In “All this I will give it to you”, Bruno Solo plays Richard, a retired gendarme who will embark on a counter-investigation to discover the truth about Aymeric's death. Meeting with the actor.
This Thursday, February 8, Bruno Solo is showing All this I will give you, a modern family saga in which he lends his features to Richard, a former police officer who has just retired who will lead the investigation into the death suspect of Aymeric, son of a powerful family. To discover the truth, he will work with Manuel Ortigosa (David Kammenos), the husband of the deceased. Together, they will uncover the secrets of this family.
On the occasion of the La Rochelle French Fiction Festival, AlloCiné met Bruno Solo so that he could tell us about the series, but also about this counter-productive role.
AlloCiné: This Thursday you are in the casting of the mini-series All this I will give to you. Can you tell us about the fiction as well as your role?
Bruno Solo : The series is adapted from a Spanish novel, All this I will give to you by Dolores Redondo which is a huge best seller in Spain and around the world. It's a family saga full of secrets.
It is also the story of two men, who had no reason to meet, and who will have to work together to discover the truth. They are very different, if only physically.
On the one hand, we have a sort of Don Quixote, a very tall and very thin man, and on the other hand, we have me, a stocky man. Manuel is homosexual, erudite, brilliant, dark… And he will meet this reactive, conservative, visibly resigned guy who hides dark secrets.
They will get to know each other, and discover truths about each other, especially my character who will go a long way to emerge from the fatalism in which he locks himself. He is a lucid man who is aware that he is not a seducer and that he is rejected by most people, including his own family.
Little by little, he will reveal himself. And that's why I find the series very beautiful. In addition to the cliffhangers and the twists and turns, it is the meeting between two men as we rarely see on television. I'm proud to have to defend this role on television.
Did Dolorès Redondo have a say in the writing of the series? Did she come to the set?
I think she had her say. She has a very strong character so I can't imagine that she didn't have an opinion on the adaptation. She came to the set once but I wasn't there, so I didn't get to meet her.
I met him in Biarritz when we went down to do international sales for the series. There have, however, been changes to the adaptation. The book takes place in Galicia, which is a very harsh region in the northwest of Spain, above Portugal.
In the French version, we have radically changed settings since we are in the south of France which is a very sunny and bright region. I think Dolores probably validated this change. But even if the atmosphere changes, the psychology of the characters remains the same.
She must have seen episodes. Didn't she congratulate you on your work?
Yes, she liked what I did with the character of Richard. She told me that's how she saw it. So that made me happy. She said it very austerely because she is not someone who pours her heart out. She told me that physically and also in the interpretation, it was exactly what she expected from the character.
Speaking of the character, Richard is the archetype of an ordinary form of homophobia. For example, he has difficulty saying “your husband” to the character of Manuel, and keeps saying “your friend”…
I don't think he's homophobic. He is an ideologue. I think he's just intellectually lazy, as many people are. He falls into diagrams and caricatures. He has a sort of intellectual laziness which makes him impermeable to any slightly more detailed analysis.
But what I like about him is that very quickly, he realizes that he is an idiot. He knows that he is narrow-minded, he knows that he is drowned in imbecile certainties and that he makes no effort to escape from the image that he lets appear.
When we see it, we say to ourselves that it’s going to be a big idiot. And he said to himself: “since you see me as a big idiot, I'm going to be a big idiot”. But in reality it is much more complex. Over the course of the episodes, we will discover that he is a man wounded and bruised from the inside.
It is also these injuries which explain his persistence in this investigation. He is in reality in a kind of determinism in which the others have locked him. But I don't think he's inherently homophobic. These are more bistro comments.
He is boorish and he cultivates this image because he thinks that one must keep a distance from victims and suspects. But there is a reason behind his investigation. He uses Manuel as a Trojan horse to enter this family and discover its secrets.
It is an investigation that is very personal to him, because he is looking for the truth. The truth about the accident but also a truth which concerns him more directly and which we will discover gradually.
It's quite rare to find an openly homosexual character as the main character on a prime time channel, and in prime time. Do you think that this is a desire on the part of France Télévisions to change mentalities?
I don't watch all the fiction but I have the feeling that it's already been done. Unless I'm confusing it with a film. But I still have the impression that today, these subjects are approached in a more head-on manner, without false modesty. From the start, we start from the idea that the two men are married.
And my character is in a somewhat conservative France which still has difficulty imagining that two people of the same sex can be married. I actually represent a certain segment of the population who will have to progress because it is the immutable march of history, and we will have to stop fighting against things that are there.
Fighting against that is a stupid and losing fight. And I think that the public service is indeed addressing this type of subject more and more.
Is there a scene in All That I'll Give You that particularly struck you?
It was especially episode 6 that struck me. We understand who Richard is, what drives him and what darkness has darkened his entire existence and caused him to become this unpleasant, grumpy, boorish, aggressive and clumsy man.
We will understand what he went through to become this 60-year-old man who gave up at the idea of pleasing. He attracts no empathy whether from his bosses, his colleagues or his family. Ultimately Richard has almost become a caricature of himself. But as the series progresses, we understand and that's what will make it touching.