Fifteen years later Gilmore GirlsYanic Truesdale reunites with Melissa McCarthy in God’s favorite idiot, a new series from Netflix. In reality, it’s just a reunion on screen, as away from the cameras, the two actors have remained good friends the entire time.
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Christmas 2020. Amid the second wave of COVID-19 in Quebec, Yanic Truesdale receives a text message from Melissa McCarthy over dinner. Nothing extraordinary so far. Since then, Michel Gérard and Sookie St. James have played in seven seasons each Gilmore GirlsIn the early 2000s, the two actors always kept in touch.
However, Yanic Truesdale frowns upon realizing it’s a video message, something they’re not at all used to. Curious, he opens the file the actress kept with Ben Falcone, her spouse and creative partner. In Australia, the couple is preparing to film a comedy. But most of all he tries to fulfill the role of an angel. Would Yanic be interested?
“Put it on! laughs the main interested person in the interview. It was the pandemic, the confinement, the winter … I thought: “When do I go?” »
A month and a half later, after putting out a couple of fires, the actor flew to the land of kangaroos. “It was a bit complicated because I was supposed to be out of Quebec by June, but I was supposed to be shooting the second season of people In April. I was sure they would flush me and give my role to someone else. But ultimately no. They have shifted the shoots. I found that extremely beautiful. »
Arriving at his destination and having survived his two “nightmarish” weeks of rigorous confinement in a Sydney hotel room, Yanic Truesdale begins work.
“My friends wanted to rip my head off for being in the sun in Australia! »
Descended from Heaven
comedy divided into eight episodes of half an hour each, God’s favorite idiot portrays Clark (Ben Falcone), a tech support person who begins a romantic relationship with Amily (Melissa McCarthy), an eccentric colleague. However, his mundane existence takes an unexpected turn when he is struck by lightning and, without warning, becomes God’s messenger. The man without a story is then entrusted with a delicate mission announced by the angel Chamuel (Yanic Truesdale), who has descended from paradise: to prevent the apocalypse.
Yanic Truesdale’s character’s first appearance is spectacular.
“My agent said to me, ‘This has got to be one of the best performances in Hollywood ever!’ exclaims the Montrealer. In the scenario it was marked that I come from heaven. I was sure it would be done with special effects. But no ! That meant I’d be hanging 150 frigging feet in the air with a crane! »
Despite his insane premise, Yanic Truesdale qualifies God’s favorite idiot the office comedy.
It’s not an over the top show. The insets are a bit crazy, but the tone remains very realistic.
Yanic Truesdale, ca God’s favorite idiot
Filled with good feelings God’s favorite idiot follows on from the feel-good comedies of recent years, led by Schott’s Creek and Teddy Lasso. “I love darker things, nuance the actor. But the world is so bad right now… Cynicism, can we let it go a bit? »
A friendship that lasts
When asked to describe his friendship with Melissa McCarthy, Yanic Truesdale points to their many similarities, including their sense of humor, their worldview and, most importantly, their political stance.
It also signals her love of design. “We started buying houses at the same time,” the actor emphasizes. On our days off we could go shopping together in the afternoon. She came to my house, she gave me ideas. I wanted to go to her house, I did the same…”
Yanic Truesdale is not surprised to have developed such a beautiful relationship with the American actress, the star of the films bridesmaids and can you ever forgive me.
All our scenes were together [avec Melissa McCarthy]. Gilmore Girls, there were 22 episodes per year. It’s been long days. It was 16, 18 hours of continuous collaboration. That creates connections!
As for the filming God’s favorite idiot, Yanic Truesdale states it went well. Not only because he could – for the first time in his career – film stunts in front of a green screen, but also because he could watch his great friend at work, both as an actress and a producer. “It was very cool to see a friend I really like navigate the upper echelons of the profession with so much flexibility and elegance. »
The best of people
Yanic Truesdale is currently filming the third season of people in Quebec with Christian Bégin, Normand Daneau and Alexis Martin. He believes that Jacques Davidts’ work will reach new heights when his new episodes land on Tou.tv Extra next autumn.
“This is my favorite season,” confirms the actor. I laugh a lot while reading the lyrics. It’s very, very funny, but at the same time it addresses very specific and realistic issues. »
Once this adventure is over, Yanic Truesdale will travel to Portugal with Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. He will then join a friend in Greece and then return to North America to eventually film two new parts of Fallen Angels Murder Cluba Lifetime Network crime drama television film starring singer Toni Braxton.
“It’s a good time for me,” says the 52-year-old actor. I have projects in both French and English. It’s really awesome. It’s a nice balance. »
God’s favorite idiot lands on Netflix on Wednesday.