Heartbreaker’s Romain Duris has said it was easy to act being in love with co-star Vanessa Paradis, because he liked her so much.
The 36-year-old French actor stars opposite Johnny Depp’s other half in the romantic comedy, in which he plays a professional relationship breaker, hired by Vanessa’s character’s father to break up her engagement by making her fall for him instead.
Romain said: “It’s hard to create this kind of chemistry – whereas if it’s already there it is just a matter of pushing it up one notch. Continue…
Romain’s new movie ‘L’homme qui voulait vivre sa vie’ premiered in Paris yesterday. I’ve uploaded some HQ photos from this event to the gallery.
>> Public Appearances > 2010 > [28.10.2010]“L’homme qui voulait vivre sa vie” Paris Premiere (HQ)
Romain Duris and Pascal Chaumeil, star and director of this year’s hit French comedy Heartbreaker, are going into business again with Universal Pictures International. London-based UPI has boarded Chaumeil’s next comedy Vivre c’est mieux que mourir (Living Is Better Than Dying), which will also star Marion Cotillard. The film goes into production summer 2011. UPI has also announced that it is co-financing two other French projects. Audrey Tatou will co-star in Jalil Lespert’s drama/mystery Des Vents Contraires. Tu Seras Mon Fils, directed by Gilles Legrand, has already gone into production.
Heartbreaker, starring Duris and Vanessa Paradis, was UPI’s second French co-production. It has become one of the highest-grossing French films of the year, totalling over 3.7 million admissions in France. Working Title is planning the English-language remake. Vivre c’est mieux que mourir will be produced by local producer Quad Productions. This time around Duris will play a likeable dreamer who takes refuge in a hotel from the police; once there he buys himself time by pitching an over-the-top blockbuster to a Hollywood producer. French sales agent Kinology is handling international sales. UPI France will release in 2012.
Source: Deadline London
I’ve uploaded some new photos of Romain at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival recently.
>> Public Appearances > 2010 > [14.09.2010]2010 TIFF – ‘The Big Picture’ Press Conference (HQ)
>> Public Appearances > 2010 > [13.09.2010]2010 TIFF – ‘The Big Picture’ Premiere (HQ)
>> Public Appearances > 2010 > [13.09.2010]2010 TIFF – The Variety Studio At Holt Renfrew (HQ)
>> Public Appearances > 2010 > [12.09.2010]2010 TIFF – Unifrance Celebration Of French Cinema (HQ)
With Heartbreaker, French star Romain Duris continues to capitalize on his image as a young and very talented pop star. He first came to US audiences’ attention in melodramas like Cedric Klapisch’s L’Auberge Espagnole and Jacques Audiard’s The Beat My Heart Skipped and has since proven himself to be a versatile performer that, like American superstars like Johnny Depp, chooses his projects very carefully (his performance in Christophe Honore’s Dans Paris is wonderfully nuanced). Having just starred as the titular comic book antihero Arsene Lupin, Duris stars in Heartbreaker as a man hired to break people up, specifically women that don’t yet know that they’re not really in love with their boyfriends/fiancés. I had a thoughtful chat with Duris about his self-image and how he makes himself cry.
Cinematical: There’s a great running gag in Heartbreaker where you make a terrible grimace whenever your character needs to cry (on command). How do you cry on film normally?
Roman Duris: Exactly the same (way). Continue…
Romain Duris possesses every one of the irresistible — and maybe a little stereotypical — qualities of a French sauvage: the swagger, the scruff, the inimitable unruly head of hair that would take hours of practice and pomade for a normal human being to pull off. Duris, 36, has been building on his considerable natural acting talent ever since he was picked off the street in 1994 by the director Cédric Klapisch for “Le Peril Jeune.” He’s played a gangster-turned-pianist in “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” (2005), France’s best-known playwright in the 2007 period piece “Molière” and a hopeless romantic in the durable study-abroad idyll “L’Auberge Espagnole” (2002). (He was also a T cover star in 2006, as the pride of our portfolio on French leading men.)
In “Heartbreaker” (“L’Arnacoeur”), a romantic comedy that comes out today in New York, Duris takes an unexpected turn from the indies, dramas and youthful romps that made him famous. He plays the charming Alex Lippi, a man who breaks up mismatched couples for a living — the anti-”Hitch.” He’s assigned to disrupt the marriage of a woman played by none other than Vanessa Paradis. The Moment sat down with the actor to discuss his most recent loverboy venture.
What made you decide to do “Heartbreaker,” something very different from the rest of your acting oeuvre? Continue…
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.