“With Jérôme and me, the film would have turned into a sketch”, explains Valérie Lemercier.
Aline finally arrives in theaters this week, after a one-year postponement due to the Covid-19 epidemic. First had met the whole film crew of Valerie Lemercier for n ° 512 (November 2020 with David Fincher on the cover), and the change of casting of the role of Guy-Claude, inspired by René Angélil, was obviously mentioned. Because originally, the actress and director had announced that she wanted to give the answer to Jérôme Commandeur for this feature film freely inspired by the life of Celine Dion. Here is an extract from the file devoted to the creation ofAline.
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TF1 and Gaumont, financial partners of Rectangle Productions, Édouard Weil’s company, have never trembled at the scale of the challenge. Even when Jérôme Commandeur, initially planned to play Guy-Claude, was excluded from the film in favor of Quebecer Sylvain Marcel, unknown in France. “The more the project progressed, the more it became evident that the film had to have a strong Quebec identity,” explains Édouard Weil. TF1 and Gaumont have understood this well. ” Valérie Lemercier modulates a little. “They still ticked a bit before agreeing to our point of view. With Jérôme and me, the film would have turned into a sketch. Not only for matters of accent, but also of physics. I am tall and broad shouldered, I needed an imposing partner. In a photo I took with Jérôme for Gala magazine around the same time, he was snuggling up against my shoulder as if I were his mom! It did not work. He understood it well. “
Aline: How Valérie Lemercier became “Celine Dion”
The story ofAline : Quebec, late 1960s, Sylvette and Anglomard welcome their 14th child: Aline. In the Dieu family, music reigns supreme and when Aline grows up we discover a gift to her, she has a golden voice. When he hears this voice, music producer Guy-Claude has only one idea in mind… to make Aline the greatest singer in the world. Supported by her family and guided by the experience and then the budding love of Guy-Claude, they will together write the pages of an extraordinary destiny.
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