Men We Admire: Alain Chanoine

Canadian actor and stuntman Alain Chanoine stars in the highly-anticipated horror-action-comedy feature film Evil Feed, making its world premiere during the 2013 Toronto After Dark film festival. Directed by Kimani Ray Smith, Evil Feed is bloody, outrageous and wickedly entertaining. This one-of-a-kind horror-action-comedy is about a sinister Chinese restaurant that kidnaps elite MMA fighters off the streets, forcing them to fight to the death Pit of Gore, and then serves up the loser for dinner to paying guests.

With world-class martial arts skills, Alain was able to put his talents to use throughout the film. His stunt work can also be seen in Immortals, Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Blade: Trinity and more. Alain was also part of the team that came up with the concept for all the action scenes of the box-office hit, Resident Evil: Retribution.

Upcoming, Alain’s stunt work can be seen as Atticus’ stunt double in the highly-anticipated 2014 film Pompeii, starring Kit Harrington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland.

Alain can also be seen starring as Leon in APTN’s new series Mohawk Girls airing in 2014. This half hour dramatic comedy shares the story of four young women figuring out how to be Mohawk in the 21st century.

Alain has starred in TV mini-series Fallen, Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus: War of the Damned and more.

chanoine_alain_ph01Name: Alain Chanoine

Age: 32 years old.

Occupation: Actor and Stunt performer

Relationship status: I am in my first serious long term relationship. Just moved in with the lucky lady (just kidding…she’s reading over my shoulder) Ouch!

Gadgets: I like big TVs; I watch a lot of films so I need my big screen TV

Stats: 5″10, 185lbs, I still can do the splits at 32 years old. I don’t know if it makes me any good but I’m still proud of that.

Favourite instruments: I play a little guitar but don’t ask me to do it in public

Sports: I’m all about fighting sports: MMA, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Taekwondo, and Karate… All of them. The only TV I watch is “The Fight Network” I love sports! But if it is not involving 2 individuals hitting each other, I’d rather read a book.

How did you get started on your current career/lifestyle path?

I always wanted to be in films, since as long as I can remember. But when you’re so far from it and you don’t know the first thing about it, it is hard to just get up and take what’s yours. I used to act in my high school theatre company but I never actually thought I could make a living doing what I really loved.

It was a weird thing, I was getting changed after a football practice in College back in Montreal, when I saw a sign written: “Auditions”. I asked what it was about and if I could audition and they told me to come back next week. I was there the following week waiting in line reading the lines they had just handed me and it was about King Arthur and the round table. The dialogue was very eloquent and I remember thinking: “There was no black people around the round table.” So I walked back to the subway. Until this day I know that if I had taken that train I would not be sitting here talking to you. I wouldn’t even be in the film business. I walked back to the audition and booked the lead role. Funny enough, the film never got made but I moved to Vancouver because that’s where the film was supposed to shoot. While waiting for production to start I took acting class, was doing extra work, got an agent and started booking parts. I remember being on set as an extra watching the stunt performers fight and fall and I was like: “I can do that… I want to do that” So I worked for it and never looked back.

Did you have any mentors who helped steer you on this path?

When my Mom was in Haiti she would not eat 3 meals a day, she had nothing. I can’t even imagine the suffering she went through. But I’m born here in Canada with everything I need. I’m not even sure how we got here but we are. What I mean is that she showed me through her actions that everything was possible, that when you have a dream you get up and take it. For some people 3 meals a day and school is taken for granted but when you come from a place where it’s not, you realize that what we take for granted is someone else’s dream.

So yes my Mom is my mentor even if she did not always encouraged my career choices.

How has your work contributed to a) your development as a person and/or b) the lives of others?

I realized recently that I started acting to be someone else and be loved by others. 12 years later I realize that acting is teaching me who I am and is teaching me to love myself. The greatest gift ever. Being an artist is to know yourself, your flaws, your wounds and to heal them by exposing them constantly. I’m just starting to do that. Ask me the same questions 10 years from now and you won’t be talking to the same man. I think that’s the most beautiful gift of life / art.

I think when people around you start seeing the efforts you make in improving yourself, they can either turn around and run or just follow your lead and improve themselves. It is a chain reaction and that’s how we are going to change the world. By changing ourselves.

Also if it was not for Acting and Stunts I’d be 3 times FAT already. It is a great thing to have your work related to your personal health. I still need to pull out my moves and be healthy to make a living

If you had one piece of advice for someone just entering your field, what would it be?

SONY DSCBe yourself, keep your Integrity at all cost, Don’t try to please ANYBODY, be kind to yourself, have fun, be patient and every second you are not working on your stuff, well somebody else is and will be taking your spot.

Do you have a personal work philosophy?

I get up and kick my own ass every day. I am my ONLY enemy.

What do you do for fun?

Watch movies and do MMA. (Mixed Martial Arts). There’s nothing like going to the gym after a bad day and just hit somebody and be hit. I don’t think any therapist will ever find a better stress relief.

What motivates or inspires you?

My family, the people I love. The better I’m doing, the better I’ll be able to take care of them. physically, mentally and spiritually.

What has been your greatest achievement (personally, professionally or both)?

My greatest achievement is definitely to be in a committed relationship. We all have different challenges in life. For me jumping out of a 4 story building is scary, but I’ll do it tomorrow. Being in a committed relationship is something that scared the living hell out of me but I’m doing it and I’m proud of myself.

What is the one thing you hope to achieve?

Just Acting and producing movies “I” think are good. Working with people “I” think are talented and do that repeatedly.

What is your super power?

I can dislocate my thumbs.

Who’s your hero?

Nelson Mandela

What are you reading (or watching) these days?

Conversations with God by Neal Donald Walsch. That book trilogy is answering every question I ever had on women, humans, spirituality, war, sex… Everything.

Best advice I could give anybody is: F*** everybody, what you think of me is none of my business. Excuse my French.

Thinking back to a time when you had to make a hard choice, how did you decide, and do you feel, in retrospect, that you made the right move?

I remember being in Vancouver being a struggling Actor and the police Academy called me telling me it was my turn to go to the bootcamp and be a cop. I remember hesitating because being a cop was the ‘mature’ thing to do. And at the time I wasn’t making any money acting. After all that’s what I had studied in College and it was time to be a grown up. I called and asked my Mom what I should do and for the first time of my life she did not tell me what to do, so I told the lady I wasn’t going. The lady on the phone seemed surprised an told me it was the first time somebody turned down the job. I’m so happy I did.

If you had it all to do over again, would you change anything?

No, I wish I worked harder, I wish I would not have tried to please the planet, I wish I’d never made any mistakes but now I’m cool with all that as long as I don’t make the same mistakes again.

What’s next for you? What’s your next big idea, project etc.?

What’s next? I’m writing and producing my own stuff. Standup comedy, Drama, Action. I’m creating my own work and that’s so much fun. You’ll know when it comes out.

What one piece of advice would you give to your own son (hypothetical or otherwise) in the hope of making him a better man?

Don’t run away from pain; you’ll end up running away from yourself. Life is a game, you’ll end up playing whether you like it or not so make the best of it.

 

Acting Reel from 1804 Revolutions on Vimeo.

Stunt Reel 2012 from 1804 Revolutions on Vimeo.