Happy 13th anniversary in
celebration of the creation of The Vincent Perez Archives!
In conjunction with his
upcoming photo exhibition at the BHV Conservatory in Paris,
Vincent answered a few questions for Infrarouge magazine. The other
day his Chinese fortune cookie had a message that read "Life is full
of obstacles". Vincent believes it's those very obstacles that are
the spice of life. He says, "Life can become more exciting with the
fun of overcoming successive obstacles."
Does the man have any regrets?
He replies, "I have no regrets. I don't think like that. Sometimes I
have been a little disappointed. There are days like that."
Apparently Vincent had tested for the film, "A Perfect Murder" with
Michael Douglas. I assume he was up for the role that eventually
went to Danish actor Viggo Mortensen (one of my favorites). The
co-producers and Douglas praised him with "You are in!" That night
he was to have dinner with Marlon Brando and he was delighted.
However, dinner was canceled and Vincent never received any
confirmation that he had secured the role. He says, "Finally, I had
become 'too European' for this role! It's a job where everything is
wonderful and then everything collapses. The roller coaster!"
Who do people confuse him
with? It turns out to be all Vincents! He says, "I was even mistaken
for Vincent Lindon. And with Olivier Martinez. People always think I
was in 'The Horseman on the Roof"".
What does he think his truest
quality is? He answers, "Passion. Enthusiasm." I would agree. He
adds, "I have an extraordinary life that I would not have dared to
dream." And when he was just a teenager, what film stars did he
admire? He replies, "I liked Yves Montand. He sang and danced. And
there was James Dean and Marlon Brando."
Has he ever done anything
crazy to get a role? No. However, he says, "Now I dare to call or
send a note or text message! Recently I had dinner with Martin
Scorcese so when my American agent had me read a script from him, I
asked a friend who knows him to remind him of our dinner and he
What disappoints him the most?
He admits, "To have started to grow a little too late! Literature,
culture, art. There are many books and things I wish I would have
known about before! Abstract art... Dora Vallier... Le Corbusier,
the life of this man..."
Asked to use a few adjectives
to describe his photo exhibition opening on June 21st, he replies,
"Depth, mirror, reflection, past and projection! I was fascinated to
find a new direction in choosing to illustrate the 'urban
monstrosities' in the indelible marks, fingerprints and warping of
time, internal walls, monuments, architectural damage. With the help
of Augustus Chantrel, I was introduced to 'accidental art.'"
Here are some photos of Karine taken
on May 31st at the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros. With Vincent's
work schedule these days, it appears that he didn't attend this