Stéphane Bern stars in the TV movie “Pour l’honneur d’un fils” on France 3. He plays an Air Force commander who loses his son, also in the army, during a a field operation. A role not obvious for the TV host who had to follow a particular preparation.
For the honor of a son: Stéphane Bern at the heart of a heavy story
Directed by Olivier Guignard, For the honor of a son broadcast on France 3, features host and writer Stéphane Bern. Viewers who are used to seeing it in Secrets of history or to hear him on the radio at the microphone of Europe 1, will find him in a very touching role. This is not the first time he has acted. We have already seen Stéphane Bern make appearances at the cinema but also in TV fiction such as the series The Art of Crime or Murders in Lorraine.
In the TV movie For the honor of a sonthe TV host embodies Captain Paul Leclerc, a former fighter pilot who trains the military in the use of observation drones. During a field operation in Africa, his son Guillaume, engaged as a ground commando, is killed. If the investigation quickly concludes that there was enemy fire, Paul cannot accept this hypothesis. Something is wrong and he intends to find out what. Whereas his quest for truth becomes obsessive, Paul must not neglect any track among the enemies of France and unfortunately perhaps, among his friends. Gradually discovering the truth, he struggles against the temptation to take the law into his own hands. After suffering the trauma of her son’s death, he takes the risk of losing everything else.
A big role!
To embody this authoritarian character, Stéphane Bern was under a lot of pressure. It’s certain Cognac Air Base, where the famous Reapers of our Air Force are stationed, which Stéphane Bern was able to step into the skin of Paul Leclerc. To be as fair as possible in this role of commander and former fighter pilot specializing in heavy drones, he was accompanied during the filming. He was therefore entitled to special preparation to master gestures and vocabulary associated with the function. This is what he explains in an interview dedicated to Ministry of Armies :
In addition to shooting training with an instructor, I benefited from the valuable advice of the fighter pilots and the base command, both for the gestures and for the terms used in the dialogues. Moreover, the scenario had been read, re-read and validated by the services of the Air Force.
“The uniform helps to get into the role”
In this fiction, Stéphane Bern will be accompanied by Constance Dollé (commander Maïwen Castel), Bruno Debrandt (Franck Carava) and Julie-Anne Roth (Marion Croze), among others. The history buff took pleasure in slipping into the shoes of this military father. Thanks to the many uniforms he wears in the unit, Stéphane Bern was able to understand his role as best as possible :
What is true, as an actor, is that the uniform helps to enter the role. Immediately, something happens when you put it on with the shoulder pads and the fourragère. The framework also plays a lot, in this case the Cognac air base, the hangars with the Reaper drones. I wanted to be worthy of the image of our Air Force. Particularly in his action in OPEX, and to appear credible in this role of air base commander. The pressure was strong, but the military leadership helped me greatly, with its advice and tremendous empathy.
Viewers will discover his performance on France 3 in For the honor of a sons.