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Jakarta Post

Robert Germain Guilbert: Actor by accident

  • Simon Sudarman


Jakarta   /   Fri, January 22 2010   /  12:58 pm

JP/Simon SudarmanIf Frenchman Robert Germain Guilbert’s face looks familiar, the chances are you will have seen him acting as the token Dutch officer in Indonesian movies from the 80s and 90s.
Guilbert, popularly known as Eric, initially came to Indonesia in 1982 to work for a French company, but has stayed there ever since, later stumbling into the Indonesian movie scene. “Early 1982, I was invited to act in my first movie, and at that time I was staying temporarily in Yogyakarta,” he says. “By chance I met the director, Alex Suprapto, who, also by coincidence, lived close to my house. He was looking for someone to play a Dutch officer in a movie called Tali Suri Putri [The Princess’ Thread].” And because he could pass for a Dutchman, he says with a smile, he accepted the role.  Acting wasn’t exactly new to Guilbert, who took it up as a hobby in Paris in ...