|CINEMA MAGAZINE (German)
|"NOW I KNOW HOW WOMEN FEEL"He has a Swiss
and a Spanish passport, in France he has been a star since Cyrano de Bergerac,
and in Hollywood he is no longer a stranger. In Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train,
the lady-killer, Vincent Perez, now surprises us as a transsexual.
Do you understand your difficult biography?
Why, its easy: My mother is German, my father Spanish and I grew up near Geneva. Now I live sometimes in Paris, sometimes in Los Angeles, but if I could, I would permanently live in New York.
And as what do you feel?
From the waist up Im German, from the waist down Im Spanish.
Do you still have relatives in Germany?
Yes, aunt Annelie and uncle Heinz in Cologne. But I saw them the last time when I was a child.
For Patrice Chereau, with whom you already shot "Queen
Margot," you now play a transsexual.
Some colleagues didnt recognize me on the set. As I wore skirts and pumps, I realized for the first time how women feel when men look at them. For preparation I met a lot of transsexuals and watched how they move, how they speak. The shower was the only place where I wasnt allowed to go with them. Now I know at least the beginnings of what its like to have to live in the wrong body, with the wrong sex. This is no passing mood but destiny.
You were together for a long time with your colleague Jacqueline Bisset. Do you
like older women?
Absolutely. With these inexperienced young hens, I dont know what to do.