Laeticia Hallyday: Crazy evening in the South with an up-and-coming actor, Johnny’s wife is a fan

Laeticia Hallyday: Crazy evening in the South with an up-and-coming actor, Johnny’s wife is a fan
Laeticia Hallyday: Crazy evening in the South with an up-and-coming actor, Johnny’s wife is a fan

It was to our colleagues at Paris Match magazine that Laeticia Hallyday recently spoke about her film project dedicated to the life of her late husband, Johnny Hallyday. She promised: “A film that lives up to the rocker and the man I loved madly, sometimes in pain, for twenty-three years”. Jade and Joy’s mother intends to propose “The official biopic”. If this project did not see the light of day earlier, it is because Laeticia Hallyday found that “Something was wrong, the exchanges were complicated.” “I felt like I was betraying Johnny by embarking on projects that seemed to me to lack a bit of madness, of rock’n’roll,” she confessed to our colleagues. She chose actor Raphaël Quenard, a rising star of French cinema, to play the teen idol.

“I was bowled over by his acting, his looks, his way of occupying space, of speaking, his spontaneity, his almost animal charisma… I said to myself that if an actor could embody Johnny in the cinema, it was him”she confided after watching Yannick by Quentin Dupieux in which the actor plays the lead role. It was after her meeting with Hugo Sélignac, head of Chi-Fou-Mi productions (Mediawan Group), the director Cédric Jimenez and the actor, from whom she became inseparable, that the project was born. “The desire… Everything starts from there, from him”she assured. The wife of the Boss was also seen on Sunday, June 30 at Cap d’Agde, at Amnésia, a nightclub, for the showcase of the Marseille rapper Jul. Laeticia Hallyday was accompanied by her daughter Joy and both of them swayed their hips on the dance floor. The mother of two girls posted stories on her Instagram account, including one in the company of Raphaël Quenard, all smiles.

A major project

Laeticia Hallyday even made the Jul sign with her hands, proof that she is still in the game. She was seen on stage with Jul and his team dancing while in a second video, she was in the VIP area with the future interpreter of Johnny Hallyday right next to the stage. A duo that works that suggests a great project to continue to keep the memory of the rocker alive. On this subject, Cédric Jimenez confided to Paris Match : “When Hugo called me the next day to tell me about his meeting with Laeticia, it only took me half a second to say yes, because the image of Raphaël playing Johnny seemed obvious to me and because I felt capable of it. Telling the story of rock through Johnny is an extraordinary, exceptional project, that of a lifetime. It is a dream and an enormous responsibility to bring to the screen a character who has ignited the crowds and counted in the lives of four generations to the point of changing it for some. To fully thank him, we will have to allow ourselves, like him, to free ourselves from conventions.”. 

Delighted to participate in this project and to have such a beautiful role, Raphaël Quenard confided that even if he had never met the rock singer, “We were all rocked by Johnny in our mothers’ wombs!”. He also humorously recounted that he sometimes hummed in the shower. “Oh Marie if you knew”. A little taller than Johnny Hallyday, Raphaël Quenard humorously indicated: “I’m 1.88 meters, but to fit into the costume I’m ready to have my shins sawn off.” The César for best male revelation for his role in Dog of the breakagewill play Johnny Hallyday from his beginnings to the end. “It’s going to take a lot of work”he acknowledged. We’ll wait and see!

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