“To have fun, you have to have known misery”



Luc Dionne, the screenwriter, enjoyed reading the comics and novel series of Bob Morane. Today, he likes to read Asterixat the edge of his swimming pool. He still remembers that the guidance counselor at school suggested that he take literature and writing classes. When he returned home, he confided his career plan to his father, telling him that the guidance counselor was not good. His father simply replied, “My son, you never know what the future holds.”

You lived in the Duvernay neighborhood .

In my neighborhood, there were guys older than me, including Claude Meunier and Serge Fiori who once gave a show at my school with the group Harmonium. We were unruly. The music stops. Serge takes the microphone and says:    If you don't like our music we'll (expletive) our camp here  

You used to play hockey until until your feet are frozen. 

Early in the morning, with my friends the Pouliot, Vermette and Varin, we were playing on the skating rink in Saint-Ernest Park. The tradition of my grandfather who encouraged us to put pepper in our stockings sucked. I was also a batsman for the Concorde de Laval Junior.

Omertàis the very first TV series you wrote.  

After working in several fields, including as a political attaché in Quebec, I wrote my very first TV series. In the end, my orienteer had more flair than I did. 

The family was camping in a tent.

In the summer, we would leave, my father, my mother and the four children, for Myrtle Beach, with a box on the roof, our huge tent and our suitcases. 

The stop in Washington was often too much.

Each year we stopped in Washington, which meant that we arrived in Myrtle Beach in the dark, no light to illuminate us, but hundreds of mosquitoes to bite us. 

You were wetter than your car.

I had an old Vega that was so punctured I walked out of the car wash all wet. Besides, my father had forbidden me to park this old car in front of the house.

Your first jobs?

I was a packer at the Jean-Paul Théorêt grocery store. Then, I worked at the Center de la Nature, as a monitor. I still don't understand, to this day, why a few 12-year-olds, with the weather approaching -30°C, came to slide and skate on a Tuesday evening.  

Your father devoted his life to teaching.

My father taught mathematics at university and the majority of my teachers were his students. Besides, the books for school math lessons were written by him.

Your mother is an excellent pianist.

Mom, Jeanne Barbier, who will turn 90 in a few days, has been part of several choirs.

Mom, keep playing the piano, we're not sleeping.

When we were in bed, mom played the piano. However, when she stopped playing, she was told: “Mom please don't stop, we're not sleeping yet”. 

You were having anxiety when your mother was leaving home.

My grandmother had found the solution to cure my anxiety. A hot water bottle on my stomach and she gave me two Smarties candies. 


She told me they tasted like like Smarties, but they weren't. My anxiety has been chased away and I'm still eating Smarties.

You're a trumpet player. 

I joined several bugle corps, including the Châtelaines de Laval Corps de Tambours et Clairons, even before a game of the Expos. I played the trumpet and then gave trumpet lessons. 

You went to high school at Georges-Vanier school in Laval.

I was enrolled in the AMI program (Individualized Modular Approach) which led me to learn through reading and exercises, accompanied by a teacher.

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I progressed at my own pace within a pre-established schedule. However, I must admit that I should have picked up my pace.

Your mother was worried about your loneliness.

Often, I stayed in my room to do a lot of reading. My father reassured her by telling her not to worry, because it was part of my learning in life.  

You are four children.

My brothers Serge, René-Claude, and my sister Carole, who runs the most sought-after casting agency in Quebec. I contacted her, because she was the director of a biker association, and I asked her to find about thirty to do some extra work in Omertà

You consider yourself lucky to have lived a beautiful youth.

Yes, being a music fanatic: Robert Charlebois, at the Parc de la nature, Ginette Reno, on the mountain, Harmoniu

One of your most important encounters was with Paolo Noël and René Angélil . 

We were shooting the movie Omertà. The two insisted on eating with the technicians.

They confided in the good years of the cabaret.

We listened carefully to their adventures. The cabaret world, the Montreal mafia, except that they often laughed so much that they didn't finish their story.

Are you a good handyman?

I am excellent at tearing down, but I rarely find the time to rebuild what I have torn down.  

You are the child in your life as a couple.

My spouse Annie Letourneau is wonderful, both at home, because I am like a child, and in our work. Her work is so important because she's the one who keeps the story together.

You wanted to bring back a character that you killed. 

One good morning, Annie said to me: ” The character you want to bring back to the TV series, we have a major problem, you killed him two years ago”. 

“To have fun, you have to have known misery”