This is my ‘first love’ so far as celebrities go.
I had some crushes earlier than finding Roy, but some of his work quite literally saved my life. At a time when I didn’t care whether I lived or died, (leaning more toward the latter) one of his characters gave me a way to keep going, to keep getting up and going on day after day till it got a little easier and I cared about living again.
His stuff is a bit hard to come by since, after his one smash U.S. success he chose to go back and work in his beloved Montreal. Aside from being a phenomenal actor – one who truly becomes each character so you don’t ‘see’ Roy anymore but the character being portrayed – he is a great guy. Huge charisma, environmentalist with a focus on saving natural rivers, avid sportsman and just a very sweet and giving man. He is also extremely private. He isn’t involved in social media, though he has occasionally done live chats with fan club.
Some of his work is just mind-blowing (though it can be a bit depressing) and when you talk to him, it’s like you are the only other person in the room at that moment. His focus is intense yet kind and he makes you feel very comfortable immediately even though you knew absolutely you’d never be able to speak a word in his presence. Yes…personal experience.
His one really good fan page changed hands and isn’t as accessible as it used to be – so I’m just going to put up a few pictures here. Now, I’ve gathered pictures for years and have no clue where most of them came from on the internet. I’m not meaning any copyright infringement or anything so if someone can tell me where they are from so I can give credit that would be awesome. If someone has legitimate reason for me to remove – I can do that too.
His breakout role was a show called Les filles de Caleb in 1990 – a television series done in Quebec
His character was Ovila Pronovost
One of my favorite of his characters is Ross Desbiens from The Last Chapter. Fabulous show with another of my favs Michael Ironside. This show is about an outlaw biker group, The Triple Sixers. Characterized as one of the largest outlaw biker gangs in the world, The Triple Sixers dominate Canada.
Emotional Arithmetic and Shake Hands with the Devil both came out in 2007 and were seen by more English speakers than most of Roy’s films. Both are pretty heavy and deep, but well-acted. In Shake Hands, Roy plays Romeo Dallaire, the head of the UN Peacekeepers in Rwanda at the time of the genocide. The general himself has said when watching the movie he was so caught up in Roy’s performance he thought he was watching himself.
In 2009, he played a really nasty guy named Scully in a movie called The Timekeeper
This is not an exhaustive list of Roy’s roles….not even close….but a nice representation of his range. One of his most gripping roles is from a movie called ‘Being at Home with Claude’. I sat pinned to my seat through that one, never moving till it was over at which point I drained the full glass of wine that had been sitting there the whole time.