1. Michaël Youn still in the race for 'Casino Royale' villain role?

    By Heiko Baumann on 2006-01-25

    French actor and comedian Michël Youn may still be in the race for a role in
    Casino Royale. In an interview with Belgish newspaper "La
    Dernière Heure
    ", he confirmed that he has been screentested for a villain

    Michael Youn

    Michael Youn

    "I have been screentested", he says. "They found me fitting for the part,
    because the person I would have to play is a little crazy. It’s a villain who is
    a bit like the "Joker" in Batman, but more serious. Of the 500 actors who have
    been screentested worldwide, I made it among the final 5, and I’m very proud of
    it…" he pauses for a moment as if he was biting his tongue for having revealed
    too much and adds "…even if I don’t make it into the movie."

    Youn has been rumoured before to have screentested for a villain role in Casino Royale. It was never quite clear wether it was for Le Chiffre himself or maybe a
    secondary villain. After it was reported that French actor Simon Abkarian has
    been casted for the role of "Demetrius", it was taken as fact that Youn was out.
    But French media have already speculated that Abkarian and Youn had been tested
    for different roles, given their different ages and physics (Youn is 31,
    Abkarian is 43 years old), so it looks like a confirmation for that.

    Michaël Youn ist one of France’s best known comedians. He started his career as
    a radio DJ, then was dicovered for TV and became host of the popular "M6 Morning
    Fun". In the last few years, he was sucessfully involved in a number of comedy
    music and movie projects. His last movie role was the title role in "Iznogoud",
    an adaption of the classic French comic.

    Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond film produced
    by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production
    begins shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006.
    Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, it will be filmed in the Czech Republic,
    the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.