Photo of Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jean-Paul Belmondo // "I’d show up around 9 or 10 am and have a coffee with Jean at the corner cafe while Godard wrote our dialogue. When he was ready, he’d get us and we’d go upstairs. First he’d read the scene to us, then we’d discuss anything we didn’t feel comfortable with…we’d rephrase it in our own words. Then we’d start shooting. There were no lights or cables so we could move freely. If we wanted to play around, we did. If we wanted to get under the covers, we could. The cameraman was ready for anything… When I accepted the role he gave me three little pages where he’d written, 'He leaves Marseilles. He steals a car. He wants to sleep with the girl again. She doesn’t. In the end, he either dies or leaves…to be decided.' And we opted for his death. So every morning I learned about Poiccard’s further adventures. I had no idea what would happen to me that day. I’d find out each morning."