Death of Moussa Théophile Sowié, the “buckwheat” factor of the Visitors


The Burkinabe actor died on April 7, 2021. His irresistible terror in the costume of a postman in Jean-Marie Poiré’s comedy in 1993 made him famous.

His fear of the medieval Godefroy de Montmirail and Jacquouille la Fripouille made the whole of France howl with laughter in 1993. Moussa Théophile Sowié, the Burkinabe actor, who perfectly played the black postman, taken for a Saracen warrior by Jean Reno and Christian Clavier, lost in the twentieth century in the comedy of Jean-Marie Poiré Visitors (1993), died on April 7.

If the cause of his disappearance is still unknown, our colleagues from Aveyron Press Center revealed that the actor will be buried in his native village of Bérégadougou in Burkina Faso.

Theater training in Paris

Théophile Moussa Sowié, passionate about theater from his teenage years, attended the drama school of Jacques Lecoq in Paris after having completed a theatrical university study course at the Sorbonne. If of course his role in Visitors has marked the spirits – impressed by its composition Jean-Marie Poiré will take it up in the second part – the career of the Burkinabé actor cannot be reduced to this film.

Moussa Théophile Sowié has also worked, in particular, for renowned filmmakers such as Andrzej Zulawski (The Blue Note) in 1991, but also for Raoul Peck (Lumumba) in 2000, and finally under the direction of Alain Gomis (France) in 2001.

More recently Fabrice Eboué and Lionel Steketee had entrusted him with a role in The Bostwanga Crocodile while another comedian behind the camera, Thomas N’Gijol, asked him to play a character in Fast Life, the same year in 2014, his last appearance on the big screen.

“They’re sick!” , the replica and the cult scene of Théophile Moussa Sowié in Visitors by Jean-Marie Poiré in 1993, with Jean Reno, Christian Clavier, Valérie Lemercier …

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