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French comedians added to Woody Allen cast

Gad Elmaleh, Manu Payet tapped for 'Midnight in Paris'

PARIS -- Marion Cotillard and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy won't be the only Frenchies spending "Midnight in Paris" with Woody Allen with Gallic comedians Gad Elmaleh and Manu Payet tapped for the prolific director's France-based film currently shooting in Paris.

Both will have only small roles, with Elmaleh shooting for three days and Payet for just one. Elmaleh has recently starred in Francis Veber's "The Valet," opposite Audrey Tautou in "Priceless" and more recently Roselyne Bosch's Holocaust drama "The Round-Up" opposite Jean Reno and "Inglourious Basterds" star Melanie Laurent.

Payet, a well-known funnyman on French small and big screens, recently starred in Elmaleh's film "Coco."

The Gallic cast will break bread and fromage with the already-announced all-star cast that includes Adrien Brody, Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Elsa Pataky and Michael Sheen in the story about an American family who head to the French capital on business.

The pressure is on for Allen who told an audience in broken French at the opening of the Paris Film Festival last week "If you hate this film, I'm going to start a new film. If you hate both, I'm going to kill myself."