He wanted to be a pediatrician – fine too, but we’re glad he found his way into the film. Because we owe him lots of fun hours in the cinema, funk and on stage and we can look forward to Rick Kavanian in “Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13” at the moment. Michael wrote his books with a lot of imagination in the late 1960s, and the characters around Jim Knopf, Lukas, the train driver, Ms. Waas and Mr. Sleeves emerged from the “Augsburger Puppenkiste” on television with a great deal of influence. ‘Imagination. With a new imagination, a lot of technology, but also a lot of love and empathy, the second part of the children’s adventure book is now coming to the cinemas. Director Dennis Gansel has once again brought together some of the best – such as Annette Frier, Christoph Maria Herbst, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Henning Baum and Solomon Gordon as Jim Knopf – to entertain children and parents in the cinema. Ntv.de spoke to someone for whom a role is by far not enough: Rick Kavanian, known for the “Bullyparade”, or the “(T) Raumschiff Surprise”.
ntv.de: What’s next for Jim Knopf’s Part 2?
Rick Kavanian: We tried to make it even more exciting and adventurous in the second part. However, I think the most important part of a movie that should appeal to children and adults is the humor. There are characters that you may have loved in the first part, this time there are a lot of pirates (Laughs)
What’s the challenge of playing the same person multiple times?
The Wild 13s – which are actually just 12 – were a challenge, of course, as you gave those identical twelve some quirks that make each of these pirates unique. Small modifications such as eye patch on the right, eye patch on the left, but also scarves, swords, little things. With director Dennis Gansel, I wondered which of them could possibly be the captain, and so on. There are the combative, the skeptical, the funny and the fearful, but luckily they all have full beards (his, editor’s note)I just had to change my teeth from time to time (lisps) Switching from one character to another was always fun. You have to play extremely precisely, but above all it’s a great technical challenge.
And when you come home is that you?
The good thing is that I can take on any role as soon as I get home. So I’m not what I used to be or what is seen in public, but then he just says, “Honey, it’s good you’re here, could you take the trash out please.” “” (Laughs) And quickly I’m back to Rick Richard Horatio, who answered and called.
Isn’t it hard to get out of a role that you love?
It’s easy for me to quit a role, which is certainly due to my stable environment. I have a wife, family and friends who only see and appreciate me as human beings, and above all who would never let me off the carpet. I’m actually allowed to play so many roles, and not just with Jim Knopf. This is what makes acting so appealing – that you can try your hand at it and ideally not get labeled.
We know you as an extremely versatile actor …
I am fortunate enough to be able to work on the radio, television, live on stage, in the dubbing studio and on the big screen. It brings me much closer to my dream of versatility. But I always like to be challenged by roles that are new to me.
Were you so funny as a kid?
As a schoolboy, I wasn’t even the class clown – on the contrary, I wanted to be a pediatrician.
What is the most important thing for you when you turn around?
Trust. For me, working on a film has a lot to do with self-confidence. For example, I’ve known my make-up artist Georg Korpas for 24 years and this is the fourth time I’ve seen producer Christian Becker in this role, Dennis Gansel – I really don’t have to say anything about it. It’s just great to work with. It looks funny in the end – I hope – in a movie like this and easy, but sometimes it’s not that easy to make it look like. And of course it is helpful to have a first-class team around you that all have one thing in mind: to entertain the children and the cinema audience. That’s why I stay there and I’m very happy when it works. That motivates me.
An evening with Rick Kavanian looks like?
I need a work-life balance – I want to be challenged, but at home I need peace and quiet. Red wine. A cigar from time to time, but rarely. I also really enjoy being in the forest. (speaks like Pavel Pipowitsch and Bronko Kulitschka of the “Bully Parade”) I appreciate the friendliness, warmth and confidentiality.
And an ideal afternoon?
I do yoga there. I need this breathing to compensate for “Dimitri”, “Pavel”, the Wild 13, it really puts me on the mat, it motivates me. In the forest and doing yoga, I can concentrate on myself, close my eyes, open my eyes, breathe, wonderful. By the way, my favorite position is always at the end, the corpse pose, when you have nothing more to do, don’t pull yourself together, just lie down and sink with yourself.
Speaking of flow – how was the shoot, you only heard great things.
To film in Cape Town was of course a dream. Everything before Corona and everything so colorful and diverse. It starts with so many different people, with so many languages, and ends with the environment we were in. I love this international diversity and creativity and the feeling that we achieved something together in the end is really great.
A few words about the writer Michael Ende, the creator of characters with wonderful names like “King Alfonso the Twelfth”, “Oberbonze Pi Pa Po” or “Sursulapitschi” …
The reason the film is so good, of course, is because the author of the book Michael Ende was a visionary! He had an incomparable imagination. The fact that he wrote about characters so long ago who have different skin tones, are all on an equal footing, and look pleasant is unique. I mean, the dragon is nice at the end of the day, the giant isn’t huge, the king can cook – everything is so cute, so hot, it’s really revolutionary! We need these numbers! Nowadays we need something that gives off such warmth.
She in the multiple role of the pirate and her friend Michael Bully Herbig give the dragon Nepomuk his incomparable voice. You enjoy working together, don’t you?
Yes always. But the great thing about Bully and me is that we can really express our opinions. We’re so close and never mistake friendship for work. We have a deeply rooted relationship, we are a family.
Rick Kavanian can soon be seen in cinemas with “Drachenreiter” and “Boandlkramer”, and from October 1st he can be seen in “Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13”.
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