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Askar Ilyasov: 10 short questions


How was the casting process for Patient Zero?

First I filmed video tests, then I was invited to ensemble auditions. By the way, they lasted 6 hours, and after them they told me that I was exactly the one they needed in Zero.

Which scene in the film was the hardest for you?

I think that this scene with the pogrom by the inhabitants of the children’s hospital is the most peak moment in the development of the plot. Plus, I love working with kids. Sometimes we deliberately came up with a “game within a game” for ourselves to play a specific episode, and the scene in the hospital is just such an example.

On the Internet they call you “Kazakh Danila Kozlovsky” – are you flattered by such a comparison?

Yes, it’s nice (laughs)

In the Champions League final “Liverpool” – “Kairat” – who will you root for?

Of course, Kairat!

Askar Ilyasov and Nikita Efremov

Moscow or Nur-Sultan?


What did you spend your first fee on?

This is a very cool story, just related to football teams! I lived in the village for a long time and supported Liverpool at that time. I had not a real, not the original form of this team. I was in my second year then, the original was something cosmic for me at that time, and after filming the second season of the series “The Fighter” I received my first salary. With almost all the money I earned, I bought Liverpool kits, bought literally everything – a training uniform, an away kit, a jacket, a hat, leggings! (laughs)

What book would you recommend everyone read?

“Laurel” by Evgeny Vodolazkin – revealed a lot to me about love. And also One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chingiz Aitmatov’s novel The Scaffold.

Continue the phrase “Once I had to taste …”

Vika Agalakova’s lips (laughs)

Victoria Agalakova

Three favorite films?

“Forest Gump”, “Me, me and Irene again” and “Tulip” by Sergei Dvortsevoi.

If the world were to end tomorrow, how would you spend today?

Watching the finale of “Zero” in the company of an excellent cast and director team.

Source: Hellomagazine

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