“Seductive and Exigent”

At the moment I have so much material to post, I hope you don’t mind! Anyway, here is another French interview (published on March 06, 2018) that mainly deals with the question of how Gaspard approached Betrand, his character in “Eva”:

TRANSFUGE – La matière première des films de Benoît Jacquot, ce sont les acteurs. En l’occurrence, dans Eva, c’est une matière précieuse. Isabelle Huppert, dans le rôle–titre de la femme à la fois fatale et très terre-à-terre. Mais aussi Gaspard Ulliel en faux écrivain et véritable imposteur, qui tombe dans les rets de l’amour fou pour Eva. Gaspard Ulliel est le fantasme de l’acteur à lui tout seul. Séduisant et exigeant. Un corps, un visage, merveilleusement cinégéniques, mais aussi, ce qui manque souvent cruellement à ses pairs, des choix. Emmanuel Mouret, Bertrand Bonello, Ossang, Jacquot, la liste est éloquente. Bref, un ciné d’auteurs mais aussi de directeurs d’acteurs. Il nous répond de sa voix chaude et posée, lucide sur son travail mais soucieux de préserver sa spontanéité.

Benoît Jacquot me disait que vous connaissiez très bien son cinéma….

Il en rajoute un peu ! Mais c’est vrai que son cinéma me plaît. J’ai eu un coup de foudre pour A tout de suite, qui m’a énormément marqué. On s’est rencontrés ensuite à l’époque de la sortie d’Au fond des bois. On dit souvent que Benoît Jacquot explore des genres différents. Mais tous ses films se ressemblent : il a un style singulier, minimaliste, dépouillé. Et surtout, il place l’acteur, ou plutôt l’actrice au centre. Et moi, évidemment, ça m’a attiré…

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“Double Je”

“Double Je”

Gaspard has been featured in last week’s issue of Paris Match. Here is the magazine scan and two portraits by photographer Claire Delfino:


You can read the article below:

PARIS MATCH – L’acteur, qui a incarné Yves Saint Laurent, revient dans « Eva », un polar vénéneux de Benoît Jacquot où il tient la dragée haute à Isabelle Huppert. Rencontre.

Il arrive emmitouflé dans un gros pull bleu qui l’engloutit presque. Quelques heures plus tard, il sera en costume impeccable pour la séance photo. Deux facettes d’un même acteur. Les cheveux courts lui donnent étonnamment une certaine maturité, qui vient trancher avec ses traits encore juvéniles, malgré ses 33 ans et sa voix grave. Il semble loin le « Jacquou le Croquant » de ses débuts, loin aussi le romantisme échevelé du duc de Guise dans « La princesse de Montpensier ». Yves Saint Laurent et Xavier Dolan sont passés par là, révélant son côté sombre.

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A Professional Liar

“L’acteur n’est jamais qu’un menteur professionnel.”

Gaspard opens up about how he prepared for his role in “Eva” and his perspective on acting in this interview for Le Parisien from March 06, 2018:

Le Parisien – On avait l’impression que depuis « Juste la fin du monde », qui lui a valu un César de meilleur acteur l’an passé, Gaspard Ulliel, 33 ans, se faisait plus rare au cinéma. Mais la belle gueule du cinéma français enchaîne les projets. On le verra bientôt dans «9 doigts», de François-Jacques Ossang, dans «Tassen, les confins du monde», de Guillaume Nicloux, et dans «Un peuple et son roi», de Pierre Schoeller.

Dans «Eva», de Benoît Jacquot, il incarne Bertrand, qui doit sa notoriété comme auteur de théâtre à un vol. Un personnage ambigu et complexe, tiré du roman de James Hadley Chase de 1946 et qui a déjà inspiré un film, en 1962, réalisé par Joseph Losey. « J’aime l’idée de sortir en permanence de ma zone de confort, d’aller vers des rôles qui me stimulent réellement. Aujourd’hui je veux être exigeant », explique-t-il.

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“I Need to Reinvent Myself in Every Film”

“I Need to Reinvent Myself in Every Film”

The release of “Eva” is right around the corner and thanks to that I can present you another interesting French interview today. Gaspard does not only talk about the film but also about his acting career in general:

LCI – Le 24 février 2017, Isabelle Huppert et Gaspard Ulliel sont en plein tournage de Eva, le nouveau film de Benoît Jacquot, lorsqu’ils décrochent l’un et l’autre un César. L’actrice pour le sulfureux “Elle” de Paul Verhoeven. Son partenaire pour le drame “Juste la fin du monde” de Xavier Dolan. Si la première est venue chercher son trophée ce soir-là Salle Pleyel, le second est resté à Annecy, où se déroule une partie de l’intrigue de ce thriller psychologique, en salles mercredi 7 mars.

“C’est un luxe énorme de pouvoir recevoir un César en restant assis devant son téléviseur, non ?”, plaisante-t-il. Ce qui ne veut pas dire qu’il n’a pas savouré son sacre au contraire. “Quand on voit célébrer son travail de la sorte, c’est rassurant, c’est un gage de confiance”, admet-il. “Je ne sais pas comment fonctionne les autres. Mais ça me paraît évident que l’acteur, de manière fondamentale, vit dans une perpétuelle remise en question. Le jour où on ne doute plus, il faut arrêter ce métier.”

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“Eva” at the Berlinale

“Eva” at the Berlinale

Yesterday, Gaspard attended the 68th Berlin Film Festival to present the thriller “Eva” together with his co-stars (Isabelle Huppert, Julia Roy) and director Benoît Jacquot.

