Leonard Cohen As Francois Zolan In French Twist
One of the items (#9 to be specific) in the March 3, 2007 Heck Of A Guy post, Ten Lesser Known Facts About Leonard Cohen, described Leonard Cohen’s appearance on the “French Twist” episode of Miami Vice. That section of the post is pasted below.
I have republished this information to supplement a video of that performance I discovered as a bonus of reading a thoughtful review of Cohen’s Hamilton concert.1
The singer-songwriter’s two brief scenes on the show have been extracted from the full episode and uploaded in a single, short video onto YouTube. That video can be seen at the end of today’s post.
In 1986, Leonard Cohen, at the urging of his son, Adam, who was a fan of the show, guest-starred on Miami Vice, playing Francois Zolan, a senior executive in the French Secret Service engaged in an illegal operation to blow up Greenpeace boats. He appeared in two very short sections on the end of a telephone, speaking in French.2
In truth, I had a much bigger part. I went down there and did my first scene and the assistant director rang me up and said, You were really great, truly wonderful. And I said, OK, thanks a lot. Then the casting director from New York called me up and said, You were fantastic, truly wonderful! And I said, You mean I’m fired. And he said, “Yeah, we’re cutting all your other scenes and giving them to another guy.”
- And Then He’ll Take Hamilton by Joshua Errett. NowToronto. May 21, 2009 [↩]
- Diamonds in the Mine; Celebrating the film and television recordings of Leonard Cohen [↩]
- Porridge? Lozenge? Syringe? by Adrian Deevoy, The Q Magazine, 1991 [↩]