“It’s frightening !” Mikaël Mittelstadt returns to TF1 in a role that will surprise his fans

“It’s frightening !” Mikaël Mittelstadt returns to TF1 in a role that will surprise his fans
“It’s frightening !” Mikaël Mittelstadt returns to TF1 in a role that will surprise his fans

The first season of the effective and entertaining detective comedy The recruit carried by the old veteran Thierry Neuvic and the revelation Ethann Isidore ends this Monday, May 20 on TF1 with two final episodes. And the second of the evening, scheduled at 10:10 p.m., has a little surprise in store for fans ofHere it all begins since Mikaël Mittelstadt, who left the soap opera last year, plays guests. In a role in which we are not used to seeing him…

The recruit : “It’s frightening”why Mikaël Mittelstadt was excited about his character in the TF1 series

Télé-Loisirs: You appear in the last episode of The recruit in the role of a villain. Does it feel good to play such a score?
Mikaël Mittelstadt
: Oh dear, but so much! There is a certain pleasure in being able to do things that are not normally done. Well, it’s true that it’s a bit weird. But I find it more interesting to play someone who has morally questionable thoughts, also heightened by actions involving a certain violence. The challenge, at least for me, is to find out why such a person gets to this stage. The pleasure also comes from there.

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And have you found the reasons why your character acts this way?
It wasn’t easy for this one! This is really the first time I pushed the cursors on the spectrum of nastiness. From the moment I decided that I needed to stop judging this guy, I just held on to the fact that he was just a guy who was crazy in love with this girl and was willing to do anything for her. to have. It was already a little more possible on a certain level of neutrality. When you love someone passionately, I can understand being ready for a lot. The question is: how far? How far can you go for someone? He clearly doesn’t have too many limits. The cursor is really far away.

You were talking about cursor. Isn’t the difficulty with such a character in pushing him too far?
Completely. It’s a challenge. It’s frightening. In action, when we shoot, we are aware of it. There is a voice in our heads that tells us ‘Be careful, it’s overflowing!’. At the same time, it shouldn’t be too small either. The viewer must be afraid. In these cases, you have to trust the director and the team. Between takes, I was always going to ask if it was too much, if we should reduce it. This is very important to me because I don’t think we can do it alone. It is very difficult to assess the rightness of harshness and violence.

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The recruit : “The tackle, it’s Thierry Neuvic who hits me!”Mikaël Mittelstadt looks back on the intense filming of the TF1 series

Some scenes are quite violent, physically and psychologically. Between takes, do we manage to come back to Earth?
Not really. But it’s mainly due to the sequence of takes. At the end of the eighth or ninth, we start to ask ourselves two or three questions! It takes half a second. It’s a bit like coming out of a very strong dream. It still takes ten minutes when you wake up to say, ‘Wow, where was I?’ What doesn’t help is that we operate by decoration. We group all the scenes by setting. The bedroom scenes, for example, which are intense, were shot over two or three days in a row. At the end of the second, we come home in the evening and take a good cold shower to wash it all away. After a while, we no longer really know where we stand.

What is happening in the house is indeed quite intense. There is also a scene where the character of Thierry Neuvic jumps on you. Was there a silver lining to this?
Oh no, it fell on me! (He’s laughing.) The tackle is definitely Thierry who hits me. And we did it four times. It’s scary, but he is so caring and we had such good communication and goodwill that I had absolute trust. We were coached by the stuntmen, it was a lot of fun. After filming, I didn’t limp, so it was okay!

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Even if you only appear in one episode, it’s very rich for you. It was a great experience, The recruit ?
Completely. For several reasons. He is a character who is not smooth. It’s a pleasure to be able to tackle roles like that, an antagonist. When I was little, I identified a lot with the heroes of fiction. As I grew up, I realized that antagonists were always much more interesting to explore, to dig into. And what was really great was that it was for TF1. For me, this channel is like home. We know each other well, we’ve been working together for a few years. I did it Here it all begins, The fighters… I feel comfortable enough there to explore a very dark, very sinister score, which I have never gone to.

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