In a conversation with a multi-talented personality,Olivier Lafont.
Q1. People admire your work and know you as a director,producer,model, screenplay writer, television actor. But, they also want to know who Olivier Lafont is from your point of view.
Olivier Lafont : Mainly I consider myself an artist. Everything I do comes from a desire to have and make art in my life.
Q2. Share the most fascinating story of your childhood.
Olivier Lafont : The most fascinating story of my childhood was the paradigm shift when it dawned on me I wanted to be a writer. I had just read Lloyd Alexander’s ‘The Chronicles of Prydain’and when I emerged from those books I was a different person. I went from a person who loved to read stories to a person who wanted to write stories. Nothing is more fascinating than getting that spectacular insight into who you really are and what you really want.
Q3. Who would you like to work with, if you ever get a chance to work as a lead-actor in a Bollywood film?
Olivier Lafont : I’d like to work with Shekhar Kapur, with Raju Hirani again, with Imtiaz Ali.
Q4. You are, beyond a shadow of doubt, a multi-talented personality, your fans are eager to know how these shining stones come out of you?
Olivier Lafont : That’s very kind of you to say…Generally I follow my interests, which happen to be varied and mostly revolve around the craft of storytelling. For me acting and writing are two facets of this same craft. As for the work I do, I think you put out what you take in – i.e. the art I make is a reflection of the art I imbibe and keep around me.
Q5. Your debut book is based on Indian mythology, have you started working on the next series or would you like to start something from scratch?
Olivier Lafont : Right now I’m totally focused on ‘Warrior’, I’m not thinking about what’s coming after.
Q6. Why did you choose Indian Mythology, why not something else?
Olivier Lafont : I wanted to write an Indian story, a story with elements of the heroic fantasy I like. In fact the first incarnation of ‘Warrior’was a feature film script I wrote more than a dozen years ago. The Mahabharata was particularly inspiring for the story. I find Indian mythology to be so thematically rich, the stories can be read at so many levels.
Q7. Have you ever faced writer block?
Olivier Lafont : No, I haven’t. People talk about it a lot, but it’s something I’ve never experienced.
Q8. On which project you are working these days and what it is all about?
Olivier Lafont : It’s all ‘Warrior’these days.
Q9. Who is your inspirational model in the following areas :
Olivier Lafont : I like and appreciate the work of many artists.
Writing : Recently I was really impressed by Mark Lawrence’s ‘The Broken Empire’trilogy.
Acting : Many actors and actresses. Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Chastain, Javier Bardem, Amitabh Bachchan, Catherine Deneuve, Daniel Auteuil…
Q10. According to you, what is the real spice of life?
Olivier Lafont : For me it’s truth. Nothing is more fun, freeing, intimate, inspiring, and profound as truth.
Q11. Having worked in many movies, which character of yours do you like the most?
Olivier Lafont : I recently acted in a Hollywood film ‘The Baby Sellers’, where I played one of those wonderful doctors who volunteer to help people in less affluent parts of the world. In the film my character, a paediatrician, realises that the local clinic he volunteers at is a front for child trafficking. Normally a peaceful and kind character, his reaction of almost uncontrollable fury shows how deeply he believes in taking care of and helping and loving people in need. He stands out as a beacon of kindness and humanity in a difficult world, which was a gratifying experience.
Q12. With whom would you like to share your newly arrived success?
Olivier Lafont : My wife, who’s truly the most intelligent and perceptive person I’ve ever met. Aside from handling all aspects of marketing for ‘Warrior’, she’s also an amazing source of inspiration. She also moonlights as my muse.
It’s been very wonderful talking to you.Hope you too enjoyed this session. Your final words for your peers and fans.
Olivier Lafont : It’s been a pleasure. I wish your blog every success, and I hope people enjoy ‘Warrior’!