The mini-series “Manipulations” arrives on January 10 on France 2. Carried by Marine Delterme and Marc Ruchmann, this breathtaking thriller deals with marital influence. The actor tells us more about his complex role, far from his character in the “Plan Cœur” series.
Handling : the grip of a narcissistic pervert
France 2 broadcasts the series Handling composed of six episodes, which is announced as the must-see thriller. This new fiction is written by Jeanne le Guillou and Bruno Dega (Gloria, They were 10). Here we follow the story of Maud, embodied by Marine Delterme. She is an accomplished businesswoman and mother. She meets a younger man, named Mathias.
Maud is overwhelmed by this new love story and do not see what is going on. His son will then begin to inquire about Mathias. He quickly realizes that his mother is fell under the influence of a dangerous manipulator. The latter, with a very complex personality, is played by Marc Ruchmann. Known for his role as Julio in Heart Plan on Netflix, the actor changes his mood and slips into a more psychological role.
Meeting with Marc Ruchmann
What appealed to you about the script of Handling ?
What I liked was being able to talk about this subject through a thriller. For an actor, it’s a very interesting score. It is a role that I had not been offered until then. The series makes the subject accessible to the public and it is very well written. It’s not Manichean with the bad guy on one side and the good guy on the other. It’s very nuanced and it was very interesting to play.
How would you qualify your character, Mathias?
I would say: narcissistic pervert. But I think it’s beyond that, I could say sociopath. This character pushes all the cursors, he goes very far. The term narcissistic pervert is very broad, today it is even a bit of a catch-all. Indeed, there are plenty of different cases and he goes beyond that and this character has a big psychiatric problem.
Did you have some apprehension about playing this complex character?
It was a challenge, since it’s a leading role with Marine Delterme. It had been a while since I had a leading role where it rests on my shoulders. We have to believe in this character to be able to make this couple exist. There are a lot of times when my character goes into explanations, to be forgiven and manipulated. So these are big dialogues and monologues. You had to be very specific. It was really a challenge, there was no fear or apprehension.
How did the shooting go with Marine Delterme?
We had great faith in the director, Marwen Abdallah. He found a great balance for both of us. We operate quite similarly, it was very natural and productive. We shot some very striking scenes. When we took a step back, we realized that everything was very violent, the words are like blows.
Handling can be followed on France 2 from January 10. Check out the trailer below.