Jules Werner • Actor
Shooting Star 2007 - Luxembourg
by Boyd van Hoeij
Luxembourg actor Jules Werner trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has worked in the theatre and cinema both at home and abroad. He is currently working on the upcoming Paul Kieffer film Nuits d’Arabie (lit. Nights of Arabia) in Algeria. Cineuropa met with him just before his departure.
Cineuropa: What sort of film projects are you attracted to?
Jules Werner: One thing that films should never loose out of sight is that they are entertainment. That is very important. But at the same time, entertainment does not necessarily have to mean cheap mass entertainment or formula-driven work. It should try be innovative and surprising, but at the same time not be aimed solely at the small part of the population that likes to sit in corners and talk about deep stuff.
Why would a director choose you for his film project?
I find this a very difficult question. I think that what I do, I do it well. I think I have the right amount of talent, combined with technical know-how and technique that I’ve learnt via experience and through drama school. On top of that, for my current film, Paul Kieffer chose me because we have worked together in the theatre and we got along really well, and when he wrote the script, he thought about me.
And then the Shooting Stars…
…is sort of the next step. First you got noticed in your country, and now this is sort of the next step outwards.
Where do you see yourself one year from now, with the experience of the Shooting Stars behind you?
As an actor you really never know where you are going to be. It could be one part that you do, one contact that you make, one director that you meet [that changes everything]. That is what is exciting about this job, but at the same time frightening. What is great about the Shooting Stars is that you try to push your luck a bit. Quite a lot is dependent on luck, but here you kind of get a helping hand.
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