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Accueil » Toutes les news » Interview de Igor Petrenko sur son rôle dans la série SherlockHolmes
Alexis Barquin
Interview de Igor Petrenko sur son rôle dans la série SherlockHolmes Novembre 11, 2014

Le site a publié le 6 novembre une longue interview de Igor Petrenko sur son rôle de Sherlock Holmes, l'actualité en Crimée et le cinéma en général. Vous trouverez ci-dessous la partie sur Sherlock Holmes traduite en anglais : : Sherlock for you is not just an on screen appearance...

Igor: Of course... I got lucky that Sherlock Holmes got into my acting way. Andrey Kavun made an unusual story. And I know that many didn't accept that portrayal of the detective the first time, because it didn't fit any of the stereotypes. How can it be - Sherlock Holmes can't fight, picks his nose, chews loudly while eating, is a drug addict, nervous and unstable...But it's important for me that I was in the character, I finally managed to work on it myself, think of the plasticity, walk, manners, laugh... It's a true actor's happiness! I understand that 162 shooting days in that piquant character were some serious learning, and it gave me a lot, thanks to partners such as Andrey Panin, Mikhail Boarsky, Svetlana Kryuchkova - I can go on for a while. And I must say thank you to the director - Andrey Kavun gave me a freedom of search, gave me a possibility of rehearsing and failing, searching and finding. He wasn't afraid of this rare in our days searching period, and as a result we got a truly actor's movie, that is hard to find nowadays. It simply doesn't exist anymore - in general, movies are mostly for producers - quickly learn the text and quickly scatter along the shooting place. : Were you afraid of inevitable comparison with the great Vasily Livanov's interpretation from the very start?

Igor: Well, it's not a competition and there's no need to prove something to someone. I like the actual process of searching and creating the character. The director Andrey Kavun had already set the main goal - do not play a hero, our Sherlock Holmes shouldn't be one. Hero in this story is only Watson played by Andrey Panin: he's the gentleman, he smokes the pipe and so forth...The director took a long time searching for the right definition for Sherlock: he's crazy, nobody takes him seriously...So I had an opportunity to fool around. That's how I modeled him, as we say, from what we had. : It's unlikely for the kids to follow this Sherlock's example...

Igor: I think, kids have other heroes to follow nowadays, and they have so many Sherlocks in front of them - the British, the American one...But for us, the only true one will always be the character from Igor Maslennikov's movie cycle with Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin. This story, of course, is a monument for us, and it will remain like that for a long time. But Andrey Kavun wanted to tell his own story - he fought and proved that everything was different: Sherlock - a phycho, crazy, possessed with his passion. I think, his main virtue is his honesty - he is as he is, and nothing can change that. That's it. And which Holmes is better or worse, it doesn't matter. I understand that people are heavily dependent on the stereotypes. Name our heroes differently and people will treat the story differently. Absolutely differently... : Was it hard to return to your normal job after that "London pit"?

Igor: It took a very long time for me to return from there, and I couldn't go back to the usual everyday shows. I couldn't get used to it... [...] : And so, there are not enough good, professional directors for everyone?

Igor: That's why - notice how many actors of the middle generation go for directing. Because there's nowhere to be the paint, an actors is a paint in an artist's hands. You are not a model, you don't just work with your physical appearance, you let everything go through yourself... Editing everything right doesn't mean being a director, and today we have a lot of things of that kind of production, but you want art, you want to create something...I had one story one time when a director took me to the side and said: "Igor, listen. I understand you came from the big cinematography, but we don't have time for rehearsals, we don't have time to go through this scene - we need to film everything in a half a day, not in a week. You've signed the contract. Stand where you were told to - just stay there and say your text. That's it! I'm pleading you!" That's why many leave for directing in hope that they will make something different, influence the process. Some even succeed. [...] : This system appeared to be unsuitable for many actors of the older generation...

Igor: Yes, because of that, many quit not just the profession, but life. Now we, at least, are trying to treat this seriously, creating support foundations...There are so many cases when the actors who are loved by our parents, our current actors, were left forgotten, unneeded, in complete poverty...That's how Tatiana Samoylova has passed away. She was a legendary woman - the Hollywood tried getting her, but she didn't leave, she made her choice in our favor, in her country's favor: "How can I leave you, my darlings?". And when people like her leave, alone, poor - I feel really offended for my country. I visit Europe a lot, go to cafes in the evenings and see how pensioners meet with their friends - good looking, wearing clean and wonderful clothes. They don't need anything in general - they only want to meet, remember the good times, drink a glass of wine, and pleasantly, with a smile on their face, go back home. Our actors - the elders, just survive, and in the meanwhile every New Year there are always the same movies broadcasted with their apperances. If these movies would make - not millions, but at least some money for the actors, earned in advertising - give at least a part of it to them, just as a sign of respect, you are earning this money on these actors. They [actors] don't work anymore, they are not needed anymore, the new generation doesn't know them, their health doesn't allow them to ride horses, they just sit at home, waiting for any proposal. And the old movies starring them are shown everywhere, and all of us only admire them. And we remember them only when they pass away, not when they need our help. [...]

And many of the actors enter terriories that they shouldn't have entered at all. And usually it's very hard to come back from there, and you need time to regain yourself. Actors work with their soul. I can't do like that - just simply cry, for example. I need to let something go through myself, I need to damage my nervous system...and, coming back from a story, I need time for regenerating, but I can't afford it, I can't afford not to earn money, because I have family, children... I have 60 and something movies behind now, and if I would have had any rest after them, I would've have time to fully and properly prepare for any next work. That would've been a completely different virtue. That way I could've talked about real creativity, but...

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