Why Yuri Yakovlev thought that was not born of his time
• Why Yuri Yakovlev thought that was not born of its time
April 25 marks the 90th anniversary of the famous actor Yuri Yakovlev. Unfortunately, 5 years already it is not among the dead. His films have long since become classics of Soviet cinema, "Hussar Ballad", "Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath!", "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation". It would seem that with such a creative biography regret nothing. But despite the incredible popularity of the audience, the actor believed that all life was not playing those characters. Although among his ancestors were not nobles, he looked in life and on screen and on stage as a hereditary aristocrat. Yakovlev said that was not born of his time, and I felt very uncomfortable in the role of a star.
Parents Yuri Yakovlev were far from the world of cinema - his father was a lawyer, and his mother - a nurse. He himself did not plan to become an actor, choosing between the Faculty of the Moscow State University of International Relations and the Institute of Cinematography, but decided to try his luck. Luck did not smile at him - in the entrance examinations he was called nekinogenichnym. But in the Shchukin School Yakovlev accepted, although there is progress he initially did not show - the first course finished with a deuce for acting. Maybe his life has turned out be quite different, if for him had not intervened actress and teacher Cecilia Mansurov, saying it sees in its potential and is ready to work with him. And she was not mistaken.
The actor in the guise of Prince Myshkin, 1958
After graduation, Yuri Yakovlev became an actor Academic Theater Vakhtangov, where the next 60 years worked. In the movie, he made his debut in 1953, but this popularity it has brought the role of Prince Myshkin in the movie "The Idiot." With his innate intelligence, he was so organic in this way that many called this work the peak of his creative life, as many critics still believe the only role of Prince Myshkin Yakovlev, commensurate with his talent. On this work the actor said: "Recognizing began after the film" Idiot ". You walk down the street - people turn around, giggling and talking to each other: "Look, look, idiot went." However, the All-Union fame came to him after filming the movie by Eldar Ryazanov and Leonid Gaidai.
Yury Yakovlev in the movie * * Hussar Ballad 1962
The role of Hippolyta in "Twist of Fate" was originally intended for Oleg Basilashvili. The actor has already passed the tests and has been approved, but was forced to abandon the filming of his father's death. Yuri Yakovlev said: "I'm in the story absolutely accidentally got involved, and for the whole life ... I totally did not expect that the role of Hippolytus epizodnaya will be such a success ... I have this film can not watch. However, sometimes bumping into him when watch TV, but immediately turn off the minute or two and see everything ... My attitude toward Hippolyte - this is from the vanity. When the painting was held on New Year's, I just could not walk away from the house to the theater. This, of course, it was nice, what can I say. But the fact is that I have a much more interesting and profound role of the past which simply pass. The same Steve Oblonsky. No one knows him. And this is one of my favorite roles, I love this man. We - soul mates. "
A scene from the film * The Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath * 1975
Eldar Ryazanov Yakovlev was very grateful for his generosity - not every actor of his level would have agreed to the role, knowing that at the last moment has come "to replace" another actor to whom the role was originally offered. But this was all Yakovlev, and for that he was respected and directors, and colleagues. Ryazanov said: "And I must say that Yuri did what very few people would have done ... For his part had no ambitions, no talking. He came, measured the costumes sewn on Basilashvili. They came to him on the nose, they have the same size. And the next day, Jura began acting ... ".
Scene from the movie * Ivan Vasilievich * 1973
Superintendent Bunsha and Ivan the Terrible, too, I had to play not Yakovlev - starring in his film "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation" Leonid Gaidai only saw Yuri Nikulin. Samples also were Evgeny Evstigneev and George Vitsin, but all of them for some reason refused to shoot. This role Yakovlev received by accident, and as a result has created one of the most brilliant and beloved movie stars in the nation.
A still from the movie * Ivan Vasilievich * 1973
After the film "Irony of Fate" and "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation" on the actor collapsed incredible popularity, which he was not pleased: "By nature I'm terribly shy, shy person who does not like publicity, hate parties and never they do not participate. Robel is always and everywhere - in relationships with women, too, although there has succeeded - I had three marriages. As if this innate shyness, I became an actor - I do not know ... Loneliness helps, because it is very difficult to be kept in sight. This is a very complicated life. Very tiring always like! ".
A still from the movie * kin-za-za! * 1986
Despite the fact that the characters in his performance became legendary, and their sentences have long become aphorisms, Yuri Yakovlev could not shake the feeling that all life plays are not the same role. Comic characters and people "of the people" actually were not close to him. In his declining years the actor admitted that he felt "out of place", not only in the cinema, but in general in this era, if not born at the time: "Each of us knows whether he lived at the time or not at one. I know exactly what did not get into his. I must have lived in the second half of the XIX century. And all the time I did not play the ones I had to play. But hit occurred. Absolutely accurate, a wholly - Steve Oblonsky in "Anna Karenina."
In recent years, Yuri Yakovlev appeared on the screens of all the least - he has not found its place in the new film, which many seemed alien to him: "... Now the young and popular - who starred in the series and the lights on the cover, do not hesitate for scenes, among other things, with yumorkom, call themselves the stars ... the epidemic of some sort: keep so freely, regardless of the elementary norms of decency as sometimes some of the young actors in rehearsals, before even the most brilliant old currently not allowed. Stars are many, artists do not ... People have changed, how many masks of people with empty eyes as much indifferent before our eyes betrayed the family tradition. "