Victim of a serious motorcycle accident on Sunday in Essonne, Mathieu Kassovitz came out of the artificial coma in which he was plunged, after undergoing several operations. What we know.
[Updated September 5, 2023 at 9:25 a.m.] How is Mathieu Kassovitz doing after his serious motorcycle accident on September 3 in Essonne? According to information from BFM TV, which quotes his entourage, the 56-year-old French actor and director came out of the artificial coma in which he had been plunged to endure the pain after undergoing several operations.
He is still hospitalized at the Kremlin-Bicêtre (Paris) on Tuesday. He underwent surgery for injuries to his leg, pelvis and ankle. "The operations of this night went well, revealed Peter Kassovitz, the father of the actor, in a press release. Mathieu will begin a normal process of healing, rest and fitness. He is surrounded by his family and loved ones". The family wanted to thank those who "shown their affection and their friendship", as well as the "formidable nursing staff who are doing everything possible for his good recovery". On Monday evening, the French actor came out of a coma less than 48 hours after his accident."
The incident occurred this Sunday, on the Linas-Montlhéry racing circuit, in Essonne. Mathieu Kassovitz was driving alone and was responsible for this accident, according to the Evry public prosecutor's office. The interpreter of Malotru in “The Office of Legends” was following a development course as part of the preparation of a film. According to information from BFM TV, the actor left the road after a turn, and was propelled off the track before falling violently to the ground. The director of “La Haine” was conscious when help arrived, but the pain was such that he was finally put to sleep, before his condition was considered an “absolute emergency”, without his life threatening. An investigation was opened to “search for the causes of the injuries” by the Evry public prosecutor’s office.
Hearings were conducted Sunday evening and Monday with witnesses present on site. Two of the actor's three children were also present at the time of the accident. According to Le Parisien, one of his daughters was also on a motorbike on the track with an instructor. Unlike their father, they did not suffer any injuries.
Mathieu Kassovitz has three children: his eldest daughter, Carmen Kassovitz, was born from his union with actress Julie Mauduech, seen in the film "Métisse". He then had a relationship with model Aurore Lagache, with whom he had two more children.
Mathieu Kassovitz is a motorcycle enthusiast. In 2019, he explained to the microphone of the show "High Side" that it had come to him late, and that he had had his license at 40 years old. "I like machines, I like the technicality to master them [...] I immediately got on bikes that were too heavy for me". A passion he seemed to share with some of his children, since two were also present on the Montlhéry circuit in Essonne at the time of the actor's accident.
Mathieu Kassovitz is a French actor, director and screenwriter. Born on August 3, 1967 in Paris, he made his first appearance in the cinema in "Au bout du bout du banc" directed by his father in 1978. He opposite Isabelle Adjani in "L'Année next... Si tout va well", the same year. Mathieu Kassovitz then appeared in his own films, "La Haine" in 1995 and "Assassin(s)" in 1997. His most notable performances were in "Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain" (2000) and "Amen" (2002). ). We could also see him in “Munich” by Steven Spielberg, “An Illustrious Unknown” by Mathieu Delaporte or in the mini-series “War and Peace” in the role of Napoleon Bonaparte. Since 2015, he has played the main character of the series “Le Bureau des Légendes”, Malotru. More recently, it is in “Happy End” by Michael Haneke (2017), “Le Chant du loup” (2019) or even “Les choses humaine” by Yvan Attal (2021) that we could see the actor in the cinema .
In parallel with his acting career, Mathieu Kassovitz wears the cap of actor and screenwriter. He directed his first film, Métisse, in 1993, two years before the success of La Haine, which earned him the prize for directing at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival and the César for best film in 1996. In 1997, he moved from again behind the camera to direct Assassin(s), before embarking on the production of Purple Rivers in 2000. Three years later, he signed the film Gothika, but it was with Babylon A.D. in 2008 that he fully reconnected with critical success. His last film as a director, L'Ordre et la Morale, was released in 2011.
In September 2009, in the show "Ce soir (ou Jam)", Mathieu Kassovitz considered that it was necessary that certain elements concerning the attacks of September 11, 2001, must be clarified, which earned him numerous criticisms in the media which accuse him of spreading conspiracy theories. He then filed a complaint for public defamation. During the 2017 presidential election, he described Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as an "asshole" after he decided to join the candidacy of Marine Le Pen. In response, the president of the Debout la France party filed a complaint.
On December 24, 2017, Mathieu Kassovitz was outraged by a drug check in a hospital in Rezé, going so far as to describe the police officers as “good for nothing” and a “bunch of bastards” on his Twitter account. After an open letter from Eric Ciotti, the actor and director responds with insults. He apologizes for having insulted them on RMC a few days later, clarifying his remarks: "I would like my taxes to be used in a normal way. What the police are doing is shameful, they're a bunch of good-for-nothings! " He was convicted of public insult on September 18, 2019, and must pay a fine of 1,000 euros and pay a symbolic euro in damages to the 17 Nantes police officers who filed a complaint against him.
Blaming the very mixed success at the box office of his film L'Ordre et la Morale, which obtained "only" a César nomination in 2011, he took to Twitter to write the following words: "J' Fuck French cinema. Go fuck yourself with your shitty films." In addition, Mathieu Kassovitz aroused criticism from his peers in 2020 when he judged on the set of BFM TV that the reopening of cinemas is not "essential" in the context of the health crisis. He accuses the world of cinema of showing "a form of misplaced ego". "Cinema is no longer essential as it once was. Unfortunately, theaters are no longer essential.