The second two-part block of an ambitious and extraordinary domestic film project "Gogol", in April released in Russian cinemas, very soon reach the Web. June 5 premiere of the film "Gogol. Wii" will be held on the service ivi. On the eve of this significant event "Kinokratiya" exclusively publishes an interview with actor Ian Tsapnik (дилогия "Bitterly!", "Ice", "Drunken firm", deductible "Christmas trees"), who played the role of an intelligent and heavily drinking decadent surgeon.
Your character, Dr. Leopold Bomgart, is a drunkard. But Gogol finds something in this man. What are its positive features?
Jan Tzapnik: Humanity, kindness, talent of the doctor, a solid baggage of knowledge. Gogol is still an intelligent person, and in Dikanka he does not have enough intelligent communication, so he converges with Bomgart. Contact between them happens on the first evening and continues with friendship and cooperation. Yes, a long part of the role I exist in a slightly different dimension of a drinking person, but this is the fate of my hero, who was born in Russia. No wonder he says: "And what else should a Russian person do, how not to disinfect himself in health? So much infection that inevitably have to. Drink this, my dear fellow, and it will be easier for you".
Bomgart drinks for good. He had an unsuccessful operation, as a result of which a child died in his arms. As a result, Leopold Leopoldovich becomes hostage to the torture of his conscience: he begins to drink and comes to the point when he is afraid to engage in living people. Here are the corpses to dissect – please. He sleeps in the same barn where he dissects: in his own anatomical theater with cracks and a current roof.
How do Gogol and Bomgart complement each other?
Jan Tzapnik: Gogol appreciates Bomgart for his advice and reasoning. All decisions are made by him, but he collects information from us, the environment. Gogol in turn influences me, and I stop drinking, although then I start again. At some point, I refuse to dissect Gogol, lamenting: "This is my best friend, and I’m not going to dig it!".
Is Bomgart a comic or tragic character?
Jan Tzapnik: Neither one nor the other. It would be wrong to call him a simple village fool and a drunkard. It has everything. He is a life hero, but in life everything is mixed up. There are funny situations connected with it, and tragic ones. Bomgart is an ambiguous character, he has many traits. Actually, for this vitality, our viewer must love us, as our master Yegor Baranov said.
How did you feel about working with a young director like Yegor?
Jan Tzapnik: I’m shocked by Egor! When I came to him to get acquainted for samples, I kept thinking about who was present from the director. He shocked me. I still do not understand how in his beautiful skull there is so much mind and thought! He was ahead of us for kilometers according to the scale of the vision. I’m rarely lucky, but I learned a lot from this man. He pushed us to think, helped to work on the role, now it is rare to find such a director, especially his age. He is a genius! Yes, and a wonderful man.
Generally this project is that rare case when all bombs fell into one funnel. Stunning all: the cast, director, cameraman, screenwriters, artists, producers. All coincided! All existed in the classical traditions of the school of experience, not forms.
Did you read Gogol at school?
Jan Tzapnik: Of course. Thank God, life in the distant Soviet Union was reading, read everything, even wipers. I loved Gogol. I remember how we went to the cinema to watch a second movie "Wii" and how scary it was. All those who did not know, then rushed to reread the entire Gogol. I hope that this film will have a similar fate.
Do you have a favorite work?
Jan Tzapnik: There is a favorite book. "Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka" pre-revolutionary edition, with "Yatami", the year 1905 or 1906.
Where did you get it?
Jan Tzapnik: And you know, there used to be so many good garbage … I lived in Chelyabinsk, in the 70s people were more concerned about how to put the Czech wall in the apartment. Throw away everything: old furniture, photo albums, books. I found the prerevolutionary "Robinson Crusoe", "Gargantua and Pantagruel", "Munchhausen" with engravings by Gustave Dore and tracing paper between them. So I found this book not far from home, on a spontaneous dump, when old barracks were demolished in the neighborhood.
Are you going to show your daughter’s movie? She just turned 16.
Jan Tzapnik: Of course, she already looked at the fragment and said that she had never seen anything like this, she was interested. And I know that she does not speak that way for me to be pleased. She is a spoiled spectator, she goes to all my premieres, and I always listen to her opinion, sometimes she speaks very sensible things. And if she was so impressed with the fragment, not even the whole work, then I am calm. I ask: "Was it scary for you?" – "I almost jumped a few times, “he replies. – Goose bumps".
Do not you think it strange that after the Gogol mystical genre, horrors, and did not receive much development in Russia?
Jan Tzapnik: I think that he had followers, it is impossible that nothing from such a fruitful seed grew. It’s just that we do not all know. But the main charm of Gogol is not that he used "horrible" plots, but in the way he combined the tragic and the funny – as, for example, the devil at Gogol is both terrible and funny, and funny with his pig hare and pig eyes. Gogol could unite in a single text a lot of different beginnings, reflect the depth of life with all its problems, which since Gogol’s time have remained the same as they were. Therefore Gogol is a classic, which will remain forever.