On the poster for Suprêmes, a biopic on NTM signed Audrey Estrougo, Sandor Funtek and Théo Christine returned to DashFUN on their incredible preparation to become Kool Shen and JoeyStarr.
After an out-of-competition presentation at the Cannes Film Festival and a tour of previews, Suprêmes is setting the mood in cinemas. The biopic on the young years of the group NTM signed Audrey Estrougo seduces by its authenticity and its staging but especially by the performance of its main actors, Sandor Funtek and Théo Christine, who slipped the time of the film into the skins of Kool Shen and JoeyStarr.
An “American-style” preparation
Sandor Funtek and Théo Christine are therefore reunited for important roles: to embody two monsters of French rap. With such pressure, even if the artists validated the project, Sandor Funtek and Théo Christine followed a shocking preparation, “American style” as they say, to accurately and forcefully embody Kool Shen and JoeyStarr.
Met in Cannes, the two actors explained to DashFUN how they worked with coaches, “an armada of Avengers of coaches”, for dance, graffiti and rap. In addition, Sandor Funtek explains that“they fed on archives, well-known interviews, books” and that Audrey Estrougo briefed them on the verlan spoken language and the political context of the time, the film being set between 1988 and 1992.
This substantial workload, which began a year and a half before filming, has turned into an obsession according to Théo Christine: “There was a part of the dream, we were both so fans, we wanted to do so well that we thought about it all the time.”
The galvanizing shoot, for them but also for the whole technical team, gave birth to a real authenticity which transpires in the biopic and which gives its ardor to the musical moments, such as the concert scenes, with the very elaborate scenography, in which Theo Christine “no longer saw the cameras, but only Sandor and the public and who were doing good after the Covid”.
Kool Shen and JoeyStarr, who supported and validated the film, both came on the set and Sandor Funtek and Théo Christine were only hoping for one thing: that the two artists were happy with the result and that they “allow them to continue”. And the work paid off as Suprêmes was boxed and presented at the Cannes Film Festival, before being in theaters today.
Interview by Mégane Choquet on July 10, 2021 in Cannes.
Editing: Arthur Tourneret
The Supremes trailer: