“To have fun, one must have known misery”

Luc Dionne, the screenwriter, enjoyed reading the comics and novel series Bob Moran. Today he likes to read asterix at the edge of his swimming pool. He still remembers that the tutor at school suggested that he take courses in literature and writing. When he returns home, he confides in his father about his career plan and tells him that the guidance counselor is not talented. His father simply replied, “Son, you never know what the future holds.”

They lived in the Duvernay area.

In my neighborhood there were people older than me, including Claude Meunier and Serge Fiori, who one day did a show at my school with the group Harmonium. We were unruly. The music stops. Serge takes the microphone and says: “If you don’t like our music, we’ll go here (expletively) to the camp”.

You played hockey until your feet froze off.

Early in the morning we played with my friends Pouliot, Vermette and Varin on the ice rink in Saint-Ernest Park. My grandfather’s tradition of putting pepper in our stockings sucked. I was also a batsman for the Concorde de Laval Junior.

omerta is the very first TV series you wrote.

After working in various fields, including as a political attaché in Quebec, I wrote my very first television series. After all, my advisor had more flair than I did.

The family camped in a tent.

In the summer we, my father, my mother and the four children, drove to Myrtle Beach with a box on the roof, our huge tent and our suitcases.

The stop in Washington was often too much.

Every year we stopped in Washington which meant we arrived in Myrtle Beach in the dark, no lights to illuminate us but hundreds of mosquitoes to bite us.

You were more wet than your car.

I had an old Vega that was so broken I came out of the car wash wet. Also, my father had forbidden me to park the old car in front of the house.

Your first jobs?

I was a packer at the Jean-Paul Théorêt grocery store. Then I worked at the Center de la Nature as a monitor. To this day I still don’t understand why some 12-year-olds came to slide and skate on a Tuesday evening when the temperature was -30°C.

Her father dedicated his life to teaching.

My father taught mathematics at university and most of my teachers were his students. He also wrote the books for the mathematics lessons at school.

Her mother is an excellent pianist.

Mom, Jeanne Barbier, who will be celebrating her 90th birthday in a few days, was a member of several choirs.

Mom, keep playing the piano, we’re not sleeping.

When we were in bed, Mom played the piano. However, when she stopped playing, she was told, “Mom please don’t stop, we’re not asleep yet”.

You used to worry when your mother left the house.

My grandmother found the solution to cure my anxiety. A hot water bottle on her stomach and she gave me two Smarties candies.

smarties?

She told me they tasted like Smarties, but they weren’t. My fear is gone and I still eat Smarties.

you are a trumpet player

Even before an Expos game, I joined several bugle corps, including the Châtelaines de Laval Corps de Tambours et Clairons. I played the trumpet and then gave trumpet lessons.

You completed your high school at the Georges Vanier School in Laval.

I was enrolled in the AMI (Individualized Modular Approach) program, which led me to learn through reading and practice, accompanied by a teacher.

You progressed at your own pace.

I made progress at my own pace within a predetermined schedule. However, I have to admit that I should have increased my pace.

Your mother worried about your loneliness.

I often stayed in my room to read a lot. My father reassured her by telling her not to worry as it was part of my life training.

They are four children.

My brothers Serge, René-Claude and my sister Carole who runs the agency to water specializing in the most sought after figures in Quebec. I contacted her because she was the director of a motorcycle club and I asked her to find about thirty where she could do extras omerta.

They consider themselves lucky to have had a beautiful youth.

Yes, as a music fanatic: Robert Charlebois, in the nature park, Ginette Reno, on the mountain, Harmoniu

One of your most important encounters was with Paolo Noël and René Angélil.

We shot the movie omerta. The two insisted on eating with the technicians.

They trusted in the good years of cabaret.

We have listened carefully to their adventures. The cabaret world, the Montreal mafia, only they often laughed so much they didn’t finish their story.

are you a good handyman

I’m great at tearing down, but I rarely find the time to rebuild what I’ve torn down.

You are the child in your married life.

My wife, Annie Letourneau, is wonderful, both at home because I am like a child and at our work. Her work is so important because she is the one that ties the story together.

You wanted to bring back a character you killed.

One good morning, Annie said to me, “The character you want to bring back into the TV series, we have a big problem, you killed him two years ago.”

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