Brave "coward" George Vitsin

Therapy of shyness
GOSH Vitsin childhood did not like exams, and in any form. What could be more unpleasant questions that you have to answer. Anyway, someone - a teacher, boss, a policeman or a journalist. In the classroom, hiding from the strict view of the teacher, always hiding behind other people's backs. But, realizing that all of you can not hide, I decided to overcome shyness and zakompleksovannost and moved straight into danger - to the artists!
Heroic decision. After Gosh knew firsthand how hard to grab the attention of the public and especially - to keep him. His mother worked usherette in the Hall of Columns, so familiarizing the art Vitsin different regularity.
It was there that he became one stage witnessed the failure of his favorite writer Mikhail Zoshchenko. First, his stories read Vladimir Henkin entertainer. The audience bursting bellies with laughter. Then declared the author. Zoschenko read his Humoresque as poetry, sing-song, ("How to read the Ascension" - recalled Vitsin) ... and left the scene in silence to the sound of their own shoes.

And yet, knowing the treachery scene Vitsin chosen school theater as therapy of shyness. "Treatment" began actively. In the children's play shaman performs a dance so passionately and emotionally, that he had received advice from teachers to engage seriously in ballet. But after school Vitsin decided to "engage seriously" theater. Add to his one year, he entered the School. Shchepkina at the Maly Theater. Seriousness enough for a year, after which the student is excluded Vitsin with the wording "for the flippant attitude to the educational process».
Next fall applied for and enrolled immediately in three high school, but chose Vakhtangov "Pike". After a year and went from there, and finally settled in drama school at the Second Moscow Art Theater, where, and was admitted after graduation.

However, the "luck" never left the young actor. In 1936, Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine Postyshev in a personal conversation with Stalin complained that here, they say, in Moscow Arts Theater for two, and in Ukraine - no!
Fair Stalin immediately presented the sister republic second MAT, of course, with the entire troupe. Actors offered to pack our things and go to Kiev, and when they refused to leave the capital, the theater quickly disbanded. But still remembered in the newspaper that organized it once "emigrant renegade" Michael Chekhov.
Actor born in the theater
Mikhail Chekhov compared somehow very Vitsin. And not just anybody, and famous actress Serafima Birman, one of the most stringent theater educators. Vitsin then already served Theatre Yermolova and brilliantly played a horny old man, impotent in Fletcher's play "The Taming of the tamer».
On this performance the audience brought down the shaft, and specifically "to Vitsin." Learned at the box office, if he played today, and only bought tickets. True, there were dissatisfied. Once backstage was irate general, looked at the performance with a 16-year-old daughter, and demanded to reduce the "obscene lyrics." The funny thing is that before the play has already copied twice, but its piquancy is not lost.

Stingy compliment Seraphim Birman expensive cost. Itself fanatically devoted to the theater, and she drove her students "in the tail and mane," instilling unconditional obsession scene. Georgy recalled the case of a young actress who just did something and that went through the empty and dark stage just strolling. When she saw it Birman rolled scandal. "How could you - it rumbled - just aimlessly, waddling walk on stage ?! Stanislavsky walked across the stage on his toes! »
Whether it was the merit of Birman, but Vitsin always treated with great reverence theater. Even after a final farewell to the stage and went to the cinema. No such thing, "actor", he said. There are actors, and he comes on stage in live communication with the audience. In the trunk of his theatrical experience found Vitsin blanks for many film roles.
Sexy old man, he was troubled general's daughter, has turned into the film Sir Andrew J. Freed "Twelfth Night." The British press has always jealously tracking for any adaptations of Shakespeare, this picture caressed, and the role of the "Russian actor Vypina, just seized on the specifics of English humor", though with an error in the name, but mentioned in the transmission Bi-bi-si.

The first film director George Vitsin became great Eisenstein. However, Sergei Mikhailovich was hardly aware that a huge crowd "Ivan the Terrible" stars as guardsmen future comedy star of the Soviet cinema. The real film career began with the role of arhisereznoy - Nikolai Gogol in the movie Kozintsev "Belinsky." Vitsin in the form of a classic was so convincing that after a couple of months received an invitation to "Gogol - 2" - a picture of Alexandrov "Man of Music».
One of the first major role, which auditioned Vitsin was Gadfly in the same film. But fate took him from the role of the romantic hero and into the arms of comedy. In the hallway of his studio assistant saw from the group of the film "A substitute." On the role of a young football player Wasi Vesnushkin Vitsin fits perfectly.

