Many actors admit they can’t bear to watch themselves on screen, but how would it be if you were viewing an animated version of yourself? We asked this to Douglas Booth, who plays the central part of Armand Roulin in the creative, unique animation Loving Vincent.
He discusses exactly how this resourceful feature came together, and at what stage in the seven year production he came on board. He also speaks about the lure of getting involved in a film unlike anything else he’s seen before, and whether he now views Van Gogh’s art in a different way. He then went on to speak about his recent collaboration with Kevin Spacey, in the forthcoming drama Gore.
Though through Vincent Van Gogh’s work we feel an intimate bond and connection to the Dutch pioneer (played here by Robert Gulaczyk) – there’s a sense of mystery about his life, and particularly, the very end of it, when he committed suicide at the age of 37. We delve into this set of events through Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) who had sat for many a portrait at the hands of Van Gogh, now turning into something of a detective, to get to the bottom of this elusive set of affairs. Through this narrative device, we meet the artist’s postman (Chris O’Dowd), Dr. Gachet (Jerome Flynn), as well as Marguerite (Saoirse Ronan), Adeline Ravoux (Eleanor Tomlinson) and the Boatman (Aidan Turner) amongst others – each recounting their own series of events as our narrator Armand vies to understand exactly what happened during the eponymous artist’s final months.
Loving Vincent is released on October 13th, and you can read our review here.