I’ve made films about love and friendship before, but I have
never made a film where friendship itself was the subject. So when
Jérôme Tonnerre approached me with the story for My
Best Friend, I immediately expressed my enthusiasm and we started writing.
I was excited to write the story of a guy convinced he has many friends
but then realizes that he, in fact, doesn’t have any. Acquaintances,
co-workers, friends in passing but never a true friend.
Every one of us, in some form or another, can recognize themselves
in the character of François: Who are our friends? Who is my
best friend? And, are we obligated to have a best friend? We have all
asked ourselves these questions at some point or another. In any case,
I know that audiences will ask themselves this question after seeing
The casting process, like on any film, was important for My Best
Friend. Since Daniel Auteuil quickly took over the role of François
(this character that has no friends), I had, I must admit, even more
trouble deciding on the role of Bruno, a character that is sympathetic
with everyone and who everyone finds sympathetic. Several options were
There is one thing I have never talked about with anyone since I made
this film. There was a moment during the preparation and casting of
the film where I imagined that the role of Bruno could be played by
a woman (the first name of the character would have been changed, of
course). I was very enthusiastic about this idea because it allowed
me to speak about something rarely dealt with in films, something that
I am passionate and troubled about: friendship between a man and a
This idea stayed with me for a week; I even discussed the part with
an actress I thought was ideal. But then I realized that it would not
work for this script as it would be impossible to completely ignore
their romantic feelings. So I offered the part to Dany Boon and he is
exceptional! And even better: Daniel Auteuil and he didn’t know
each other prior to My Best Friend, but have since become the
best of friends.
I am still convinced, though, that the film about friendship between
a man and a woman needs to be made.