Hi Alan, What inspired you to become an actor? Television has always inspired me from a very young age, but my life changed when I discovered action films. Bruce Lee was an inspiration because I am a martial artist. I have also been immersed in the world of horror films since my childhood, and the films An American Werewolf in London and The Howling are unforgettable for me. Many actors inspired me and made me want to be an actor. In France, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, in the USA, Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, and Al Pacino, to name a few.
Why Acting? What intrigues you about it? To be an actor is to embody a character, change skin, travel into the unknown, and become someone else in the space of a film. That's magic.
How do you prepare for a role? First, I analyze the script and the character I have to embody; then, I ask the director for advice; it is essential. Then I enter my second nature to create the universe of my character. Bringing an imaginary character to life creates the illusion of a parallel life.
To date, Which role has been your favorite to date? I like to play intense and dramatic roles like the role of Denard, although I come from the world of sport and action. I like diversity, and I can play different characters. For example, I loved playing Officer Gallant in the movie Bloodslinger, a funnier character than I'm used to playing.
What types of roles do you enjoy playing? The villains because they are very interesting, more intense, and complex to play. I was the villain of a French feature film "Svolta" in which I had a lot of fun. Experience to repeat.
What type of role you would never play? I don't think I would like to play a role that goes against my conception of respect for people.
What type of films did you appear in? I appeared in TV movies in Belgium (JCVD), France, but also in independent productions in Canada (Bloodslinger) and in the USA (the Borrowed Time trilogy). I also had the chance to work with big names in cinema like Eric Roberts, Patrick Kilpatrick, the Mandylor brothers, JC Vandamme, Matthias hues, and the international actress Catriona MacColl, etc.
When it comes to acting in films, what was your biggest misconception? It's a tough environment, that's for sure. Being an actor is easier than being a star, I find. Many actors desire fame, but the most important thing is work. Be a working actor. In my case, the future will tell us if it will be possible for me to touch the stars. In any case, I keep my feet on the ground and treasure my passion and determination in this harsh environment.
What does it take to be in the film industry? It takes work, passion, luck, connections, and being in the right place at the right time. This profession is very evolutionary; creation is important and takes a lot of energy and time. It's also a life lesson.
How far do you believe an actor /actress who sets moral boundaries & absolute limits will go or not? We all have a limit; men and women are in the same boat. Everyone will go where their moral limit leads them.
How was your first experience on set? It was magical! I was on extra for a feature film with French stars long ago. A great experience to discover how a scene unfolds, a great learning experience.
Do you see yourself acting for the rest of your life? Of course, it is, above all, a job of passion. If you're only in it for the fame, you better jump ship. To last, one of the secrets is to develop your work.
Has your love for acting increased or decreased through the years? Why? I love my job even more than before because, as I said, it is a creative job that's constantly evolving. It is important.
What aspects of being an actor is the most rewardingIIWhatWhatWhat are the most rewarding aspects of being an actor, and what is the hardest? The hardest part is the casting. Auditioning can be stressful. Playing, on the other hand, is the most fun part.
How do you see your acting career in the future? Do you have any actors or directors that you must work with before retiring from acting? There are many actors or actresses with whom I dream of working like certain directors elsewhere. Viola Davis, Al Pacino, Kevin Bacon, Vivica A Fox, and Jack Nicholson, to name a few.
What do you feel are the positive and negative aspects of becoming a union actor? The positive is the social protection of the actor but also the access to larger castings. The negative part is that the actor can no longer do as many independent projects as he would like, although the Union today gives possibilities to carry out smaller projects.
Did you ever produce a film on your own, and if so, what was it like?
Yes, I produced a few films. We learn a lot, and there is also a lot of stress. But it is a rewarding and intense experience, especially when the film competes in festivals or is released for distribution. Producing for me also means writing, directing, or performing. It's a challenge and a lot of work.
What's next for you? A feature film. The next step is a thriller/horror film, “The Last Nosferatu,” also writing a thriller. The final installment in the trilogy, Borrowed Time 3 falling apart, is coming to streaming and DVD soon. I had the chance, for this film, to work with David Worth in Los Angeles. The film will be released digitally in June.
What advice would you give to an upcoming actor just starting out? Be patient, don't give up, stay focused, and don't listen to negative people because the film industry is voracious; you have to arm yourself with courage and perseverance. Beautiful artistic encounters must be made, but you must be psychologically strong because nothing is easy. You also have to keep faith in yourself and not despair. Preserve the rage to win because the life of an artist is a real challenge.
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" Borrowed Time 3 falling Apart " is now available on digital on VUDU
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