With An ordinary man, M6 broadcasts a new free adaptation of the Dupont de Ligonnès affair carried by Arnaud Ducret in the skin of the number 1 suspect of this five-fold murder which still fascinates nearly 10 years later.
[Mis à jour le 15 septembre 2020 à 20h30] In four episodes, M6 intends to return to the killing of Nantes in April 2011, this fivefold murder which fascinated the whole of France and asked many questions around Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès, father of the murdered family and suspect number 1 not found in this case. At the head of a new fictional adaptation, Arnaud Ducret plays Christophe de Salin, a role very inspired by Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès but whose name has not been retained to avoid legal problems in the chain. Still untraceable, the father is still the privileged suspect of the investigators. Why would he have murdered his family? How did he get away? Is he still alive or has he committed suicide? Questions that M6’s fiction tries to answer through the voice of fiction rather than documentary.
While he is best known for sketches and comedy roles in the cinema, Arnaud Ducret was chosen to play the inspired role of the father of a family suspected of having coldly executed his family. Pierre Aknin, creator and director of the series for M6, explained his choice on the airwaves of Europe 1. It was first his daughter, producer of the fiction in four parts, who offered to meet the actor. . Then everything was decided during the meeting: “When he entered the restaurant, it was physically … It’s not that he looked like him, it was that there was a deep energy that said to me ‘but it is him, there is not even to insist.’ And the meal did exactly what I thought it would be. “
In an interview for Télé 2 Weeks, Arnaud Ducret explains that he was committed to “trying to understand this incredible character who committed this act and trying to say how he came to this.” According to him, Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès was “someone quite lonely because to undertake that you have to be in a somewhat parallel world” even if he insists on reminding that he “is presumed innocent but, despite everything , lots of things can make you think that it was he who performed a few acts. “
If Arnaud Ducret makes this reminder, it is because there is indeed a legal risk in portraying a fiction inspired by an unsolved news item. Pierre Aknine explains it at Paris Match: “We had to change the names and places for legal questions. It is not Nantes but Lyon and they are called Salin, but let’s be clear: we are talking about Ligonnès. L irony is that today, the only person who could attack us is Xavier Dupont de Ligonnès! “
Biography of Arnaud Ducret
Born December 6, 1974 in Rouen, Arnaud Ducret is a French humorist and actor. In the 2000s, the public began to know him through sketches in Morning Live on M6. On La Six, he got a role in Camera Café 2, a short-format sequel to Camera Café, which ended after a season made up of 120 3-minute episodes. At the start of the 2010s, his career exploded everywhere, both on stage in his one-man-show shows and on television in television films and especially the Parents manual series where he played Father Martinet. In the cinema, he began a long series of roles in popular comedies including Les Profs but also Gaston Lagaffe and Les Nouvelles Aventures de Cendrillon.