Jean Reno makes film 'believable'
Jean Reno has insisted he couldn't contemplate taking it easy in stunt scenes for his latest film 22 Bullets, as making his work believable is the most important thing to him.
The 61-year-old French actor stars in the new thriller, directed by his actor friend Richard Berry, as retired mobster Charly Mattei, who survives after being shot 22 times, and comes out of retirement to seek revenge. The film sees Reno endure some gruelling action scenes, but he insists that's the way it had to be.
He explained: "My only pride is when I see the movie. I believe first, I don't see the work, I see the movie. I don't see somebody working and trying to be believable.
"I showed the movie to a friend who came from America and he was completely in shock. Bon. That's the real work, that I have, that's the only goal that I have.
"If you see a movie that I've done and you see Jean Reno and you see that it's not believable, and you go to the fridge to take a drink, that's shame for me."
Richard wrote the character especially for Reno, but he says they are not similar.
He said: "I'm not a mob. I'm not a violent guy. The character has what I gave him in terms of emotions. Most of the time when you play a hit man you will play somebody very rude and a b*****d, that's all. I took the risk to give him a lot of emotions.
"Of course the movie is very entertaining action, love, blood, shooting, but more than that it is an extremely powerful term of emotions. Something special.
"It will stay in my memory like an emotional encounter."
:: 22 Bullets is released on September 3.