“We hate you, but you do your job well! Marc Fournier has often heard this phrase at the supermarket since he played Yves Jacob in District 31. Abhorred by viewers during the first seasons of the crime drama, his character as an internal affairs investigator managed to turn the tide over the years. So much so that today, we perceive Jacob as an ally, and no longer as a slap in the face ready to do anything to corner his colleagues. “Before, he came like a bulldozer,” comments the actor. Now he thinks of the humans behind the investigations. “
Initially, Marc Fournier was to star in two episodes of District 31. Its first appearance dates back to 1er November 2016. Internal affairs had been seized of the file of Stéphane Pouliot (Sébastien Delorme), who had used his status as an investigator to fabricate a false warrant to spy on his girlfriend. Author Luc Dionne loved their confrontational scenes so much that he hastened to write others.
Five years later, Jacob has never been so present.
“It’s still a lone wolf,” comments Marc Fournier in an interview. He’s a guy who takes his job seriously. His alcoholic background forced him to put his career as a narcotics investigator on hiatus. Since his mistake, he has dragged a little feeling of inferiority. He always wants to prove himself. He is unloved, misunderstood. “
Recently, Marc Fournier believed that his days in the credits of Quebec’s most popular soap opera were over. It was last fall, receiving the texts for the December 17th episode.
“The first scene was when I announced my retirement, where Jacob was saying goodbye. Reading that, I was like: “Yeah… it’s kind of pocket-sized… I want a motorcycle accident too!” But on the other hand, I was like, “OK. It will have been a beautiful wrinkled four years … ”It was afterwards, as I continued to read, that I realized that I was being sent to the Independent Investigation Service. “
Since this turnaround, the 1,800,000 viewers who religiously follow District 31 have learned that Jacob is neither more nor less than a mole hired by Carl St-Denis (Hugo Dubé) to watch Mélissa Corbeil (Brigitte Paquette) and possibly corner Louis Bourgouin (Stéphane Demers).
“ District 31, it’s enjoyable in a funny way, says Marc Fournier. Usually when we shoot a project, we know exactly where our character is going. We know its dramatic curve. In District, it is impossible because we discover the intrigues from week to week. People think we know everything, but we don’t know more than they do. “
Twists and turns
As District 31, Marc Fournier’s career is rich in twists and turns. Listening to him speak, we discover that he began an artistic career in the mid-1990s, when he was preparing to become a lawyer. Holder of a baccalaureate in law from the University of Montreal, the native Trifluvien dropped everything the day before a tax law exam at the Bar when his group, Féroce FETA, won The Empire of Future Stars, a important music competition.
“We celebrated our victory quite loudly,” recalls the guitarist. The next day, the exam took the edge. And I never took it back. “
It was at the turn of the 2000s, by making a play in Mauricie, that Marc Fournier began a second turn. “I asked my girlfriend: ‘I have done 1001 jobs, but the one that has always tempted me is that of an actor. Will you give me a couple of years to try? ” She said yes and I went for it. “
Spaghetti in Virginia
Suddenly small roles (like “eating spaghetti in silence back in Virginia ») And training workshops, Marc Fournier has slowly but surely climbed the ranks of the acting profession. Outraged District 31, he ended up in Unit 9, Trauma, Yamaska and All the truth.
“I did not have a big explosion at the start of my career,” sums up the father. I built my career by working hard. And today, I’m happy with everything that’s happening to me. “
Hope for 2021
This year, in addition to the shootings of District 31, Marc Fournier will continue to develop a documentary series on which he avoids spilling out. He also hopes that some projects postponed to 2020 due to the coronavirus can finally come to fruition.
“The pandemic, I find it difficult and sad for the performing arts. I still have a little discomfort knowing that I can continue to practice my profession, but that others cannot. “
“The communion of going to see a music show, a play, a movie at the cinema… This moment when several people are experiencing the same thing at the same time is precious. I hope we will find a way to relive this. “
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