Exclusive interview with Gilles Latulippe

April 8, 2014

Gilles Latulippe

Much to our content—and for your enjoyment, dear readers of Lobe Magazine—the writer, comedian, actor and director Gilles Latulippe granted us an interview. I had the chance to sit down with Mr. Latulippe during his visit to the city of Québec as the spokesperson for the second edition of the Salon FADOQ 50 ans +, which took place September 27 through 29, 2013 at the Centre de foires d’ExpoCité. 

As you know, Gilles Latulippe has earned numerous awards and honours throughout his long and impressive career, including several Méritas and Métrostar trophies and the Olivier Guimond trophy. He was also named a Chevalier of the Ordre de la Pléiade in 2000, was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2004 and was conferred the title of Knight by the Ordre national du Québec in 2009.

Who can forget all those television shows that gave us the pleasure of watching this great comedic actor at work? Just think of Cré Basile, Poivre et Sel, Symphorien and Les Démons du midi with Suzanne Lapointe, for example; funny moments that now hold an important place in our memories and our archives. And then there’s the theatre: like television, the stage is another means by which Gilles Latulippe is able to express his tremendous talent. Most notably, he has performed at his home theatre, Montréal’s Théâtre des Variétés, a playhouse he successfully managed for more than
30 years.

Here are some of the questions we got to ask this jocular and kind-hearted man.

Q: What motivated you to agree to be the spokesperson for the second edition of the Salon FADOQ 50 ans +?

A: First of all, they called me because I am part of the 50 and more age group. I’ve been in the acting business for 54 years now. I felt it was only natural that I now reach out to those who have been following my career since the beginning.

Q: What do you do to stay in shape? 

A: I play golf. I work a lot. When I say I work, well, I do what I love; so I don’t work, I play.

Q: Do you volunteer with elderly people?

A: I like going to see them. They make a good audience. People sometimes think older people are sad or uninteresting. Far from it! They have something to say. They have a past, a story to tell. Everyone should visit a senior citizen in a CHSLD. We need to show them that they haven’t been abandoned or forgotten.

Q: What grabs your attention when you meet people?

A: When I meet someone and we exchange smiles, my job is done. That’s what I have always wanted to do with my life: make people laugh and smile. Anytime someone walks past me, they will see me smiling. I also enjoy it when people come up and talk to me as if we’ve known each other for a long time.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?

A: I have a publishing house. I write biographies, joke books, plays. All the plays I act in, I wrote. The last play I put on was called Le Sexe Shop! I always give my plays catchy titles. The previous year it was Viva Viagra! and the next one will be Salut cocu! A play with an intriguing title is one step closer to success.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career?

A: My entire career. I was fortunate enough to get my dream job. In fact, it’s not a job; it’s a passion that doesn’t just fade away! And that passion is with me for life.

Here are some photos taken during the second edition of the Salon FADOQ 50 ans +, which took place September 27 through 29, 2013, at the Centre de foires d’ExpoCité in Québec City.

Many thanks to Gilles Latulippe for this enjoyable encounter. Here’s hoping he may carry on pursuing his passion and sharing it with us for many years to come.