SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Artur Petrov: Hello everyone! I’m Artur and I’m an actor. In 2019 I was graduated from VGIK and since that time I’ve been acting in TV series, movies and advertising.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become an actor?
Artur Petrov: First I got an education in economics, tried to work in different specialties, but one day I realized that I was out of place. And I ran away from work to enter the theatre university. Luckily, I was only 22 years old, today I’m almost 27 and I see that it was one of my best decisions.
SKSM: How did you become involved in Mute Dollar Baby film?
Artur Petrov: My classmate Sergey Sharovatov called and told me that he wanted to make his own short movie based on a story by Stephen King. And he wanted to invite me to play one of the main roles. I didn’t know anything about movie, but I immediately agreed.
SKSM: What do you think it is about the story that attracts people so much?
Artur Petrov: I think that story attracts people so much because it’s hard life story, which could happen to anyone. And it’s not about the sin only, but more about the thought of it. All of us were in hard situations in real life and watching the movie we can try on the story of the protagonist for ourselves and get the material for thoughts.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Artur Petrov: I didn’t have to audition, my friend invited me directly and all the text of my role was written by Sergey, me and a few priests and screenwriters who advise us.
SKSM: You worked with Sergey Sharovatov on this film, how was that?
Artur Petrov: It’s always a pleasure to work with your friend and It’s even better to work with a professional and his team, who inspired by one general idea to make an amazing movie.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Artur Petrov: Of course, there were some funny and special moments during shooting, but I didn’t remember them because I tried to be deeply immersed in the role and task of the character and I didn’t notice anything around.
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Artur Petrov: Yes, I stay in touch with the main part of our team, because I knew them from other projects on which we worked together and “Mute” wasn’t the first and I hope won’t be the last.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Artur Petrov: Nowadays I’m preparing for new auditions and new awesome roles which I want to play this year.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Artur Petrov: Yes, I’ve read Stephen King’s books and watched a lot of films based on his stories. “The Green mile”, “The Mist”, “The Shining” are my favorite horrors and thrillers. Stephen King is rightfully one of the greatest writers of these genres.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Artur Petrov: I was born in Kazakhstan, I lived there all my childhood so I always had a lot of problems and refusals for work in Russia because of my Kazakh citizenship. Soon I will receive a Russian passport and all these problems will disappear, I hope.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Artur Petrov: If I could say something to the fans, I can quote my character: «be careful what you wish for». Especially, bad wishes 🙂
SKSM: Do you like to add anything else?
Artur Petrov: But seriously, live honestly according to your conscience, watch good movies and enjoy life.