Television The 25th anniversary of Un gars, une fille | They loved each other, they love each other and they will love each other

In 1996, when he found out You need love not having a new season at TQS, Guy A. Lepage is convinced that his film career is over. “I didn’t think I’d end up on BS, but I saw myself becoming an author again. I said to myself: my best years are behind me, “he recalls. Before his talk show is canceled, the host keeps the part he loves the most: a series of sketches that magnify the comedy of a couple’s daily life. A series that the planet knows today as One boy one girl.

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The print

Aired on Radio-Canada on 1uh May 1997 the moment of five episodes, thanks to a gap to be bridged between the winter and summer schedules, One boy one girl was the first to serve as a parachute for Guy A. Lepage, the moment when the one who was later described as the most drooling of the RBOs fell back on his feet.


PHOTO SARAH MONGEAU-BIRKETT, THE PRESS

Guy A. Lepage

” When You need love it hasn’t been renovated, I told Jean Bissonnette [producteur, mentor de Guy] : “We could put an end to these scenes of the couple, in a one-hour special.” Since I didn’t know what to do to connect the scenes, because they didn’t go together, I did a rough montage with fades in and out. Jean Bissonnette told me: “We are not presenting it to TQS, we are presenting it to Radio-Canada”. ”

Thus, by sheer compulsion, the innovative aesthetic of the series is born, made up of short sequences of shots that show only its two main characters, between which fades in black and stripes alternate.




Après 7 saisons, 130 épisodes et 4000 scènes, Un gars, une fille se concluait le 31 mars 2003, la crainte de presser le citron l’emportant sur le vif plaisir de jouer ensemble, qui habitait ses deux têtes d’affiche : Guy A. Lepage et Sylvie Léonard.

Mais Un gars, une fille, coécrite par Lepage avec une ribambelle d’auteurs (dont son bras droit des débuts, Pascal Lavoie), n’a jamais vraiment quitté l’antenne. L’émission, toujours diffusée à Radio-Canada, accumule une trentaine d’adaptations dans le monde – la Slovaquie s’est récemment ajoutée à la liste. « Encore à ce jour, quand Sylvie et moi, on va au restaurant ensemble, les gens arrêtent de parler autour de nous », s’étonne le créateur.


PHOTO SARAH MONGEAU-BIRKETT, LA PRESSE

Sylvie Léonard

À l’occasion du 25anniversaire du premier épisode d’un des plus grands succès de l’histoire de la télé québécoise, Guy A. Lepage et Sylvie Léonard ont chacun raconté à La Presse la genèse de ce qui cimenterait leur renommée et leur amitié.

Une épiphanie dans un couloir

Guy A. Lepage : En 1994, Chantal Francke n’était plus dans RBO. Il y avait des sketches où Yves ou moi, on faisait des filles, mais quand on était rendus à Bruno, on trouvait ça crapet d’avoir un personnage de fille avec cette pilosité-là.

Sylvie Léonard : Les gars ont toujours dit qu’ils avaient décidé d’engager une fille parce qu’ils étaient tannés de se frencher entre eux autres.

Guy A. Lepage : Yves et André ont soumis la candidature de Sylvie. Dès qu’on s’est vus, on a eu une épiphanie. On a eu du fun instantanément.

Sylvie Léonard : La première fois que j’ai vu Guy dans un couloir, il sortait d’un sketch, il n’avait plus sa perruque, mais il avait encore ses bobépines. On a jasé un peu avant que je passe au maquillage et – je le sais, ça a l’air arrangé avec le gars des vues – tout de suite, j’ai su que ça allait durer, que ce n’était pas la dernière fois que je travaillerais avec lui. Il y avait une connexion.

Guy A. Lepage : La série de sketches sur le couple est née d’une discussion au restaurant, avant même que je fasse Besoin d’amour. On trouvait, Sylvie et moi, que dans beaucoup d’émissions de télévision, particulièrement quand il y avait des couples, tu voyais rapidement que c’était une émission de télé. Du monde de 40 ans qui se couche en pyjama en plein été, qui se donne des becs pas trop habitués, on trouvait ça nono. Ça ne ressemblait pas à la vraie vie.

Sylvie Léonard : Après RBO Hebdo, on a continué à se fréquenter, Guy et moi. Nos enfants étaient inséparables et on avait du fun à se voir. Un gars, une fille est née de l’envie de pouvoir témoigner de ces banalités, dans un couple, qui rejoignent tout le monde. Mais on ne pensait pas que tout le monde, ce serait 30 pays.





Une forme salutaire

Guy A. Lepage : Moi, je viens de l’école de MusiquePlus. Dans toutes les émissions, à l’époque, sur toutes les chaînes, même les émissions de service, c’était impossible de voir quelqu’un plus de quatre secondes, avant de voir son cul, son dessus de tête, un plan large, la ville, un gratte-ciel. Il fallait toujours qu’il y ait 82 valeurs de plan. Moi, j’avais mon truck de ça, parce qu’on l’avait beaucoup fait dans RBO. Et je pense que si les gens ont aimé Un gars, une fille, c’est que sans s’en rendre compte, ils étaient tannés de voir mille plans à la seconde.

