Count Monte Cristo from the "Prisoner of Château d'If"
Did you know that, initially, in the role of the Count of Monte Cristo in our adaptation of Dumas novel, it was originally planned to film Mikhail Boyarsky - George Yungvald-Khilkevich and Mark Zakharov wrote the script specifically for him. But Mikhail Sergeyevich, having familiarized himself with the script, refused the role, it seemed to him uninteresting. Khilievich managed to persuade Boyarsky to act in the role of Fernand, but he was left without an actor for the main role
Samples of a huge number of actors did not bring results. Khilkevich did not like anyone. But it was still necessary to find an actor for the role of the young Dantes, who looks like a graph
He found Avilov in an airplane - he was caught by a magazine in which there was a small three-by-four photo and a text message to her: "In the Theater in the South-West, the role of Hamlet is played by an unprofessional actor, whom the director saw in the amateur group and the same day took over all the leading roles. "
Viktor Avilov as Hamlet at the Theater in the South-West
Seeing Avilov’s face, Yungvald-Khilkevich realized that he had found the count Monte Cristo. And after going to the play, he made sure once again that he had found the actor he had been looking for.
Avilov was summoned to tests at the Odessa Film Studio, and he reacted to this invitation with great humor, since he had little faith that he would be approved. “Georgy Emilievich,” he said then, “well, what kind of Monte Cristo am I? He was always played by handsome men, how can I possibly be with Jean Marais!” But Khilkevich didn't need Mare! He needed an actor who looked like an ax-man - who had lost all his senses, except for a thirst for revenge.
On the set of "Prisoner of the Castle of If,"
Avilov's candidacy was approved by the then head of the Goskino - film director, film expert and film critic Armen Nikolayevich Medvedev. Seeing the samples, he exclaimed, “Amazing! You win, shoot. If you still find the same performer as Fernand de Morser ... ” To which Khilkevich immediately replied: "I already found it." - "Whom?" - he asked. "Boyarsky". Medvedev smiled: "It is brilliant! The audience will understand why she still forgot Dantes - still, next to such a man!"
Photo proofs of E. Dvorzhetsky and V. Avilov for the role of Edmond Dantes in the film "Prisoner of the Castle of If,"
Under Avilov they found an actor for the role of the young Edmond Dantes. And Yevgeny Dvorzhetsky in the film played two roles at once: the young Dantes and Albert, the son of Mercedes and Fernand Mondego. The director wanted the viewer throughout the film to believe that Albert could be the son of Dantes, and not Fernand
Photo proofs of E. Dvorzhetsky and V.