May 20 2011

Wort.lu interview with William Hurt

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SOURCE: http://web.wort.lu/

Luxembourg filming “J’enrage de son absence” with William Hurt
Translated as “Furious at his Absence” the new film by Sandrine Bonnaire has just finished shooting in Luxembourg. William Hurt gives an interview to Wort.lu – Adam Walder

Another Luxembourg co-produced film by Iris Productions finished shooting in the Grand Duchy starring William Hurt, whose recent achievements have been the likes of Robin Hood, Vantage Point and The Incredible Hulk!

Now it’s the turn of “J’enrage de son absence” or “Furious at his Absence” by French director Sandrine Bonnaire also starring French actress Alexandra Lamy (best known for “Un gars, une fille” on French TV), shot in France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

A short synopsis….
After ten long years of absence, Jacques now in his fifties, returns to France for his father’s funeral and tries to get back into his former lover’s life Mado. Now married and mother of a seven year old boy Paul, Mado is suspicious and hesitant of resuming ties with Jacques. However the couple’s past relationship is tainted with the loss of their four year-old child in a terrible accident. The pain of their son’s death inevitably led to the couple’s breakup all those years ago.

Now affection begins to grow between Jacques and little Paul eventually making Mado’s life uncomfortable. After helping Paul fix his bike in basement of the apartment block where he lives, Jacques discovers a box of toys that belonged to his dead son. In an attempt to become closer to Paul and Mado, and despite the presence of a husband, Jacques moves into the basement.

The filming of the the Luxembourg stage of shooting was recently completed before moving across the border to Belgium.

William Hurt himself took the opportunity to chat to Wort.lu at a very informal and “cozy” press conference from the bar in the Altwise Parc Hotel:

Would you have accepted any role with director Sandrine Bonnaire?

No, I have to accept the script too. It’s true I love working with her, that’s important.

What attracted you to this film in particular?

It’s simple! Sandrine and the storyline! Sometimes you read a script, but know that the director might not be able to do it. In this case I knew both were good.

Is there a particular message you would you like to transmit through your role in this film?

No, I don’t like the word transmit in this context, because I don’t want to tell you what to think, what to feel, I’m not a manipulator and like to have my own thoughts and emotions. We share the journey together.

Where did you learn your French?

I started learning French from the age of 12 and had a deep interest in the sound of the language. I don’t know why but I had an instinctive interest in it. For me it was more than just a language there was something behind it and for me more than a national identity. I like being an American actor that can play a role in another language and break the stereotype of actors in their working lives.

Is your public image important for you? Do you control it?

I don’t control my image at all, you can probably go on Google and see how I shirked my responsibilities. I don’t like my ideas controlled, I wouldn’t like someone else to have theirs controlled. If I lived like that I wouldn’t enjoy my job.

Is it your first time filming in Luxembourg?

Yes, it’s very nice. I hired a bike at night and rode through the streets. What I do is meditate in the morning before work to keep calm, and do my exercises in the evening. Its great riding through the streets, especially in a town with so much history as this one, I visited the Mudam its great. It was a great pleasure being here.

You’ve lived a lot in Europe?

Yes many years, on and off. It started in the 60’s during the Vietnam war, my parents moved to London. My father worked for Time Magazine and travelled a lot and therefore I did too.

Do people recognise you in Luxembourg?

When I open my mouth. I’ve lost my hair now so most people think, who could that old guy be?, but from time to time, when I’m ordering a tea or something, the response is … Are you William Hurt?

Is it very different filming in US to filming in Europe?

Yes very. I’m more comfortable here. Its more open to ideas and discussions. In the US you don’t talk about certain subjects like death for example, but in Europe subjects like this are more open and talked about. This is also reflected in the film world.

“J’enrage de son absence” is due to be released some time in 2012. As it is still in production, there is not much information about this film on the web, but keep an eye out at the following links: Iris Productions and İMDB

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SOURCE: http://web.wort.lu/

Luxembourg filming “J’enrage de son absence” with William Hurt
Translated as “Furious at his Absence” the new film by Sandrine Bonnaire has just finished shooting in Luxembourg. William Hurt gives an interview to Wort.lu – Adam Walder

Another Luxembourg co-produced film by Iris Productions finished shooting in the Grand Duchy starring William Hurt, whose recent achievements have been the likes of Robin Hood, Vantage Point and The Incredible Hulk!

Now it’s the turn of “J’enrage de son absence” or “Furious at his Absence” by French director Sandrine Bonnaire also starring French actress Alexandra Lamy (best known for “Un gars, une fille” on French TV), shot in France, Luxembourg and Belgium.

A short synopsis….
After ten long years of absence, Jacques now in his fifties, returns to France for his father’s funeral and tries to get back into his former lover’s life Mado. Now married and mother of a seven year old boy Paul, Mado is suspicious and hesitant of resuming ties with Jacques. However the couple’s past relationship is tainted with the loss of their four year-old child in a terrible accident. The pain of their son’s death inevitably led to the couple’s breakup all those years ago.

Now affection begins to grow between Jacques and little Paul eventually making Mado’s life uncomfortable. After helping Paul fix his bike in basement of the apartment block where he lives, Jacques discovers a box of toys that belonged to his dead son. In an attempt to become closer to Paul and Mado, and despite the presence of a husband, Jacques moves into the basement.

The filming of the the Luxembourg stage of shooting was recently completed before moving across the border to Belgium.

William Hurt himself took the opportunity to chat to Wort.lu at a very informal and “cozy” press conference from the bar in the Altwise Parc Hotel:

Would you have accepted any role with director Sandrine Bonnaire?

No, I have to accept the script too. It’s true I love working with her, that’s important.

What attracted you to this film in particular?

It’s simple! Sandrine and the storyline! Sometimes you read a script, but know that the director might not be able to do it. In this case I knew both were good.

Is there a particular message you would you like to transmit through your role in this film?

No, I don’t like the word transmit in this context, because I don’t want to tell you what to think, what to feel, I’m not a manipulator and like to have my own thoughts and emotions. We share the journey together.

Where did you learn your French?

I started learning French from the age of 12 and had a deep interest in the sound of the language. I don’t know why but I had an instinctive interest in it. For me it was more than just a language there was something behind it and for me more than a national identity. I like being an American actor that can play a role in another language and break the stereotype of actors in their working lives.

Is your public image important for you? Do you control it?

I don’t control my image at all, you can probably go on Google and see how I shirked my responsibilities. I don’t like my ideas controlled, I wouldn’t like someone else to have theirs controlled. If I lived like that I wouldn’t enjoy my job.

Is it your first time filming in Luxembourg?

Yes, it’s very nice. I hired a bike at night and rode through the streets. What I do is meditate in the morning before work to keep calm, and do my exercises in the evening. Its great riding through the streets, especially in a town with so much history as this one, I visited the Mudam its great. It was a great pleasure being here.

You’ve lived a lot in Europe?

Yes many years, on and off. It started in the 60’s during the Vietnam war, my parents moved to London. My father worked for Time Magazine and travelled a lot and therefore I did too.

Do people recognise you in Luxembourg?

When I open my mouth. I’ve lost my hair now so most people think, who could that old guy be?, but from time to time, when I’m ordering a tea or something, the response is … Are you William Hurt?

Is it very different filming in US to filming in Europe?

Yes very. I’m more comfortable here. Its more open to ideas and discussions. In the US you don’t talk about certain subjects like death for example, but in Europe subjects like this are more open and talked about. This is also reflected in the film world.

“J’enrage de son absence” is due to be released some time in 2012. As it is still in production, there is not much information about this film on the web, but keep an eye out at the following links: Iris Productions and İMDB

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