A few episodes of the TV film "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson" have caused a stream of letters to our editors. The teens have immediately remembered that Vasily LIVANOV not only played the role of Holmes, he also voiced the favourite characters in the cartoons: Gena the Crocodile, Boa, Black Cat...
We asked our correspondent Olga Pozharskaya to meet with Vasily Livanov, the Honored Artist of the Republic.
CORR. However, you can not get away from the questions about Holmes ...
LIVANOV. Well, my work on Sherlock Holmes’ image was not too different from my working in animation. Conan Doyle described Holmes very accurately – his looks and his clothes. I only had to fill these well-known features with human content. Sherlock Holmes always comes to persons rescue in distress, he is noble and selfless. This is his great human appeal.
CORR. The guys ask how terrible the Baskervilles hound was looked in a life.
LIVANOV. The film crew chose the most enormous dog in the Soviet Union, with the most frightening appearance, but as it turned out, with the most gentle temperament. Before the shooting the dog attack on Henry Baskerville (played by Nikita Mikhalkov) the director categorically forbade to endanger a famous actor. Then the dog owner was dressed in a Nikita’s coat. He ran. The dog followed on the heels of him, he fell, and the dog... the dog frustrated all the plans: she quietly lay down near the owner and licked him from head to toe. This scene was shot twenty times in a row, but the peaceful nature of the dog has not been spoiled. The director had to make a tricky film montage.
CORR. Thank you for an interesting story!