SCOOP : en juin 2015, le duc de Wellington sera joué par... (+ exclusive interview in English !)

Les noms de ceux qui vont incarner les grands personnages de la reconstitution de la bataille de Waterloo sont peu à peu rendus publics 

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Depuis peu, on sait que ce sera l'avocat français Frank Samson, très ressemblant, qui jouera Napoléon Ier sur la morne plaine (article ici). Mais qui interprétera le rôle du maréchal Arthur Wellesley, duc de Wellington, qui a remporté la bataille de Waterloo le 18 juin 1815 ?

Après avoir recoupé plusieurs indices, Sudinfo Waterloo est en mesure de révéler le "reconstitueur" officiel de Wellington : il s'agit d'Alan Peter Larsen. Il a bien voulu répondre à nos questions.

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Alan Larsen sera Arthur Wellesley, duc de Wellington

Sudinfo Waterloo : Who are you actually, Mr Larsen ?

Alan Larsen : I am a New Zealander by birth but I have lived in England since I was 18 years old. I work as a historical events consultant

SW : Who were your competitors for playing the duke of Wellington in June 2015 ?

AL : There were no other competitors for the role of Wellington. The fellow who had previously played him retired in 2012 and I was asked by Laurence Nelis (NDLR : ASBL Bataille de Waterloo 1815) to take on the role.

SW : Did you already play this role ?

AL : Once before at Waterloo in 2013. 

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SW : What do you think about Waterloo and Belgium ?

AL : I have been to Waterloo on a number of occasions, also to Bruges. I love Belgian beer and frites!

SW : How do you feel after your appointment ?

AL : It is an honour to be asked.

SW : How would you describe Wellington ?

AL : A winning general who safeguarded the lives of his men where possible. He was also a superb horseman and had elegant taste in clothes.

SW : What is your program during Waterloo 2015 ?

AL : I am not sure yet, waiting on final details from Laurence Nelis. I am hoping to travel over to Waterloo in April for a meeting with her.

SW : What do you think about Frank Samson, the actor of Napoleon in June 2015 ?

AL :  He is very French..

SW : How does the British people consider the battle of Waterloo and its re-enactment in June 2015 ?

AL : They are very interested. For them Waterloo marked the beginning of 40 years of peace and prosperity after the blood shed of the Napoleonic wars.

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Il reste encore à désigner les acteurs du Generalfeldmarschall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher et du prince Willem Frederik George Lodewijk van Oranje-Nassau (Guillaume II des Pays-Bas) pour compléter l'ordre de bataille. Tanguy de Ghellinck, blog Sudinfo Waterloo

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