Three questions for Jean Dujardin On October 19, Jean Dujardin, thanks to his talismanic character Brice de Nice, is returning to the big screen for a new film entitled Brice 3. One of the film’s sequences takes place during a flight, when Brice climbs out through the window so he can surf on one of the plane’s wings. Demonstrating its attachment to cinema once again, and the strong links it has forged, Air France collaborated with the production team on the conception and construction of a life-size Boeing 777 cabin. The spectacular special effects were shot in the maintenance hangars at Paris-CDG.
The megalomaniac surfer is back, 11 years after the phenomenal success of Brice de Nice …
Yes, in this latest installment, the freshwater surfer lives in a shack on a beach in Nice and everything is turned upside-down one day when he gets a call for help from his friend Marius de Fréjus (Clovis Cornillac). He catches a flight in order to help him and embarks on a journey worthy of a Ulysses from Nice.
We now see Brice 11 years older. What do you like best about this character?
The opportunity to play him, with his yellow T-shirt and ridiculous pants, and with that fake shark’s toothwhich is actually a small goat’s hornand long hair. I’m a little old for it, but it doesn’t matter. When I put on this panoply, I know that I’m going to be playing at acting, more than embodying him, because you can’t embody a flamboyant, pathetic character who does not exist. With him, I can almost create a caricature while really expressing emotion.
Was this the right time for you to meet up with Brice again?
Yes, this was the right time for me. I come from Brice de Nice. I began with that character. He’s like a kid who hasn’t grown up. Meeting up with Brice again is like rediscovering part of your childhood, with its irreverence. I hope that we’ve succeeded and that audiences find the film entertaining.