is what is different with Dolph: he cares about the story and
the relationship between the characters in it."
you introduce yourself and your character?
name is Zahari Baharov. I am 28 years old and I live in Sofia,
Bulgaria. The character I portray in the movie Command
Performance is Mikhail Kappista. He is one of the Russian
presidents bodyguards, whose first day on the job turns
out to be the most challenging day of his life.
did you get the part and what was your reaction when you heard
about the project?
was windsurfing on the Black sea, when I received a call to audition
for the project in Sofia. After meeting Dolph, I returned to
my holiday and a few days later my trip was shortened again by
a pleasant phone call.
did you prepare for the role? Did Dolph Lundgren give you specific
and I rehearsed together off-set, to develop the relationship
between the two characters, as they are complete opposites. Mikhail
is a straight A student, never done a bad thing in his life kind
of guy, and Dolphs character Joe is a pot-smoking, ex-biker
gang member whos a drummer.
you done any action before?
have acted in action movies before, but this was my first major
role in this genre.
there anything you were apprehensive about?
we started the shoot I was concerned whether my filming schedule
would fit around my performances at the National Theatre in Sofia,
but as Shakespeare wrote Alls well that ends well.
was the most challenging thing for you in this project?
challenge was to create a truthful character. A person who is
professionally prepared for being an agent, but at the same time
is a bit clumsy and scared, due to the extreme circumstances
that he is put in.
did you find Dolph as director?
a Director Dolph doesnt just instruct, he gives
the actor space in which to be creative. I would accredit this
to his vast acting experience.
he different from the other directors you've worked with?
directors of action movies concentrate only on the fighting sequences.
They arent concerned that much about the truthfulness of
the characters relationships. This is what is different with
Dolph: he cares about the story and the relationship between
the characters in it.
how is he as a co-star?
reliable and highly professional.
you learn anything from him?
Alice Cooper would put it Schools out for summer.
was working with Hristo Shopov?
is always an honor and great pleasure to work side by side with
Hristo Shopov and Ivaylo Geraskov as they are two of our finest
Shopov impressive or intimidating?
did you find the shoot? Is there some stories you'd like to tell?
the movie was fun, and I always had a laugh when we were rehearsing
the shooting scenes for the cameras, because you get twenty people
running all over the place with AKs shouting BANG -BANG.
on location in Moscows Red Square we were filming under
pressure, because of the impending arrival of the real life President
Medvedev. There were many security issues to deal with. It would
have been an unforgettable experience if I had been wrestled
to the floor by the very people I was portraying in the film.
else you would like to say?
would like to thank everybody who worked on the project, especially
Dolph for giving me this opportunity. Im really looking
forward to seeing the movie.