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"Knowing the character...": Tahar Rahim reacts to the media coverage of the "Snake" Charles Sobhraj


VIDEO – The actor, who played him in a Netflix series in 2021, was not really surprised that the killer sought to “come back into the light”.

Last February, the septuagenarian

Charles Sobhraj

was invited to the set of “Quelle époque!

on France 2. A choice that had disturbed some viewers and, among them, the presenter Christophe Hondelatte who was surprised that such visibility was given to a killer.

Nicknamed "The Serpent" for his multiple escapes and the deceitfulness of his methods, Sobhraj was sentenced to twenty years in prison, in Nepal, for murders committed in Asia in the 1970s. He was released last December .

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Present on the set of


Thursday evening,

Tahar Rahim

was questioned about this media coverage by Yann Barthès.

The 41-year-old actor played him last year in the

Netflix series

The Serpent,

a fiction largely inspired by the life of the killer, who also plans to sue the platform.

"I was absolutely not shocked"

, begins the one revealed by

A Prophet

, by Jacques Audiard, in 2009. He explains:

"Knowing the character - I was in his skin -, he seemed logical that he wanted to return to the front of the stage.

That he needed to go into the light”.

As for legitimacy, for programs like “Sept à Huit” or “Quelle époque!

“, to give him the floor, Tahar Rahim does not decide.

Soon a documentary

On this subject, Léa Salamé had brought some justifications: “

Me, I had doubts, it was not obvious

”, she confided thus before defending, in spite of everything, her editorial choice.

However, the guy spent half his life in prison.

He served his sentence.

His story has sparked dozens of books and movies.

There was the huge success of the Netflix series.

He pulls out his book.

After all, that's also the time.


On April 9, the Planète + Crime channel will broadcast a documentary entitled

Sur la piste du Serpent

, also available on MyCanal.

The killer confides in director Jean-Charles Deniau, who has known him for years.

Confidences without repentance.

Charles Sobhraj continues to deny being a serial killer, despite the amazing coincidences in the documentary.

He only concedes having manipulated, drugged and robbed tourists.

“This man spends a lot of energy building his own myth

,” says an Indian journalist, who took an interest in his case.

An observation in the form of a warning.

Source: lefigaro

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