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Gerard Lanvin: "I'm old but inside, I'm 12 years old"

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And what's your own story?

G. L.: This is the one of a guy who has been doing this job for more than thirty-five years, who has had some good roles, others not so good, who still dreams of great movies, but who must do with the scenarios we give it, often fragile. I am 64 years old and I live always with the desire to be astonished. Amazed by movies, by meetings. Jean Becker, here's a great man, a real boss! But I do not want to be bored with idiots. Nor to consider myself an actor who has "succeeded".

To refuse honors like Caesars is also to refuse the recognition of one's peers: you do not need it?

G. L.: My peers of what? My peers, it's Ventura, it's Becker, yes. But those who vote for the Caesars are knights, not my peers. I especially want to value the person I aspire to be. I force myself to have good attitudes. I could easily distribute slaps, but I hold back.

Why are you angry?

G. L.: I'm not angry, I'm a happy man, you know. But also, like many today, a disappointed man. Disappointed with lack of friendship, lack of respect, lack of righteousness, speech. Because I was not raised like that.

And you are not afraid to displease. What does it hold? To absolute self-confidence?

G. L.: Not at all, it's courage. Because to seek unanimity is absurd; to be everybody's friend is to be no one's friend. We must dare to assert ourselves. Are you disappointed by a guy? Tell him. You will not work with him anymore? Maybe, so what? I only want to work with people I value. I have been punished twenty times by the cinema for being too sincere, but at the same time no one is strong enough to completely destroy you when you have temperament. Because there are also all the others who love you for your sincerity.

In the background, you move forward like a buccaneer ...

G. L.: Yes, a real pirate! [Laughs.]

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