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French Movie Star Alain Delon Cast as Roman Emperor in New Asterix film

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French Star and Movie Icon Alain Delon is part of the impressive Cast of the Third film on Asterix entitled: Asterix and the Olympic Games due in French theaters late January. The Role of Asterix is played by an excellent newcomer Clovis Cornillac and Obelix is played for a 3rd time by Gérard Depardieu the other French National Icon with Delon who is taking on the role of Caesar the Roman Emperor in a paraody of himself ( he is known for his talented yet particularly narcissistic and megalomania persona both on and off screen).

Interestingly Alain Delon whose stardom was at its pinnacle in the in the 1970's and has lasted for more than 50 years has been a role model to many Iranian film Stars of the Pahlavi Era, such as Behrouz Vossoughi. Probably for his good looks and onscreen charisma that rivaled with many Hollywood Stars of his time.

Ironically also Persians seem to also be good Friends to Asterix ( See My article :Nose To Nose with Immortal Guard ). They clearly appear in several Asterix Albums including Asterix Chez Rahazade.

Delon is a close friend and admiror of former Empress of Iran, Shahbanou Farah who he met at the highlight of his career and on Formal Occasions and the numerous State Visits of the Empress and her husband the Shah to France throughout their reign. 


Old Friends Alain Delon and Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi

Delon was also to Star in a Franco Soviet co-production film Tehran 43 in the early 90's which was to be shot in Iran but which was not possible due to the advent of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. The Movie was finally shot on location in Samarkand, Paris and Moscow and released onscreen in 1980.

Delon greeted in Tehran by Iranian Star Behrouz Vossoughi early 1970's


Asterix and the Olympic Games is expected with great enthusiasm in France all the more that it is  is one of the most expensive French film productions to date, employing a European cast of French, German, Italian and Spanish Celebrities and Stars. It is based on the best-selling comic book adventures created by the late René Goscinny and his illustrator Albert Uderzo  about a small village which thanks to a Magic Potion that makes them invincible, bravely resists the Roman Invasion and whose hero's are the small but witty Asterix and the Fat, strong but very naïve Obelix.  Albert Uderzo continues the popular Franchise as both author and illustrator since René Goscinny death in 1977.


"AVE MOI !" César-Delon ©




Authors Notes:


Official Website of Alain Delon

Official Website of the New Asterix Movie

Official Website of Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's Asterix

Recommended Viewings:


Alain Delon in Persian Dubbing of his French Film: Pour La Peau d'Un Flic:



Alain Delon In Persian Dubbing for his French Film's( Deux Hommes dans la Ville, Brosalino & Co, and Le Battant):



Alain Delon in Persian dubbing for his Hollywood movie Scorpio opposite Burt Lancaster:


Recommended Reading (*):

(*) All Articles below are copyrights of Darius KADIVAR and may not be reproduced without his persmission.

Ancestor in Paris:Nose to Nose with Persian Immortal at Asterix Park by Darius KADIVAR

Marjane Satrapi talks about Popularity of Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve in Iran (Le Monde)
Enduring Friendship : Alain Delon and Farah Pahlavi by Darius KADIVAR

Alzheimer Research Fundraising Gala 2005 Presided By Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi by      Darius KADIVAR 

Film review of Franco-Soviet Film " Tegeran '43 " aka " Tehran 43 " by Darius KADIVAR

Anicée (ALVINA) Shahmanesh: France's Sex Icon of the 1970's by Darius KADIVAR
Sultan of my heart: Monika Jalili and Noorsaaz's remembrance of things past... by Darius KADIVAR 

Iranian Pioneers in French New Wave Cinema by Darius KADIVAR

On Iran and Italian Cinema:

Sergio Leone's Colossus Film Debut! By Darius KADIVAR

Excellent interview and Great Photos of Iranian filmmaker Parvin Ansary with Italian Stars of 50's and 60's.

The Last Colony : An interview with Film director Parvin Ansary by Brian Appleton (


Persian Antiquity & History on Film:

Ancient Persia's virtual absence in Hollywood By Darius KADIVAR

Alexander: The critically acclaimed but commercial Epic flop of the 1950's by Darius KADIVAR

Alexander is Back! Oliver Stone's Epic on the Macedonian Conqueror by Darius KADIVAR
The Persian Empire Strikes Back! By Darius KADIVAR

THE IMMORTAL STUNTSMAN: Darren Shahlavi in 300 by Darius KADIVAR
Battle for The West (The Original Technicolor cult movie 300 shot in 1962) by Darius KADIVAR (

Esther and The King: Sword & Sandals film Set in Ancient Persia by Darius KADIVAR
XERXES: A Screenplay by Ren. A.Hakim and interview by Darius KADIVAR
Sergio Leone's Colossus Film Debut! By Darius KADIVAR
In The Arena With Omid Djalili
by Darius KADIVAR
A Persian Phantom Unmasked  by Darius KADIVAR
Persepolis to Represent France at Hollywood Oscars 2008! By Darius KADIVAR
MAGIC IN THE MAKING : Marjane Satrapi's cinephilic choice of Persepolis Cast by Darius KADIVAR
Persepolis Music Score Released in France by Darius KADIVAR
Teheran Mon Amour: Music Score of French-Russian film by Darius KADIVAR
Being Princess Shams: French Star Mathilda May Portrays Shah's sister in Mini Series by Darius KADIVAR

On Comic Books:

Persian History Inspires French Comic Book Masters by Darius KADIVAR

Rostam Super Hero: Popularizing A Persian Myth... by Darius KADIVAR

Rostam Strikes!  Back by Darius KADIVAR 

Hergé's Fantasy Kingdom: The Land of the Black Pelican by Darius KADIVAR





About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant. He is also contributes to OCPC Magazine in LA/US and to the London Based IC Publications The Middle East Magazine and Persian Heritage Magazine.

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