Anne Fontaine, the director of the film Gemma Bovery broadcast this Wednesday, July 27 from 8:55 p.m. on Arte, wanted Fabrice Luchini to train with a professional bakery. But he categorically refused! We tell you the real reason.
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In 2014, Anne Fontaine, director of Marvin or the beautiful educationembarks on the production of Gemma Boverya comedy adapted from the novel by the English author Posy Slimmonds. The story of the film, broadcast this Wednesday, July 27 from 8:55 p.m. on Arte and Arte.tv, is that of a lovely young Briton, Gemma (Gemma Arterton) who moved to a farm in Normandy with her restaurateur husband, Charlie Bovery (played by Jason Flemyng). They will quickly meet their neighbor Martin (Fabrice Luchini), the village baker, both troubled by the charm of the young woman but also by the names of his newcomers who are reminiscent of those of the heroes of a certain Gustave Flaubert.
Fabrice Luchini, baker in Gemma Bovery : “This role was waiting for him“
For this slightly wacky story, Anne Fontaine immediately appealed to Fabrice Lucchini, who recently appeared “offended“on the stage of Molieres. “When I read the graphic novel, I immediately superimposed Fabrice Lucchini, not just as a performer, but as someone who has Flaubert in his blood, deep within him. (…) I have so often heard him speak of Madame Bovary in an embodied way, I had the feeling that this role was waiting for him“, she declared at the exit of the film.
Fabrice Luchini:I’m not gonna spend a fortnight watching a dude bake his bread“
However, Anne Fontaine had a hard time with the actor.Alice and the Mayor, on which she wanted to impose a small observation internship in a bakery, just to make it credible by stuffing rows of pain au chocolat (or chocolatines?) in front of the cameras. Any director she was, she could not lead it to the… wand. This one refused categorically, in a style which belongs only to him. “We are at Stanislavski’s [metteur en scène et formateur d’acteurs russe dont les méthodes ont influencé l’Actors Studio de New York, ndlr] the !“, got carried away Fabrice Luchini. “She’ll have to take another actor, because I’m not going to spend two weeks watching a guy baking his bread!“. The filmmaker, who feared getting into trouble, finally agreed with him. But Fabrice Luchini, who was a hairdresser before becoming an actor, is not the style to split hairs. He slipped perfectly into the mold to portray a credible baker, even without prior training.