During our interview, Sylvain Marcel is surprised to reveal a recent fact that he wanted to keep to himself. Last summer, while the Legault government appealed to everyone to make up for the lack of personnel in CHSLDs, the actor rolled up his sleeves and put his shoulder to the wheel. For two months, he did good. He comes out of it grown.
“I didn’t want to talk about it so as not to give the impression that I was advertising myself with it,” he begins by saying. If I do so, it is to pay tribute to the people who work in the health field and who are devoted to all these beneficiaries who could be our parents. ”
Last April, the actor was to shoot in the second season of the series “Les Honorables”, but health constraints decided otherwise. “It was postponed until the fall, then Patrick (Huard) started“ La tour ”, and it became impossible. I didn’t have much in front of me, so I gave my name to I Contribute. I didn’t even think I’d get an answer, but two days later they called me. The demand is so strong! ”
If he took this step, it is as much for him as for others. “After a month of doing nothing at home, either I was depressed or I was going to help people. Psychologically, it did me a lot of good. “
Sylvain, remember, was a beneficiary attendant for 10 years before devoting himself exclusively to his profession as an actor. So he knew what he was getting into. “I went to help out at the CHSLD de Rosemère. I was officially a service helper, but mostly took care of the elderly. I was in a red zone. It was difficult for the users, because they were locked in their rooms without being able to get out. ”
In June and July, he therefore returned to a reality he already knew. Today, more than ever, he admires the work of the staff. He said he was moved to talk about it. “It gave me a great lesson in humility, because these people work hard without common sense. They are underpaid, and I hope the government will keep its promise to pay them better. They are guardian angels. They take care of senior citizens in an extraordinary way. I realized how lucky I am to have my acting job. It’s really easy to do compared to what they’re doing. ”
Sylvain has accomplished this work in the strictest anonymity and has not told anyone about it until today. He found the experience so rewarding that it made him say, “I still miss the people I took care of. Yesterday, I walked past the CHSLD and it made my heart ache. I did not give in my resignation. If, due to the pandemic, my shoots are canceled, it is very likely that I will go back there to lend a hand. “
The shoots to which he refers are those of the series “L’Échappée”, in which he plays Thomas Bourgoin, the new director of the center. “At first, I was a little nervous, because I joined a gang that has known each other for five years. Plus, the first scene I shot was a long monologue. It was stressful. ”
He quickly felt at ease. If the actor was able to accept this role, it is because of the imponderables of the health crisis. Because last fall, in addition to the filming of “Honorables”, he had to go to France to attend the Paris premiere of the film “Aline”, in addition to ensuring its promotion.
Of course, the release has yet to take place, both there and here. “I was supposed to go there last November. It is postponed to next February, but we can expect it to be further postponed, ”he laments, resigned.
As we go to press, we have learned that the film’s release has finally been postponed until next November. “Aline”, as we know, is a dramatic comedy directed by Valérie Lemercier, who also defends the title role. A story inspired by that of Celine Dion, in which Sylvain finds his place in the character of Guy-Claude, her manager and husband.
“Whether we like Céline or not, people will love it,” he believes. It’s a “feel-good movie”. Lemercier is extraordinary! In France, the rumor is excellent, and it is said that it is the next “Les untouchables”. There, it looks like a resounding success. ” Released in 2011, “The Untouchables” holds the record for the most successful box office for a film shot in a language other than English.
Sylvain is all the more disappointed with the postponement of the premiere of “Aline” as he has hopes for the sequel: “It can open doors for me to work internationally. I hope they will be patient and take it out when everyone can see it. ”
These hazards aside, he retains excellent memories of the shoot. He talks about it as if he were dreaming awake. “I spent two months in Paris, with an ‘apartment’ of my own. My driver came to pick me up to go and shoot in the suburbs of Paris. On weekends, I had a car. I played golf in March, which I have never done here. Plus, I got paid to do the thing I love the most in the world. I had become a Parisian with my habits. ”
Like a cherry on the sundae, his girlfriend, Geneviève, joined him twice. “It was paradise!”
In love with Geneviève for two years, the 56-year-old man is the father of four boys and, until September 13, was the grandfather of three grandsons. The next day was born – finally! – a granddaughter in the family, Marylie.
While rejoicing in it, he cannot suppress a surge of sadness. “I never hugged her. At the holidays, when we went to take the gifts to the children, I saw her, but from afar. We did not even enter the house … “
During his recent participation in the TV show “Bijoux de famille” on TVA, he delivered an issue on the family. “Stand-up is not my job, so I worked hard. I was nervous at the recording, but it went well. I’m talking about the family and the fact that I never had a daughter. I recorded it just before Marylie was born. ”
Although Sylvain Marcel’s family is large, the Holidays are not what they used to be, and the health crisis has become an obstacle. “I spent mine with my youngest, Mathis, my girlfriend and her son, Manuel.”
In his childhood, and for almost 40 years, it was something else! “My maternal grandmother had 14 children. We had very, very big family parties. Sometimes there were almost 150 of us in a room rented to party. When you wanted to introduce your girlfriend, it took an hour to go around the family! Today, I like it to be more intimate. ”
Last summer, Sylvain returned to his roots by reviving the profession of beneficiary attendant. As if to come full circle, these days he is returning to the Harpagon theater, where he made his debut as an actor. “I started there with my boyfriend Claude Paiement. With the pandemic, we decided to take it up again. We do virtual theater online. ”
Thus, via the web, we can attend the humorous play “Viruses and Versa”. “It’s happening live. Claude Paiement wrote the lyrics, and I play with Frédéric Desager. Our characters are two guys who meet on the internet during the pandemic and try to get together. It lasts half an hour and then we answer the spectators’ questions live. And it’s really not expensive! ”
You can get a taste of it by consulting the Harpagon Theater Facebook page.
Yes, Sylvain Marcel’s life and career are going very well, thank you. And he is fully aware of being among the privileged. “I have actor friends who suffer greatly from the pandemic. I’m spoiled rotten. “
“L’Échappée” is broadcast on Mondays at 8 pm and “Bijoux de famille”, Sundays at 8 pm, on TVA. Tickets for the play “Virus and Versa”, presented by the Harpagon theater, are on sale at lepointdevente.com.