Friday, 26 August 2016

LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES: XAVIER DOLAN ON CANNES, SEX AND PORN

Xavier Dolan (Photo by Shayne Laverdière / courtesy Agence Goodwin)
Bugs' interview with Xavier Dolan originally ran in Hour magazine on June 10, 2010

Not only did 21-year-old Montreal film wunderkind Xavier Dolan find himself rubbing elbows with filmmaking royalty at last month’s 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival, but his new film, Les Amours imaginaires, part of Cannes’ Official Selection, got a standing ovation following a packed screening at the Salle Debussy.
Dolan drank it all in.
"I was at Cannes for 10 days, did 160 interviews, drank too much alcohol and smoked too many cigarettes!" he laughs. "[Then] I had this Cannes glamour moment where at some mini-shindig I walked into some bar with Benicio Del Toro and this French actress, and suddenly my life changed. These people were [no longer up] on the screen. They’re chatting with you and you’re talking to them about cinema and your life and their life and you’re laughing [together]!"
Dolan pauses.
"I don’t want to make it sound shallow, but I felt like part of a family."

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

VILLAGE PEOPLE POP ICON FELIPE ROSE TALKS SEX, DRUGS AND DISCO

Felipe Rose: "I’ve never done interviews for Out Magazine or The Advocate."

Bugs' interview with Felipe Rose originally ran in Three Dollar Bill on Dec. 2, 2004

I was a 12-year-old disco bunny when I saw the Village People perform live at the Montreal Forum back in 1978. The opening act was none other than Gloria Gaynor, who won the only disco Grammy ever awarded, in 1979, for her classic I Will Survive.

Last year, a full quarter-century later, I interviewed the Village People’s "Indian" character Felipe Rose – along with Thelma Houston, KC and the Sunshine Band, Martha Wash and others – for a cover story I wrote on the legacy and importance of disco. I was so taken by Felipe, and we got along so well, that we’ve met backstage each time our paths have crossed and have maintained contact ever since.

But back in 1978, when I was a disco bunny, Rose was having the time of his life as the Village People topped pop charts worldwide.