit surprised, by the way, because we don't have the same world at all. I love what they do, but I would never dare to do that kind of film. It wouldn't come natural.
But the French often push different kinds of boundaries.
Sure, sure. The French can go very far too. But I was watching Comic Relief, and this girl who's a standup comedienne [Sarah Silverman]-what she said about racism was so funny because it was so incorrect, you know. She said, "They say I'm racist. It's stupid. I love African Americans. I had a boyfriend who was an African American, but they don't understand when you tell them something nice. They take it bad. I told him, 'You'd have been a very expensive slave,' and he didn't take it well." Here, in America, you dare to say that. I was very surprised!
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