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Maxim Gaudette has been working in the world of film, theater and television since graduating from the Montreal Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in 1997. In the film Confessions, it shares the screen and is directed by Luc Picard. An actor and director who, he says, nourishes every artist he meets.
“Luc is a guy who loves actors, he tells us and it shows, explained Maxim Gaudette on the red carpet of the film Confessions. It gives us confidence. He prepared so much in advance. Wearing two hats is extremely complex and perilous. Seeing him play his first scenes, I was impressed because he already had that mastery. It was a really pleasant shoot that he led masterfully.”
His first acting experience with Luc Picard also dates back to the year he left theater school, in the series L’ombre de l’épervier. This time, and with the years that have passed, the 49-year-old actor explains that he was able to take better advantage of it, transforming his admiration into an opportunity to draw on Luc Picard's years of experience.
“It’s fun to have the director in our midst who is part of the gang, who goes behind the camera and suddenly comes with us to play the scene. He really impressed me.”
This film – shot more than two years ago and whose release was repeatedly postponed due to the pandemic – will attract curious people to the cinema, he believes. For his story inspired by real events, his adaptation of the book Gallant: Confessions of a Hitman by journalists Éric Thibault and Félix Séguin, the character of Gérald Gallant himself and the context of the biker war.
His character, Rodrigue “Rod” Lemay, is a garage owner involved with organized crime. A slightly more developed character in the book who was reshaped in Sylvain Guay's cinematic script.
“Luc kept the idea that this guy had a garage and ordered some murders from Gallant added the one who devoured the book.
“He is a racist and a homophobe; shortcomings that today no longer pass, but which are said openly – and in a shocking way – in the film. He is a character who is miles away from what I am myself. It's not great, but for a performer, it's exhilarating to have to do that.”
Theater and small screen
Maxim Gaudette plays a supporting role in the excellent Larry series, which was released in its entirety earlier in July on TOU.TV's EXTRA.
He personifies the son-in-law by Larry, a former undercover policeman leading his own investigation, played by the brilliant Benoît Gouin.
We will also see the actor on the stage in September in À cause of the sun, by Évelyne de la Chenelière. A play inspired by the novel The Stranger, by Albert Camus, which will be presented at the Denise-Pelletier Theater and in which he defends the main character.
We will also continue to see him in 5e rang, a series which is in its 5th season.
“Comme j 'had played in L'auberge du chien noir – so knowing Sylvie Lussier and Pierre Poirier –, I suspected that it would last a good while [laughs]. Basically, as long as it works and as long as people follow us, why not. They are such interesting characters to defend.”