Host Eric Hynes talks to French star Romain Duris (HEARTBREAKER, THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED) about painting, performance, and the rigors of being a leading man.
Considering the sad state of the American romantic comedy, it makes sense that France, home of the proverbial “language of love,” would produce one of the most brilliant concepts for a romantic comedy, maybe ever. Directed by Pascal Chaumeil, Heartbreaker stars Romain Duris as Alex, a smooth-talking charmer whose way with the ladies allows him to front a business that specializes in convincing unhappy women to break up with their less-than-perfect boyfriends and husbands. When he’s hired by a wealthy businessman to seduce his beautiful daughter (Vanessa Paradis) away from her British fiancé, Alex instead finds himself falling for her charms, making this his toughest job yet.
Although Duris is a well-known commodity in France, this is a very different type of role for the actor then what American Francophiles may be used to, especially in recent years when he’s been appearing in serious dramas from the likes of Jacques Audiard (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and Francois Ozon. Instead, Heartbreaker returns Duris to the lighter times of his early hit L’Auberge Espagnole, though this one involves a lot more physical comedy as well as a dance sequence that will thrill fans of Dirty Dancing.
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