"Cinema is afraid to offer me dramatic roles"

“Cinema is afraid to offer me dramatic roles”

The comedian, who became a star with Les Inconnus, is playing this Wednesday in a new comedy, The Perfect Man. He confides to BFMTV his weariness of being confined to the cinema to a single type of job.

Unlike many comedians, Didier Bourdon hasn’t done it yet Tchao Pantin. But the famous Unknown, on view this comedy Wednesday The perfect man, do not complain more than that. He is now resigned, as he explains to BFMTV: “I know that having had success in comedies is a bit of the flip side of the coin.”

“It’s TV that offers me dramatic roles, but in the cinema, they are afraid,” he adds. “We can’t force people. It may be the agents who aren’t doing their job… Afterwards, some dramatic actors don’t want us to walk on their flower bed, especially when we come from comedy. But I started with the National Conservatory of Paris. I played Molière, Ibsen, Shakespeare. It’s in my DNA to play different roles!”

This gap between the small and the big screen is very clear. On television, director Xavier Durringer has him play in The death in the soul (2017) one of his rare dramatic roles, that of a man who goes into deep silence after killing his son. And in the cinema, the same Xavier Durringer directs it in The perfect manthe story of a man whose daily life is disrupted when his wife buys a human-looking food processor.

A role – that of the martyred husband – that Didier Bourdon has collected in recent years, from My very dear children at Building permit Passing by Alternating custody. A job that suits him despite everything: “It’s true that it’s always interesting to play characters to whom misfortunes happen. That’s what makes the situation comical. Great roles are tortured roles! In The perfect manthis robot will physically and philosophically challenge my character.”

“I avoid films that are a little too bourgeois”

Confined to comedy, Didier Bourdon is no less demanding. We can recognize a certain flair. Like a Christian Keyboard, he achieved significant success throughout his career. Recently, he was featured in Teachers 2 (3.4 million admissions), Alibi.com (3.5 million) and Great Sharing (1.1 million). “The sincerity must be there. I have never made a film for the money.”

Even if it means screwing up, Didier Bourdon also systematically refuses what he calls “bourgeois comedies. I avoid films that are a little too bourgeois, Parisian. bit weirder, as in The perfect man.”

The perfect manwith his humanoid robot, also allows Didier Bourdon to reconnect with a genre, SF, which he adores, and which he has practiced a little in the cinema, in particular in The Extraterrestrial, Jacky in Girls’ Kingdom or the forgotten thriller The machine (1994), where he plays a sociopath who swaps his body with Gérard Depardieu.

And you have to know how to stay in the genre where you excel, insists this actor who has very rarely dared to play counter-employment roles: “One of the hallmarks of my work and Les Inconnus is still social criticism And whoever says social criticism says something realistic. As soon as you put surrealism, you have to be careful, otherwise you can spoil the message a bit. That’s why I haven’t done too much SF. “

“A comedy is like a piece of rock”

For Didier Bourdon, the biggest bursts of laughter are born of drama. As in Building permit, a comedy released in the spring where a Parisian oversees the construction of his late father’s house in Corsica. Threatened in a scene by bandits, his character is forced to prove that he speaks Corsican. It is because he “could be shot in the head at any moment” that the room bursts into laughter, he comments:

“I could see it with the public. This scene, with the thugs, it’s really like in The three brothers the piercing scene. It’s a climax. I pretend to be Corsican. I make very, very bad noises. With the imminent danger and me badly imitating Corsican onomatopoeia, that’s when people burst out laughing.”

After forty years of career, Didier Bourdon has become an expert in comedy. A status that allows him to say definitive sentences like: “A comedy is like a piece of rock. It’s better short.” Originally, however, he was “not really” destined for comedy when he entered the Conservatory.

His choice to refuse to join the Comédie-Française at the time may have conditioned him to become a humorist, he analyzes with hindsight: “She was not in good health. entered, we couldn’t make movies outside. I refused. Maybe I would have had a different career profile if I had entered. If he never had a dramatic career to match his talent, he was able to play with one of the most famous directors in the world, Ridley Scott, in A great year (2006):

“He was offered Jean Reno or Vincent Cassel at the time. It was the French people to whom all American films were offered at the time. He, as a good professional, he looked for other names. He knew my work with Les Inconnus. 7 years of marriage, a comedy that I directed in 2003, which convinced him. He showed it to all of Hollywood and received me three times at his home. It was very gratifying.”

Soon the return of the Unknowns

If Ridley Scott’s film did not launch his career in Hollywood, Didier Bourdon multiplies filming in France. “I would love to direct again, but it’s not easy. And I’m being offered a lot of things as an actor, and interesting things, so I’m not going to complain.”

He just butchered cock-a-doodle Doo by Julien Hervé, the co-creator of Tuche. He will give the answer to Christian Clavier, with whom he took over La Cage aux Folles on stage, in 2009. “The subject is great. Afterwards, I remain cautious. That the film is good, that’s for sure, afterwards, will it be very good? I don’t know. You always have to see if the mayonnaise takes. “

It’s spinning right now Alibi.com 2 by Philippe Lacheau while waiting to find his friends Pascal Légitimus and Bernard Campan in a comedy signed Riad Sattouf. “It’s going to be a bit of a crazy thing. We’ll be playing several characters. It’s quite a nice idea. Riad likes that we can play completely different characters – even if we don’t recognize ourselves, sometimes, during the film.”

Filming is scheduled for spring next year. “It can be very nice, concludes Didier Bourdon. “It’s a bit like the junction between our two worlds. But it will first be a Riad film, with the participation of Unknowns, let’s say. This is not a movie of the Unknowns. It will be a little more fantastic.” And the opportunity for Didier Bourdon to finally show a new facet of his game.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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