HAVANA, Cuba, May 25. The great French comedian Pierre Richard said in Havana that he had fallen in love with Cuba the first time he came in November 1987 to make a documentary about Ernesto Che Guevara.
Richard is in Cuba shooting the movie Three brothers, by Patrick Grandperret , in which he said he plays a small but beautiful part as the father of a French banker, who is seeking the traces of a pirate ancestor who disappeared off the Baracoa coast, Cuba’s easternmost city.
In a brief meeting with reporters at the Sevilla Hotel, the star of memorable films as The tall blond with a black shoe, pointed out that when too much time passes without him returning to the Caribbean nation, he misses it deeply.
It's magical, irrational, I can not explain it, he confessed. I have always admired the dignity of the Cuban people, especially professing affection for their country, a feeling that I can’t find in France, said the star.
He announced he is coordinating with the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) to have a joint project and have artistic reasons for him to return, because every time I have worked here I’ve got impressed by the efficiency and quality of the technicians and workers of the Cuban movie industry.
He argued that the professional efficiency is accompanied by a zest for life and a joy to work that is exceptional.
About the film he is shooting, he said that is about Cuba today without clichés or stereotypes, through which Cuba is seen in some parts of the world but, on the contrary, he said, it deals with the everyday life of people.
On his immediate plans, he confessed that when he returns to Paris he would work hard on a one-man show by the name of Pierre Richard III, with many texts, which he humorously describes as a tête-à-tête between him and William Shakespeare.
He also announced that he will shoot the second part of a film that he starred with American actress Jane Fonda, a blockbuster, named “And if we lived together”, that he hopes will soon premiere in Havana.