In case you missed the live-streamings of the event, you can still watch everything on the official Berlinale homepage:

Here is also a short red carpet interview (in English):

I’ve already added Gaspard’s official festival portrait to the gallery, but you can expect more photos to come soon:

Unfortunately, “Eva” has not received very good reviews so far. The majority of critics don’t seem to have anything negative to say about Gaspard’s performance, though:

VARIETY – Ultimately, then, the chief reward of “Eva” lies in watching Huppert and Ulliel — both treated with the rapt, silky devotion they deserve by cinematographer Julien Hirsch and costume designer Marielle Robaut — mutually assembling kinked, jagged character studies from too few puzzle pieces, coloring the ones they have with extra-dark curiosity to compensate. If their individual portraits never quite emulsify into a cohesive human bond, that’s probably the point, though it’d be nice to see more filmmakers play with their prickly chemistry together. Born 30 years apart, the actors play off each other as pleasantly surprising equals: “I don’t know and I don’t care,” Bertrand says when the question of Eva’s age is fleetingly raised. Try running that line past a Hollywood producer; for all its flaws, “Eva’s” shruggingly adult Frenchness is a pleasure in itself.

SCREEN DAILY – With Huppert on autopilot, the film’s ace card is the wolfish Ulliel as an unsympathetic, self-regarding anti-hero; yet with worldly success and its possible loss as the only real stakes in the drama, it becomes increasingly hard to care about what happens to anyone here. Still, on the plus side, Julia Gregory’s abrupt editing style gives Eva a rhythm that’s decidedly not by the book.

“Eva” is scheduled to hit (French) theaters on March 7, 2018.

Gaspard’s First Tour Auto Optic 2000

Gaspard is going to participate in this year’s Tour Auto Optic 2000:

The following article is a translation of his profile on the official Peter Auto website:

AUTOMOBILSPORT – Gaspard Ulliel at the start of the Tour Auto Optic 2000!

In 2016, Gaspard Ulliel was a low profile visitor at the exhibition of the cars in the Grand Palais the day before the Tour Auto Optic 2000 began. This year he will be at the start of the event in a Triumph TR6, which he’ll be driving in the regularity category. In 2005 he won the César for the best male newcomer for his role in Un long dimanche de fiançailles, and last year he was awarded the César for the best actor for his performance in Juste la fin du monde.

At present he is one of the most sought-after actors on the French scene, and in the near future he will share the billing in the film Eva with Isabelle Huppert. “It’s all coming together nicely for me. I’m going to finish shooting a series at the beginning of April and the Tour Auto falls at just the right moment,” he smiled during his visit to the Rétromobile Show.

While it’s a first for Ulliel in motor racing, he’s no stranger to the historic car scene. “As an adolescent I was already dreaming about collector cars, in particular the Dino range,” he said on Friday evening when he visited the stand of Carene Assurance, his sponsor. “I like old cars and the sensations that come with them. I haven’t tested the Triumph yet, but I’ll soon be able to and I can’t wait to discover the Tour Auto route and feel the adrenaline of this iconic race.”

Ulliel won’t be the only actor at the start in Paris on Tuesday 24th April. Alexandre Brasseur who is currently appearing in the series Demain nous appartient on TV will also be taking part. Visitors will be able to meet all the crews in the Tour Auto Optic 2000 in the Grand Palais (23rd April) and then in the parc fermés in Besançon (24th April), Megève (25th April), Avignon (26th April), Aix-en-Provence (27th April) and Nice where the 27th rally finishes on 28th April. (source)

You can take a closer look at his racing car in the gallery:


 

 

Gallery Update: Monsieur de Chanel

Gaspard has been interviewed for the Russian paper Kommersant in February. The scan that I added to the gallery doesn’t show the complete interview, but you can read the rest of it here.

The Russian version of L’Officiel Hommes has also featured Gaspard as the face of Chanel’s new watch in their March issue.

On top of that, I was able to feed the gallery with more photos from Gaspard’s Monsieur de Chanel shooting that are definitively worth checking out. You should also take a second look at the pictures you might already know because I replaced a couple of them with HQs!

“Gaspard Ulliel Takes His Own Time”

“Gaspard Ulliel Takes His Own Time”

Earlier this month, Debonair Magazine released an interview with Gaspard to introduce him as the ambassador for the “Monsieur de Chanel” watch.

DEBONAIR – Gaspard Ulliel just won the award of his life — onscreen, he’s just added the César to his mantle piece; off-screen, he’s the face of the first Monsieur de Chanel watch

He’s a casting director’s dream. Tall, muscular, handsome, boasting boyishly good looks, Gaspard Ulliel had his pick of roles as lead protagonist in romantic comedies. Luckily his highly expressive, intelligent and curious nature saw him turn down many of them, throwing things wide open for the Frenchman.

He had a modest start, aged 12, in made-for-TV movies in France and two decades later, Ulliel has built the sort of CV not even the most intuitive critic could have predicted, least of all the actor himself. Now, 32, he has already worked with Gus Van Sant (Paris, Je t’aime), taken on Anthony Hopkins’ career-defining role as Hannibal Lecter (Hannibal Rising), and brought fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent to life in Bertrand Bonello’s biopic Saint Laurent.

Maybe it’s his strong physique, which, when complimented, reveals a dimple that dents his left cheek, or maybe it’s the Monsieur de Chanel watch on his thick wrist, the maison’s first watch for men, but hearts race when Ulliel enters a room.

He undoes the watch to show off the underside and it’s clear — brand ambassador or not, Ulliel has a passion for much more than acting. It’s transparent and we can see the mechanism. “It’s like a beating heart, don’t you think?” he asks.

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