Friday, April 12, 2024

Nicole Kidman’s “Grace” Will Be Dubbed by French President’s Mistress


The 2014 Cannes Film Festival is four months from now. But sacre bleu! The red carpet for opening night is going to be completely crazy. Julie Gayet, the mistress of French president Francois Hollande, is dubbing Nicole Kidman’s role as Grace Kelly in “Grace of Monaco.” The Olivier Dahan film is set for opening night.

This means that not only will international movie star and Oscar winner Kidman be front and center, but so will the “first lady” of France around whom an international scandal has developed. By May, Gayet should be firmly established as Hollande’s in house lover. Some time soon his current lover Valerie Trierweiler will be eased out of the picture completely.

Gayet– who for now has no status at all in French government or royalty– essentially will be the voice of the most famous Monegasque princess!

Hollande will enact the transition quickly, I am told, as he is set to visit Washington on February for meetings with President Obama. You can only imagine the first question at a president conference in the White House with France’s presidential Tiger Woods.

Even more, the intense interest in Cannes for “Grace of Monaco” should guarantee everyone involved huge box office overseas and the kind of press that money can’t buy. If only they could get Hollande himself to dub Tim Roth’s voice as Prince Rainier!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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