Jimmy Jean-Louis as Toussaint L'Ouverture, Behind the Scenes Photos Released

Written by Tracy Magistre

Thursday, 12 May 2011 07:04

Hollywood Actor, Jimmy Jean-Louis, has had a good year making headlines for great roles, but no role, he says, is more significant than the one he is playing now.

Toussaint L'Ouverture, Jean-Louis will play in a {japopup type="iframe" content="http://www.france2.fr/"}Channel France 2,{/japopup} multi-part biography to be released in winter 2011. The film is becoming well anticipated in the hemisphere.

The 17th century revolutionary, {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toussaint_Louverture"}Toussaint L'Ouverture,{/japopup} led the Haitian independence from France and Jean-Louis says it makes this the biggest role he has ever had to play.

L'Ouverture led the first successful slave revolt in world history by giving the imperialist armies led by {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon"}Napolean Bonaparte{/japopup} their first defeat. The actions of L'Ouverture established the first black nation in the western hemisphere and the first free nation in it as well.

The General of the Black Forces is noted for his military genius and political acumen which prepared the way for the creation of the independent black state of Haiti.

The success of L'Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution shook the institution of slavery throughout the "new world."

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The movie that is being filmed in {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martinique"}Martinique{/japopup} and {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%8Ele-de-France_%28region%29"}Ile-de-France{/japopup}, a region of France, has forced Jean-Louis to learn how to ride a horse well enough to embody the precursor of the Haitian independence.

This mini-series is directed by filmmaker {japopup type="iframe" content="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0629205/"}Philippe Niang{/japopup} and will also have parts played by {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%AFssa_Ma%C3%AFga"}Aïssa Maïga,{/japopup} {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Rolland"}Sonia Rolland,{/japopup} {japopup type="iframe" content="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0494078/"}Samuel Lebihan,{/japopup} {japopup type="iframe" content=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0600180/"}Edouard Montoute{/japopup} and {japopup type="iframe" content="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0468003/"}Hubert Koundé.{/japopup}

Filming is expected to go on until early summer but until then, enjoy these exclusive pictures from the shoot, courtesy of {japopup type="iframe" content="http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/entertainment/artikel.php?ID=208359"}Ghana Web.{/japopup}

Jimmy Jean-Louis describes the role as his most important role to date. The actor who gained mass acceptance in Africa for his role as a Nigerian in the hit romantic comedy, {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phat_Girlz"}‘Phat Girlz’,{/japopup} continues explore African movies.

He starred in three films that received honors at the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards {japopup type="iframe" content="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Movie_Academy_Award"}(AMAA).{/japopup} Jimmy’s role as an abusive husband in the psychological drama, {japopup type="iframe" content="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1621433/"}‘Sinking Sands’,{/japopup} also earned him a ‘Best Actor in A Leading Role’ nomination at the AMAA.

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