The Perfect Man with Didier Bourdon: his partner’s incredible physical transformation

In The Perfect Man, which hits theaters June 22, Didier Bourdon must confront an annoying robot tented by a transformed Pierre-François Martin-Laval. Special effects or intensive physical preparation? We have the answer!

After building permits garnered nearly 600,000 viewers last March, Didier Bourdon returns to the big screen on June 22 in The Perfect Man.

This comedy directed by Xavier Durringer (La Conquête) tells the story of Florence, portrayed by Valérie Karsenti.

Overwhelmed by her family life and work, she decides to buy a human-looking robot with a perfect physique. He fulfills all his expectations: running the household, taking care of the children and more.

But the robot named Bobby (PEF) will quickly arouse jealousy in Franck (Didier Bourdon), her unemployed actor husband.

Fearing losing his wife, Franck decides to take matters into his own hands, especially since the robot takes seemingly malevolent pleasure in causing trouble in their relationship!


Director Xavier Durringer wanted a blond, tall, muscular, attractive robot with a dazzling smile and beautiful blue eyes that he could look straight into the faces of those he was talking to.

Also, the filmmaker wanted an android with a physique like Ken, Barbie doll’s muscular fiancé!

“When it was ‘designed’ we had fun inventing functions for it. We gave it the power to speak all languages ​​and do a thousand and one tasks, housework and then others, more glamorous, like playing bowling or chess.”states the director in the press kit.

“We even invented clothes for him for all walks of life and sold them in large quantities. In fact, we tried to make him a “perfect” humanoid that is evolutionary because he feeds on new human expressions over time to develop new abilitieshe says.


To interpret the Uman 3 robot, Pierre-François Martin-Laval really underwent intensive training, in addition to make-up sessions. No special effects were added in post-production, the artist really upped the cast!

The actor did it the old-fashioned way, at home. To find a young man’s line and rebuild an athlete’s bodybuilding, he mainly ate chicken breasts: “as I had seen Stallone in Rocky”he says

The actor started with 100 push-ups on day one and added 10 more each day, taking him to 350 push-ups on D-Day!

“The main way I gained muscle was by having my daughters sit on my back while I was pushing! And for the first time in my life – because I don’t usually like people watching me work – I practiced playing in front of them.”he says.

“When they started to take an interest in what I was doing, I felt like I was on the right track. I moved slowly and spoke to them in a voice that I had rather stupidly tuned to the voices of the GPS, those voices that don’t speak out of tune but are mechanical, crowding out the tonic accents of French.

I said “good morning” to my daughters and I asked them what they wanted and indicated that I came on their orders. She was so happy about that. Especially when they asked me for an ice cream just before they sat down to eat. When I had to follow her mother didn’t always agree!confide in the one nicknamed PEF.

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PEF as Robot Bobby


However, this drastic training was not the most difficult for Pierre-François Martin-Laval. The most painful thing was having my entire torso, back, chest, arms and shoulders waxed.

“Since I was quite hairy, the ordeal of wax that I had to go through three times was a martyrdom. I stoically thought about women and the saying ‘You have to suffer to be beautiful!’ (laughs.) But the hardest thing for me was learning not to blink.

I can’t wear contacts every day, but unfortunately to be Bobby I had to wear them all day and keep my eyes wide and wide open for endless minutes.”reveals the 53-year-old artist.

To blink and relieve himself, PEF eagerly awaited opportunities to turn his back on the camera. In addition, the actor was not wearing a mask. Thanks to the magic of the make-up, her face looks like it has been drawn with wax.

“The makeup sessions lasted two hours. The makeup artist is to be commended. She did a craft for me that was used for Madame Doubtfire with Robin Williams in the ’90s. To erase my wrinkles, she handed me the skin of the skull with rubber bands taped behind the head and neck. My wig, very opaque, à la Ken, hid it all.”explains the actor.

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Once that gear was in place, complete with gloves and a skintight coverall, PEF became Bobby. If he played, even if he suffered a little, he did “happy as a pope”. Born in Marseille, he felt like a kid he was when he wanted to be a clown.

“I told myself I’m doing an extraordinary exercise that I probably won’t be ready to do again and I need to make the most of it. The only scene that was really hard for me to take was the first one, when they had to lock me in a box, like a gift box.

Because I’m claustrophobic! But the reaction of the set, when I was released and able to start running, made me forget my discomfort immediately. Seeing the surprise effect of my bobby on my little comrades really filled me with joy.”concludes Pierre-François Martin Laval.

The Perfect Man hits theaters on June 22nd.

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