An especially valued collaborator on "The City of Lost Children" was Casting Director Pierre-Jacques Benichou and his staff. The eclectic cast of characters dreamed up by Jeunet and Caro called for actors of all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. The players ultimately chosen fit the bill admirably, and take their rigthtful place among the unforgettable ensembles of the cinema.
Perlman won millions of fans starring as The Beast, opposite Linda Hamilton, in the CBS-TV series "Beauty and the Beast." His films include "Cronos," "Quest For Fire," and the recent "Fluke." Perlman is currently filming the Edward R. Pressman production of "The Island of Dr. Moreau" in Australia, with Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, and David Thewlis, for director John Frankenheimer.
Judith credits Jean-Pierre Jeunet with shaping her portrayal of Miette: "He stopped me from doing little gestures, from having little tics...That's why Miette seems strong and tough. I am less strong than Miette is." The less-is-more approach brought Judith at least one fondly recalled epiphany: "Once during filming, I did a little smile. When I saw it on the screen, it was much more moving, much more beautiful than what I believed I had done."
"I will never forget having been Miette," says Judith, adding, "I do not know if I want to be an actress. I would very much like to be an archaeologist." The shooting schedule caused Judith to miss a semester of elementary school, but she has since caught up. One bonus from doing the film was that memorizing and repeating her dialogue helped Judith with her poetry studies back at school. Judith's hobbies include writing, drawing, dance, gym, hiking, and going to movies (especially if Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, or Robin Williams is in them). Judith lives in Paris.
Some members of the cast were already well-acquainted with the imagination of Jeunet and Caro, having appeared in "Delicatessen." Dominique Pinon starred in that film as the optimistic, if idiosyncratic, hero. In "The City of Lost Children," his acting challenges increased sevenfold -- since he plays seven different roles in the film: The (six) Clones, and The Diver. The role(s) required Pinon to work closely with the digital effects team from Pitof/Duboi, in addition to performing multiple takes, playing one Clone at a time, of many of his scenes.
Other "Delicatessen" alumni appearing include Ticky Holgado, Rufus, and, in a small role as one of the Cyclops, Marc Caro. (Jean-Pierre Jeunet explains his absence thusly: "I have well enough to do behind the camera.")
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