Friday, June 20, 2014

INTERVIEW: Jean Brassard on THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (2014)

TV STORE ONLINE: In preparation in speaking with you...I discovered these two films that you did that haven't been released onto DVD yet called SANDMAN (2003) and LOVE SUICIDES (2007)... 

BRASSARD: Yes! 

TV STORE ONLINE: Tell me about them? They look amazing... 

BRASSARD: Well the SANDMAN was based on the E.T.A. Hoffman story. Both films were shot for almost no money. Both were shot on Super 8 and we had a great group of people working on the films. All of the crew came from North Carolina, but we shot the films in New York City. Both are filmed in the German Expressionist style of the '20s and the '30s and both are silent films. The director, David Teague, is fascinated by that period of cinema. With LOVE SUICIDES, there are books in Japan that were just about double suicides. It is very much part of the culture over there. I play three roles in LOVE SUICIDES. LOVE SUICIDES is almost like a Kabuki play. It was really a thrill on work on both of those films. 

TV STORE ONLINE: Can you tell me about your time working on the WWF in Canada as a commentator? 

BRASSARD: Well, the years that I spent doing that were one of the greatest adventures of my life. Like a lot of people, I grew up watching wrestling on television as a kid, but I really wasn't a fan of it. I got called in to provide the co-commentator for the WWF in their French markets. This was in 1994. It was fun because I got to learn everything about this completely fantastical world that is wrestling. I was with them for about five years, and eventually left because the WWF decided to close down their French market. It was fascinating, because while I was doing that I was also doing a lot of improve and it was wonderful to see how those character became so big and Shakespearean. It was really a soap opera, fans at home follow the characters over the years as the archetypes change. It was a lot of fun. 

TV STORE ONLINE: I was on your official website today...You have a stage show that is a tribute to actor Yves Montand? 

BRASSARD: Yes, that is one of my favorite things to do. It's sort of like Cabaret and a musical revue. It's me on stage in vignettes from various aspects of Montand's life. We recorded a CD of Montand songs. I love that French music from the '40s and '60s... 

TV STORE ONLINE: Does the show cover Montand's history with Marilyn Monroe? 

BRASSARD: It does. That's one of my favorite moments in his story. His relationship with her was very fascinating. The show isn't touring now but we do have some more shows coming up in the Fall of 2014. 

TV STORE ONLINE: You really have a great comedy sense of timing and delivery in your work...Where do you think that comic sensibility comes from? 

BRASSARD: I think it is just part of my nature. I'm always trying to play pranks on people, and my favorite roles that I've had to date have been those where I can explore that. When I was a kid, I was inspired by the films of Cary Grant. He was an everyday guy but the characters that he played always had great senses of humors. 

TV STORE ONLINE: Tell me about your part in the THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (2014)....

BRASSARD: Yes, the film is doing quite well. What can I say? 

TV STORE ONLINE: What was the experience like? 

BRASSARD: I just went in to audition for it. I went in to audition for the role of the 'Waiter' that appears in a very important scene in the film. The writers behind the story gave me some wonderful dialogue, and they have to be the best lines ever given to a Waiter in any film ever made. 

TV STORE ONLINE: What are you working on now? 

BRASSARD: I'm writing songs! I'm back into music right now and I'm getting ready to record a new in New York City. I've got some other things in the works too, but I can't talk about them just yet, so if you'd like to follow me on Facebook you can see what those are when they are announced!

More with Jean Brassard?  Check out his official website HERE: