Russian actor and director Sergei Bodrov Jr. died on September 20, 2002. Harsh guy fighting for the truth was 30 years old, when he was killed in the Kolka-Karmadon rock ice slide after finishing the second day of shooting of his film The Messenger. Sergei Bodrov remained forever young. Generation of the 1990s loved his roles in “Brother”, “Brother 2”, “Prisoner of the Caucasus”, “East-West”. For straightforwardness, honesty, inner strength and the personification of all the good things that should be in a Man. Here are 8 stories from the life of Sergei Bodrov, narrated by him.
“Almost all of these events occurred in the first 16 years of my life. Frankly, after that I am not particularly excited.
Children, the same as most people think about life, but they know very little about it. So in their head is much more than what they see or can ask. That is, their inner world is much larger and richer. When I was little, I thought I was very clever. At least, it was hard to imagine anyone can be smarter than me, except that a few adults. This feeling was when I read a book by Tolstoy’s “Childhood. Adolescence. Youth”. It struck me because the same things in the same words I experienced himself. Around the same time I learned about the infinity of the universe. Then I realized how much there is in little inner worlds and how unaccountable they are, forming a big world.
Once I stole a machine from a friend. I couldn’t play with it, and began to suffer terribly. Mom found out about this and advised to call the parents of the boy. Shame was horrible, the thought of calling – unbearable, but I decided. Then I realized that the courageous actions to perform is more difficult than shameful, but they make you stronger.
One day I went to the Pioneer camp, because I was in love with camps. Before that I was in the camp only once, but escaped, because I was assigned to be on duty – to guard the flag. I loved the white gloves, a red ribbon over the shoulder and garrison cap, but it turned out that at the end of the ceremony of transferring the flag, it should be kissed. It seemed to me a bit unnatural, the more honest to say, by the time I had never been kissed. In general, the appointment did not take place. Also, I did not like public life, I did not like the game, and I never learned how to play the drum. There is nothing wrong I did, but I hated activists. I had to leave again. Then I realized that even if you’re a good person, it does not mean that you will be loved by everyone.
One day we were sitting with friends in the school wardrobe. An elementary school teacher was passing by, and she decided that we got there to steal money from pockets. Trial started. On the case of theft was announced at the parent meeting. It was impossible to justify, even parents doubted. Before that, I had to lie, but usually failed. Therefore, the power and authority of the truth to me were adamant. But then I realized that even if you’re right, it does not mean that you should be believed. It turned out that we had to fight for the truth.
Once on the cultural exchange program our class went to Hungary. Foreign things shocked everyone. In the Hungarian house where I was, there was a wine cellar, for lunch they ate soup made from cherries. Our peers were cool girls on their own bikes, drinking wine and walking at night. Between us was a friendly football match. Girls, of course, were the fans. In short, you should see these battles! Borodino faded comparing to this battle. We, Russians had to win, and we won. Then I realized something about patriotism .
“In my early years, physical strength and a sense of justice meant much. Therefore, in high school I often fought. At 16, I broke nose to my classmate. In fact, as explained by the investigator, it was considered a serious personal injury. But after questioning, he promised not to pursue the case, and offered me to tell him about the cases of theft and pornography at school and he had left the phone. I threw out a piece of paper with this phone number. Then I realized that dignity must always be stronger than fear”.
The first separation from the beloved was not easy. I experienced a difficult moment. I found the way – suffering from broken heart, I sat down and wrote a heartfelt lyrical story about a submarine officer. At four in the morning on the paper was put the final dot, I felt OK and went to bed. Then I realized that art – a great power”.
In 2000, the movie “Brother 2” was released, with Bodrov playing Danila Bagrov. Critics attacked the movie, it was written that the movie expressed racist ideas and offended the American and the Ukrainian nations. Bodrov responded: The Americans make movies about the Russians where Schwarzenegger as a policeman tears off gumbah’s leg and drugs are hailing from it and bears are walking along the streets. So we’re full banana-heads. So why can’t we make a joke on the Americans?
1989 – Freedom is Paradise
1992 – White King, Red Queen
1996 – Prisoner of the Mountains, Vanja Zhilin
1997 – Brother, Danila Bagrov
1998 – The Stringer, Vadim
2000 – East/West, Sasha
2000 – Brother 2, Danila Bagrov
2001 – The Quickie, Dima
2001 – Sisters, a stage manager, cameo
2002 – War, Captain Medvedev
2002 – Bear’s Kiss, Misha
2008 — Morphine, author of the script
Sergey Bodrov was born on December 27, 1971 in Moscow His father is a famous film director, Sergey Bodrov, and his mother Valentina Nikolaevna is a fine art expert. Sergey Bodrov Jr. considered that “childhood is the most important time in life.” and what you’ll become happens in the first sixteen years”. Different publications say that Bodrov wanted to become a garbageman and drive an orange car. Bodrov wrote “Composition on the topic: eight events which influenced me or how I became a good person” about the years of his youth and events which changed his view of the world.