What kind of struggles are expected of an actor who strives to express his talent to the limit and what kind of struggles of a man who wants to live in accordance with his own measurements? Milan Maric has answers to both questions.
Milan Maric was a promising actor, and today he is one of the most engaged actors in his generation. Recognizable within the frames of Serbia and the region spotted and then rewarded in Europe.
For sure he is one of those who confidently walked on the paths of the giants, that marked the last few decades of the Serbian acting. We are discussing with Milan Maric about his current projects as well as the role of Dovlat, which has opened up the perspectives that each actor dreams of.
Secret service, the life of an agent, intrigue in the highest circles. To what extent was this world known to you, to an ordinary man known, was understandable and intriguing before you took the role in the TV show “Civil servant“, which is broadcasting on TV Superstar?
It wasn’t clear and even now isn’t much clearer as well. Certainly, everything that has its “secret” part is especially intriguing and interesting, and we would like to know what is that secret part and how it operates secretly, right?
Was it necessary to prepare especially for the role of Lazar, a young agent who is beginning to build his career in such a world?
Psychical preparation was needed to be ready for 5 months of shooting, for winter and for shootings during the night.
Of course, in all this, it was necessary to think well about how to figure out Lazar, and that is something that you cannot always completely plan before starting the shooting. Some things happen on the shooting itself and open some new scopes to explore the character itself. As far as physical preparations are concerned, we had training in handling weapons and few conditioning preparations.
So far, your career has been marked with the roles of exceptional, in many aspects, distinctive historical icons of fictive characters such as Dovlatov, Gavrilo Princip, etc. Let’s start with Sergey Dovlatov. Artist, misunderstanding, homeland abandoning – all this marked his life. Living in a country where the position of an artist has never been particularly pleasing, have found Dovlatov as a close friend, easy to understand?
When I was preparing for the shooting, I wasn’t thinking about whether we were similar or not. I only knew one thing in the beginning, which is that I do not want to do imitation because it’s pointless. I was interested in what was behind his writing. If we take into considering that what the writer writes is the final product of everything that is found in himself, I wanted to deal with this process. Over time, as the process progressed, it turned out that we had some similarities.
What was the most challenging in the personality of this writer, which characteristic summarizes his character from your perspective?
Complexity, vulnerability, and immaturity. He was a very tall man, about 2 meters tall and quite massive, that’s the reason he was distinguished among most of the Russians, so they called him because of his height – the greatest Russian writer. Adding his black eyes. From the outside he looks like a giant, from the inside there’s one whole world of insecurity and vulnerability. This paradox is terribly interesting to me.
How much has the European Rising Stars award changed the course of your career? What does it mean to you personally?
For the progress of my career, working with Alexei German on the film Dovlatov has helped me a lot. Everything that I have discovered then about myself and learned in a completely different way from the way I have experienced myself, since then it something that is more important to me. What happened then on that shooting is something that is some kind of supply for my future career. The award I got in Berlin came as a consequence.
The TV show “ The morning will change everything ” is unusual in relation to the entire serial program that has ever been shown on RTS. How was it during the shooting? It overwhelmed us incredibly quickly because of the recognition, truthfulness of the presentation of people’s lives in the ‘30s here and now.
I was very lucky to shoot with Milica Tomic, Vladimir Tagic and Goran Stankovic, and I remember that although they are all three young directors and each of them has their own director language, how they played as a perfect team and how the whole team believed them all the time. That was nice to see.
It was really interesting to be part of that team that made “ The morning will change everything “. Primarily because the crew was really young and the suspicions in us were bigger. It’s not a normal principle, but here it’s like that.
The energy in which “ The morning will change everything ” was created is completely different. Tremendous work, not too much money, uncertainty, but the determination to do exactly the way we think it is the best. Certainly, it was the consequence of this and such effort, that people have responded in a great manner and that they were incredibly connected to characters and everything that happened to them during those 40 episodes.
The character you play, could be described as a man on the right track, “a man on its place,” his life is unfolding in a linear way – studies, career, buying an apartment, credit, engagement. Then the inevitable has happened. Not referring to the character, what are the main challenges that contemporary men face nowadays?
They face patriarchy. Fighting between what I really want or feel, and the “what is right”, is the fight that has taken most of the lives in this region. It is still taking, if not literally, then it takes away our freedom, happiness itself as well, and that is what I consider under the term of life.
How would you describe the work on the “Besa” TV show, which is broadcasting on TV Superstar?
Working on “Besa” I remember by playing the bad guy for the first time. It was challenging to play someone who is a part of a parallel system, such as crime is, who is managing it but that in fact does not belong here. Not in the terms of being good, no, he is dangerous, what he does in his life cannot be good at all, but he does it great, the only problem is that he does not belong there. I’m very happy that I have participated in “Besa”.
You’re still here and very busy. Do you think about a foreign career and do you still believe that makes sense of staying in Serbia?
If I did not believe it was worth staying, I would not be here. I think it’s worth fighting and I still have the strength to do so. Certainly, it’s much easier to talk about when you talk about yourself when you don’t have a family, when you do not have a child you need to think about.