MARCH 2018

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26 March 2018

Sophie Marceau and Vincent are teaming up once more! Another international role for our Swiss thespian, this time in China. Filming has begun this month on an adaptation of Giacomo Puccini's famous opera TURANDOT. The film's helmsman, Zheng Xiaolong, is an acclaimed director and screenwriter in China. The story is based on the Italian opera, which is set in China and tells the story of Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the coldhearted Princess Turandot. The suitor must solve three riddles in order to marry her, with a single wrong answer punishable by death. Though "Turandot" is well-known globally, it is still an exotic legend to audiences in China. In fact, the name "Turandot" is not Chinese in origin, but rather a Persian word meaning "the daughter of Turan," a former part of the Persian Empire. The opera has been adapted for the screen several times by various countries. The poster above is from a Chinese 2014 version. The director is seen below in these photos from the launch party last week. He's the man in the black sweater in the middle photo.

In my goal to update some of the film pages in the VPA, I have begun with THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS, which was an important film because it was Vincent's introduction to American audiences. Director Tim Popeís 1996 sequel was a largely unsuccessful attempt to cash in on the successful 1994 hit "The Crow", without star Brandon Lee, who was killed in an on-set accident.  The marketing folks did well to guarantee the lack of opening-day reviews but there was no way to control the bad news once the movie was seen. This sequel has been much maligned over the years as being unnecessary, bad filmmaking, and trading on the Brandon Lee tragedy. Jon Bon Jovi auditioned for the role of Ashe, but Vincent was ultimately selected because of his performance in "Queen Margot". For inspiration, he looked to Jim Morrison and Hamlet though some reviewers thought he was channeling Jack Nicholson's Joker from "Batman". "I'll second that. What probably hurt his performance the most was his deep French accent, which at times made his dialogue indiscernible.

Here are some photos taken recently of Vincent. He looks as if he's aged ten years. The dark-rimmed glasses don't help. He's either going for a more mature look with the full gray-tinged beard or he's preparing for his role in "Turandot". Fans, what do you think?

 
10 March 2018

On Monday evening, March 5, luxury leather goods brand Lancel and interior designer Sarah Lavoine presented the fruit of their collaboration in a new collection of leather travel bags and accessories. Vincent and Karine attended the fashion event.

Here's a photo from late February showing Vincent with Nicky Depasse, a journalist  for Belgium's Elle magazine. Ms. Depasse writes, "At each interview, Vincent Perez surprises me. Now it is photography. He's published a book on Russia with fabulous portraits, unusual landscapes, pieces of this country he loves. It's splendid."

 
02 March 2018

Roman Polanski was questioned recently about casting his film, "Based on a True Story". He was asked why he thought of Vincent as FranÁois, Delphine's partner? He replied, "I have long been looking for an opportunity to work with Vincent Perez, heís a friend. In the role of Francois, I wanted someone who resembled Delphine De Viganís real partner in life [FranÁois Busnel] who reminds me of Vincent. I thought of him immediately. We met and he quickly accepted the role. He instinctively knew how to balance the kindness and the distance that the character required."

It was announced back in November that Vincent's daughter Iman, along with Flore Giraud and Mathilde Pinault, would be the new faces of Miasuki IX - equestrian wear. Here are a couple quotes from Iman:

"I was riding every day from when I was five years old until a few years ago. One day, my family sat me down and said, 'Sorry Iman, but we canít afford this anymore.' I was forced to stop for a year and went into depression. I just cannot not ride! So I started saving up from my modeling jobs and knocked on doors of various companies for sponsorship. Luckily, I managed to find my own way to carry on. I truly believe in 'where thereís a will, thereís a way'."

"When Iím not riding, I go to the gym and enjoy a great boxing session. Sometimes I do hip-hop ballet because itís a good way to combine my love for 90s soul, R&B music and ballet dancing. It helps me relax and unwind. I very much enjoy being in the fashion industry and I find great satisfaction in building my own career, but ultimately, my dream, my goal is still to become an Olympic show jumping athlete."

 

 

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