CHAT TRANSCRIPT CANAL CHAT MARCH 8, 2001 (ENGLISH TRANSLATION)

 

Jerry O'Connell, gets in touch with all.
The hero of the series Sliders, slides from television to the big screen.  After Scream 2 and  Mission to Mars,  he does projects in front of and behind the camera!


Good evening to all, Canal chat has the pleasure to welcome Jerry O'Connell.

Hello!  Sorry about technical difficulties between Hollywood and Paris.  Here we go!  Good evening to all from the USA, I am happy to be your guest.  Give me your questions now.  I am happy to be able to chat this way with all of you.

London_28:  What is your impression when the actor playing Arturo quit the series?

Jerry:  This series by which many people know me in Europe and throughout the world was a beautiful adventure.  There is always a bit of sadness at the time when an actor leaves, and that's a decision which is often made in complete agreement with the production.

Auroreboreale:  Have you ever been in France? 

Jerry:  What pretty face hides behind such a pseudonym? ;-)  A girl or a boy?  A girl I imagine rather, am I mistaken?  Yes, I've already been to France several times because I really like to eat well, and here it isn't bad for the food. ;-)  I also like to visit the museums and the castles.  Here, we do not have the old culture like you.  We certainly have superb and large regions, but for me France is a mosaic of landscape, smells, lights, and flavors as well!  I am also an amateur of the wines...

Sabrina:  Have you kept in contact with the actors in the series Sliders?

Jerry:  Yes, yes, of course, we see one another at times for lunch or at a party.

Quinn:  What have you enjoyed the most in the series Sliders?

Jerry:  When one plays in a series like Sliders, I believe that one is taken by an environment, a harmony of the history that's made,  so that one does not have a final preferred scene or particular attitudes.  I know that I owe much to Sliders and that it was truly a rocket launcher for my career, but I know now that I want to make other things.  It is necessary to know to adapt, to change "casting", of character.  If not, one risks having to carry all of his career on one reputation, always the same one which sticks to your skin and makes the producers  remain attached to to this image and not propose to you other roles which you truly would want to make.

Samia:  What is your next film?

Jerry:  At this moment I finish filming a genre of a completely new kind.  I tested myself, since I've studied cinema in New York, at the same time becoming an actor and a producer, but also a director, and one will see if criticism follows me on this path.  There are many actors and actresses, it's true,  who spend time on the other side of the camera and why not?  I think that when one feels a role, that one interprets and at the same time can direct one's self, it's the time to gain and especially the feeling/awareness to "stick" to the trade, to make it so the acting is more personal, more intimate also....  In short,  I sense myself rather well in the skin of an actor, director, producer, What a self made man!  ;-)

Quinn:  You wrote the scenarios of season 4?  What is it that makes you to act in your own scripts?

Jerry:  Like I said a moment ago, I believe that one should not be confined in a role if it is thought that one can make other things.  I have pleasure to write and act, or act in my own scripts with others, it is a complete service which I place at the disposal of the production companies  with which I thus collaborate more effectively.

London_28:  What is the best episode you liked to play Quinn?

Jerry:  Difficult really to say, I believe not to have really had preferences.

Sii:  Will Sliders be adapted to the cinema?

Jerry:  Probably yes, but that it will be different.

Olivier:  Are you a fan of science fiction and if yes, what are your preferred books/films?

Jerry:  I am an attentive reader of Orson Wells and Carl Sagan.  The last film of Carl Sagan's, Contact, with Joddie Foster which I believe you like in France, passed a little quickly on the scene.  It was a good film which unfortunately had the difficulty in coming out only  a few months after the death of this great writer and I believe that it did not profit from enough publicity to be recognized like a good film.  It is regrettable.

Damien:  What has become of your brother, Charlie?

Jerry:  He continues acting and modeling, but one does not pull him too much stuff at the moment.  ;-)

Samia:  Is the life of an actor difficult?

Jerry:  Why not?  I am drinking a beer and one asks me nice questions.  It is not too hard!  ;-)

Malycia:  Which actors, or actresses, do you admire more?

Jerry:  If one speaks about the next Oscars in terms of the fortunate candidates, I would like very much for Tom Cruise to win something, that Julia Roberts also wins because she deserves her Oscar.  But I would also like your Juliette Binoche to become a true star in Hollywood because her Chocolate is sublime.  I hope she will have an award this year because she truly deserves it...

Moderator:  Thank you very much Jerry O'Connell, is this the end of your words?

Jerry:  I am upset to leave you, because I have a battery of interviews now.  As I said a few moments ago, it is necessary to know to evolve one's career with good timing, and at a good place.  That is the one reason for which I decide to turn the page, without any regrets... thank you for your kindness today, I will return a little longer next time.  Thank you and good evening to all...

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