The role abandoned by Yuri Nikulin
• Roles abandoned by Yuri Nikulin
In the creative arsenal of every actor has a role, that become his calling card and bring fame, recognition and success with millions of viewers. For Yuri Nikulin such steel roles in comedies Gaidai. However, they could be more if the actor did not miss the chance to play in cult films Gaidai and Ryazanov, which brought the popularity of the other actors, though initially these roles were written specifically for Nikulin.
Eldar Ryazanov knew in advance who was supposed to play Detochkin in his comedy "Beware of the Car" - the script was written by Yuri Nikulin. However, shortly before filming was suddenly found out, that the circus, where he worked Nikulin, goes on tour abroad for a few months. No one but him in this manner Ryazanov did not see, besides the actor has already started to learn to drive especially for this role. The director even asked the Minister to release Nikulin from foreign tours. But it only worsened the situation.
on the role of Yuri fotoproby Detochkin
Minister not only helped the director, but generally rejected his idea. In his book "Nepodvedennye results" Ryazanov said: "Alexey said that the script it seemed bad. In the first place in the educational sense. Indeed, after such a picture Soviet citizens will steal cars, the film will encourage bad instincts. So he not only will not call the "Soyuzgostsirk" Nikulin exempt from touring, but in general will stop production of our tape. Under the pretext that the picture was left without a leading man, Kinokomitet picture of "canned".
and Oleg Yefremov in the film Innocent Smoktunovski * Beware of the Car * 1966
Then Ryazanov, along with his co-author Bragin decided to alter the script to the story and publish it in the journal "The Young Guard". Both the critics and readers greeted her enthusiastically. Literary success prompted Ryazanov once again come to the "Mosfilm" with a proposal to film the story. At this time, permission was granted, but there Nikulin met again in a trip abroad. Ryazanov has decided not to repeat the mistakes and ask for help to the authorities. He decided it's better the film will be released with the other actors, what will not work at all. Nominations Leonid Kuravleva and director Oleg Yefremov rejected. So Innocent Smoktunovski received one of his best roles, and Efremov appeared in this film in a different way - the investigator Podberezovikova.
In the circus and cinema Yuri Nikulin was torn almost all his life. Due to work in the circus, he has not played in the film by Sergei Bondarchuk. It was approved for the role of Captain Tushino in "War and Peace" and an English officer role in "Waterloo", but again was forced to choose between cinema and circus and again made the choice in favor of the latter. According to other sources, in "Waterloo", he did not play due to illness. And Bondarchuk was only on the third attempt, she appeared in the film "They Fought for Their Country". Nikulin and refused by starring in the comedy of George Danelia "Thirty-three." Instead, he got the role of Yevgeny Leonov, who later became the director of this kind of mascot - Danelia invited him in almost all his films.
The success of the trio Coward-Experienced-Balbes after the screens comedies Gaidai was so loud that the same images they wanted to shoot, and other directors. So, they had to appear in the "gentlemen of fortune", but instead of planning to shoot Morgunov Yevgeny Leonov. Nikulin said: "We stayed Vitsin, but I refused: if removed, then all three of them. Besides, I thought that we thereby change Gaidai. And so we were twice that of other directors: at Ryazanov in the film "Give Me a Complaints Book" and Karelov in "Seven old men and one young woman," appeared in the role of the same characters and the same mentality shifted. But there our episodes somehow roll, and I realized that only Gaidai, who created our trio, we could use right. "
The role of Ivan the Terrible had to fulfill Yuri Nikulin
The role of the superintendent Bunsha and Ivan the Terrible in the script for the film "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation" is also written exclusively for Nikulin. Just at this time in the magazine "Science and Life" published the results of research by anthropologist Mikhail Gerasimov, was engaged in the reconstruction of the external appearance of Ivan the Terrible on the bones of his skull. They say, when his wife Tatiana Nikulina saw this picture in a magazine, it is supposed to have said: "Oh, and because Yura amazingly like him!". It is unlikely that the similarity can be called obvious, but really Gaidai in this role no one else is not. After the incredible success of "Brilliant hands" the director was counting on the fact that in the new film Nikulin to star in a duet with Andrei Mironov, whose Gaidai seen as Miloslavsky.
Leonid Gaidai and Yuri Nikulin
Regarding the reasons for the refusal Nikulin from this role, there are two versions. The first is that it again was because of employment in the circus. According to the second version, Nikulin did not want to star in the film of the product of Mikhail Bulgakov, as he was convinced that his "wrapped" and put "on the shelf".
As a result, the lead role in the film "Ivan Vasilyevich Changes Occupation" auditioned Evgeny Lebedev, George Vitsin, but convincing others looked Evgeny Evstigneev. It was on his candidacy and wanted to stay Gaidai, but after a conflict on the set, he turned down the role. And then the director, someone suggested to invite Yuri Yakovlev, with whom he had previously worked. So the actor has played one of the most brilliant of their roles. Say later, watching this film, Yuri Nikulin was very sorry about the missed chance. Gaidai A longer shot it in his paintings.