This is District 31 who revealed to us the excellent actor he is and who will remain in the minds of many for a long time, the policeman Yves Jacob. Becoming an actor at the age of 30, Marc Fournier earned his baccalaureate in law before touching on various professions. His journey wasn’t straightforward, but it was particularly rewarding!
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Marc, we can see you at the theater all summer Pedalos…
Yes, with Stéphane E. Roy. We gave ourselves a great challenge by making the pedal boat a character in its own right. It is a camera between two childhood friends, lost in the middle of the sea, who will take stock of their lives and tell each other their four truths. The pedal boat has become a circus structure, as it is suspended in the air. It is very physical! It’s my first summer at the theater, because I often shoot during the summer.
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Did your role as Yves Jacob change the audience’s gaze?
Yes, people started recognizing me. Even today, I find it difficult to measure the magnitude of this impact. People see me as if I am Yves Jacob! It’s only Love. I said goodbye to anonymity. I don’t get mad at all on the highway anymore! (laughs) It made me a better person. More seriously, she has given me all kinds of opportunities.
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Do you have other plans for back to school?
Yes, I surrender The perfect moments. I play a new character who meets Judith, played by Marie-Thérèse Fortin. They’re about to collaborate on a music album. I am very happy about it, because it allows me to create a link between my past as a musician and my work as an actor. I managed to get back to the guitar. I would also like to do cinema again, my last film dates back to 2013.
Your journey has been particularly varied, apart from games and music.
Yes, I took several freeway exits. (laughs) Some have a passion and stick to it, but I needed to explore. I made good and bad choices, but ultimately these experiences made me who I am. I liked music, gambling, social studies, manual labor. It clears my head. I have a shop wood with my father-in-law. We make furniture for fun. I’ve never liked being put in a box. I like to surprise myself …
Your children seemed to want to follow in your footsteps. It is still so?
It’s a profession you never want to push your kids into, as you know the ups and downs. It involves several issues … It is insecure, we are told no 9 times out of 10, and it causes a struggle between ego and humility. You need to know how to lean forward and keep your feet on the ground. As parents, we don’t tell our children: “Become an actor!” My daughter (Zoélie Lampron-Fournier), 18, had accompanied me to an audition when she was six for a school assignment: she had to describe what her father was doing. He got the role, but not me! He played with another dad!
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And other roles followed …
Yes, he acted Unit 9. It had stopped for a while, but this year it will surrender Indefensible. I’m not saying he will make a career out of it, but he has a lot of ease. If it’s his choice, I’ll support him as much as possible. He happened to turn down offers and I thought it was perfect! She doesn’t feel obligated to say yes to everything. She studies languages and speaks several of them. Her father has changed jobs 10 times in her life, so she can do the same if she wants.
And your son, on his side?
My boyfriend is an athlete: he needs to move. He is fascinated by the profession. He starred in small roles and starred in a commercial for the Bye bye two years ago. Since then, she has been teasing me by telling me that she is a much bigger star than I am since we saw her at Bye bye! (laughs) She is 14. He enjoys his life in high school and the time spent with his friends. My girlfriend, for her part, will be giving yoga classes for the deaf at the MAtv. She was a director before the universe changed. She has opened her yoga studio in Longueuil, Le Yoga du coin. She organizes yoga retreats all over the world.
Pedalos runs at the Théâtre des Grands Chênes in Kingsey Falls until 28 August.
The perfect moments will be back on TVA in the fall.
Marc will also be in the second season of the comedy Happiness.
Spokesperson for the MS Mountain Bike Challenge
She is also a spokesperson for this cause for a second year. Why this commitment?
We raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, an organization that funds research, programs to help people with MS and those who live with them. Each situation has its share of challenges. Our health system needs these health workers. There is nothing better than loved ones to know how to deal with the affected person’s illness. They need help, training, listening. These events also aim to raise awareness of the disease, which is insidious because it evolves in crises and does not affect people in the same way.
Are you affected closely?
Yes. I would not have wanted to be the spokesperson for a cause with which I have no connection. My wife’s sister has been suffering from the disease for several years. I know how this diagnosis has affected the lives of all of her loved ones. You are at a very advanced stage. Unfortunately, she does not go back … It is therefore a cause that touches me closely. Since I have been linked to this event, several people around me have told me that they have been affected. This year, however, since I fell on my bike and got injured, I will be on the pitch, but I won’t be able to do the Challenge. It will allow me to tell people to respect their limits … (You smile)
Are you a sportsman by nature?
Yes, I’ve always played sports. In high school and CEGEP, I played soccer. I won a Bol d’or at CEGEP. I wanted to continue when I was in college, but I didn’t have the size needed. I’ve always done martial arts, jogging, climbing, sports that require a little adrenaline. But right now, due to my injury, I’m doing physiotherapy.
To participate in the MS Mountain Bike Challenge, which will take place on August 20, or to encourage a participant, visit the site velomontagnesp.ca.
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