For 15 years, Stéphane Henon has played the police officer Boher in the series “Plus belle la vie”. He has just played in the film “Le Cours de la vie” by Frédéric Sojcher currently filming in Toulouse.
How did the shooting go?
It was a sweet shoot! I did some great shoots, a little more hysterical, a little more dynamic but this is good, it flows… On TV, on “Plus belle la vie” it’s very fast but there too we shoot a lot, we shoot 8 minutes a day which is not bad anyway with a large part left to improvisation. And then Agnès and Jonathan are great, it’s a very nice cast and frankly I’m having a blast.
Comment did you arrive on the casting?
In fact I knew Frédéric Sojcher whom I had met at a festival in Bosnia, I was going to present my film and he his, we hit it off 4-5 years ago, it was a great meeting and then we didn’t not lost sight of. The role had to be more important but at the moment I am shooting a lot on the famous series whose name I do not remember and which I have been doing for 15 years! (laughs) And I was supposed to stay 3 and a half months… it’s just amazing, the thing that changes your life! (laughs) There Frédéric wanted me at all costs, it was complicated but he convinced me: “Come at least for two days!” I said yes because we have the same vision, we look in the same direction and the atmosphere is great.
Are you going to go back to directing actors?
Yes I try! I shot the short film “Nemesis” which received quite a few awards and I’m trying to make a feature film but it’s a little more complicated! I failed two or three times but it’s difficult but at some point I’m going to go for sure because I love it too. It’s kind of a culmination for me to go behind the camera.
You know the two worlds, do TV and movies have the same approach?
Yes it is exactly the same chosen now. The only difference is that we have more money and more time in the cinema and again here with “The Course of Life” it goes very quickly, we shoot very quickly. And people think that because we do TV we play less well, but it’s exactly the same job. And it seems to me that to be in this kind of series you must not be too bad, and especially to stay there! (laughs)
What role do you play in “The Course of Life”?
I play Raymond, a restaurateur, who is friends with Vincent (Jonathan Zaccaï) and who has the fantasy of being an author, he’s been writing scripts for 30 years that he sends to productions but, unfortunately, on him return with rejection letters. But he persists. He meets a talented author, Noémie (Agnès Jaoui) and tries to interfere in her lessons. He’s a pretty character, plus he talks about creation, French films and it’s pretty cool.
It’s still almost an iconic film that deals with the way of making cinema, with a low budget and a substantial cast …
Yes, the scenario is about creation, school, transmission and the role of Agnes, which is formidable. Frankly it’s a great role, she says it all the time, she knows it. And I’m happy to be part of this adventure, frankly!
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