Charlie Dupont plays a printer in “Contre toi”, this Thursday evening on La Une: “The classic thriller bores me quite quickly”

Charlie Dupont plays a printer in “Contre toi”, this Thursday evening on La Une: “The classic thriller bores me quite quickly”
Charlie Dupont plays a printer in “Contre toi”, this Thursday evening on La Une: “The classic thriller bores me quite quickly”

Meeting with Charlie Dupont, who had a lot of fun filming this captivating psychological thriller.

Charlie, how did you end up in the casting of this mini-series?

Via my agent, I received the script for the first three episodes and during the reading, I asked him to send me the 4th episode because I was so hooked as a reader. This motivated me to accept the role of Fred.

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In fact, none of the characters in this miniseries are where we expect them to be.

What did you like?

It’s very well written and it conveys very current themes such as manipulation and the management of secrets. Under the pretext of a thriller, it is above all a psychological adventure. Fred’s wife is being harassed, but is it her husband, is it her bodyguard or is she the one who invents everything, given that she has a somewhat psychiatric past… In addition, her parents are disgusting… . In fact, none of the characters in this miniseries are where we expect them to be. They all have heavy secrets to bear. The scenario also addresses jealousy, since the bodyguard that I put in my wife’s paws will turn out to be much closer to her than expected… (laughs) We’re moving away from the classic TV thriller – which bores me quite quickly – and we find ourselves more in the domestic thriller. I have the impression that since Covid, the family has once again become a nerve center for everyone and that is perhaps what reinforces the interest in this type of thriller today.

We’re not used to seeing you in a thriller on TV…

It’s true. We know more of my dark side in the theater and less on TV. However, it is also part of me and my balance as an actor.

This is a four-episode miniseries. Isn’t it a little frustrating as an actor to play in such a short format?

It’s twice as much as a feature film anyway… In fact, it depends on the theme. There, as there is an investigation that requires a resolution, we cannot draw out too much. I think this has its due time. And a sequel is not justified either.

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Virginie Ledoyen is an extraordinary partner. I almost want to say that he’s a bar friend, without wanting to overly virilize her…

Have you already toured with Lannick Gautry and Virginie Ledoyen?

Lannick, I filmed with him in the TV film Répercussions, winner of the best screenplay prize at the Luchon TV Festival in 2023. He’s a great guy and it was important to have a good team on this shoot because he was a little complicated. We filmed in Lyon at the end of last year and the weather was often extremely bad. In addition, we were in the middle of the movement of cinema technicians and filming was interrupted every three days… As for Virginie Ledoyen, she is an extraordinary partner. I almost want to say that he’s a bar friend, without wanting to overly virilize her… (smile). She is very diplomatic.

In recent months, we have seen you engage in several media outlets against anti-Semitism. Not many of you do this… Were you aware of the risk you were taking by speaking out on this subject?

I admit that I am not the type to appreciate the risks of this type of speaking out. For me, an artist is a seeker of truth, of sincerity… It is therefore not the possible risks that count, but the values ​​and convictions that I feel I must defend when I feel that there is a fight to wage. I don’t understand why Jews around the world have to endure the possible hatred that can be directed towards an Israeli government.

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If I didn’t take a stand, I wouldn’t be able to look at myself in the mirror.

Did this speech earn you feedback on the networks?

Yes, verbal abuse towards me, but I don’t care. If I didn’t take a stand, I wouldn’t be able to look at myself in the mirror. I fully agree that the situation in Gaza is catastrophic and that there are massacres that absolutely must be stopped and that the colonies are unjustifiable… But China is in the process of colonizing the entire China Sea without authorization of anyone by taking territories from Taiwan to establish military bases there. Is anyone upset about it? The same China is massacring Nepal, is anyone upset? No. For what ?

Where does this interest in international politics come from?

I studied law, with practical work focused on the international world… But in fact, I have a real problem with the ideas that are imposed on me. And so, when I’m faced with this, I search, I find out…

We will end on a more sporting note, with the Fun Cup, in which you recently participated…

Finally a serious subject! (laughs) I was recently invited to the round which took place at Francorchamps with Stéphane De Groodt and Vanina Ickx, who both ride very well. I was the “gentleman driver”, I love that term. This was my 4th participation and the level is getting higher and higher. And it’s exhausting. But I had fun. I like old cars. Here I am restoring my old Beetle which dates from 1971…

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