The third part of the hit comedy, still starring Christian Clavier and Chantal Lauby, hits theaters this Wednesday, April 6th.
Delayed several times due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rape charges against Ary Abittan, What the hell have we all done? finally hits theaters this Wednesday, April 6th. This third part of the successful family saga renews the formula by confronting the Verneuils with their four daughters’ in-laws.
“We had to find an idea that wasn’t superfluous with the previous films,” confides BFMTV Philippe de Chauveron, director and co-writer of the saga. “When we came up with the in-laws idea, we thought it was really funny. This has consequences for all characters, we can tell stories with all of them.”
“We had fun being together”
“I was glad to read the script,” says Chantal Lauby. “I was wondering what else we could say about this family. And it’s true that we didn’t know the parents of our sons-in-law. Philippe had a very good idea.” “I was also very happy about it,” adds Christian Clavier. “There’s also a real villain and more emotion than in previous films.”
What the hell have we all done? shows a Christian Clavier at the peak of his comic art. He will delight his fans with his hilarious laughter. “He loves the character of Claude Verneuil,” explains Philippe de Chauveron. “He hadn’t filmed for a long time because of the captivity. He left for 10 years!”
“It’s true that we had fun getting together,” agrees Chantal Lauby. “We shot in the middle of this heavy sanitary context. The shoot was a real relaxation.” They didn’t hesitate to improvise: “We’re playing so much in the same tempo as Chantal that we allowed ourselves a few small improvisations,” enthuses the former member of the Splendid troupe.
A political comedy?
Philippe de Chauveron repeated in an interview that he doesn’t do politics, but comedy. However, he speaks What the hell have we all done? hot topics. One of the sons-in-law, Charles Koffi (Noom Diawara), plays a dark-skinned Jesus in a play extremists want to ban.
In another scene, David Benichou (Ary Abittan) and Rachid Benassem (Medi Sadoun) reenact the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in their gardens, separated by a wall reminiscent of the Israeli Separation Wall.
“It’s the scene that elicits the most laughter in previews,” reveals Philippe de Chauveron, for whom this scene “just evokes a degenerating neighborhood conflict.” However, he admits that he takes inspiration from the world around him: “I talk about the news. I tend to poke fun at everything.”
A fourth film soon?
Is Philippe de Chauveron satisfied with this third film? “I don’t have enough perspective.” He prefers the second part, the most notorious of the saga. “It may have more flaws, but I like it. It’s a little less funny than 1 and 3, but we’re talking about a slightly more serious integration issue here, the children of immigrants.”
The director isn’t sure if he’ll be back for a fourth film. “I like the idea of doing a trilogy, doing something like that war of stars.” And a big problem arises, laughs Philippe de Chauveron: “We no longer have a title! And there are too many people on the poster! That’s the actual problem. You have to kill people!”