Q: How did you get started as an actor?
Laurent C. : I developed an interest in doing impressions at an early age and was quite good at making people laugh impersonating personalities. I auditioned to get in Neils Arestrup’s acting school, the ‘Theatre-Ecole du Passage’ in Paris and got the opportunity to work with renowned stage directors such as Olivier Py at the Theatre Granit in Belfort in particular.
Q: What kind of roles are you best at playing?
Laurent C. : I definitely favour ambiguous, antagonist characters as I can play nasty but charming at the same time, with a bit of French Je Ne Sais Quoi! Being fluent in English, and a Native French speaker, I enjoy the ability to combine both.
Q: What has been your big moment so far as an actor?
Laurent C. : I have to say shooting The Time of Their Lives, a feature film by Oscar nominated writer/director Roger Goldby, with Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins, BAFTA-winner Pauline Collins, and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero, the original Django. Set partly in England and France, I play a French detective involved in the enquiry after dramatic events take place in France.
Q: Is there a director that you particularly admire and that you would like to work with?
Laurent C. : It would have been John Cassavetes. He was able to get the best raw emotions out of his actors and to depict life on film like nobody else, refusing to compromise to please the big studios.
Q: Do you have a wish list of directors you’d like to work with?
Laurent C. : To name but a few, and starting with France, Luc Besson, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jacques Audiard, Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, the Cohen Brothers, Francis Coppola and Paul Haggis. There’s a mix of genres and Indie and big budget films, but I think the connection is that they all developed stories around tormented, ambiguous, antagonist characters.
Q: What is your background?
Laurent C. : I grew up in the 70s and 80s watching American series on TV, such as Wild Wild West, Magnum PI, and Columbo in particular where I admired the way Peter Falk impersonated the character. I later watched him in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire, and it’s through his work that I discovered Cassavetes.