his love at first sight for Raphaël Quenard

his love at first sight for Raphaël Quenard
his love at first sight for Raphaël Quenard

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His eyes, his voice, a magnetic and floating presence… for Laeticia Hallyday, it was obvious: Raphaël Quenard is the only one who can play Johnny for the big screen.

Exclusively, Laeticia Hallyday tells Paris Match the genesis of the formidable biopic project devoted to her husband. Produced by Hugo Sélignac, it will be directed by Cédric Jimenez, to whom we owe “Novembre” or “Bac Nord”, and will be released in theaters in December 2027, for the tenth anniversary of the rocker’s death. She tells us how she fell under the spell of Raphaël Quenard, a true artistic love at first sight: “The project, the desire… It all starts from there, from him”.

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Last December, on the plane that brought her from Los Angeles to Paris to inaugurate the exhibition on Johnny, Laeticia reviewed the catalog of films, stopping at that of Quentin Dupieux, “Yannick”, in which Raphaël Quenard plays the main role. “I was amazed 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 play Johnny in the cinema, it was him. »

They share the same passion for “Le Bigdil”

Raphaël Quenard, who shares with Laeticia Hallyday the same fascination for “Le Bigdil”, by Vincent Lagaf’, is ready to do anything to be credible on screen. “I’m 1.88 meters tall (compared to 1.83 meters for Johnny Hallyday), but to fit into the costume I’m ready to have my shins sawn off.” “To give life to this being of light, to the paroxysm of the notion of sharing and communion, it will take a lot of work. » Nothing that scares him. On the contrary, the challenge galvanizes him: “I am going to devote myself fully, methodically, to this preparation, for a short year no doubt. »

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