Opening this weekend is director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The story centers on the Kadam family, who set up an Indian restaurant in a small village in the south of France, unknowingly beginning a rivalry with the nearby classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). However, this rivalry eventually turns into friendship as the two establishments begin to learn and appreciate the other’s cuisine. Produced by Oprah and Steven Spielberg, the film also stars Manish Dayal, Om Puri, and Charlotte Le Bon. For more on the film, watch the trailer.
At the Los Angeles press day for the film, I landed an extended video interview with Charlotte Le Bon. She talked about how she got into acting, the experience of making The Hundred Foot Journey, the differences between an American set versus a French set, Lasse Hallström’s directing style, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk (which used to be called To Reach the Clouds), her parents’ acting careers, and so much more. Hit the jump to watch.
- 00:00 – The movie’s about family.
- 00:28 – When she realized she wanted to act.
- 01:45 – On her parents’ acting careers.
- 02:33 – Exploring the heart as a symbol.
- 03:27 – On doing press for her first American movie.
- 04:39 – What she expected on set versus what it wound up being.
- 05:54 – Working on an American set versus a French set.
- 06:33 – On the evolution of the script.
- 07:21 – Her experience working with film versus digital.
- 08:05 – On Lasse Hallström’s directing style.
- 08:57 – On Robert Zemeckis’ To Reach the Clouds.
- 11:52 – Working with Joseph Gordon Levitt on The Walk (To Reach the Clouds).
- 13:25 – How she got her role in The Walk.
- 14:51 – Is she looking to do more French movies or American movies?