Louise Cousineau, dans une chronique parue dans La Presse le 31 mai 1997 : « Je commençais à désespérer de Guy A. Lepage que j’ai adoré du temps du meilleur de Rock et Belles Oreilles, mais RBO a creusé sa tombe dans ses spéciales qui sont passées à Super Écran […] Guy A. Lepage also left me cold as a talk show host. And here, finally, he recycles himself in a piece full of subtlety on the life of a couple. […] We can’t wait to follow the adventures of this perfectly believable, albeit highly exaggerated, couple. ”


PHOTO BERNARD BRAULT, PRESS ARCHIVE

Sylvie Léonard and Guy A. Lepage, at the Gémeaux gala in September 1999

Guy A. Lepage : I had opted for sequential shooting, because I always found it difficult, in a sketch with two people, to choose when to cut one or the other. It’s fun to be able to watch them both play at the same time.

Silvia Leonard : Form was more of an advantage than a constraint. The viewer could decide where he wanted to look: who speaks or who reacts. But the timing has to be there during the shoot, because there is no montage that decides the pace for the viewer. I’ve already shot scenes in other projects that, once edited, had lost something. There, we were masters of rhythm.

Guy A. Lepage : Jean Bissonnette gave me the best advice of the whole series. When did we do it a You need loveSince I’m a comedian, as soon as the girl said something stupid, I replied in an inelegant way. Jean told me very quickly: “If you want this couple to work, we need to feel that, despite your quarrels, you love each other. Don’t despise your girlfriend, be kind, pay attention. And it wasn’t difficult, because I love Sylvie, it’s my friend and smells good.


PHOTO BY RÉMI LEMÉE, LA PRESSE ARCHIVE

Guy A. Lepage and Sylvie Léonard on the set ofOne boy one girl in September 2000

Two weights, two measures

Silvia Leonard : Sylvie, I built it myself. For me it was important to show the archetype of the girl in full contradiction. She at 35 she does not want to get married, but she looks at the marriage diaries saying to herself: “If I married, it would be barefoot, like Julia Roberts”, all these contradictions that are very unconscious prejudice.

Guy A. Lepage, in an article published in The print April 18, 1997: “The thirty-fifth is a crucial moment in life. It is the age where you wonder if you are going to settle down or if you will continue to struggle. We are all advanced teenagers … ”

Silvia Leonard : The observation I made, which was the most surprising, is that there are indeed double standards in our society. When Guy was hateful and decided to sabotage a cooking class, we found him comical. But when Sylvie sabotaged a baseball game, he was castrating, tiring. I’m proud of it, because that’s what we wanted to show.

Guy A. Lepage : When I come across the show today, I say to myself: Hosts that is stupid. The guy is always having his her nonsense festival and the girl is naive because she’s in love and she wants her to work. […] Sylvie is fantastic, she is a machine, that woman. I don’t know if she did a single bad scene. While I have some to my credit.

Silvia Leonard : Is Guy A. Lepage a good actor? [Rires] Guy A. Lepage can’t play everything, that’s for sure. Guy says, “I went from a very pocket-sized comedian to an average comedian. ” That’s all. [Rires] I love him so much. If one day he was in trouble, I would reach him anywhere.

The local, the universal

Guy A. Lepage : We hadn’t yet reached our first real season when a girl named Annabelle Pouliot asked us for permission to trade on our behalf, to sell options to other networks. She was going to Cannes. We said yes, but we were sure we would never see her again. We immediately realized that the bobo couple from the Plateau who wonder if they will have a child or not, if they should stay in an apartment or buy a house, exist in all western cities. The Greeks thought it was a Greek broadcast, the French thought it was a French broadcast.

Silvia Leonard : I have met many couples who are not straight and who said: we recognize ourselves in this dynamic.

Guy A. Lepage : My impression is that in all relationships, straight or gay, there is a Guy and a Sylvie. Why ? Because most stable couples are complementary couples. There are always those who are more adventurous, those who love to travel less … But for the young generation Z, who are redefining the models of couples and their gender identity, there may one day be a show that will be called iel and iel. And it will be great.


PHOTO PIERRE MCCANN, LA PRESSE ARCHIVE

Sylvie Léonard and Guy A. Lepage in February 2003

And isn’t it over?

Sylvie Léonard, on the last day of filming, in The print of 29 March 2003: “I don’t have a pleasant memory of it. A part of me, the one that could express itself through this character, is dead. It’s hard for me to admit that Sylvie won’t be back. That said, we are comfortable with our decision. ”

Guy A. Lepage : Since we stopped, I’ve called Sylvie twice because I thought I had an idea for a movie or a comedy. Sylvie has always replied to me: “Do you think it will be better than what we did? And this, I cannot guarantee it.

Silvia Leonard : Guy gave me space. Sylvie, I was the one who decided what she was like and Guy never said, “Oh no, I don’t see it the same way. We always went to the same place.

Guy A. Lepage : One boy one girlhe is Sylvie’s baby as much as mine.

Silvia Leonard : Guy and Sylvie loved each other, they wanted each other. He found her deeply beautiful, she found him deeply desirable. And the rest of us, we decided that they would love each other forever. But this is our secret garden.

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