why did he change his name?

Vincent Lagaf is a very different stage name from the real identity of the animator. (Photo by Foc Kan/WireImage)

This Friday, September 2, 2022, the viewers of TF1 can go back to the last 30 years of the small screen through the program “The 50 favorite shows of the French”. The opportunity to return especially to the career of Vincent Lagaf ‘, emblematic host of “Bigdil”. A person who changed his name, and not just take a stage name.

Vincent Lagaf’ is one of the emblematic faces of the small screen. Revealed in 1992 in the program “Yapaca” on France 3, he quickly joined TF1 to present cult programs such as “L’Or à l’appel” then “Bigdil”, before taking control of “Crésus” , “Fair price” or “Boom: victory is hanging by a thread”. Since leaving the first channel in 2016, he worked at C8, and joined the cast of “Fort Boyard” characters until 2021. In short, he has been in the media landscape for 30 years.

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A nickname that comes to him from his youth

Vincent Lagaf’s real name is Vincent Rouil. His stage name dates back to his youth, before he made his debut on the small screen. In fact, in the 1980s, before becoming an animator, he first passed BEP as a mechanic-dieselist and CAP as a welder before becoming GO (“nice organizer”) at Club Med.

There, his legendary clumsiness and his ability to make mistakes earned him the nickname “La Gaffe”, in reference to Gaston Lagaffe, the comic character created by Franquin. For legal reasons, Vincent Rouil shortened the nickname and added an apostrophe. He then officially became Vincent Lagaf’ in the eyes of the public. This clumsy part, he also took advantage of it for his character “Mégagaf” in “Fort Boyard”, as he explained to Tout La Télé: “When I did Lagaf’, I played a character and didn’t even what’s pretentious about it. Megagaf, I want to make him a proud character, a little nerdy and sure of himself even though he’s clumsy. The idea is to have an antihero. I’m having a lot of fun to translate Mégagaf.”

His birth name is not Vincent

The explanation around the pseudo “Lagaf'” is obvious, but what many people don’t know is that Vincent is also not the birth name of the famous animator. The latter confessed that he was born Franck, but his biological mother abandoned him at birth. He talked about this story in 2005 on the set of the program “Attention à la marche”, while Jean-Luc Reichmann broadcast the photos of his childhood: “These images were the first that came to me after my release from the aid in public. I was lucky to be adopted by great people. I received a lot of love from them”, said one who was entrusted with public assistance for the first 18 months of his life. “Alas, my great regret is that my mother, who died in 1988, did not have time to see me come to the top of the bill.”

A few years ago, on the set of “Hello Earthlings”, he revealed that he found traces of his biological mother: “I need to know a little about the blood that flows through my veins. I want if I know my story, to know why I came to public assistance. I searched a little, I found it easily.” Vincent Lagaf’ was therefore able to exchange with the latter: “I had a contact that was not 100% pleasant at the beginning, and then when I explained on the phone to the person that I … There, there was a blank and as he’s ‘yes, oh my!’.” During their only meeting, they had the opportunity to talk for a long time: “He spent six hours telling me what happened. I was in help. Adopted by a loving family, little Franck from public help became Vincent Rouil, then now, Vincent Lagaf’. A name with many meanings.

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