Whose boat got hit by the missile?

Whose boat got hit by the missile? - Woman in a White Shirt Slapping a Man

In the French movie Taxi 2 (2000)

a missile is being fired at the special Peugeot during the police's terror parcours. The missile is being rerouted by the Atlas system and appears to hit the boat/ship of someone (presumably somewhere in the Mediterranean sea).

As common in the franchise, this is most likely a reference to something.

Whose boat is it? Or what is the reference about?

As a reminder: Here's the scene.

Best Answer

Out-of-universe: scriptwriter cameo

Allociné, one of the French "reference" sites about movies, lists scriptwriter Luc Besson as the "boat owner" (as a cameo). I didn't find an interview or something confirming this, and all the further articles mentioning the cameo seem based on Allociné's page. I'm not great at recognizing faces, but there is a similarity, when comparing to this photo from 2000, the year Taxi 2 was released (photo source: INA).

Side-by-side comparison of the movie boat owner and Luc Besson

In-universe: he's no one

In-universe, the guy appears to be just a playboy with no luck on this day. The missile had to go somewhere and it made for a funny joke (and a cameo occasion).

The guy doesn't come back in any of the Taxi movies, and even in Marseille's history (the city where most of the Taxi movies take place), I don't know of any particular boat-owner guy the franchise would have been very prone to make a joke about.

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What happened to the Moskva ship?

The Russian warship Moskva, the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, sank on 14 April 2022 during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian officials said that their forces damaged the ship with two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles, while Russia said she sank after a fire of unspecified origin in stormy seas.

Who sunk the Moskva?

Officials say U.S. intel helped Ukraine sink Russian ship A guided missile cruiser carrying a crew of 510, the Moskva was the flagship of Russia's Black Sea Fleet. It sank on April 14 after being struck by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship missiles, U.S. officials said.

Did Ukraine hit Russian ship?

June 17, 2022, at 3:20 a.m. KYIV (Reuters) -Ukraine said its forces hit a Russian naval tugboat with two Harpoon missiles in the Black Sea on Friday, the first time it has claimed to have struck a Russian vessel with Western-supplied anti-ship weapons.

Where is the Russian fleet now?

A large part of the Russian Navy's landing ships are now concentrated in Novorossiysk. This is further from the action than Sevastopol, and they are less frequently observed near Snake Island. Also in the port are some Ukrainian Navy vessels captured by Russia in Berdyansk.

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