Produce a live-action film based on the adventures of Asterix the Gaul: talk about a challenge! Whereas Claude Lelouch and Louis de Funès both dreamed of it, Claude Berri actually did it. And in style! With Gérard Depardieu as Obelix and Christian Clavier as Asterix, along with the most talented decorators and special effects specialists….

Magic potion was clearly part of the project as well-deserved success followed: Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar and Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra together accounted for more than 46 million viewers worldwide! Julius Caesar still hasn't gotten over it....

The Village therefore went into mourning on Monday, 12 January when it learned of the death of the man known as "the last Nawab" of the French film world. On the RTL radio station, Albert Uderzo spoke for everyone: "It's sad. We understood one another right away, and I especially understood that this man was first and foremost a man of his word. We continued working together on a second film, always in perfect harmony, smoothly, and without a hitch. He was a man who really knew his business."

Albert Uderzo also had a special thought for Thomas Langmann, Claude Berri's son and producer of the film Asterix at the Olympic Games. A particularly talented family to whom the Indomitable Gauls would like to extend their warmest respects.