The role of Nicolas Valeyre in "The Replacement", this Monday evening on TF 1, seems tailor-made for the former NTM and this is no coincidence.
At the origin of this fiction on a French teacher with fanciful methods, an idea of JoeyStarr, who thinks of the "Circle of missing poets" and "The Detachment": "I rebounded on a news, there are two or three years: National Education recruits anyone with a baccalaureate and, I imagine, a certain psychological profile.
This teacher could be someone who comes from anywhere.
"" Words saved me, poses JoeyStarr, whose character reconciles the students with the French language.
I quit school after the third grade.
We are not going to say that I was predestined to make a living from theater, cinema or music.
However, from the rap battles with the Supreme to the show “Eloquence to the Assembly”, which he played at the Théâtre de l'Atelier in 2017, we find the same taste for words.
A taste that Nicolas Valeyre transmits to the turbulent kids of Seconde D via a clash competition in tautograms.
“It's when every word begins with the same letter,” he explains in the fiction.
"I suggested that we leave the classics"
“These are things we did when we rapped,” recalls JoeyStarr.
And to follow, spontaneous: "Seen the wind conveying my virulence when I go verbally in vehemence".
"Juggling all that is a very fun way to teach French to the youngest," said the star.
It is not only in fiction that the “Jaguarr” uses rap rhythms to accompany children.
Two years ago, he recorded three songs for StudyTracks: cards written by real teachers, set to music by real rappers.
“It is a tool to revise the BEPC and the bac, he explains.
We made the Dreyfus Affair, Soprano the Pythagorean theorem.
A pretty funny exercise.
For "The Substitute", he is full of hope.
“I suggested that we leave the classics, that we do Rimbaud, Léon-Gontran Damas, things that resonate a little more with the time… We did not manage to have the rights to everything, but I was rather successful.
"In the artist's suitcase, we also find" Van Gogh, the suicide of society ", by Antonin Artaud.
“It's not very big.
I know it, I can open it anywhere, he laughs.
It is a lively skinned with a rather dazzling reflection.
"It is important to understand French"
He punctuates his sentences with an energetic "tac", defends a living language, which sometimes comes from the street, the speaking of Gavroche in "Les Misérables", "les mots qui claquent".
But we do not compromise with the meaning.
“It is important to understand French, to speak it correctly.
This is what I tell my sons:
You have your dialect, but at some point there are main codes, you have to have them
“For that, no secret: it takes place at school.
“I was going for the wrong reasons.
To have peace.
My father could not go there as he would have liked.
For him, that I go there was already something.
But children must be accompanied.
You have to be there before, after.
While his three sons take pleasure in learning, it explodes.
“The last one is 6 years old.
He is happy, he does not stop!
As soon as he arrives somewhere:
Papa wrote this, papa wrote that!
"Overflowing with pride, he adds:" It works, we have that chance.
Seriously, guys, they're amazing.
I say: bravo moms.
The following ?
It is the shooting in July of two new episodes of the “Substitute” set to become a series, the film “Suprêmes” soon ready but also the series “The world of tomorrow” on the debut of NTM for Arte in progress.
And knight of arts and letters, would that please him?
“I have managed to live without it until now.
" He hesitates.
“No, I'll go.
For my mother.
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EDITOR'S RATING: 4.5 / 5
French comedy by Nicolas Guicheteau (2021) with JoeyStarr, Barbara Schulz, Helena Noguerra, Stéphane Guillon, Sébastien Chassagne… Episodes 1 and 2. (2 x 45 minutes)