For 40 years Lothaire Bluteau has led an atypical career that has taken him to the four corners of the world. Being very rare on Quebec movie sets, the actor of Jesus of Montreal was in Quebec last week to defend one of the film’s lead roles Melting icetogether with Christine Beaulieu and Marc Béland.
Lothaire Bluteau had already returned to New York – where he had lived for thirty years – when The newspaper talked to him last week. The 65-year-old actor had just spent a few days in Montreal and Sorel to take part in the first block of filming for Melting icesecond feature by director François Péloquin (The sound of the trees), co-written with Sarah Lévesque.
Bluteau plays a former killer in the film who tries to get back on track with the help of a probation officer in charge of an experimental rehabilitation wing.
“It’s an argument [la réhabilitation des criminels] that he was not often approached at the cinema and that he is treated here in a bold way, confides Lothaire Bluteau, saying he was seduced by the scene. I like, people who take risks. I also like it when you learn something by watching a movie. “
The scenes shot last week will be used to build the last part of the film, set in the summer. Next February, François Péloquin will reunite with his trio of actors to shoot most of the film. He considers himself privileged to be able to count on Lothaire Bluteau to play a central character in his film.
“What a gift !, says the director. He is truly an exceptional actor. When he plays, he is perfectly real and invested. You can feel the emotions in his eyes, in his throat. We also feel the life that has marked him. He is very handsome. He is a very special being. “
The call of Europe
Lothaire Bluteau hadn’t starred in a Quebec movie for moons. His last major role in Quebec cinema dates back to 1995 BC The confessional by Robert LePage. It is not that he avoids his native province, quite the contrary. The actor simply says he hasn’t received many offers from Quebec in recent years. “I worked more in Europe because I received more offers there, he explains simply.
“In Montreal, people haven’t come close to me. I know it wasn’t mean and I’m not complaining because it allowed me to do a lot of interesting things elsewhere. But I think people in Quebec thought I wouldn’t accept because I was making great films overseas. However, I shot a lot of short films elsewhere because I was interested in the script. I don’t do this job for the money or to be successful.
Since the beginning of his career, Lothaire Bluteau has always been motivated by the desire to “go elsewhere”. In 1989, the international success of Jesus of Montreal (by Denys Arcand) opened several doors for him abroad. The actor therefore did not hesitate to pursue an international career which led to him playing various roles as an emperor of western France in the series. Vikingsa terrorist in the action series 24 or a French ambassador in the time series The Tudors.
“I don’t think we have the career of our talent, notes the actor. Rather, we have the career of our desires and our personality. If there are things that interest you in life, without realizing it, you will make choices that will inspire you to explore these areas of interest. I wanted to make films about World War II because that’s something I never understood. I did it, then he took me to do another one, then another … “
These long months of filming, often spent away from home and his friends and family, have not always been easy.
“It’s difficult crossed to do the work I did as I did, to walk from city to city being all alone all the time, he admits. There was no internet when I started. When I was about to shoot for three months in Russia, no one joined me. Was coarse but I was lucky because it allowed me to make films that I still find beautiful. And even when it didn’t work with the audience, I didn’t feel ashamed because I took the chance and tried something that I thought was risky and rich. I don’t mind freaking out when I take a risk. It is always an honor to take risks. “
The shooting Melting ice will continue in Montreal in February.