20 July 2012, 17:34

"Soldiers of Fortune"

"Soldiers of Fortune"

Thursday (July 19) saw Moscow movie theaters packed with intrigued viewers eager to admire Maxim Korostyshevsky’s “Soldiers of Fortune”, two weeks before it hits screens in America Produced under the comfortable aegis of Metro Goldwin Meyer and starring a bunch of Hollywood idols such as Sean Bean, Christian Slater, James Cromwell, Ving Rhames and Dominic Monaghan, “Soldiers of Fortune” may blast its creator off to a successful career in Hollywood.

In an interview hours before the premiere, Korostyshevsky was candid about his plans.

"All I’ve managed to do I owe to American producers with whom we have big plans for the future. I needed to present my first work – and they successfully lobbied for it. This film is sort of a half-way bid in order to access that market."

But no pain, no gain. Such producers may never come your way. One has to do something to get acquainted with them, to interest them, to win their trust. That’s what Maxim Korostyshevsky struggled to do all along while working on “Soldiers of Fortune” and that proved the hardest of all, he confessed to the Voice of Russia.

"Problems emerged every now and then due to a large cast: there were seven successful professionals to cope with. The most important thing was to get them to believe in me because any doubt would make it all so much more complicated. I had to convince them that I knew what I was doing."

“Soldiers of Fortune” is a story about five U.S. millionaires who, fed up with their wealthy life and yearning for a shot of adrenaline, volunteer to participate in a thrilling but risky game – to `travel to an island ruled by a wicked dictator and deliver arms to local insurgents. They are accompanied by an instructor - a retired army officer. The contract guarantees them safety, but it soon turns out that the rules do not work, that it is a real war, and also that three of the five millionaires are pursuing their own interests.

The film was shot in Crimea, Ukraine. For the Hollywood stars, a month-long stay in local hotels verged on heroism, Korostyshevsky remarked sarcastically. But that’s all over now.

Korostyshevsky would like to make a film about legendary ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev who emigrated from Russia in 1960 and settled in France. So far, this is only a dream that may or may not materialize. Modern young directors fight their way to Hollywood with “fire and sword”, not with Stanislavski’s system.

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