the devotees of District 31 He still has 16 episodes left to devour before he begins his mourning. For the actors who filmed the last scenes of Luc Dionne’s police soap opera on Friday, they have just crossed the finish line of a long marathon.
It is with enthusiasm and excitement that the artists welcomed the media to the set. There were technicians everywhere and we were shooting a banal scene, just to please the journalists. “We didn’t want to hit you too hard,” producer Fabienne Larouche said after the take.
Vincent-Guillaume Otis, who has the most shooting days on the clock, around 650, 12-14 hours at a time, is about to leave a “lifestyle” that has made him happy for the last six years, despite all the sacrifices involved. The actor made a name for himself camping out Detective Sergeant Patrick Bissonnette. He still had about fifteen scenes to box up when the QMI Agency collected comments from him at lunchtime. He said that he had a “sense of accomplishment”.
His character has been through it all, from the murder of his wife, Sergeant Nadine Legrand (Magalie Lépine-Blondeau) in the first season, to the recent assassination attempt on his new love, Noélie (Catherine St-Laurent). The two characters have also decided to leave the police force, eager to raise their children away from the rotten.
“Patrick is exhausted, it’s true, but he’s going to go after what he has to do, and I think like me, he’s going to end up saying: ‘I did everything I had to do, I don’t regret it,’” he said. the interpreter, who promises a “beautiful ending” to the 1.8 million followers of District 31.
An emotional Gildor Roy
Gildor Roy was the most emotional on Friday at the Longueuil MELS studios. “I have to be careful, it’s a very difficult day,” said the man who plays Commander Chiasson, one of the audience’s favorites. The big guy knows that he won’t be seeing some of his colleagues for a while, which makes him sad, since the spirit of community was strong within the gang.
He was counting on at least walking away with Daniel Chiasson’s commander’s shirt and office badge to cherish memories of this project that brought him back to the front of the stage. He filmed a touching moment this week. “The ‘speech’ that Luc Dionne made earlier, ‘I will always hold you in my heart,’ is almost word for word the ‘speech’ that I filmed on Tuesday or Wednesday. […] Commander Chiasson is Luc Dionne,” Gildor Roy said with a smile.
Michel Charette, the other veteran of District 31, he prepared for the end considering all the time he will have for other projects, such as theater and his first solo exhibition. She spoke of a “holiday” day.
“It is a source of pride, a great workload. He is a character that has had a lot of meat around the bone. I had the opportunity to defend many cases. It was a great gift and Vincent-Guillaume, Sébastien [Delorme] and Gildor have become friends, there is a symbiosis that has taken hold.
Vincent-Guillaume Otis has understood over the years and the 720 episodes that made him shoot a diary, that is, memorize pages and pages of texts and shoot long hours every week.
“What I keep with me is above all a human experience and the fact that I have reached a level of popularity. Before I was better known for the characters I played, now I call Videotron and the person recognizes me. We’re always in people’s living rooms.”
Several actors plan to take the time to settle down, as spring rolls around. So said Catherine De Léan, Marc Fournier, Catherine Proulx-Lemay, Catherine St-Laurent and Cynthia Wu-Maheux. This is also the case for Luc Dionne, who is already on vacation and spent the week cleaning, a task he had not done frequently since 2016.
On Friday night there would be a project end party, and Gildor Roy and Marc Fournier would sing together.
What they say…
Vincent-Guillaume Otis (Patrick Bissonnette)
“I come from the theater and I need to find myself in a rehearsal room, with the doors closed, then take the time to make mistakes, not to be in the performance, because here it is that, it is a constant level of performance. We have a lot of scenes, it’s no secret and I don’t mean to say it badly, we have to shoot and deliver. The theater is going to deal with the living creation, not with the surviving creation”.
Michel Charette as Bruno Gagne
“I’m going to meet my children again, I still have a 7-year-old boy who was born just before this project.”
Gildor Roy (Daniel Chiasson)
“He is a fast player who plays hard, he is very “fun”. He is also a spy, a secret service guy who has killed people with his hands. […] Doing evil to do good, that’s why the world loves it, people are tired of crooks, corrupt politicians who get away with it all the time. Imagine what happens in real life! Luc often tells us: “it’s nothing that happens in District”.
Cynthia Wu-Maheux (Da-Xia Bernard)
“I am very moved by what Luc wrote for me and my character. […] In life, reality and fiction were close, in the sense that they are the people who like to laugh, with whom we exchange a lot. I made friends here.”
Catherine Proulx-Lemay as Florence Guindon
“There are projects in which it is more difficult to mourn the character and there are projects in which it is more difficult to mourn the team. For District 31It’s really going to be the gang that I’m going to miss.”
Catherine De Lean as Veronique Lenoir
“I’m really going to miss my character, I like him a lot even though he doesn’t look like me. I have room for a good project, I would like a villain role.
Marc FournierYves Jacob
“I was more often Yves Jacob than Marc Fournier in the last year, in a way. With this roommate just out of my head, he’s sure to leave a hole and probably ask me what I do on Monday morning.
Catherine St-Laurent as Noélie Saint-Hilaire
“We finished top, in top form, as champions. District It gave me a professionalism, a rigor, we cannot spare any effort, we have to learn our texts, we cannot be late, surely it is a work ethic that I will maintain”.
Luc Dionne, author
“I will not end this in the big drama. There’s all kinds of stuff going on in the last episode – the world is going to be like, “Oh my gosh, this doesn’t look good!” – but it is also a great opening to life. […] I tried to make an episode where in each scene there is a different emotion.
Fabienne Larouche, producer and screenwriter
“What interests us is Bruno when he hits the girl and they catch him with the Riopelle. It is Chiasson who is going to assassinate [Phaneuf]. These are the characters. It was above all a good story, the writing of an author in his full maturity and a group of actors.
After the last episode of District 31on April 21, at 7:00 p.m. Infoman will offer a one-hour special, the last half hour of which will be linked to the newspaper. At 8:30 p.m., Jean-Philippe Wauthier will host a special 90-minute broadcast of Good evening! actors and artisans District 31. Finally, on Sunday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., ICI Télé will present a special 30-minute program dedicated to the backstage of the set of District 31.