Aug 27, 2022
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Nikita Mikhalkov believes that young stars should take the place of runaway stars


Director Nikita Mikhalkov called the emigrated celebrities monsters.

Chulpan Khamatova and Anatoly Bely publicly expressed their anti-Russian position and left the country. Their act was condemned by Nikita Mikhalkov. He expressed his opinion on this issue in communication with the press.

Chulpan Khamatova said in an interview with Ekaterina Gordeeva at the beginning of spring that she left Russia and lives in Latvia. Anatoly Bely finished the season at the Moscow Art Theater and left the country, as he did not agree with the actions of the Russian authorities. Both actors openly condemn their native country.

During a meeting with journalists before the opening of the MIFF, Nikita Mikhalkov could not help but mention the names of the artists when he was asked to answer the question – is it worth releasing films with departed stars.

Whether to release films with departed stars? No. They spoke disparagingly about the country where they lived, worked… This is their choice. By the way, I watched the play by Khamatova, Bely and Petrushevskaya. In my opinion, this is not talented. I don’t see the point in judging now. But I would like to see young, talented people take their places … So that these monsters do not take them“, – said the famous director.

Nikita Mikhalkov - photo from the archive -
Nikita Mikhalkov – photo from the archive – “Instagram is a banned organization on the territory of the Russian Federation”

He also does not understand why it was necessary to work for the state for so long, with the position of which they do not agree. Moreover, both are not just ordinary actors, in Russia they have become superstars, favorites of the public, idols of millions. True, now it will be difficult for them to regain their status.

I wonder how long you can last? This is where it will become clear whether people need your work or not.“, – says Nikita Sergeevich

The director also doesn’t like the fact that those who have left now are often confused with those who were expelled from Russia in the 1920s. In his opinion, this is not worth doing, since these are different personalities not only in talent, but also in worldview.

They did not leave their homeland, they did not accept power. And as a result, they gave birth to a fantastic immigrant culture. Maybe the thing is rather controversial, but I don’t think that Shmelev would have written “The Summer of the Lord”, and Bunin – “Dark Alleys”, if they had not been expelled without Russia“, – says Nikita Sergeevich.

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