Film noir’s feline stars: The cat in ‘Femme Fatale’
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The Cat on the Control Panel in “Femme Fatale” 2002
Name: Funk Soul Furrier
Character Name: Clouzot the Control Room Cat
Bio: Funk Soul Furrier is a part-time actor and full-time DJ, creating the intense, kit-kat rap that critic Naught DeClawde calls “the edgiest sound yet from the alley.” His album “No Mo’ Kow-Tow to the Bow-Wow” sold 24 million copies worldwide.
With his sultry good looks and haute high-tech, Funk Soul was a natural to play Clouzot the Control Room Cat, a key staffer at the Palais du Cinema, the primary theater of the Cannes Film Festival, and setting for the suspenseful opening of “Femme Fatale.”
While he may be new to American audiences, he has long been famous in the south of France, particularly in Nice, where he owns and runs Le club de Chat et de Souris (The Cat and Mouse Club).
Since playing in “Femme Fatale,” he has landed starring roles in several high-concept cat-food commercials as well as cameos in a handful of Polish art films.
“Femme Fatale” director Brian de Palma said of Funk Soul’s performance: “His honesty and emotion just knocked me out. He did an amazing job with very little input from me.”
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