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Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: June 08, 2009, 12:05:28 AM »

The Sofia Echo has an article on Berkoff where he is promoting his work.

"It’s five to 10 on Wednesday morning and Steven Berkoff has just walked up three flights of stairs at Sofia’s BTA news agency offices. Surrounded by a swarm of snapping photographers, his patience is wearing thin. He complains about the press pack and says his leg is bothering him. The journalists squeal in delight. This is the Berkoff they came to see...

For all his waywardness, however, his genuine (and unmercenary) passion for theatre is beyond doubt. "Acting is the most difficult and demanding of the professions," says Berkoff. "It may look easy from the audience’s point of view but you have to be joyful and humorous even if you feel like death inside. Unlike an office job, you can’t phone in sick when you feel like it."

Unlike some British thespians Berkoff makes no apologies for his Hollywood career. Neither does he tut-tut about life in LA. Performances in Rambo 2 and Beverley Hills Cop gave him what he describes as "an element of financial security". He’s a great Eddie Murphy fan – and in his book he admits to a surprising admiration for Sylvester Stallone...

Not that you feel the same way watching Berkoff who is a whirlwind of energy. Perhaps the greatest actors give you a sense of danger, the feeling that you don’t know which way they’ll turn next. Berkoff scores well on this criteria. He’s not ready to put his feet up and watch the cricket...

Berkoff suddenly cuts the news conference short. "That’s it," he says, charging out. I notice he’s dressed in what appears to resemble a kind of martial arts costume. It seems appropriate for a pugilist like Berkoff. He has the rest of the day to prepare for the fight... "

The article by Gabriel Hershman is here
Posted by: Iain Fisher
« on: May 28, 2009, 03:59:17 AM »

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