The Painted Bird actor Roma child rejects Czech TV role of “g * psy child”
Václav Marhoul (left) and Petr Kotlár (right) (2020). (PHOTO: Jan Dobrovský)
Director Václav Marhoul, speaking in a interview for ROMEA TV, says the role recently offered in the Ordinance v růžové zahradě (“Surgery in the Rose Garden”) television series featuring Petr Kotlár, the Roma child actor who played the main character in his most recent film, “The painted birdwas that of a “Bad g * psy kid who bullies poor little white boys.” It was a big dream for the child actor to star in the popular series with his favorite actor and friend, Radim Fiala.
It was thanks to Fiala that the writers actually wrote a role for the young actor in one of the episodes. “It ended up being a disaster, because Pete was asked to play the role, if I’m exaggerating a bit, of a ‘stinky gypsy’ who intimidates poor little white boys,” Marhoul told the magazine. printed. Romano voďi and reiterated in the ROMEA TV interview.
Marhoul learned of the offer from Petr’s grandmother, Věra, and decided to discuss it with him. “Don’t be mad, but I’m just forbidding you to do that. A serious movie is one thing, but television, and a series like that, is another. Hundreds of thousands of people watch. order and many of them think that the actors in the series look like their characters, even in real life, “described the director during his conversation with the young actor.
“Producers want to adapt to the prejudices of the public, of people who just see it in black and white terms, that’s how it is. Here are the ‘g * psies’, they are mean, and then here are the whites, they are good, and they may even have some developed depth of character, but the “g * shrink” roles, so to speak, are always negative. Luckily Pete listened to me. He didn’t get to me. listen, I “I’m not his father. He heard me, however, and he didn’t take the role, ”Marhoul said.
In ROMEA TV’s interview with Patrik Banga, Marhoul also described something that happened to the child actor during the filming of “The Painted Bird”. The two stopped at a gas station near Mladá Boleslav to cool off, and Petr ordered a hot chocolate.
“The lady said to him, ‘We don’t have one. Pete was totally confused. I got involved and asked him,’ What do you mean, you don’t have one? It’s written on the sign behind it. You. ‘She hadn’t wanted to sell him any just because from her point of view, he was a “dirty g * psy” “, recalls Marhoul for ROMEA TV.