Interview with Richard Berry



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Interview with Richard Berry (Protagonist)

How did you prepare for this role?
At the beginning, when I agreed, it was a unit film. The first film was about blindness, so I essentially worked with people who have to learn to live without their sight. It was very interesting, and I had a great time with them. After that, at home, I was training myself to live with a blindfold. I practiced several times to comprehend things with the other senses: smell, touch and hearing.

The character defines himself in a sort of fragility, vulnerability, and I kept that approach of the character for the second episode, which was shot not long ago.

So, for you, the biggest challenge to interpret that character was to learn to live like a blind person?
At first, yes, with this handicap, which led to a sort of psychological profile of the character, who is a guy who is somewhat vulnerable, and that’s what is interesting. At the same time, he is a lonely guy, who doesn’t communicate a lot, who is rather unsociable.

So the main characteristic of the character would be his vulnerability despite the fact he is a policeman?
Yes, that’s right. It allows him to comprehend the cases, the murders he has to solve, with that kind of sensitivity. He understands it better because he has that hyperfragility, hypersensitivity.

It looks like there is something going on between Lanester and Gabrielle. How do you think it will evolve in the third episode? In a romance or something more fatherly and protective?
I have read the third episode, which we are going to start shooting in two weeks. It’s up to the viewers to discover it. But we feel they are complementary, there is a complicity between them, it might evolve, but I don’t know how yet, we will see. But for now, she doesn’t have the same sexuality, she loves women.

Did you like the reading of the third episode?
Yes, a lot, because it highlights real questions and problems that are current in countries concerned with pharmaceutical companies that manufacture medicines.

After adapting works by Françoise Guérin, do you think the series can adapt real-life events? Maybe tragedies like Charlie Hebdó?
Certainly not in this series. It is too serious and the public in France is not ready at all to be a spectator of subjects that have affected them. It is a big problem that occurs in France; we have trouble talking about problems we live with in everyday life.

Are you working on any projects at the moment?
I worked on the release of my movie (Tout, tout de suite) because I am also a director. I am going to shoot the third episode of Lanester and then I am going to make my seventh film in September.

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