Flash immortality explanation by Christopher Lambert! If we had a choice…

The French actor became known to an international audience in 1984, when he appeared in the lead roles in Hugh Hudson’s films “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” and “Lord of the Apes.” In the same year, she played her first leading role in a French film, co-starring with Catherine Deneuve in “Paroles et Musique”. The 1986 production of “Highlander” (The Scot), in which he played the character of ‘Connor MacLeod’, was the pinnacle of his career. He spoke to Hürriyet 36 years after the release of the cult film “The Scottish”, which played a major role in the life of the successful actor.

◊ When you look back, what do you think about the success of “The Scotsman”?
– I can’t explain. The reason I agreed to do “The Scotsman” wasn’t because it was an action movie. All I can say is that I think it was a romantic movie before it was an action movie. It was also about the romantic side of immortality. The subject of immortality is handled through a character who carries violence, pain, love and suffering on his shoulders and is still positive.
You go on living… You lose the people you love, you still have to pull yourself together, you have to keep smiling on your face…
You have to go on living with the pain that life creates. It doesn’t matter if it’s a 12-year-old child or 25, 30, 50 years old… I believe it’s a feeling inside us that will never leave us.

◊ You said immortality and the romantic part of immortality… Do you think immortality is a secret desire of humanity? What do you think about this concept?
– If I had a choice, I would choose to be immortal, despite all the pain it brings. Because I want to know what will happen in a thousand years, in a hundred thousand years. Provided I’m in good health, of course.

◊ The success of the movie is also influenced by the legendary band Queen’s combination with their songs. Have you had a chance to meet Freddie Mercury and the other members of the band?

– Yes, I met Freddie Mercury while shooting the videos. We were shooting in England. It was great meeting him, meeting the group. It was great meeting Freddie Mercury. It was unbelievable that they gave a private concert for 15 people for 48 hours. There were four members of the group and 10-12 team members on stage. The Queen was ours for 48 hours.

◊ What memories do you have of the movie “The Scotsman” besides Queen?
– Director Russell Mulcahy, of course… He’s an incredible director. One of the best visual directors I know. His ideas, his imagination, his perspective on the essence of the shot are incredible. And of course, having one of the biggest encounters with Sean Connery…
Sean was a very humble man, a gentleman, very respectful of people.
It was him, not pretending to be someone else. And that’s something I value very much in people. Don’t try to be someone else, be yourself. Sean Connery was like that. He was a great friend. I miss him. I wish there were more people like him in the world.

◊ Continuing with Sean Connery… I read that he was only on set for a week for the movie but I can imagine it was an unforgettable experience for you…
– We went to our first meeting with Sean Connery with the producers. We walked the Scottish countryside, drank good Scotch whiskey in a few bars, and got to know each other. And you know, Sean either likes or dislikes you the moment you meet.
So you don’t have to talk for hours to know if he likes you or not. Because it shows instantly. Our acquaintance went extremely well. We immediately connected with his character’s charm, generosity, humor and sense of communication.

◊ I would like to come to your more recent project “Call My Agent”. How did you meet with the project?

– First of all, the producer of the series was Dominique Besnehard, who was the first casting director I met when I came to Paris. I was 19, Dominique should have been 29. He was the casting director.
He was an assistant to one of the best casting directors in the world. We’ve remained friends ever since. Time passed, I did “Greystoke”. We still remained friends.
A few years ago, he asked me one day if I would participate in the drama called “Call My Manager” and he explained the concept. “Absolutely,” I said, because it sounded so much fun.
Ours is the craziest industry, especially at the agency-management level. How can I say, they’re all neurotic people… There’s always competition. In the first episode, they ask my fake daughter ‘who is your father’.
The girl doesn’t know what to say when asked and suddenly says ‘Christopher Lambert’. Then in the second part, her friends say to the girl, ‘Oh my god, my god your dad is here’. The girl doesn’t know what to do because she lied and I’m not her father.
Then I keep looking at the girl and leave my phone number on her desk as a joke and leave. I think something like this should remain a joke, of course.

◊ Why?
– Just between us, what’s a 60-year-old man going to do with a 20-year-old girl? I know they exist, but they don’t make sense! What do they tell each other, what do they talk about, what do you exchange about life, what do they have in common?

If you are 60, you should know and understand that it is the right age to be with a woman who is 40-50 years old. Beyond that is nonsense.
Stupid for the boy and stupid for the girl. It’s ridiculous for both sides. One thing is for sure, most of the time these relationships are not about love.

◊ Do you have a hard time making the decision to take part in a project?
– I do it when I want to make a movie and its subject attracts me. It could be a scene in a movie or the entire movie. It does not matter. For example, I shot a movie called “The Creeps” last year. What I was going to do in that movie amused me so much that I couldn’t say no.

◊ I would like to ask about your “White Material” movie in which you acted in 2009. We talk a lot about female directors today, you worked with a female director and a female writer in 2009. What can you say about this experience?

– In my opinion, women should rule the world, not just the movies! Claire Denis has always been the director, writer and producer of her own films. She was fighting to do everything herself, because she had to fight for it.
As you said, it was not common to have a female director and especially a strong female director. For example, we waited 4 weeks for a helicopter to shoot.
Since there was no helicopter, we were shooting for an hour a day. ‘We can’t keep shooting like this, we’re losing a fortune,’ the producer said.
‘This is how it will be, or I’m leaving,’ Claire replied. He was strong.
She wasn’t stupidly strong, but… She was a woman who knew exactly what she wanted and what she was doing. I had a great time with him. He’s very sensitive and in constant pain, but he makes great movies.

◊ You were one of the ‘It Boys’ of your era… If I ask who Christopher Lambert is today…

– Still eager to work… When I was 33-34 years old, I realized that I wanted to do too much and one lifetime would not be enough for what I wanted to do. However, I started doing different things. I was making plates for supermarkets, then I relocated and got into real estate, then into the hotel business.
I’m still in the hotel business. I also have a tech business. And by the way, I take the time to make two to four films a year, depending on the size of the role.
I’m a movie freak, I’m a movie buff, but we can talk about different things, right?

◊ With the epidemic, the cinema industry found itself in a great change. Digital platforms proliferated and became a challenge to traditional cinema. I’m curious about your thoughts on this change that comes with technology?

– The thing that impressed me in the epidemic was the power of the platforms. Platforms will replace cinema in many movies. The movies that I think will hit the theaters will be blockbusters like “Avatar”, “Titanic”, “Mission Impossible” and megascope movies like “Gone with the Wind”. Because these movies require a big screen, there will be movies in theaters that want completely different sound, completely different effects.

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