doesnt just say what he wants, he listens to what you think."
first time you worked with Dolph Lundgren was on THE MECHANIK?
it was THE MECHANIK.
did Dolph approach you to work on COMMAND PERFORMANCE?
know Im usually doing all the casting at Nu Image, Im
the casting director over there, I mean aside from being an actress.
So he just came and we started to work and discuss everything
that we need, everything that he wants and trying to work it
out. Its always tricky, you always have to find the best
character for each and every part because its mainly starting
from the character and not from the face, it is a typecasting
but also it has to be covered with good acting.
there any part difficult part to find?
we worked a lot on Mikhail, we were wondering exactly how and
what because hes the second lead part after Dolph. So we
were working on and we were thinking exactly what to do, and
he also did a casting session in London. So more or less we did
parallel casting on some stuff, then Dolph saw this Bulgarian
guy and he loved him and said thats him. And
for the first time in a film Dolph is not the tallest guy, he
[Mikhail] is taller than Dolph!
wanted to do something different here, did he ask you for some
we thought a lot about the characters, especially his character:
how to be light how to be more internal, to go through the processes,
we were discussing whats going on. We did a lot of theater
prep work on the scenes, because you know in the theater you
rehearse and you go through a lot and you built a character,
and bit by bit it becomes real. This is the best appearance that
Dolph has on screen so far and that hes doing a very good
part and hes completely different form everything hes
done before, hes still the action hero but not the typical
one, one with much more background and much more layers.
must be difficult for him being the director and acting as well
it can be tricky
why hes got the whole crew to watch him, be very critical.
the timing and schedule are tight, one the cast was there, did
you help rehearse with them?
some of them yes, when they wanted, just because you cannot ask
an actor to work with unless he approaches you. You cannot say
you need to work with me, no, the actor says can
you work with me on this? and try to help me to think out
loud what s going on in the scene then you can do it, otherwise
you just stay aside. And sometimes say a word here and there
if you see you can help the actor on something. Usually Bulgarian
actors, all of them, have the Bulgarian academy background, which
is four years, theater and film at the same time, so they have
quite a solid preparation on how to work on scenes on characters,
on everything. Most of the Americans are few people because they
dont have enough experience they just need an eye from
aside. But you know its experience, its time, its
everything, especially about the young ones.
ones might work instinctively?
absolutely. Everyone does, you know the first approach is the
instinctive approach and then you fill it in with consistence.
was the shoot?
was exhausting, its action, its very physical, it
needs a lot of physical work but its nice when you see
the result its nice, when you have good people to work
with its nice.
do you think of Dolph as a director?
good, hes very thinking guy sometimes he even thinks too
much and hes very good in this, hes very good. Also
hes interested in the people so its very good as
director. He doesnt just say what he wants, he listens
to what you think.
actors said whats great with him is that he let them come
up with their own approach
but he also manages this, he doesnt let them do everything,
unless its the right thing.
directors who dont have the acting background listens less
know you do when what you want be dealt with you when youre
in front of the camera, when you have the acting background.
you know the language of acting, especially nowadays some directors
are more visual dont necessarily know how to talk to the
lead them through the story, they have to make story alive
you work with Dolphs daughter Ida, who makes her first
bit, but shes so natural and shes very good, she
has a great future in front of her, I really believe so. Really,
shes got incredible instincts and an incredible face in
the sense of expression, and not trying to make it, just comes
if she didnt need to do anything
yeah, you know in film less is more.
opposed to theater I supposed?
yeah its almost the same but the dimensions are different.
the concert and music made the film more challenging?
films many times we have different things, music dancing, everything.
So its always a challenge, you never know how exactly its
gonna happen, every project is a new challenge in a different
way and its nice when you have challenges otherwise its
you didnt get bored on this one I guess!
for sure, not time to get bored!