Normand D’amour promises himself a great summer playing and laughing, as he is part of the cast of Dinner of idiots, presented in Drummondville. He is looking forward to starring in this show which promises to be one of the big hits of the summer season. Plus, he will have the opportunity to do it alongside the woman who shares her life, Pascale Montreuil. A nice gift for the actor, who will soon turn 60 and celebrate 25 years of love with his girlfriend next year.
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Normand, I guess you were thrilled to be given this role!
Normand: I was in the Maddalena Islands in the summer of 2018 or 2019. André (Robitaille) he told me he was preparing the play The stupid dinner for 2020. I asked him who was playing the jerk. When he said it was going to be Laurent Paquin, I said: “Perfect! Where do I sign? “Finally the production was delayed with the pandemic, but here we are. André, who has already starred in this play, has done a great staging. He knows where he wants to go. He modified it a bit and gave it a whole rhythm. We did one last cut recently and producer Mario said, “I didn’t think we could go beyond what we already did!” We will play the show this summer, so we should go on tour in 2023. I think we will do it until 2030! (laughs)
The audience will have a great time, but you will have a lot of fun on stage too!
N .: Yes! It is funny! It’s such a masterpiece of writing and humor, this show! They are candy! I feel privileged to be acting in this show.
Is it cool to play a good guy?
N .: My character Brochant is not a good guy, but everyone is empathetic towards him because everything Pignon makes him live (Laurent Paquin) it does not make sense! I couldn’t miss this kind of role. It will be a really nice summer. It will be a lot of fun, because with Laurent Paquin we can’t help but laugh! We’ll have fun. It works, on stage, Laurent and I in Pignon and Brochant. And with René Simard in the role of Juste Leblanc, the show is to be seen, it will be very beautiful.
Do you have photo shoots this summer too?
N .: I keep filming Counter offer and of The escape, and I have another project. And since we will be performing in Drummondville, which is half an hour from our chalet, we will be spending a lot of time there this summer.
This other project, it is Statethe new Radio-Canada newspaper?
N .: Yes. We start shooting in early July. This series is expected to last a few years. We will see where it takes us. I’m really happy. It’s a beautiful role: oncologist, head of department. And we have a great cast of actors.
Pascale and you will play together. How long have you been in a relationship?
N .: It will be 25 years old next year and this year I will be 60 years old. And no, it’s not a shock at all to think I’ll be 60, it’s going very well! (laughs)
Do you consider yourself privileged to chain roles like this?
N .: Yes. After breaks, I found myself inside The escape and I love it. It is a challenge for me to do different business. And since I’m often assigned villain roles, I don’t want my villains to look alike. Otherwise it would be boring.
Plus, you now have seven Randolph pubs in Quebec where you can play board games. Would you say these types of games became popular with the pandemic?
N .: Sure! During the first months of the pandemic, Boutique Randolph sold what it sells in a year in 37 days! People have started playing board games and we are very happy with that.
For your part, Pascale, we think you will have a lot of fun playing The stupid dinner!
Pascale: Everyone who has played it, and I know many, says it every time the audience screams! Obviously we are referring to the film: almost everyone has seen it. When I was pregnant with my daughter 20 years ago, I worked in a video store and I always wear it The stupid dinner background. I knew the lines pretty well!
And you’re playing your boyfriend’s wife in this comedy, right?
P .: Yes, it is the first time that we play as a couple, and it is the third time that we are part of the same show. We met in 1998 onwards The Witches of Salem, at TNM. About ten years later, we played together The blues of the metropolis. And there, we find ourselves on this piece playing a couple who aren’t doing very well. It will be a fantastic season.
In addition to performing in the show, you will have the opportunity to sing.
P .: Yes, it’s really fantastic. Producers André Robitaille and Mario Provencher had long had the idea of doing an opening act to warm the room. And since Gabrielle Fontaine and I are both singers, they gave us this gift. This is The cabaret of idiots, so we set the stage for the show. And this will show another aspect of our talent. Also, we brainstormed about the songs we would find there, and Frédéric Reddy, who makes the music, was inspired by all our ideas for making a medley.
Next year you will be together for 25 years. Are you planning something special to celebrate this?
P .: Yes, of course, but we are already celebrating every day! We had three or four wedding plans, but each time we were too busy; there was always a show or something happening. My boyfriend asked me for a lifetime engagement, he didn’t ask me to marry him.
Life will tell us if it happens!
The stupid dinner is presented at the Maison des Arts Desjardins in Drummondville starting from 8 July. For more information or to buy tickets: monarqueproductions.com.
You can listen to the quiz on OhDio Oh! The quizhosted by Normand.
The escape And State will be released in September.
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