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Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge in one of the scenes he shared with Jean-Paul Belmondo, sacred monster of French cinema.

Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge was only 9 years old when he met the great Jean-Paul Belmondo on the set of the police comedy Hold-Up, in Montreal, in 1985. But this meeting there ?? forever marked.

“It’s been a long time, but I still remember it very well,” said Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, in a telephone interview with Le Journal Tuesday, the next day of the death of Jean-Paul Belmondo at the age of 88.

“Before the shooting of Hold-Up, my father had shown several Belmondo films such as Lâ ???? as des aces and The Professional so that I could know who I had. case. I was very impressed with this. Then, during the shoot, I went to see him in his trailer to ask him to sign a photo. He had been super nice and signed the photo by writing: “For my friend Guillaume”. I still have it somewhere at home. TO”

Not only was Hold-Up filmed in Montreal, but the intrigue of this police comedy by Alexandre Arcady was also embedded in the meme. Quebec tropole. Jean-Paul Belmondo played a very smart thief who disguised himself as a clown to rob a bank.

Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, who came to make his big screen debut in the film Le matou, had the chance to share two scenes with the legendary French actor §Ais.

“In my first scene with him, I played one of the children he performed a magic trick on when he was disguised as a clown, size Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge. Then, later in the movie, my character would accidentally see him again when he had changed his costume and said to him: “It’s you, the clown, huh? To???? There, he said to me: â ???? You are a smart one, you … â ???? And I answered him by ending: “You too, sir!”. TO”

“I also remember that the day we shot the first scene with several other kids, he came to play soccer with us. He was really nice! TO”

Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge is not the only Quebec actor to have rubbed shoulders with Belmondo on the set of Hold-Up. Yvan Ponton, Francis Reddy, Michel Daigle and Marie-Chantal Labelle also played small roles in the film which also starred British actress Kim Cattrall and French actors Guy Marchand and Jean-Pierre Marielle.

Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge never had the chance to meet Belmondo again after the shooting of Hold-Up. But he continued to follow his career from a distance and even take inspiration from him in his approach to physical play and action scenes. Indeed, like Belmondo, Lemay-Thivierge has often insisted on performing his own stunts in his films.

“Jean-Paul Belmondo has always been a model and an example to follow for me,” confides the 45-year-old Quebec actor. It’s when you start doing your own stunts that you understand the complexity of it. Besides, Belmondo wasn’t pretending. He was doing very risky stunts. I’ve always admired her for that. TO”

Photo courtesy, Alain Choquette

Alain Choquette can be counted among the rare Quebec artists to have rubbed shoulders with Jean-Paul Belmondo in France. Through the intermediary of Louis-Michel Colla, owner of the theater of Gaîtà © -Montparnasse, where he performed in Paris, he had succeeded in inviting the star of movie to participate in a magic number he did on The Biggest Cabaret in the World. Belmondo, who then refused all invitations due to his state of health, was convinced. The issue, which was featured in a special end-of-year show in 2014, ended with a standing ovation.  € œThis is my top TV career moment, â € Alain Choquette told the Journal. He was a gentleman who was extremely kind. It was a shock to learn of his passing. We would like these people to be eternal ».

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