I worked on many commercials with Rémy Julienne (obituary, 4 February). He “acted” in so many films that he deserved a special Oscar. When actors were not allowed to take part in dangerous driving scenes, he was always the first to step up. “Any fool can crash a car – the trick is to walk away after,” he said.
His brilliant team organised for me a seven-car crash on a rain-soaked road (for a commercial for Uniroyal rain tyres directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud). Shot with six cameras, it was perfect – Cut! – then, one hour later, Rémy told me that all the cars were repaired and they were ready for a second take.
That was the sort of organisation that made Rémy’s L’Equipe team so valuable to film directors all over the world.