Tom Hardy speaking French! At long last, evidence of Tom’s ability to speak French. Back in 2002, when asked (I presume) to conduct an interview in French he answered in French that he doesn’t feel comfortable speaking French. But I feel very comfortable with him speaking French! :D
He says it so rapidly but to me it sounds like he’s saying this: “Je regrette de vous informer mais je ne suis pas du tout satisfait quand je parle francais. Non!”
Edward Norton can be heard here from this audio excerpt taken from the French television show, le grand journal during the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, May 14, 2005 talking about his film that premiered called Down In The Valley.
American actress and singer Leighton Meester is fluent in French.
While filming the movie Monte Carlo with stars Selena Gomez and Katie Cassidy, in an interview she talked about how much she enjoyed France.
“They closed down the Musee Dorsay for us!” she says. She praised France for closing the Louvre museum and the Eiffel Tower at 3 o’clock in the morning for her film (“Monte Carlo”) and how she loved going to Chanel boutique, naturellement, on Rue Cambon.
“We shot in Paris and we shot in Monte Carlo. My last day was jumping into the sea all day and speaking French. It was amazing.”
In these two videos, she showcases her French language ability. For a radio show, she spoke to fans in French and in a low quality (apologies) episode of Gossip Girl.
The actor of the film drama, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Thomas Horn, was discovered by producers when he was a contestant on Jeopardy during Kids Week. In 2010, after earning $31,800 when he wagered $12,000 during final Jeopardy, the producers were so impressed by him, they offered him an audition for the film.
Critics praised Thomas’ first time acting performance in the film. In 2012, Thomas received the award for Best Young Actor by the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Born in San Francisco, California in 1997 to a Croatian mother and American father, the actor is fluent in Croatian, Spanish, and is currently studying Mandarin. In these two videos, he talks about his interest in the Mandarin language- the first is his first interview on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and the second is where he was discovered, the game show, Jeopardy.
When I was studying French, I could not figure out why they would call a library a bibliotheque and a bookstore a library, but that’s what they do. They’re a backwards people. Hahaha, don’t do that. I love the French.
Academy Award winning actor, director, and narrator, Morgan Freeman (speaking about the French language on the audio commentary for his 1995 thriller, Se7en.)
On the commentary, Freeman also says a few French phrases. This isn’t the first time he’s spoken French during the making of a film. The actor gave a speech in French to the crowd of extras gathered in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to portray the Baltimore Super Bowl audience in 2002 film The Sum of All Fears.
American actress Kathleen Turner rose to fame during the 1980s, after roles in the Hollywood films Body Heat, Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone, The War of the Roses, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Serial Mom and Prizzi’s Honor.
The actress is also fluent in Spanish. Although born in America, she was raised in Canada, Cuba (during Fidel Castro’s power), Venezuela, and England as her parents were career diplomats.
In this video, at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, she speaks on the red carpet about the film and her lead role in The Perfect Family.
Candice Swanepoel is a South African fashion supermodel.
Born in Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal Province, she was discovered at the age of 15 by a model scout in a flea market. She has been on the covers of Vogue, ELLE, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, and Ocean Drive (U.S.) as well as appeared in advertisements for Nike, Diesel, Guess?, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford, and Versace. She also has mastered the runway, walking for Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana, Fendi, Chanel, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Fürstenberg, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, and numerous other designers. In 2010, she became an official Victoria’s Secret Angel, alongside Lindsay Ellingson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Erin Heatherton.
Swanepoel is fluent in two languages. Her native Afrikaans and English, and is speedily working on Portuguese fluency due to her boyfriend’s (Brazilian fashion model Hermann Nicoli) influence.
In an interview she has been quoted as saying that she is not yet “fluent in Portuguese,” that she rather speak English in interviews “because it flows better,” and that she prefers to learn Portuguese alone by hearing “lots of music” and begins to “translate and memorize the lyrics” so she “can have access to the language.”
American rocker of the acclaimed 70s rock band Kiss, bassist Gene Simmons is of Hungarian descent. He was born as Chaim Weitz in Haifa, Israel in 1949. The musician emmigrated to the US at age eight with his family, changing his birth name to Gene Klein. In the late 1960s, while playing in various bands, he changed his name to Gene Simmons, after legendary rockabilly performer Jumpin’ Gene Simmons.
According to the GeneSimmons.com website, he speaks a few languages: English, Hungarian, Hebrew, German and is getting better at Japanese. At present, he is becoming fascinated by Mandarin Chinese and has every intention of becoming fluent in it.
In this video, Gene visits a fan club in Hungary and spends time with fans.
Monica Bellucci is an Italian fashion model/actress. She started as a fashion model and by 1989, was a prominent fixture in the Paris and in New York City fashion scene. Also in that year, she made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes. Her film career began in the early 1990s with minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). In 1996 she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in L’Appartement and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf, and Irréversible (2002). She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like Tears of the Sun (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Le Deuxième souffle (2007), Don’t Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010).
According to IMDB, the Italian sex symbol is fluent in four languages- Italian, English, French and Spanish. She is married to the French actor and star of Ocean’s Twelve/Ocean’s Thirteen and Black Swan, Vincent Cassel with whom they share homes in London and France.
This interview is for the Italian film “Sangue Pazzo” (Crazy Blood) that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 with Bellucci as the lead role.
On ‘On the Road,’ everyone spoke French. We were primarily in Montreal… I spent so much time … and I was just, like, feeling so pathetic. Not only is it a very dope language, it’s more like I really want to be able to talk to a few people so badly. When I’m in Paris, I feel like I could be so much [cooler]. I’m like, ‘Wow, I could be so cool.’ So that’s the main inspiration.