He did a fantastic job on Anne, I mean really good, so I went to meet him when I got back from LA. It just was a very small school that he formed with a few others." There's more than a little luvvie effusion when he talks about his new project.
"Luc Besson is a friend, and he suggested I train with Pascal Luneau.
It was Pascal who worked with Anne Parillaud for her leading role in Nikita.
My godfather was my agent, but I said 'no' to all the movies they offered me." In 1990, he starred in La Femme Fardee, a spectacular flop. "I was a gigolo, some weak guy who committed suicide. They criticised my lifestyle, my acting, brought up all sorts of mean things.
It destroyed me." He went back to square one, training in the theatre again.
Cornwall's beautiful, more beautiful than Britanny, because it's a mixture of Britanny, south of France, and Greece: there are all those coloured houses, the blues and reds and yellows. Because he has cavorted with fast cars and faster women (Princess Stephanie of Monaco amongst them), Delon has been a staple fixture in the gossip-columns of Paris-Match for years. They were all like dolls; I just wanted to ask them nasty and dirty questions." His time behind the wheel has been a far more pleasant experience.
He was even once, alongside Ivana Trump, Joan Collins and Richard Branson, one of the Miss World judges. "I haven't been driving this year, though I was in a touring car for Alfa Romeo last year," he says.
"I love the speed, the adrenaline, the competition of racing with the others; and then there's the technical part, just fixing the car, sorting out the aerodynamics. For you, one second is nothing, but on the track it's very important, you have a different relationship with time." Delon now has a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter.
"My girlfriend doesn't do anything, she looks after me. If she wants to go into acting, I will help her, whatever she wants to do.
"When I was young, I just didn't care, I was thinking 'I'm going to do what I want to do, I'll steal a car, whatever'.