Patrick Hivon is at the top of his game in the series “The Night Laurier Gaudreault Woke Up.”
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The 47-year-old actor would confidently abandon himself on the set of Xavier Dolan and return home “exhausted” at the end of each day of shooting, so incarnated was his portrayal of the tormented Julien Larouche and his score was intense to champion. . .
Julien has been sober for 12 years and is trying to go back to school, but there is a dull anger, buried in him, that is ready to well up as soon as he sees his sister Mireille (Julie Le Breton) again, two decades old. after leaving the latter of Val-des-Chutes, the fictitious village where the Larouches and the Gaudreaults, their neighbors across the street, live.
“It’s hard, it’s dark, Julien is alone in his business. I want, I don’t want, he plays a little in your head. I gave en masse, it was very demanding as a shoot and the adrenaline was on the carpet, ”she said in an interview with the QMI Agency.
“The best thing that happened to me there was wanting to survive. Since I completely trusted Xavier, I forgot about my ego. Xavier has gas. I thought it was intense, but he is even more so and always kind, because there is a lot of love in his work, ”said Patrick Hivon, for whom acting requires“ removing the filters as much as possible ”between the actor and the viewer.
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Patrick Hivon was especially inspired by Dolan’s words and directions, whose wit and attention to detail stand out. “Xavier’s situations and writing were clear. In that time, you don’t have so many things to invent or to look for in your imagination. The most difficult thing, perhaps, was maintaining that tension for six months.
Speaking of tension, we immediately think of the scene of the confrontation between Julien and his sister Mireille (Julie Le Breton) in the funeral home bathrooms, in the fourth episode. There is so much violence, both physical and psychological, in those few minutes. The scene was captured on the first day of filming, as it started with an explosion. We also see Patrick Hivon in a nudity scene, the result of which surprised himself. “I didn’t think we saw him the same way! He’s so raw that at the same time I don’t think he’s voyeuristic.
Patrick Hivon was also carried away by his colleagues, including Éric Bruneau, Julie Le Breton and Magalie Lépine-Blondeau who, like him, take up their character from Michel Marc Bouchard’s play of the same name that they presented at TNM in 2019.
Twenty-two years after graduating from the National Theater School of Canada, Patrick Hivon feels he has given his all by camping out Julien Larouche, who made far-reaching decisions 28 years ago.
To play so physically and with such impetuosity, the actor has turned to the toolbox he has patiently built over the years. “It is the accumulation of everything I have learned, in all kinds of projects. That’s the beauty of experience and the long run.”
Since all five episodes were uploaded to Club illico last week, Patrick Hivon has received a lot of love. “I am very excited, but what makes me most proud is having lent myself to this project and having gone with all my heart. To have the feeling that we gave to the end. I am also proud for Xavier”. He now wants the series to conquer not only Quebecers, but the entire world.
Produced by Xavier Dolan and Nancy Grant, in collaboration with Quebecor Content and Canal+, the series “The Night Laurier Gaudreault Woke Up” is available on Club illico.