What was the surprise of the director, when it became clear that the "young actor" is not 25 years old, as it seemed to the eye, and almost 37! "Vnevozrastnoy phenomenon" Vitsin deserves a separate discussion. He was under 40 when he played with the same conviction of 70-year-old man in the film "Maksim Perepelitsa" and 17-year-old hero of the play Rozov "Good luck!". Of course, nature has tried, but the actor has made every effort to not lose her gifts.
Well, very lively "corpse»!
YOUR psychophysical cast machine Vitsin always kept in excellent shape. Before shooting the same "Benchwarmers" a month daily training at the stadium to "banish fat." A boxing match at the rehearsal Vitsin so broke that seriously attacked Paul Kadochnikova. Kadochnikov, takes up boxing professionally, react automatically. As a result Vitsin woke up with a crack in the edge, but the site did not go away, and continued shooting, tightening the chest with a towel.
In the comedy "She loves you" scenario involves a complex trick episode waterskiing. Filming had to double, but the director decided to take Vitsin "on the weak." Together with screenwriter they fabricated a letter from some "fans Clara", in which she reported that he would personally observe how the bravest actor worn waterskiing.
At the end of the letter was a clear allusion to the possibility of a close personal acquaintance. Vitsin letter read, agreed to appear, the whole episode has worked brilliantly, but in the end said joyful director: "But the name of the girl could come up with more interesting».

It is one thing to play 37 25-year-old, and quite another - to deceive the viewer as much as more than 20 short years, but without any newfangled computer graphics. It happened in the painting "The Marriage Bal'zaminova." This film was planned in 1955, and the only candidate for the role of ignoramus Misha Bal'zaminova was Vitsin Gosh, a longtime friend of the director Voinov to work together in the theater-studio Khmelev. But something did not work out, and the script was put in a very long box.
After 10 years, the opportunity to return to the project, and the Warriors offered a major role ... again Vitsin. And it was Georgii Mikhailovich then neither more nor less, and without the two years fifty dollars. He flatly refused, but the Warriors insisted: "This is your passport to 48, and there is no view and 30. Grim remove another five years, and then the light, and so on. D., And so on. N.
Unlike most of the fellows in the shop, sincerely believes that "the place of the actor in the cupboard," Vitsin their health responsibly and treated tenderly. Did not smoke. Eight years lasted sculpin under the stairs and a lifetime received nicotine reflex. Once in the new year decided to drink and understand - if I want to hang myself in the morning, it is best not to drink!
But most importantly - YOGA. In those days, when we have no one really did not know what it is, Vitsin systematically and regularly engaged on the ancient Indian system. Required cleansing of the body, proper nutrition, high resistance to stress conditions, daily exercise and meditation, and on schedule, and regardless of the circumstances.

Many directors were tearing their hair out when after the command "Action!" Vitsin looked at his watch and politely but firmly said, "Excuse me, I have seven minutes to stand on one leg and sit in the lotus position." Ignoring the tense atmosphere, waste aside, working out his bounce back and quietly returned to work.
By this obsession with a healthy lifestyle partners treated differently. Some indifferent, others are skeptical, and some spoke quite sharply. For example, Nonna Mordjukova that after the episode kiss merchant Belotelova with balsa Vitsin said: "Do not you a man? Do not drink, do not smoke, do not stick to the women. You're a corpse! »
Teetotal drunk
During the long years of work in film Georgy skillfully learned to play drunks - says Vladimir Zuckerman. - However, in real life he never learned to drink. Therefore Vitsin and loved all kinds of acting gatherings, anniversaries and creative meetings in restaurants. "The worst thing that humanity has come up with - is a feast" - he said.
In the cinematic medium even went so bike. One actor says to the other: "Was yesterday at the presentation. The table was gorgeous. All were all drinking. Leonov, Papanov, Mironov Nikulin, Morgunov, Vitsin ... "-" Wait, - broke the second - do not lie. " - "Well, they were all, and all drank. In addition Vitsin course ... »

With some difficulty persuaded the actor to drink beer on the set of "The Caucasian Captive". First, he flatly refused: "Beer will not, pour the rose hip." One double, second, third ... I drank five cups with infusion of rose hips, as one of the crew said: "Do not go! Foam is not present! »
Nikulin offered to put a mug of wool, but Vitsin could not resist: "Yes I am no longer fit the sixth circle. Even with wool, though no! "" As you wish, Georgy - intervened Leonid Gaidai director of the film. - And to make another double still have. And with this beer. " And a teetotaler Vitsin had to drain through the power of the whole circle.
Brave coward
Another paradox of life Georgy Mikhailovich: For several years, he portrayed a cowardly namby-pamby, what in real life is not at all.
I was told the story of how, in the Kiev Zoo was filmed "She loves you." Prepared an episode in which the cells of the lion, and out came to Vitsin. Operators sitting in a special cell, the entire area was fenced with iron bars, behind which hid Suslovich director and acting group. The Lion, accompanied by trainer Boris Eder (it was not visible in the picture) was on track ...

