SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Andrey Kalfa: My name is Andrey Kalfa, I am 44 years old. I am an entrepreneur in Russia and this has already said a lot. But in addition to my main work, I write poems, songs and sing in my rock band “Plan B”.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Andrey Kalfa: Probably each of us dreamed of becoming an actor as a child.
Personally, I participated in all the productions in high school. Once, in a New Year’s Eve performance, I played several roles at once. One of them was the role of a Steam Train that was captured by cowboys! And I prayed with real tears in my eyes that they would not shoot, because I have small children at home-Steam Locomotives! Haha, it was fun!!!
But if we talk about the professional activity of an actor, then my Father did not allow me to go to university to study acting. Alas.
SKSM: How did you become involved in In the Deathroom Dollar Baby film?
Andrey Kalfa: Well, I’m an adventurer by nature. Therefore, when I saw a nice Russian guy on TV, Vyacheslav Vlasov, who was giving an interview about the beginning of filming the film, I immediately wrote to him and offered to help in organizing the process. So I started asking to be an actor. To which Vyacheslav gently replied that there would be a general casting! A couple of weeks passed and he sent me a text, the role of Boris. In the description of which, I quote: Boris, a man of 30 – 35 years old . He has a solid build, and is ready to resort to torture to get information. Aliluya!!! It’s me xD
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Andrey Kalfa: I’ll be honest. I haven’t read this story before. After reading the script, I was a little confused. He didn’t look like Stephen King. It feels like it is taken out of the context of some other story. But the task was set by the director and we tried to solve it.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Andrey Kalfa: Yes, of course, as I already said, there was a casting. The first one in my life by the way. It was very exciting. When I went to the casting, I wanted to turn around and go home. I thought, ” Well, who am I?, probably this is not my thing. But what the hell is not joking, I took a chance. M-yes.
At the audition, everything was like a fog, and even after it, the fog remained in my head. And one fine morning. Boom. Letter: you are cool, you are invited to the role. The feeling is incredible. But immediately it became scary again. After all, now you will have to work for real . And I really wanted to match my role and not let my colleagues down.
SKSM: You worked with Vyacheslav Vlasov on this film, how was that?
Andrey Kalfa: In a word, it’s Fantastic. A young director, young actors, a cameraman. In one breath, we worked for a couple of days until the morning. This is beyond words. Something new, unusual and very interesting. We were very tired, but our emotions were off the scale.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Andrey Kalfa: Well, of course, there were some curiosities. At some point, we were writing my dialogue, the first take, the second, the director doesn’t like something. And somewhere on the fifth or sixth take, my tongue begins to slur and some nonsense begins to come out of my mouth. The whole film crew begins to giggle, but with each take the situation worsens and the nonsense becomes absurd, respectively, we just start laughing and rolling on the floor! I had to call a break.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Andrey Kalfa: Probably on the same night, after the shooting, we created a chat in WhatsApp. We called this chat by the way “Children of corn” (hi Stephen!) And we still correspond. Recently, we congratulated each other on the birthday of Stephen King.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Andrey Kalfa: At the moment, everything is trivial, routine, job. But I hope everything can change for the better soon.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Andrey Kalfa: I am a kind person!
SKSM:Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Andrey Kalfa: Read books, watch movies, and be alive and real in life!
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Andrey Kalfa: Thank you for the interview, it was very pleasant for me. Thank you for your work! Peace to all!