Bertrand Usclat: “In the end I stopped the theater because he clearly didn’t want me”

With “Twins but not too many”, the actor, discovered on the Internet with his “Broute” pellets, joins the cinema family. Portrait of a UFO.

“Is it me who has to speak here?” I’m sorry, I’m not good at this stuff,” he warns. At 36, Bertrand Usclat is not used to interviews or photo shoots. This major role in Twins but not too many alongside Ahmed Sylla is a first. Because Usclat is one of the rare actors who has managed the feat of moving from the internet to the big screen.

It all starts in Courbevoie in the Hauts-de-Seine. Unlike his older brother, little Bertrand is the extravagant type. School doesn’t interest him, work is an abstract concept for him. He prefers to put his energy into lines of code, software and websites that he builds from scratch. “I loved that. And the music! he recalls. I had a very bad group where I was a ‘singer’ (actually I was screaming into a mic…) and I was calling Oui FM all the time to… Win records and concert tickets. »

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I’ve always tended to stage myself. And I had a passion for cinema.

The anecdote makes us smile today, but back then her parents were devastated. The icing on the cake of their jester: At the end of high school, he announces to them that he wants to do theater. What happens to the kid who never talked about getting on the boards? During his oral exam, an examiner told him that he was made for it. “It clicked. I’ve always tended to stage myself. And I had a passion for cinema. I watched all the DVDs from the World collections: Akira Kurosawa, Ingmar Bergman, Sergei Eisenstein. »

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He joined the Velo Stolen troupe in Boulogne-Billancourt and decided to join the prestigious National Conservatory of Dramatic Art. Success rate: less than 5%. He narrowly misses his first attempt, proving to his father and mother that he is not a hopeless case. The following year, his hard work paid off. “I lived in a wonderful bubble for three years where I only did what I enjoyed. »

For the first time I saw kindness. Let’s be honest, before that I had basically had terrible experiences.

His arrival in the workforce is a brutal return to reality. To get a foot in the stirrup, he landed a supporting role in a version of “Anne Frank” with Francis Huster and then joined the subsidized theater at Cergy-Pontoise.

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In 2015 he joined the company “Énorme” led by Marie Pascale Osterrieth and Charlotte Gaccio. “For the first time I saw kindness. Let’s be honest, before that I had basically had terrible experiences. »

Bertrand and his comrades make their place with their political, social or religious jokes, always linked to current events

All his trademarks leave in the video footage. Because he created a spoof lozenge with his gang that did well on Facebook, and he’s determined to repeat the feat. “I ended up quitting acting because they clearly didn’t want me. »

Usclat, always on the sidelines…is even on the internet, where schoolboy humor is king and committed jokes don’t exist. Anyway, Bertrand and his comrades make their place and receive money for their projects with their political, social or religious jokes, always linked to the news.

I finally understood the rules of social networks

Over time, Bertrand Usclat found himself almost alone on board. It will ultimately be a parody of a Brut media video that has become “Broute,” causing it to explode in full custody. “I finally understood the rules of social networks. »

Canal+, which discovered the vein, ordered a series from him. There will be three seasons. Thanks to his crooked political figures, directors Olivier Ducray and Wilfried Méance turned him into a far-right MP who accidentally discovers that he has a twin. If for some all roads lead to Rome, for Bertrand Usclat they lead to the cinema.

“Twins But Not Too Much”, in theaters now.

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