Friendly ‘Assault’ on H’w’d

Actioner's bow gets celebs talking

NEW YORK — French director Jean-Francois Richet raved about his first venture into Hollywood filmmaking at Tuesday’s after-bow bash for “Assault on Precinct 13” at Level V.

“In France, they said to me, ‘Don’t go to Hollywood, because producers have the power, actors have the power,’ and it’s not true,” he said, “because I did everything I want.”

The $25 million budget didn’t hurt. “In my last French movie, I had a crane only for three days,” he added. “In Hollywood, if you want a crane every day, you have a crane every day.”

Focus’ James Schamus said he chose Richet partly for “his own background as a guy who grew up in the projects outside of Paris. Jean-Francois had a tougher life than most of the people who grew up in the projects here in the States.”

“He’s someone who combines a very original vision with zero tolerance for bullshit,” Schamus continued, “and in our business, that’s rare.”

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Others there from the film: John Leguizamo and Ethan Hawke, who didn’t show up to the party until after his perf in Off Broadway play “Hurlyburly.”