Suddenly grille suddenly dropped, and the lion walked right up to the author of the script, Vladimir Polyakov. All cried out, rushed helter-skelter. Polyakov himself froze. He later admitted that fear could not budge. "Do not be afraid - said Vitsin - lions brave people do not touch." And as if even pet the animals on fur ... Leo stood for a moment, yawned. At this point the trainer ran and took the animal away from the frightened people.
Faithful womanizer
Georgy was not the written handsome nonetheless lack of female fans he did not have. Ladies wrote letters that want to give birth to his child, admitted in love. Many actresses also tried to seduce the popular colleague. But Vitsin never been a supporter of
fleeting relationships. Nevertheless, in his personal biography is fact, unusual for Georgy Mikhailovich.
In his youth Vitsin had an affair with the actress Dina Topoleva that he took not from someone, and his teacher, People's Artist of the USSR Nikolai Khmeleva. Studio Khmeleva later transformed into the Theatre. Yermolova. And that strange relationship between Khmelev Vitsin and then have not changed. Khmelev simple law wife of infidelity, and actor with reverence for life belonged to his teacher and director.

Topoleva was considerably older than George Mikhailovich. And when he was already married, but the actress was left alone and very ill, Vitsin courted her. Bring products to buy medicines. And his legal wife Tamara Fedorovna supported her husband in this.
With his wife Vitsin also met in the Theater. Yermolova. She served as props there. According to the stories of the Tamara Fedorovna, their introduction took place at Easter. She came to rekvizitorskuyu where people brought cakes and Easter. And entered the room with tinted Vitsin egg in his hand.
"Girls, I came we exchanged Easter greetings", - he said. They kissed three times, looked into each other's eyes ... And since then started dating. A few years later the couple had a daughter, Natasha. She now works as a graphic artist.
Unholy Trinity
During the 10 years that have passed between the idea and the release of "The Marriage Bal'zaminova" in the fate Vitsin much has happened. But the main meeting took place in 1957, when Leonid Gaidai invited him to his first comedy "Bride from the world." Little success painting had, the more that censorship has treated "the Bridegroom ..." pretty cool.
Normal film turned into a short film with peripheral Kurguzov rental. But the next working together from the outset focused on short yardage, became, as they say, a cult and fateful. It was in the movie "Dog Mongrel and unusual cross" was born the most famous kinotroitsa Soviet cinema - Coward, Bobby and Experienced.

First Gaidai read in "Pravda" poetic feuilleton about poachers, then came up with three character mask and began looking for actors. Pant immediately chose Vitsin and Coward found Goonies, seeing as something wonderful clown in the circus Yuri Nikulin.
Seasoned, represented by Yevgeny Morgunov, Gaidai betrothed director of "Mosfilm" Ivan Pyryev. Fourth hero - Barbosa - portrayed dog Brekhov that spoiled actors a lot of blood, stubbornly unwilling to perform the frame ideas Gaidai. One after another bungle double Morgunov in the hearts promised to strangle harmful dog at the end of filming. In the next take, intelligent animal ... the actor grabbed up!
"Dog Mongrel" was only one of the five stories of the comic anthology "Quite seriously," on which the studio "Mosfilm" not much hope pinned. But dumb eccentric Short Gaidai was a resounding success with the public.

Tricks and music, frantic pace and filigree installation and, most importantly, new heroes, who became instant folklore characters, tales and anecdotes. Made after "Bootleggers" exacerbated the situation of universal love and popularity. From across the country were bags of letters in which Hyde issued an ultimatum demanding shoot a new movie about Coward, Bobby and Experienced.
In the meantime essence of the case, the three full complement temporarily migrated to the film by Eldar Ryazanov "Give plaintive book" where remember dashing fight in the restaurant and conceptual Vitsin phrase: "The authorities need to know in person!».
The phenomenal success of the "unholy trinity" had an impact even on the immutable laws of the Soviet planned economy. Light industry for once reacted to the potential demand and quickly arranged the production of products with a "triple" symbols: T-shirts, masks, toys, calendars. One such calendar caught the eye of artists "Soyuzmultfilm", and Coward, Bobby and Experienced reincarnated in the terrible forest robbers from the movie "The Bremen Town Musicians».

Gaidai admired talent Vitsin. A Morgounov admitted: "Neither I nor Nikulin nail Vitsin not stand. He damn talented! He will play at least doorknob ».
Apotheosis and final ViNiMora
The viewer perceives them as a single entity, something like a comic Snake Gorynycha three heads, and even invented a name - ViNiMor (the first letters of the names).
But what sorts of people make up this trio! Clown of God, a man-holiday Yury Nikulin (for it was the beginning of films Gaidai film career), calm, quiet, contemplative closed Vitsin - an artist with a great theatrical schooling and solid kinoopytom and noisy, interfering in everything, often cheeky fellowship Yevgeny Morgunov, that neither before nor after the role of the experienced anything equivalent, unfortunately, did not play.
While working on "Operation" Y ... "Gaidai thinking about the end of the adventure of his characters. Uneasy relations were established with the director Morgunov. The capricious another "Bootleggers" and against the background of "All-Union popularity" was a lot of themselves and allow to set, and beyond. So in his painting "Business people" (the stories of O. Henry) Gaidai Byvaly not taken, although Nikulin, and there Vitsin played a great role, though separately. However, the audience demanded, pushing the bosses, and the script found a suitable ...

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